Author: Brent Lambert

SAVAGE LEGION by Matt Wallace

[SPOILERS BELOW: Why? Because some books you need to just talk about in their fullness, and this is one of them] This novel makes me think of being an English major in college again, but in the best possible way. Literary criticism and how to understand and employee it was one of the pillars of Read more

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THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin

[Spoilers lie ahead] N.K. Jemisin is a genius and at I think at this point it’s indisputable.  Just as The Broken Earth trilogy was a treatise on the leylines of oppression, THE CITY WE BECAME is a dissertation on the power of our collective urban existence and the stories that emerge from it.  It’s a Read more

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REVIEW: The Throne of the Five Winds by S. C. Emmett

Disclaimer: The reviewer is not East Asian and thus lacks the relevant knowledge and lived experience to critique certain parts of this work. The blurb for this book will make you think you’re about to walk in to a bloody, royal warfare but it never quite unfolds.  And ultimately, the story is mostly better for Read more

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REVIEW: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

Alice is the kind of character that Black SFF readers have been begging for.  One that lives in our realities, but whose narrative isn’t solely focused on our pain. The Black experience is a myriad, beautiful thing and we have joy in our existences despite whatever publishing might tell you. Alice in Wonderland and Buffy Read more

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Open Call: Reviewers Wanted

Hey everyone! Over the last several months, FIYAH staff devoted a lot of intentional thought and discussion into featuring book reviews on our site. Today we’re excited to announce: IT. IS. TIME! The world deserves more Black thoughts on books, critique of problematic titles, well-earned stanning, and everything in between. But we can’t and don’t Read more

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Mother of Invention: John Chu Interview

Continuing our interview duo for MOTHER OF INVENTION, we now talk with Hugo-award winning John Chu. For those who might have missed the first interview with Nisi Shawl (you really shouldn’t though), MOTHER OF INVENTION is an anthology exploring concepts of gender as it relates to artificial intelligence. Among the final list of contributors to Mother of Read more

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Mother of Invention: Nisi Shawl Interview

Today at FIYAH, we’re talking with Nisi Shawl a bit about her work in the upcoming anthology, MOTHER OF INVENTION.  This is a heavyweight anthology people need to look out. Among the final list of contributors to Mother of Invention are award-winning science fiction and fantasy writers from around the world, including New York Times bestselling and multi Read more

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REVIEW: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

(Disclaimer: This book is full of Indigenous worldbuilding. The reviewer in question is not Indigenous and is thus nowhere near the best source for thoughts/critique in those areas of the novel.  Our suggestions would be to take what you will from this, but to look to Indigenous reviewers as your primary source.) I finished TRAIL Read more

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We Can Talk about Books Too: A Statement of Intent

Thinking critically about stories probably came along only seconds after the first one was told. People have no shortage of thoughts and feelings about the endless stories humanity has to offer. But in publishing, we noticed a group of voices not getting much room to talk. A short time ago, Dhonielle Clayton pointed out the Read more

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REVIEW: Lost Gods by Micah Yongo

The first and most immediate thing that I can say I loved about this novel was its sense of identity.  There’s an issue with constructing secondary worlds in which the world can feel like a non-cohesive hodgepodge of elements seemingly thrown together for a cool factor.  Not here.  This work knows what meal it wants Read more

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