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News and reviews of science fiction media

Pancake Sex Book Club: Space Opera

May 29, 2018 |

This month, we read “Space Opera” by Catherynne M. Valente.

Next month, Amelia picked “The Oracle Year” by Charles Soule. Read along with us!

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Pancake Sex Book Club: The Binti Trilogy

February 19, 2018 |

This month, we decided to read all three “Binti” books—”Binti,” “Home,” and “The Night Masquerade”—by the incomparable Nnedi Okorafor. Next month, we’ll be reading “Ghost Talkers” by Mary Robinette Kowal.


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Nat Breaks Up With The X-Files. For Good This Time.

February 7, 2018 |

Spoilers ahead and a trigger warning for rape.

I said I would not watch the latest season of “The X-Files.” After last year’s convoluted alien conspiracy theory bullshit, I told myself I was done with Chris Carter’s shitty monologues and … Read More

“We are what they grow beyond”: Some Thoughts on The Last Jedi

January 11, 2018 |


I’ve had a lot of thoughts buzzing around in my head since I saw “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Trying to distill them enough to write about has been tough, … Read More

Nat Reviews: The Collapsing Empire

December 14, 2017 |

I debated writing about my thoughts on the “The Collapsing Empire.” John Scalzi doesn’t need my help selling book, but I really liked the book. Since Can’t Talk lets me write (sometimes to excess) about the things I like, I … Read More

Phasma: An Origin Story that Maintains Mystery

October 18, 2017 |

Origin stories are a hit or miss for me. This is especially true when it comes to villains, and particularly those characters who are meant to inspire fear. Hannibal Lecter is a good example of this; the more we learned … Read More

Things to Watch: “Star Wars: Forces of Destiny”

July 26, 2017 |

One of the things I was excited about coming out of Star Wars Celebration this year, other than “The Last Jedi” trailer was the announcement of the web series “Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.” New “Star Wars” stories are always … Read More

Pancake Sex Book Club: A Wrinkle in Time

June 12, 2017 |

This month, Pancake Sex Book Club talked Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” which manages to remain super current.

We also recommend that everyone read “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas but felt no one needed to hear … Read More

My Brand Is Despair Books

December 24, 2016 |

Hello darkness, my old friend.

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Goodreads knows my real book brand is despair and gross sobbing.

So here are the top books I read this year that made it really difficult to get … Read More

Sometimes I Read Happy Books, OK

December 20, 2016 |

I read a lot of books this year (116 and counting).

There was a good mix of literary and genre fiction—though much of it ranged from sad to outright snot-busters.

Still, some of it was sweet or even hopeful. So … Read More