The South Side & Afrofuturism – Books On The Reading Table

Next on the read and re-read list are two books with a Chicago connection. The first is The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore. The author is the South Side bureau reporter for WBEZ, the NPR-member station in Chicago. Her published writing can be seen in Black Enterprise, Essence, The Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune to name a few.  The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation contains essays and introspective narratives that highlight the community stories and those affected by historical segregation and the current policies that keep segregation in place.  


The next Book On The Reading Table is Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack.  This author is a publisher, filmmaker, public speaker and artistic force that is well respected throughout the world. Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture enlightens the reader about Afrofuturist ideas and concepts. She deftly weaves the historical origins of literature and creative works that were inspired by African Culture with the pulsing community of modern artists that continue to push and define Black Creativity.  

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Buy: The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore

Buy: Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack

STORYKILLER by Kelly Thompson – Book Review

StoryKiller by Kelly Thompson

StoryKiller by Kelly Thompson

This is a review for a book that I supported through Kickstarter! Its called Storykiller written by Kelly Thompson, an accomplished writer, author and publisher. Kelly’s previously released book, also a Kickstarter success, is called The Girl Who Would Be King.

Storykiller is an YA, urban fantasy, action adventure about Tessa Battle, the young heroine, who learns that Fiction characters and monsters are real, and its her destiny to fight them.

There is a place called Story, a world where all of the fairytales and monster stories live. Some of those characters (Fictions) make their way into the Mortal World and its up to the Storykiller to send them back. However, the Stories and the characters are expecting the next Scion to be male. They are caught off guard when the mantel has been passed on to Tessa who hasn’t a clue. However, she quickly begins on the job training when Fictions begin tracking her to end her story (pun intended).

There is an interesting detail that Ms. Thompson has planted about the implications of what happens to those Fictional characters once removed from our world. I won’t spoil it but I found it to be good world building element for her novel.

The characters are memorable with colorful personalities from Tessa Battle to her sidekicks, Micah and Brand who are thrown into the drama that swirls around Tessa’s destiny. There is also Snow, Robin and a host of others.



Tessa Battle The Black dove by Ross Campbell

Tessa Battle The Black dove by Ross Campbell

I thought this was a good read! It had a fast pace, enough details and breadcrumbs to keep me hungry for more. There must be a sequal to Storykiller! The tagline is awesome, Fight Your Fiction! There’s much to build off from that alone. In addition, Storykiller features some amazing artwork by established artists!

If you like Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Once Upon A Time/Grimm, etc. with touches of first love romances, you should make this apart of your collection.

Ms. Thompson has done a great job! I’m getting my funds together for the next book now. Don’t keep us waiting. 🙂

Art by Stephanie Hans

Art by Stephanie Hans

GHOSTS OF KOA by Colby R. Rice – Book Review



New Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novelist and Screenwriter, Colby R. Rice has a great debut novel on her hands.

Ghosts of Koa, the first novel in The Books Of Ezekiel, is set in a dystopian, urban-fantasy world dominated by political and social unrest of two factions. The Civil and Alchemic Order are those factions, human and magic (Alchemy) wielding others. Despite a truce between them, the behind the scene machinations of politicians and insurgents (Ghosts) threaten what civility exists. In the midst of violence, betrayal and daily survival is our teenage hero, Zeika Anon. Fiercely loyal and cunning, we quickly find out that Family is important to her, especially her young sister Manja. The world building, political climate and adventure of Ghosts Of Koa is measured and demonstrated through the relationship of these two siblings. I love the dynamic between the two as Zeika strives to protect her sister who, despite her young age is clever and talented in her own right. Their relationship is the impetus that gives Zeika the strength and courage to make the hard choices of survival.

Ghosts Of Koa has magic involved but it is not overly, allowing the actions and behavior of the characters to breathe and live on their own merit. I could and would to see this visually as a movie, T.V mini-series and or web-series. If you love engaging characters, detailed and fast paces storytelling then Ghosts Of Koa is a must read! Go support Colby R. Rice as she brings you more in The Books of Ezekiel.

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Colby R Rice
Sci-fi / Fantasy Novelist and Screenwriter
Author of “GHOSTS OF KOA, The First Book of Ezekiel”