Bookbed reviews: ‘Wounded Little Gods’ by Eliza Victoria

by Rae Rival THE STORY Regina was born and raised in the small town of Heridos, where gods and spirits walked the earth. Until they didn’t. Ten years ago, the whole town produced a bad harvest – rice grains as black as soot – and the people of the town moved on, away from the soil and the farms, believing the gods and spirits have abandoned them. It is ten years later, on a Friday before a long weekend, and Regina ends her shift at an office in Makati. She walks home with a new colleague named Diana. Diana, following a…

Crossed Wires: The Fantasy Epic

by Erika M. Carreon I’ve talked before and written about in a Plural blog about the contributions and frustrations Tolkien and his Middle Earth have given me in relation to how I’ve come to define fantasy, but for the moment I’d like to talk a bit about fairy tales, particularly the misconception that they were stories “naturally” 1) geared towards children, and that they 2) exist to primarily teach children black-and-white concepts of morality. To a certain extent, I suppose, these arguments are still being thrown at fantasy itself. Right now, people are probably aware of how messed-up the “real” versions…