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Charles Payseur


Charles Payseur

Charles Payseur grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, before scuttling off to the frigid recesses of northwestern Wisconsin. Perhaps addled by the cold and snow, he settled with his partner in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he probably enjoys the various craft breweries and excellent cheeses a bit more than is strictly healthy for him. As a writer, his fiction and poetry has appeared at Nightmare Magazine, Lightspeed, Unlikely Story, and Strange Horizons, among others. He also runs Quick Sip Reviews, where he expounds his opinions on speculative short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. He can be found on Twitter as @ClowderofTwo

Charles Payseur

Reviews by Charles Payseur

by Daniel José Older - Art, Fantasy, Fiction

Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then her grandfather becomes sick and he starts apologizing repeatedly. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears…Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on. With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one --- and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family's past, take down the killer in the present and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.

by Jay Hosler - Graphic Novel

Nestled in the grass under the big palm tree by the edge of the desert there is an entire civilization --- a civilization of beetles. In this bug's paradise, beetles write books, run restaurants, and even do scientific research. But not too much scientific research is allowed by the powerful elders, who guard a terrible secret about the world outside the shadow of the palm tree.

by Christine Heppermann - Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult 12+

In 50 poems, Christine Heppermann confronts society head on. Using fairy tale characters and tropes, POISONED APPLES explores how girls are taught to think about themselves, their bodies and their friends. The poems range from contemporary retellings to first-person accounts set within the original tales, and from deadly funny to deadly serious. Complemented throughout with black-and-white photographs from up-and-coming artists, this is a stunning and sophisticated book to be treasured, shared, and paged through again and again.

by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang - Graphic Novel, Young Adult 12+
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer --- a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. 
by Virginia Bergin - Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Against all odds, Ruby has survived the catastrophic onset of the killer rain. Two weeks after the radio started broadcasting the warning, "It's in the rain. It's fatal and there's no cure," the drinkable water is running out. Ruby's left with two options: persevere on her own, or embark on a treacherous journey across the country to find her father-if he's even still alive.

by Jessica Love and Jen Wang - Fiction, Graphic Novel

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.

by Alaya Dawn Johnson - Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC's elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.

by Emily Carroll - Horror, Youth Fiction

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.”

by April Henry - Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult 12+

Alexis, Nick and Ruby have very different backgrounds, but when the teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for an autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer --- before he can strike one of their own.