The Fabulist Reviews

Reviews, essays, interviews, and other nonfiction “related works.”

‘The Owl House’: Disney Does Hieronymus Bosch

April 16, 2021

Children’s literature, which this reporter maintains must include visual as well as text media, has always had a weird streak.  It’s tempting to cite “Adventure Time” as a recent trendsetter — the bizarro Cartoon Network kid’s series has, with its surreal visuals, engaging characters and loopy storylines, spawned a myriad spinoff books and comics, and […]

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‘WandaVision’: A superhero mystery wrapped in a sitcom

January 19, 2021

Two Marvel superheroes find themselves happily trapped, with no memory, inside what seems to be a classic suburban sitcom where everything is all right — right?

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Revisiting Bradbury’s ‘skin illustrations’

August 11, 2020

Bradbury is a master of Americana, creating a nostalgic world and then creeping you the hell out.

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How ‘Horta-nomics’ can save Star Trek’s socialist utopia from the horrors of the dilithium mines

June 19, 2020

This moment — Spock’s mind-meld with the Horta in “Devil in the Dark” — is the instant when the socialist Federation of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” with all its hope becomes possible. Throughout the original series of Star Trek and in Enterprise people are constantly mining stuff. We see a galaxy desperate for mineral […]

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Ellen Klages on the ‘fantastic constructs’ of her magical San Francisco

May 16, 2020

[Ellen Klages has won her share of literary awards, but the biggest prize of all goes to the reader, who gets to explore the familiar, but distinct, worlds she creates. A San Francisco Bay Area resident since the 1970s, Klages paints a sparkling alternate vision of that city as literally magical in her World Fantasy […]

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What Poe can teach us about the pandemic

May 1, 2020

But Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious. When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his crenellated abbeys.— Edgar Allan Poe, “Masque of the […]

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