Crimson staff writer
Samantha H. Chung
What do pink noise, the history of Kurdistan, and the Lego Bionicle franchise have in common? They all figure into Seth Dickinson’s sci-fi novel “Exordia.”
All this is to say: Gregory Maguire’s “Wicked” is one of my favorite books, and I don’t think you should read it. But this is a call to embrace your problematic faves, the stories that comfort you despite their flaws, the media that you genuinely believe is a masterpiece but would never recommend to a friend. Even if it leaves you feeling a little wicked.
The show that “started out as a joke” is a hilarious, introspective, and ultimately touching work that speaks to the Harvard experience on a deeply relatable level.
This year, Gong returned with her adult genre debut, “Immortal Longings,” the first book in a gritty fantasy-romance trilogy loosely based on Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.”
While “Chlorine” centers around a mermaid who narrates its story, the novel is far from a fairytale or Disney movie — it’s a brilliantly unsettling exploration of toxic competition, unhealthy power dynamics, and all of the messy grotesqueries of teenage girlhood.