“…everything has a narrative, really, and if you can’t understand a story and relate to it, figure out how you fit inside it, you’re not really alive at all.”

— Catherynne M. Valente, Silently and Very Fast

My name’s Emily Goldman. I’m an aspiring publishing industry professional currently working towards earning my Masters in Book Publishing at Portland State University. As part of my degree, I work at Ooligan Press, an independent, student-run press, where I publish books like these. When I’m not reading or doing publishing-related tasks, I am most likely procrastinating, watching TV, cat-wrangling, or knitting, in that order.

Here can be found book reviews, primarily of the fantasy, science fiction, and YA variety. They are likely to be lengthy. I enjoy exploring why it is I liked or disliked any given book, poking and prodding into the whys and wherefores of how it was written. My favorite things in fiction are characters I’d be willing to fight to the death for and the interplay between said characters and the world in which they live. Oh yeah, and I am a sucker for stories about stories and narratives. My preferences, likes, and dislikes regarding writing and storytelling are my own, and I try to take those into account when reviewing any book. I also aim for half of my reviews to be on books by authors of color.

Click here to visit my professional portfolio. I can also be found on Goodreads.


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