Author Archives: thebookgator

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avid reader and Goodreads reviewer looking for a home.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Read March 2021Recommended for sci-fi ★     ★     ★   1/2 It’s complicated. I bought Ancillary Justice awhile ago, knowing I needed to read it. Everyone, it seemed was raving, from the Hugo/Locus/Nebula Awards to the Incomparable Podcast to the friends … Continue reading

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Fugitive Telemetry

Read April 2021 Recommended for fans of sci-fi, humor and AI  ★     ★     ★    ★    ★      2021 is looking to be a pretty special year. No, I don’t mean the vaccine, although that’s pretty … Continue reading

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A Man With One of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell

Read March 2021 Recommended for fans of comedies & mysteries  ★     ★     ★    ★   1/2   I don’t think I’ve had this much fun since Murderbot’s All Systems Red. That’s right: you heard me. Dublin, Ireland and … Continue reading

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Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

Read March 2021 Recommended for UF who want something a little different  ★     ★     ★     1/2 Always on the look-out for something new in urban fantasy, Charish did not disappoint with her light-hearted take on death magic. … Continue reading

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

A really fabulous idea, lots of potential but awkward execution. For a book that is ostensibly about Tavia, a young woman recently relocated from LA to Portland, and her bestie, Effie, there’s an awful lot here that has nothing to … Continue reading

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The Portable Door by Tom Holt. Or, Use the Door to Exit, ASAP

Read February 2021 Recommended for fans of snark  ★     1/2   After thirty years in emergency response and nursing, and a lifetime of being associated with law enforcement people, I like to think I’m somewhat of an expert on snark. … Continue reading

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Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker

Read February 2021 Recommended for engineers and military strategists  ★     ★      A solid meh on my enjoyment scale. Historical military fiction with a snarky first person narrator. Engineers will likely love this ode to their profession and … Continue reading

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The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask

Read January 2021 Recommended for nerds and those who love names  ★     ★     ★     ★   I love words and have noted plenty of irony in suburban addresses more than once (where are the oaks on Oak … Continue reading

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The Seep by Chana Porter

Read February 2021  ★     ★     ★     ★     You probably read my book reviews to figure out whether or not a book should make it to your TBR list, and maybe even how soon you should read … Continue reading

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The Henchmen’s Book Club by Danny King

Read February 2021  ★     ★      1/2 I haven’t been this ambivalent about a book since, oh, last week. My reading buddies and I wanted to prolong our baddie streak after finishing Hench. It turned out that The … Continue reading

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