Author Archives: thebookgator

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avid reader and Goodreads reviewer looking for a home.

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

Read May 2019 Recommended for fans of dark thrillers It’s almost impossible for me to review Bacigalupi. Check my other reviews, you’ll see. The Windup Girl, Pump Six and Other Stories; the only one I did justice to was Ship Breaker, his YA … Continue reading

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Incursion: Vampire Apocalypse, aka ‘Counteraction’ by M.D. Massey

Read May 2019 Recommended for fans of apocalypse camp ★   ★    You know when you are kind of bored and channel-flipping, and you land on SCYFI channel or whatever it is these days, and you are watching people … Continue reading

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Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Read May 2019 Recommended for fans of Kate Daniels ★   ★   ★     The short version: Kate Daniels fans need to give this one a try. The long version: Interesting world-building, taking off on the Native American idea of … Continue reading

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Incursion: Zombie Apocalypse by M.D. Massey

Read May 2019 Recommended for fans of survialist zombie stories ★   ★   ★  ★    It’s a good thing I read this novella first, because the subsequent books turned out to be another herd of zombies all together.  Incursion: … Continue reading

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The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

Read April 2019 Recommended for fans of feminist fairy tales ★   ★   ★  ★    T. Kingfisher stories have a kind of magic for me. They seem to be exactly what I need to read at that point in … Continue reading

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The Vinyl Detective by Andrew Cartmel

Read April 2019 Recommended for fans of hipster thrillers ★   ★   ★     I really think my recommendation says it all, but here’s some specifics: A very, very down-on-his-luck record fan is getting desperate. The estate broiler finally broke, … Continue reading

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Dopesick by Beth Macy

Read April 2019 Recommended for people who feel completely unfamiliar with oxycodone   ★    1/2 A problematic read for me. Yes, I know; awards and all that. But I honestly think the awards go to the fact that Macy … Continue reading

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The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds

Read April 2019 Recommended for sci-fi fans  ★     ★    ★    1/2 When I sat down to read The Prefect, I thought I was reading a sci-fi mystery along the lines perhaps of Leviathan Wakes. Then I thought … Continue reading

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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelway-Sundberg

Read April 2019 Recommended for people who can read the original  ★     ★       A great premise: a group of older people in an assisted living facility become frustrated with their living conditions and embark on various activities … Continue reading

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Promised Land by Robert B. Parker

Read April 2019 Recommended for fans of Spenser  ★     ★     1/2     The One Where Spenser is Schooled on the Dangers of the Souless Suburban Life by Susan. Also The One Where We Meet Hawk, Who Is a … Continue reading

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