Author Archives: thebookgator

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Made Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Recommended for The Littles Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★    On the upside, I can now spell ‘Tchaikovsky.’ Anything that isn’t spelled correctly is purely a typo. On the downside, the trouble with reading some of an author’s truly … Continue reading

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Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Recommended for fans of D&D, questioning Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★   ★   1/2 This was bananas. To be clear, I don’t mean ‘bananas’ in the wierd-fiction, ‘Authority’ kind of way, but in the ‘end up in a completely different … Continue reading

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Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Recommended for fans of Kate Daniels, slow burns Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★   ★ I never read paranormal romances. lie Ok, fine. And I’m not in the Andrews fan club, either. lie I’ve only read this book one. Oooh, … Continue reading

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A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw

Recommended for Khaw fans Read October  2021 ★   ★    After a buddy read of Khaw’s Lovecraftian-themed Hammers on Bone, we decided to try the subsequent novella. I was hopeful that a new protagonist–a bluesman–would provide a change from the … Continue reading

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Bullshit Jobs A Theory by David Graeber

Recommended for people that want to think  Read September  2021 ★   ★   ★   ★    I was expecting something along the pop-sociology lines of Malcolm Gladwell, and what I got was something far more profound. I wandered my way through … Continue reading

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Maui Snorkeling Guide 2nd Ed.

Recommended for snorkelers in Maui Read in 2021 ★   ★   ★  ★   ★    Easily five stars. This was my snorkeling guide–and honestly, trip planning guide–to three weeks in Maui, both before traveling and once I arrived there. There’s an … Continue reading

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Nalini Singh and Psy Changling

Recommended for: fans of shifty romance, psychic powers Read in September 2021 ★   ★   ★     1 /2   #2 in my chain-smoking. I don’t know what’s happened, truly I don’t. I probably have QB™ again. At any rate, now … Continue reading

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Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

Recommended for: people that read the rest of The Edge series Read in August 2021 ★   ★   1/2   Fourth and currently last in the Ilona Andrews ‘Edge’ series, Steel’s Edge ends the current arc that began in Bayou Moon. … Continue reading

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Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

Recommended for:  Read in August 2021 ★   ★   ★    Khaw’s name pops up every now and then, and I’ve generally avoided her books as they seem to be firmly in the young/new adult genre. However, when Tor offered Khaw’s … Continue reading

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A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Recommended for: fans of magic schools, Murderbot Read in August 2021 ★   ★   ★   ★   ★  Undoubtedly five stars. What makes it so? The ability to capture my attention and hold until finished, the daze of finishing, and the desire … Continue reading

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