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The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Vol. 3

Read  January 2018 Recommended for    ★    ★     1/2 Ah, the heady days of sci-fi, when men were men, women were women, and bug-eyed tentacled things were bug-eyed tentacled things. Picked up because of the Hugo and Nebula winner ‘The Saturn … Continue reading

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2017 in review

Let’s do some awards, shall we? Best series installments: (tie) and Series installment that deserves shredding: YA book I wish I had read when I was nine: YA Book I still would have hated had I read it when I … Continue reading

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Righteous by Joe Ide

Read  January 2018     ★    ★    ★    1/2 This is a good book; don’t let my rating fool you. After all, what are ratings? A momentary reflection on the enjoyment of a read, a statement on the overall quality of … Continue reading

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Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich. Second verse, same as the first.

Read  January 2018 Recommended for Fans of Stephanie Plum.         ★    ★    1/2 I finally figured out the target audience for this series! My younger cousin is trying to read again–she has a four-year-old and a two-year-old, so I’m doubtful for … Continue reading

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Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant

Read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of Mira Grant ★    ★    1/2 My success with Into the Drowning Deep led me to this novella and nominal prequel. Sadly, this feels more like the Seanan McGuire I am familiar with; the … Continue reading

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Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy horror, ocean ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 I knew Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant had it in her, somewhere. She takes the promise she had shown in Feed, her creature inventiveness from Discount … Continue reading

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Murder on Moloka’i by Chip Hughes

Read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of surfing ★   ★   1/2 AKA, the review in which I absolutely can not be bothered to remember the details. I have absolutely no idea how this found my way onto my radar. I … Continue reading

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Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Re-read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy ★    ★    ★   ★   1/2   About a year after my initial read, I think it’s time for a decent review. More relaxed reading time raised my rating; I actually think … Continue reading

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of social awkwardness ★    ★    ★   ★   1/2   Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. Mostly, anyway. Except when she’s offering comfort at the scene of an accident: “Mr. Gibbons is calling an ambulance,” I … Continue reading

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Rivers of London Black Mould by Aaronovitch Cartmel, Sullivan

Read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of Peter Grant, graphic novels ★    ★    ★   I read these out of fan appreciation for Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series, not because I’m attracted to the graphic novel form. That said, the graphics finally … Continue reading

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