Author Archives: thebookgator

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avid reader and Goodreads reviewer looking for a home.

The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik

Read August 2022 Recommended for people wanting to dip their toes into Watts ★   ★   ★   ★   This isn’t your childhood Harry Potter. “I didn’t want to get up and go on in the world, agreeing that it was in … Continue reading

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Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty

Finished September 2022 Recommended for fans ★   1/2  Super-cool premise, super-soft execution. Good memories of Lafferty’s Six Wakes led me to requesting Station Eternity. Sadly, time seems to have increased ambition without accompanying skill. Six Wakes was a fun, locked-room–of … Continue reading

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Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

Read August 2022 Recommended for people in the 2000s unratable Back in the day–ie, as they were released–I read all of the Stephanie Plum books. No matter how ridiculous, I could say that they gave me at least one laugh-out-loud … Continue reading

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A Book of Bones by John Connolly. Or Book of Digression

Not finished August 2022 Recommended for serious Connolly fans ★   ★    Dear John, I wanted to read a book about Charlie. His buddies, Louis and Angel. His ghost-kid. Maybe something sort of supernatural. But this felt like an EXTRA!!! … Continue reading

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Sea Storm by Andrew Mayne

Read August 2022 Recommended for people fans of water, thrillers, procedurals ★   ★   ★   ★  It was probably four chapters before I really stopped to take a breath. It’s been awhile since I had a read like that viscerally engaging, … Continue reading

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The Freeze Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

Read August 2022 Recommended for people wanting to dip their toes into Watts ★   ★   ★   ★  1/2 I really, really like Watts’ writing, perhaps to an extent not represented by my reviews of individual books. On the surface, that … Continue reading

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The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository by John Connolly

Read August 2022 Recommended for  ★   ★   ★   ★ If Among Others was Jo Walton’s love letter to sci-fi and fantasy, this is John Connolly’s love letter to classical literature and libraries. Think Thursday Next without the bananas escapades. But … Continue reading

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Black Coral by Andrew Mayne

Read August 2022 Recommended for thriller fans ★   ★   ★   ★  Thrillers fill a particular ecological niche in my life. For me, they are literary fast food, perfect for when I need a tasty jolt to power me through a … Continue reading

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Artifact Space by Miles Cameron

Read July 2022 Recommended for fans of space flight ★   ★   ★   ★ Hey, guess what? It turns out I can still read overly long books and enjoy them! I mean, it’s not that amazing–I did read Doors of Eden, … Continue reading

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Read August 2022 Recommended for Pollyannas of all genders ★   ★   ★   ★ I want to live in Becky Chamber’s world. I’m not dragging on them, really, I’m not. But the world in Psalm is genial, and comforting and almost–may … Continue reading

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