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Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 70

  Read November 2019 Recommended for fantasy/sci-fi fans ★   ★    ★    Here’s what happened: “Welcome to the Medical Clinic…” is awesome enough that I thought I should stop reading it for free and decided to buy it’s … Continue reading

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Jackaby by William Ritter

Read November 2019 Recommended for fans of Gail Carriger ★   ★   ★   1/2  The short version: Jackaby is a new-adult, 1892 version of Elementary with a detective that can see the ghosties and beasties of the supernatural world. Vaguely … Continue reading

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The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

Read November 2019 ★   ★   1/2 Like being invited to dinner at a friend’s favorite restaurant, I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. Rather than a specific ingredient, I think it was a blend … Continue reading

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Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather

Read November 2019 Recommended for fans of Chambers ★   ★    ★   ★  There’s something incredibly campy sounding about nuns in space. But this is less meme and more character study in the most unique space faring vehicle yet … Continue reading

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Lizard Music by D. Manus Pinkwater

Read November 2019 Recommended for ten-year-olds and Reynolds ★   ★    ★   ★    I had lizards when I was young, so it stands to reason that a book titled “Lizard Music” would appeal. With allergies to fur and … Continue reading

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Maggie Terry by Sarah Schulman

Read November 2019 For fans of NYC and addiction lit-fic ★    ★     Hey, a new category of fiction for me: the NFM. Not quite a DNF, it’s a Not For Me, a quit before I waste any more … Continue reading

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Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith

Read September 2019 No recommendations come to mind ★    ★     I don’t know what Marshall Smith was thinking, I truly don’t. Too casually dark for your average young adult and with themes of estrangement that will barely be … Continue reading

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A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais

Read September 2019 Recommended for fans of Crais ★    ★    ★    Here’s the scoop: A Dangerous Man is distressingly like Taken (Cole/Pike book #15), except that we skip the twist. It also reads more coherently; though Crais … Continue reading

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The Wrong Case by James Crumley

Read August to September 2019 Recommended for fans of boozers ★   ★     Was this a mystery? Nominally. Was this an extended bender through the days of Milo’s feeble attempts to distract himself from the drunken ennui of his … Continue reading

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When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen

Read August to September 2019 Recommended for fans of poetry ★   ★    ★    #3 on the recent attempt at TBR books that Turned Out to be Okay But Not Amazing Asthetics were totally pleasing and tempting. Love … Continue reading

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