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avid reader and Goodreads reviewer looking for a home.

We Interrupt This Blog for a Brief Update

Vacation 2021: Part One It’s the first time in over two years that I’ve been away, and a long time since I’ve really been able to let go of home responsibilities. I’ve chosen them, so I’m not complaining, but as … Continue reading

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Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Recommended for:  fans of The Expanse, Star Trek Read in July 2021 ★   ★   ★   ★        Sooner or later, Adrian Tchaikovsky is going to make me learn to spell his name. His output rivals Sanderson’s, but his … Continue reading

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The Scavenger Door by Suzanne Palmer

Recommended for:  Read in July 2021 ★   ★   ★   ★        Suzanne Palmer has been one of my authors to watch, and the first two books in this series are a lot of fun. The Scavenger Door closes … Continue reading

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The Left-Hand Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

Recommended for: ya traditionalists Read in July 2021 ★   ★   ★   1/2     I’ve bounced off Sabriel by Garth Nix enough times that I was hesitant to give his latest a try, but Nataliya’s fine review caught my imagination, … Continue reading

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Drug Dealer, MD by Anna Lembke, MD

Read June 2021★  ★  ★  ★ Dr. Lemke isn’t the first health care practitioner to feel like a drug dealer, but she is one of the only ones to write a comprehensive overview of the relationship between prescribers, patients and … Continue reading

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A Ghoulish Midlife. Why yes, it is ghoulish.

Attempted July 2021★  Read only if you are a middle-aged woman who lost the love of your life (but who also refers to your only son as the other love of your life) and want to imagine what it might be like … Continue reading

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Suppose a Sentence by Brian Dillon

Attempted June 2021 ★  ★ Literature analysis wonks only. A lovely review tempted me, but alas, this only lives up to its premise if one is well-versed in All The Writers. I thought perhaps it would contain sentence construction deconstruction … Continue reading

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Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love

á Read June 2021 ★  ★  ★ A follow-up to the adventures of Julian discovering mermaids, this suffers in comparison. I continue to love Love’s artistic sensibilities, but almost none of the pictures felt as vibrant or as unusual as … Continue reading

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Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Read June 2021★  ★  ★   There’s at least two ways to read this series, and your enjoyment will depend on which you choose (choose your own adventure!) Do you: Read quickly, surface-details only, not pausing to question characters and plotting.  … Continue reading

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A Man of Shadows by Jeff Noon

Read June 2021★  ★   In the end, it comes down to feeling, as much as it pains me to say, and this was solidly uninteresting. Whether an unlikeable protagonist, stock characterization, or predictable plotting, I couldn’t say. Remember when you … Continue reading

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