Category Archives: Book reviews

2021 Year in Review

  Oh, Goodreads. Oh, 2021. Oh, Year 467 of the Pandemic. Books were about as average as one can get, evidenced by a 3.4 rating for the year. Fitting for a year which one could never claim was ‘average,’ but … Continue reading

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Night Watch by Terry Pratchett, take two

Read December, 2021 Recommended for aging Pratchett fans ★   ★    ★    ★     1/2   In one timeline, I read this in 2015 and it was a total miss even though I had an affection for the character … Continue reading

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Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre

Read December, 2021 Recommended for people who really like classic sci-fi ★   ★     1/2 I abandoned this at about page 183. Why? I fully admit much of it is me, in this particular mood in my life at this … Continue reading

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Provenance by Ann Leckie

Read December, 2021 Recommended for people who don’t want to commit to the trilogy ★   ★     1/2   Note to self: Probably you should write a review right after you finish reading, no matter how uninspired you may find … Continue reading

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Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Read December, 2021 Recommended for the Lovecraft-curious ★   ★   ★   1/2     I had heard this was a collection of short stories, so I went into it with fair expectations, I think. There’s an interesting blend of Lovecraft and … Continue reading

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Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Read December, 2021 Recommended for sci-fi fans ★   ★   ★ Elder Race, or, a post on which I muse about feelings, productivity, and the futility of blurbing. Goodreads lists over thirty books written by Tchaikovsky, and that’s not including another … Continue reading

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Far From the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson

Read December, 2021 Recommended for ? ★   ★    If there is any hook guaranteed to make me sit up and pay attention these days, it’s the futuristic mystery-in-space. After the peaks and valleys of the Rosewater series, I wasn’t … Continue reading

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Recommended for fans of Hardinge Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★   1/2 “They had found the edges of each other’s temper, like jagged rocks under a placid skin of water.” Frances Hardinge is an amazing writer. She is one of … Continue reading

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Penric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

Recommended for fans of light fantasy Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★   Further story-telling strides have been made since the first two installments of Pendric and his demon, Desmonda. This is a straight-up mystery that brings the gang of the … Continue reading

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Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

Recommended for fans of light fantasy Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★    An improvement on the first book, Penric and the Demon, the shaman’s story picks up four years later. Penric has finished school and is working for the … Continue reading

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