Category Archives: Book reviews

Hard Magic by laura anne gilman

Read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of CSI, urban fantasy ★    ★    ★   End of the year cleaning, both my TBR list and my bookshelves. I’ve read it before and liked it, but couldn’t remember if it really deserved its … Continue reading

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So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane

Read  November 2017 Recommended for people who want to think ★    ★    ★    1/2 Why yes, yes I do. Based on the title, I expected something rather light and possibly silly. What I got was something more substantial, an old … Continue reading

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The Dirt on Clean by Katherine Ashenburg

Read  November 2017 Recommended for clean historians ★    ★    ★     I love a clean house. I actually like cleaning, particularly when it involves dusting my bookshelves. There’s something about a room where I’ve just removed the dust, hair and debris … Continue reading

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No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin. Make time.

Read  November 2017 Recommended for people who want to think ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 Ursula Le Guin is one of my heroes, in as much as I have them. Which is, to say, hardly at all, but her … Continue reading

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Necropolis by Michael Dempsey. I’d live there.

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of Blade Runner ★    ★    ★   1/2 I keep my eye out for urban fantasy with an unusual angle. By ‘unusual,’ you can assume a distinct lack of werewolves and vampires. This one caught … Continue reading

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The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of Christie ★    ★    ★   1/2   Imagine: a Christie I hadn’t read. Ever. But I’ve re-read enough Christie in my adult life to know that sometimes she works well, sometimes less so. Which … Continue reading

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The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of classic detectives ★    ★    1/2   If you’ve followed my reading recently, it’s no secret I’ve been enjoying Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole books. Somehow, I started with book three, Lullaby Town, perhaps because … Continue reading

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The Saturn Game by Poul Anderson

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of classic sci-fi ★    ★    ★   Winner of both a Nebula and a Hugo, The Saturn Game tempted me by being a mix of both fantasy and sci-fi. I’ve had some success with Poul … Continue reading

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Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary by Larios and Paschkis

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of lithographs, animals ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 I have a long affection for children’s picture books, despite having no children. When I saw a review on this and a small sample of … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of light mysteries ★    ★    ★  “The next morning Inspector Chopra awoke for the first time in thirty-four years without the knowledge that he was a police officer. For a while he lay in … Continue reading

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