Category Archives: Fiction

The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston

Read January 2017 Recommended  ★     ★     ★    ★   First there was ‘chick-lit.’ Then there was ‘hick-lit.’ I hereby dub a new sub-genre: dick-lit. No, it’s not about sex, porny-readers. I’m thinking of such books as The Goldfinch, Less Than … Continue reading

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Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Read August 2013 Recommended for fans of absurdist thrillers  ★    ★    ★    ★    I opened Angelmaker with high expectations. I enjoyed The Gone-Away World a great deal, and admired the blend of characterization, humor, and social commentary with a … Continue reading

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Three Men In a Boat. And, To Say Nothing of the Dog.

December 2014 Recommended for fans of Victorian humor  ★    ★    ★    I love To Say Nothing of the Dog. Adore it enough to own two copies, a paperback for reading/ lending, and a hardcover for keepsies. Love it … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, or The Week I Couldn’t Decide

October 2014 Recommended for fans of the Pulitzer, Jonathan Strange  ★    ★  I can’t get no sat-is-fac-tion, and I tried! I tried! Oh how I tried! Nothing’s working for me this week: It started with The Element of Fire, … Continue reading

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Kindred by Octavia Butler

Read June 2014 Recommended for Americans who read ★    ★    ★    ★    ★ Octavia Butler amazes me. She writes science fiction that is full of complicated ideas about race and sexuality that are completely readable. I’ll innocently start … Continue reading

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The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Read June 2014 Recommended for fans of fairy tales, romance ★    ★    ★    ★     1/2 Retelling something as familiar as a fairy tale can be a risky proposition. In some cases, magic can come out of the … Continue reading

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The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich.

★   ★   ★   ★   1/2 Recommended for: poetry lovers, writers, feminists, people who enjoy reflection Rich is one of my favorite poets, and there are few words to describe how beautiful and thoughtful these poems are. This slim volume is divided … Continue reading

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Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Read January, 2014 ★   1/2 This is a tough one to review. Not because my reaction to the read wasn’t particularly clear –it was– but because my good friends over at Shelf Inflicted and I differ significantly in our … Continue reading

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Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge. Or, ‘A is for awe’

Read October 2013 ★   ★   ★   ★   ★   Fly By Night is a playful, sophisticated story, as suited to the older reader as the young adult.  The story of a twelve-year-old misfit girl–she can read–weaves an … Continue reading

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Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon.

World Fantasy Award 1992 Recommended for: hmm. For the right mood. ★   ★   ★    ★ Think Something Wicked This Way Comes without a focused antagonistic plot line. Think Alice Hoffman. Think of something leisurely, and winding, with just … Continue reading

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