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The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

Read October 2018 Recommended for fans of  Bloody folk tales ★    ★    ★    1/2 Nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, and Shirley Jackson Awards,* The Ballad of Black Tom is a fine little novella, made accessible to horror dilettantes by … Continue reading

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The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett

Read  April 2018 Recommended for fans of noir, 1920 cities ★    ★   ★   1/2 It’s funny how things come together sometimes, isn’t it? I was keeping an eye out for Bennett’s newest book when I discovered his sophomore book, a … Continue reading

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Almost ready.

Listened October 2012 Recommended for fans of the 80s ★    ★   ★    –audio version Interesting. As a child of the 80s, part of Ready Player One speaks to me. Then there’s the part that loves a great story. The book … Continue reading

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The City & The City by China Mieville

Read  January 2018 Recommended for Fans of Miéville      ★    ★    ★     Can a city have a personality? I think so. Certainly the feel of Los Angeles is entirely different from NYC, and different again from Chicago, right? … 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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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of skewed myths ★    ★    ★    ★     Fairy tales, myths, folklore; these small, archetypal tales that have endured through generations of childhood. Seanan McGuire reinvented them once again for the current decade. … Continue reading

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Borderline by Mishell Baker. Yep.

Read  August 2017 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy looking for a new take ★    ★    ★      One of my friends once called me ‘The Anti-Drama.’ It was one of those moments of startling clarity, when one thinks, ‘wow; … Continue reading

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

Read April 2017 Recommended for Americans ★    ★    ★   ★    ★   It is no surprise that “Evicted” was the University Wisconsin-Madison’s Go Big Red book read for 2016, a book chosen by the chancellor and worked into campus-wide discussions and … Continue reading

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bellwether by Connie Willis

Re-Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of light romantic comedy ★    ★    ★    ★     ★    I owe bellwether a review.   Bellwether is a book that I inevitably turn to when I want something that is light, clever, literate … Continue reading

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