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Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Read August 2020 Recommended   ★     ★    ★     ★   1/2 “‘Of course, but do you understand what is at stake,’ he asked? She had no idea… She was, however, curious. ‘Tell me,’ she said,  knowing a story lay … Continue reading

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The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

Read 2020 Recommended for fans of fantasy  ★     ★    ★    ★  Before there was TV Tropes, there was The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. In 1996, Wynne Jones created the ultimate epic fantasy trope list. Done in a … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer. Tell me more secrets!

Read July 2020 Recommended for fans of rouge AI  ★     ★    ★    ★    ★     I first read this about the time that Murderbot installments were coming out, leading me to an epiphany that I had … Continue reading

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Short Story Round-up: Nebulas 2019

  Best Short Story • Give the Family My Love by A.T. Greenblatt (Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 149, February 2019) I enjoyed it, despite a recently noted dislike of epistolary storytelling. A pessimistic anthropologist astronaut is the last chance for humanity … Continue reading

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The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark

Read February 2019 Recommended for fans of djinn, interesting reads  ★     ★    ★     ★  Cairo, 1912 or so. There’s a ghost in Tram Car 015, although Senior Agent Hamed is fairly certain it isn’t a ghost. You … Continue reading

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Round-up: P. Djeli Clark

One of my favorite new writers is P. Djèlí Clark. I first discovered him from longer length short-stories, and then his novellas. As I enthusiastically reviewed his work, it led to interesting discussions on the ability of male authors to … Continue reading

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Hugo 2019 Novelette Nominations

“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again” by Zen Cho Best Novelette nomination and Winner https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-try-try-again-by-zen-cho/ Sweet. A touch uneven but a solid heart. Chinese dragons, karma, transformation, all rolled in to a modernized version of a traditional … Continue reading

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Short Story Round-up: 2019 Hugos

“The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society” by T. Kingfisher, 2018 Best Short Story Nomination https://uncannymagazine.com/article/t… “But far beyond the merriment and the music and the trapped mortals, there was a campfire, and around it sat a half-dozen men, and … Continue reading

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Dopesick by Beth Macy

Read April 2019 Recommended for people who feel completely unfamiliar with oxycodone   ★    1/2 A problematic read for me. Yes, I know; awards and all that. But I honestly think the awards go to the fact that Macy … Continue reading

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Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer

Read February and March 2019  ★     ★    ★     ★   ‘Cat Pictures Please,’ the titular story, won a Hugo and Locus, and was nominated for a Nebula, which rather implies Kritzer’s short stories are something to look … Continue reading

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