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Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. But slowly. Oh-so-slowly.

Read April 2017 Recommended for fans of The Orphan’s Tales ★    ★    1/2  This was one of the most lovely books I almost didn’t finish. To certain library books I must ask certain questions: are they worth overdue fines? Perhaps … Continue reading

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The Master by Claire North

Read December 2015 Recommended for fans of global games  ★    ★    ★    ★    The third in North’s triptych of novellas about The Gamehouse. You keep using that word. I know, I know, but I’m having a … Continue reading

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The Serpent by Claire North. Or, A good game

Read December 2015 Recommended for fans of politics, Venice  ★    ★    ★    ★  “She looks at her husband’s back, the empty glasses at his side, the coins on the table, and realises that there is anger on … Continue reading

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Finished April 2015 Recommended for fans of the apocalypse, celebrity-gazing  ★    ★    ★    ★    1/2  “One of the great scientific questions of Galileo’s time was whether the Milky Way was made up of individual stars. Impossible to imagine this … Continue reading

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Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer. Or, at least Ambivalence.

November 2014 Recommended for fans of sci-fi, hallucinogenic fiction  ★    ★    ★    ★ Once again, Vandermeer astonishes me with evocative, symbolic language: “The fifth morning I rose from the grass and dirt and sand, the brightness had gathered … Continue reading

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Authority by Jeff Vandermeer. Or, lack thereof.

September 2014 Recommended for fans of metaphors, slow-moving puzzles  ★    ★    ★    ★ If Annihilation reminded me of Jeanette Winterson’s writing, then Authority reminded me of Kafka, but not the interesting Kafka, one of the boring ones, which surely … Continue reading

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Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

September 2014 Recommended for fans of jeanette winterson, environmental exploration, the New Weird  ★    ★    ★    ★    ★  “The effect of this cannot be understood without being there. The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

Read August 2014 Recommended for fans of Valente, purplish prose, shadows  ★    ★    ★    ★    1/2 Once you’ve been to a world filled with magic, what happens next? September first visited Fairyland in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland … 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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Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke. Or, blues worth singing.

Recommended for: fans of deeply flawed detectives and southern noir Read on August 2013 ★   ★   ★   ★   1/2 Sometimes I wonder if you can really like the Robicheaux series. It isn’t easy witnessing a man struggle … Continue reading

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