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The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik

Read August 2022 Recommended for people wanting to dip their toes into Watts ★   ★   ★   ★   This isn’t your childhood Harry Potter. “I didn’t want to get up and go on in the world, agreeing that it was in … Continue reading

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Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

Read August 2022 Recommended for people in the 2000s unratable Back in the day–ie, as they were released–I read all of the Stephanie Plum books. No matter how ridiculous, I could say that they gave me at least one laugh-out-loud … Continue reading

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Sea Storm by Andrew Mayne

Read August 2022 Recommended for people fans of water, thrillers, procedurals ★   ★   ★   ★  It was probably four chapters before I really stopped to take a breath. It’s been awhile since I had a read like that viscerally engaging, … Continue reading

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Black Coral by Andrew Mayne

Read August 2022 Recommended for thriller fans ★   ★   ★   ★  Thrillers fill a particular ecological niche in my life. For me, they are literary fast food, perfect for when I need a tasty jolt to power me through a … Continue reading

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Artifact Space by Miles Cameron

Read July 2022 Recommended for fans of space flight ★   ★   ★   ★ Hey, guess what? It turns out I can still read overly long books and enjoy them! I mean, it’s not that amazing–I did read Doors of Eden, … Continue reading

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Giant Days by John Allison

Read June 2022 Recommended for grown up fans of Lumberjanes ★   ★   1/2   Underwhelming, given the rave reviews. Mildly diverting. Art is reminiscent of the delightful Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy, which is probably what tempted me, along … Continue reading

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The Outskirter’s Secret by Rosemary Kirstein

Read May 2022 Recommended  ★   ★   ★   ★    It only took me two months to finish, which probably counts as some kind of personal record for category of Book-I-Actually-Liked-Even-Though. The ‘even-though’ was the kicker, clearly. Kirstein writes an interesting … Continue reading

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The Verifiers by Jane Pek

Read May 2022 Recommended for lit fic fans ★   ★   1/2 I should have liked The Verifiers, an amalgamation of three of my book interests: quirky New York women, mysteries, and identity exploration. Bonus, it even claimed to be about … Continue reading

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That Ain’t Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire

Read May 2022 Recommended ★   ★   ★   ★   Surprisingly fun and a nice return to the attraction the series originally held for me. Snappy dialogue, a tone that nicely balances fun with consequences and an interesting storyline all make for … Continue reading

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The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein

Read February 2022 Recommended for fans of the scientific method ★   ★  ★  1/2 This is one of those books that I wish I had found when it was published in 1989, or even in the following decades. I would … Continue reading

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