Tag Archives: five star

A Song of Shadows by John Connolly

Read June 2019 Recommended for fans of the series ★   ★   ★   ★   ★  Easily the best Charlie Parker book since The Lovers (#8). It was, for me, a perfectly balanced Parker book: mystery, the supernatural, vengeance, visceral horror, … Continue reading

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The Size of the Truth by Andrew Smith

Read June 2019 Recommended for fans of quirky kids ★   ★  ★   ★   1/2 I (excuse me) hated sixth grade. So I was hesitant to read a book about Sam, who, “during the first week of sixth grade … Continue reading

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A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Read May 2019 Recommended for fans of sci-fi, world-traveling ★   ★  ★   ★  ★   With reservations. What do you mean, what do I mean? There’s something about it–as good, as inclusive, as remarkable as it is–that just fails … Continue reading

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Exit Strategy by Martha Wells. Please, don’t.

Read November 2018 Recommended for fans of introverted robots ★     ★    ★    ★    ★   “I had a complex emotional reaction. A whole new burst of neural connections blossomed. Oh right, I often have complex emotional reactions … Continue reading

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helium by rudy francisco

Read July 2018 Recommended for poetry fans ★    ★   ★   ★   ★     “Tell me a story  and let’s laugh like it’s the only thing keeping us alive. Play a song and give the stereo permission to use its outside … Continue reading

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Claire DeWitt and the Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran

Read May 2018 Recommended for fans of mysteries ★    ★    ★    ★   ★   Five million stars. But wait, if I rate this book that high, what does that make Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead? Fucking awesome, … Continue reading

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Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Read February 2018 Recommended for fans of slow mysteries, great writing ★    ★   ★    ★  1/2   What is it about Brooklyn? A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Joe Pitt in Half the Blood of Brooklyn. Last Exit to Brooklyn. Not … Continue reading

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The Secret History of Moscow by ekaterina sedia

Read  December 2017 and January 2018 Recommended for fans of Cat Valente ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 The Secret History of Moscow is, judging by the wide range of reviews, the literary equivalent of an optical illusion: You might … Continue reading

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Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy horror, ocean ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 I knew Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant had it in her, somewhere. She takes the promise she had shown in Feed, her creature inventiveness from Discount … Continue reading

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Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

Re-read  December 2017 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy ★    ★    ★   ★   1/2   About a year after my initial read, I think it’s time for a decent review. More relaxed reading time raised my rating; I actually think … Continue reading

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