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Maui Snorkeling Guide 2nd Ed.

Recommended for snorkelers in Maui Read in 2021 ★   ★   ★  ★   ★    Easily five stars. This was my snorkeling guide–and honestly, trip planning guide–to three weeks in Maui, both before traveling and once I arrived there. There’s an … Continue reading

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A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Recommended for: fans of magic schools, Murderbot Read in August 2021 ★   ★   ★   ★   ★  Undoubtedly five stars. What makes it so? The ability to capture my attention and hold until finished, the daze of finishing, and the desire … Continue reading

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Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Recommended for:  fans of fractured fairy tales Read in August 2021 ★   ★   ★   ★   ★    Charming and cute. Nostalgia and a sale on the electronic boxed set brought this to my attention; while I have the paperback set, … Continue reading

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Fugitive Telemetry

Read April 2021 Recommended for fans of sci-fi, humor and AI  ★     ★     ★    ★    ★      2021 is looking to be a pretty special year. No, I don’t mean the vaccine, although that’s pretty … Continue reading

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A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

Read December 2020 Recommended for fans of empire sci-fi  ★     ★     ★     ★      ★   I am grateful that Martine’s A Desolation Called Peace came my way at the end of 2020 instead of during the … 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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Driving the Deep by Suzanne Palmer

Read June 2020 Recommended for fans of submarines, space adventures!  ★     ★    ★     ★    1/2 Interesting that it has been sci-fi books in the past few years to really pull me out of my slump. Driving the Deep was … Continue reading

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Ocean Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the World Under the Sea by Julia Rothman

Read January 2020 Recommended for people who like oceans  ★     ★     ★    ★    ★    Almost perfect* This is a solid overview of the ocean environment that should appeal to both visual and book learners. Done … Continue reading

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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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