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Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elizabeth Bear. Sparkling.

October 2014 Recommended for fans of collages, Valente, fairy tales  ★    ★    ★    ★    1/2 A jewel of a novella. “Bijou’s fingers angled from her palms as if someone had bent them aside under great heat and pressure. She … 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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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin

Read February 2014 ★   ★   ★   ★ For those new to or unaware of the wonders of Le Guin, this is a short book about George Orr, a man who has been taking too many drugs in an attempt to stop … Continue reading

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Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly.

Read January, 2014 ★   ★   ★   ★  1/2 After the first two pages, I admit, I was worried. Over-dramatic, stereotypical imagery: a helpless, pursued heroine, a moonlit night, bloody hands, steep cliffs. I persevered with faith in my fellow reviewers, and … Continue reading

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Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. See it.

Read December 2013 Recommended for UF fans ★  ★  ★  ★ The end of the year, and I decided to finish with a bang, picking the most promising books lingering on my ToBeRead list. It’s been one interesting read after … Continue reading

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Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. Or, Carol Stays Up Late

Recommended for: fans of light sci-fi Read from August 02 to 03, 2013 ★   ★   ★   ★ Leviathan Wakes broke my reading slump! Listlessly slogging my way through various reads–a couple of which came highly recommended–I was starting to … Continue reading

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Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. Or, maybe It Tingled.

Read June 25 to July 11, 2012 Recommended for procrastinators and steampunk fans ★   ★   ★ It started off slow, but I fully realize that was a miscalibration with the story compatibility recognizer. I don’t really do the mother-hen story … Continue reading

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Or, Third Verse, Same as the First.

Recommended for: dystopia fans, series completionists, revolutionaries Read on February 28, 2013 ★★★ 1/2 A hero who is not only reluctant, but downright surly. Who could blame her? Initially acting out of defense for a beloved sister, the symbol of … Continue reading

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Embassytown, by China Mieville, or limbo with language

    Recommended for: fans of The Dispossessed, alien cultural intersections Read from December 23, 2011 to January 14, 2012 ★  ★  ★  ★ In ninth grade, Mrs. Muench–who had an uncanny resemblance to Miss Marple‘s friend Dolly Bantry–endeavored to … Continue reading

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Way Station by Clifford D. Simak, or classic sci-fi beauty

Recommended to Carol by: I have no idea, but thank you! Recommended for: classic sci-fi; gentle readers Read from September 10 to October 01, 2012, read count: twice  ★★★★★ Four exerpts: “And there she sat, with the wild red and … Continue reading

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