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Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow

Read March 2021 Recommended for ★   1/2 I stalled. Why? Because it contains one trope I hate,¹ a character type I dislike,² and a plot choice I dislike³ with what is looking to be a fairly predictable story that’s lingering in the … Continue reading

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Echopraxia by Peter Watts

Read March 2021 Recommended for sincere, devoted Peter Watts fans ★   1/2 If it wasn’t for my co-readers of Blindsight encouraging ourselves onward, this would have been a solid DNF. While Blindsight explored what individuality and personality, Echopraxia mostly just … Continue reading

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Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker

Read February 2021 Recommended for engineers and military strategists  ★     ★      A solid meh on my enjoyment scale. Historical military fiction with a snarky first person narrator. Engineers will likely love this ode to their profession and … Continue reading

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To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

Read December 2020 Recommended for fans of Chambers  ★     ★     1/2 A travelogue with frankly underdeveloped characters and a bonkers ending–and I don’t mean in the Gideon the Ninth kind of way. No, I mean in the Tana … Continue reading

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Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Read October 2020 Recommended for those who enjoy a serious angst vampy story        I think this is a pass for me. Domingo is a seventeen year-old who lives on the streets, getting by by being invisible and … Continue reading

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Incursion: Vampire Apocalypse, aka ‘Counteraction’ by M.D. Massey

Read May 2019 Recommended for fans of apocalypse camp ★   ★    You know when you are kind of bored and channel-flipping, and you land on SCYFI channel or whatever it is these days, and you are watching people … Continue reading

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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelway-Sundberg

Read April 2019 Recommended for people who can read the original  ★     ★       A great premise: a group of older people in an assisted living facility become frustrated with their living conditions and embark on various activities … Continue reading

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Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez

Read February 2019 Recommended for fans of YA road trips 2.75 ★      A. Lee Martinez is hit and miss for me; two of his books are ridiculously fun (Gil’s All Fright Diner, Emperor Mollusk), a couple absolutely aren’t, … Continue reading

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Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Read October 2018 Recommended for fans of Pollyanna, sloppy stories ★    ★    Here’s the part where you think I’m going to eat my words. But I don’t think I have to: think of it as being able to love Star … Continue reading

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Read July 2011 Recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman ★     ★     1/2 American Gods, a meandering tale of a book, took me at least two tries to get through, despite my gravitation towards urban fantasy.. The concept of … Continue reading

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