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When Gravity Falls by George Alec Effinger

Read  June 2017 Recommended for people who enjoy futuristic detective noir ★    ★    ★   ★    1/2 I don’t even. This book engrossed me, sucked me in, took me to the seediest bar in town, plied me with cheap booze and left … Continue reading

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bellwether by Connie Willis

Re-Read March 2017 Recommended for fans of light romantic comedy ★    ★    ★    ★     ★    I owe bellwether a review.   Bellwether is a book that I inevitably turn to when I want something that is light, clever, literate … Continue reading

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Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

Read July  2016 Recommended for fans of mythology, Valente  ★     ★     ★     ★ Take fairy tale mythology, the sideways structure of Native American folklore, a Wild West setting, weave it through with themes on race and gender … Continue reading

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The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang

Read December 2015 Recommended for fans Baghdad bazaars, time travel  ★    ★    ★    ★    ★   he Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate is made up of four intricately woven stories: the titular story, “The Tale of the … Continue reading

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Dune by Frank Herbert

Read December 2015 Recommended for fans of sci-fi  ★    ★    ★    ★ I blame the movie. I was an avid but novice fantasy and sci-fi reader in 1984 when David Lynch’s Dune rolled out as a big-budget … Continue reading

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The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner. Or, the future is now.

February 2015 Recommended for disbelievers in the need for the EPA  ★    I think I might DNF this one. Honestly, I feel like I’m reading the newspaper and the Sierra Club’s journal on a particularly bad day. Knowing that … 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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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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The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells

Recommended for: fans of supernatural/time-period mystery Read from June 07 to 08, 2012 ★  ★  ★  ★   1/2   Delightful. The Lies of Locke Lamora co-ops The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The book blurb doesn’t have it quite right: “Nicholas … Continue reading

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The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth by Roger Zelazny

Recommended for: Zelazny fans, short story fans Read from July 15 to September 15, 2012 ★ ★ ★ ★   Zelazny was a master at the short, novelette and novella (rather a pity, since his world-building often leaves me wanting … Continue reading

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