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Made Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Recommended for The Littles Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★    On the upside, I can now spell ‘Tchaikovsky.’ Anything that isn’t spelled correctly is purely a typo. On the downside, the trouble with reading some of an author’s truly … Continue reading

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A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw

Recommended for Khaw fans Read October  2021 ★   ★    After a buddy read of Khaw’s Lovecraftian-themed Hammers on Bone, we decided to try the subsequent novella. I was hopeful that a new protagonist–a bluesman–would provide a change from the … Continue reading

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Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

Recommended for:  Read in August 2021 ★   ★   ★    Khaw’s name pops up every now and then, and I’ve generally avoided her books as they seem to be firmly in the young/new adult genre. However, when Tor offered Khaw’s … Continue reading

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What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch

Read May 2021 Recommended for Abigail fans ★  ★  ★  ★ This was mostly a delight. It won’t work for everyone, I’m sure, but for me it was strongly reminiscent of The Furthest Station and a delightful return to the … Continue reading

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The Album of Dr. Moreau

Read February 2021  ★     ★    ★    1/2 Daryl Gregory always gets a second look from me. I thought Afterparty interesting and clever, Harrison Squared interesting and clever, We Are All Completely Fine interesting and disturbing, Pandemonium interesting … Continue reading

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Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard

Read December 2020 Recommended for fans of de Bodard  ★     ★     ★     ★   An unusual genre-bender set in de Bodard’s Xuya Universe. It combines sci-fi, a murder mystery and a bit of romance, wrapped in the feel … 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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The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Read October 2020 Recommended for people who want a faster Book of Koli  ★     ★     ★     If I were a teacher, I’d say, “I expected better.” Comparisons are insidious, no doubt, but his book Children of Time … Continue reading

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A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

Read July 2020 Recommended for fans of  Kingfisher  ★     ★    ★     Really, how can any baker resist a title like that, along with the lure of an enthusiastic but somewhat unreliable sourdough starter named Bob? But what … Continue reading

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Sauerkraut Station by Ferrett Steinmetz

Read June 2020 Recommended for fans of space station sci-fi  ★     ★    ★    1/2 My absolute favorite thing by Steinmetz. It entirely deserves the 2012 Nebula nod. A young woman aboard the tiniest space way-station imaginable meets … Continue reading

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