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Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

Recommended for:  Hardcore Bishop fans Read in August 2021 ★   1/2 You know how you feel when you eat too much candy? That’s how I felt reading this book. A blip of satisfaction followed by feeling really gross, and that … Continue reading

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A Ghoulish Midlife. Why yes, it is ghoulish.

Attempted July 2021★  Read only if you are a middle-aged woman who lost the love of your life (but who also refers to your only son as the other love of your life) and want to imagine what it might be like … Continue reading

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Read September 2020 Recommended for seriously hetronorms  ★      No one knows a girls’ friendship like a guy, amIrite? Just kidding, totally sexist of me, just like this entire hetronormative mess of a Hogwarts derivative with more contradictory messaging … Continue reading

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The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder by Victoria Dowd. Or The Smart Woman Considers it Unpalatable.

Read May 2020 Recommended for no one.  ★     You would think that at my age, I would be smarter than to fall for a marketing line that claims “A GOLDEN AGE COUNTRY HOUSE MURDER MYSTERY BROUGHT BANG UP TO … Continue reading

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Satan’s Gate by Walt Browning

Read January 2020 Recommended for military dudes  ★     1/2 Well, I was greedy and I have only myself to blame. The first book, Lost Valley, was a rather solid entry in the zombie survival genre, so I immediately went … Continue reading

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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Like childhood.

Read  July 2017 Recommended for ? fans of Neil Gaiman ★    ★    1/2 This is definitely not a young adult book. If you should try, with best intentions, after reading numerous glowing reviews and having heard Connolly’s name bandied about … Continue reading

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Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Read May 2017 Recommended for completionists     Apparently, some times I’m a little subtle, and the trolls have difficulty following my train of thought. So I’ll be direct: I feel kind of sick about reading this book. I mean, … Continue reading

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Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman. Yes, absolutely.

Read January 2017 Recommended for people that like Regency romance and elven politics  ★     ** spoiler alert ** Do not read this review. Unless you are Carol., and unless you are not fond of regency romance and portal worlds. … Continue reading

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Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire. It’s an apocalypse, all right.

Read December 2016 Recommended for fans. Forgiving ones.  ★     1/2 It’s an apocalypse, all right–a three-hundred page written disaster. I’ll be blunt. I don’t read this series for the gorgeous writing; I read for the fun menagerie of fantastical … Continue reading

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Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe. Or The Rage Confounder.

Read July  2016 Recommended for people who dislike language, writing and communication  ★    We all have one, that person we’d prefer to get along with, but every time they open their mouth, so much stupid erupts that low-level irritation … Continue reading

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