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Book Review: Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer

Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a beautifully written, deeply introspective fantasy novel. A magic-based war is routinely slaughtering the people of Kashishi. The characters in this novel are trying (across 3 … Continue reading

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Book Review: Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages My rating: 5 of 5 stars Historical San Francisco. A circle of queer friends. Art and music. Nightclubs. And a tiny bit of magic. The “proper” magic itself is … minimal. Half-remembered. Rarely used without … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is another entertaining entry in Kameron Hurley’s body of work. She has pitched it as “Lesbians! In! Spaaaace!” and it is that, and it is also … Continue reading

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Book review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon My rating: 4 of 5 stars Very sweet YA romance set during the summer before college. The characters are compelling, and likeable, but still flawed in specific ways that feel real. Themes of … Continue reading

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Book review: Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake

Extreme Honor by Piper J. Drake My rating: 4 of 5 stars While military romances are not typically my thing, this one does a great job of balancing the military stuff with the story in a way that is accessible … Continue reading

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Book review: Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a lovely, snarkily-toned romp wherein a descendent of Van Helsing, Greta Helsing, is a doctor who treats the monstrous (vampires, vampyres, ghouls, demons, etc.) residents of London. … Continue reading

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Book review: Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly My rating: 5 of 5 stars Setting: fantastical version of Weimar (pre-WWII) Germany, roughly. Amberlough is a Big City in Gedda, full of Big City Dwellers who love their city life. There is beauty, art, … Continue reading

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Book review: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the great things about my occasional long travel days is the ability to read an entire novel that I had been meaning to get … Continue reading

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Book review: A Queen from the North by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae

A Queen from the North: A Royal Roses Book by Erin McRae My rating: 5 of 5 stars Purchased because I needed something fluffy and absorbing, and this did the trick, with authors whose work I have enjoyed before. So: … Continue reading

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Book review: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ellen (who goes by Elle) is a spy for The Loyal League, masquerading as a slave to get information to support the Union cause. Malcolm is a Pinkerton … Continue reading

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