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Book review: Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you are the kind of person who read The Tempest and thought “Prospero is kind of a dick,” this is a book for you. It is Miranda’s … Continue reading

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Book review: A Memory of Empire by Arkady Martine

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a fantastic slow burn of a first novel. I’m a fan of Arkady’s short fiction, and the hallmarks of well-crafted language, intricate, intimate worldbuilding, and … Continue reading

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Book review: Witchmark, by C.L. Polk

Witchmark by C.L. Polk My rating: 4 of 5 stars Read this one relatively slowly because I wanted to savor it. This is going to be discussed as “gaslight fantasy” because it’s secondary-world with a vague post WWI-ish(?) setting, including … Continue reading

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Book review: The Unlikely Lady, by Valerie Bowman

The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Lovely fluffy romance I got as an audiobook from my public library. Jane is a bluestocking. Garrett is supposedly a man-about-town. They hate each other. They snipe. They … Continue reading

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Book review: Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn

Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read this on the plane ride back from WorldCon. I love, love, LOVE this series. It is the cognitive equivalent of a warm hug, a blanket, a kitty, and … Continue reading

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Book review: Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay My rating: 4 of 5 stars Content warnings for rape and body issues, both of which are presented in a straightforward but not euphemistic manner from the point of view of … Continue reading

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Book review: Reading, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman My rating: 3 of 5 stars This was an interesting book about psychological processes and how they work, specifically how we think, and the difference between “instinct” and “gut reaction” and “actual thinky … Continue reading

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Book review: Managing Humans by Michael Lopp

Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager by Michael Lopp My rating: 3 of 5 stars Read this on the recommendation of Kevin Sonney from the Productivity Alchemy podcast. Very solid approach to laying out management … Continue reading

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Book review: After the Gold by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

After the Gold by Erin McRae My rating: 5 of 5 stars Another stellar romance from McRae & Maltese. I ripped through this in a day, rooting hard for both characters the whole damned time. Katie & Brendan have the … Continue reading

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Book Review: All Systems Red by Martha Wells

All Systems Red by Martha Wells My rating: 5 of 5 stars Absolutely loved this. Murderbot is a security AI for an expedition trip that is going horribly, horribly wrong. Come for the planetary exploration, stay for the wry wit … Continue reading

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