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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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Book review: The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander

The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander My rating: 4 of 5 stars A fictionalized riff on the execution of Topsy the Elephant and the Radium Girls. In which the Radium girls also include sentient elephants with their own … Continue reading

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Book review: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Check out The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal The Calculating Stars is a bit of a departure for Mary Robinette Kowal, who is better known in long form for her historical fiction with fantasy elements. This is a science … Continue reading

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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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