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I tell you, once upon a time kids had to walk to school barefoot. And not just barefoot, but naked. In snow and rain. Uphill. And they had to not get ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
Station Eleven
BILL: “Quiet” and “lovely” are not usually words one reaches for when describing a post-apocalyptic novel. Not with the reverted-back-to-savagery cann ...more
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Oct 21, 2014
The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #2)
I have to admit, I groaned a little bit upon opening the envelope with my ARC of Brian Staveley's The Providence of Fire. "Six hundred pages? Really, ...more
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Jan 22, 2015
Karen Memory
If — like me — you find steampunk to be a problematic genre, take heart: Elizabeth Bear has created the cure, and it is called Karen Memory. This is a ...more
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Feb 13, 2015
Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris, #2)
Bill's review: Codex Born is Jim Hines’ follow-up to last year’s Libriomancer, his breezy love letter to fantasy and science fiction readers and write ...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 19, 2013
The Grim Company (The Grim Company, #1)
The Grim Company, by Luke Scull, will not, at least at first, stun you with originality. You’ve got your basic world-weary, gruff, aging Northern warr ...more
Sep 12, 2013
Sep 12, 2013
Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
Wyrd Sisters is a fun, lively book. It’s definitely a bit on the light side compared to some of Pratchett’s later works – more parody and less satire, ...more
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Jun 02, 2013
I am a sucker for interstitial characters: those literary beings who work the borderlands and thresholds, guiding other characters and the reader from ...more
Apr 15, 2015
Apr 01, 2015
The Human Division (Old Man's War, #5)
The Human Division is a fast-paced roller coaster of a book. At the Nebula Awards this weekend in San Jose, California, John Scalzi politely informed ...more
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Jun 01, 2013
Emperor of Thorns (The Broken Empire, #3)
King Jorg, at the ripe ol’ age of 20, rules over seven nations, but that’s not enough — it’s never enough. He’s now ready to make his bid for emperor ...more
Sep 11, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Bitter Greens
4.5 stars

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth is a marvelous re-telling of Rapunzel, woven together with historical fiction that gives the reader a glimpse i
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Oct 21, 2014
When It's A Jar (YouSpace, #2)
When It’s a Jar is Tom Holt’s sequel to last year’s Doughnut. It can stand alone, but you probably want to at least read about Doughnut first (here is ...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, #1)
I’ve been meaning to read Daniel Abraham’s THE LONG PRICE QUARTET for years, because that’s how long Bill and Rob have been talking about it. Since it ...more
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May 20, 2013
Pillar to the Sky
While reading William R. Forstchen’s Pillar to the Sky, I kept thinking this is what would have happened if, back in the 1960’s, NASA had commissioned ...more
Apr 2014
May 06, 2014
If you took The Canterbury Tales, Ship of Fools, The Origin of Species, and And Then There Were None, mixed them all up and added a pinch of Asimov, B ...more
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Sep 04, 2013
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
Hype is an untrustworthy thing, which has led me astray before. It either ratchets my hopes so high that they’re bound to be disappointed (see: A SONG ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
The Goblin Emperor
A few weeks ago I finally finished with revisions to my dissertation and rewarded myself with a read of The Goblin Emperor, the first book published u ...more
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May 27, 2014
The Bone Clocks
Fans of David Mitchell (of which I am definitely one) will feel right at home with his newest work, The Bone Clocks. You’ve got your chameleon-like ab ...more
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Oct 18, 2014
Saga, Volume 2 (Saga #7-12)

Well, this series is still going strong… lots of fun and highly recommended!

This time around we get a glimpse into what filled young Marko with such h
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May 22, 2015
Atlantis Rising
I gave Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron a pretty fair shot I’d say—200 of its 370 pages, but eventually I just had to give it up. And I wasn’t alone in ...more
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Dec 29, 2014
City of Masks: (The Bone Mask Trilogy #1)
Whenever I see the words "book one" or "first in a series" on the cover of a book, I'm always a little leery about whether or not it's going to end on ...more
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Jan 22, 2015
Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School, #3)
“It’s most annoying of you to order me to do something I’m going to do anyway. Now it’ll look like I’m obeying you.” ~Miss Sophronia Temminnick

I absol
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Dec 29, 2014
Lost Covenant (Widdershins Adventures, #3)
Note to self; Get the first two books in Ari Marmell’s WIDDERSHINS series, so that I am current on this fascinating character. If Lost Covenant is rep ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
Daughters of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter, # 3)
Daughters of the Nile concludes Stephanie Dray’s trilogy about Selene, the daughter of Cleopatra, who survived the fall of her mother’s kingdom and we ...more
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013
J.M. McDermott’s Maze is about a maze. Or possibly the maze: An unending series of stone halls and corridors which lurks in our primordial past, popul ...more
Jan 16, 2014
Jan 16, 2014
Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon (Gideon Smith, #2)
Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon is David Barnett’s steampunk follow-up to Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl, and continues that first book’s soli ...more
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Dec 29, 2014
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Kate: Neil Gaiman's latest collection of short fiction and poetry, Trigger Warning, begins, like his other collections, with a long, explanatory intro ...more
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Feb 22, 2015
Sorrow's Knot
Sorrow’s Knot had some big footsteps in which to follow, since Erin Bow’s debut novel Plain Kate was pretty terrific. But I’m pleased to report that S ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 09, 2013
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man (1897) is a story known by most people, but how many have actually read the book? It’s probably a lot darker and action-packed than ...more
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Apr 16, 2015
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Reviewed by Rebecca, Marion, Kelly:
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Jun 18, 2013
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