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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
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This is an interesting little book, and sort of hard to review. As others have pointed out, it has a vague fantasy aspect to it, but it's not fantasy as one normally thinks of it. It has elements of romance, of mystery, and "literary", whatever th
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon is on page 143 of 318 of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street: "You poor pedantic thing. Your science can save a man's life, but imagination makes it worth living."
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
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Pirate King by Laurie R. King
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There is a foreword in this novel - a note from Ms Russell - about how this is the most seemingly fictional of all her stories, and how she'd hardly believe it herself if it hadn't happened to her.

It's also the most off-the-beaten-path for the novels
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Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey
Love, Lies and Spies
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A cute, historical rom-com with nary a love triangle in sight!

Juliana is off to have her Season with her younger-by-one-year cousin, but Juliana is more interested in visiting London for the sites, entertainment and publishing opportunities it pr
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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
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This is an interesting book, and one somewhat hard to review.

I read it with a group, and no one really loved it. Even people who liked it, like me, had some issues with it, and a lot of people just outright disliked it. Though some of that dislike ap
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Death Watch by Ari Berk
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I got somewhere between 30-35% through this book, and I just can't.

It has all the elements of a story I should like, but I can't get into it. The narrative drones, the dialogue is stilted and strangely archaic, though I'm fairly certain this is mean
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The Power by John R. Mabry
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Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan
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This book was not at all what I expected. From the title and the blurb, I was expecting something campy and fun - sort of Hammer Horrorish. Sort of scary but just so over-the-top ridiculous that it's funny.

So I was surprised to find it's actually pla
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The Dream Stealer by Gregory Maguire
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I picked this up because a conversation about fairy tale retelling came up in a group recently that didn't focus on the Big 20 in fairy tales, and I started looking around and came across this story about Baba Yaga. I've liked Maguire's other work
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Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
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I've really liked this series overall, though it has had its fair share of issues... but I couldn't help but be a little disappointed with this final installment, especially the end.

Before I jump ahead too far, though...

One complaint I've seen about
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J.R.R. Tolkien
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson in His Journals

Frank Herbert
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

Bertrand Russell
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”
Bertrand Russell

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