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"Thanks for the great comments on the new book sale, everybody! (If you missed it, the publisher's announcement is here.)More info that was on Twitter but not here:* The first book, The Edge of Worlds: A Novel of the Raksura, will be out in hardco..." Read more of this blog post »
Stories of the Raksura, Volume 2 by Martha Wells
"OK, I am a giant fan of the Raksura books, but I think this volume may contain the best of Wells' novellas. "The Dead City" is an in media res flashback, starting as a much younger Moon flees the doomed city of Saraseil in the wake of his fateful..." Read more of this review »
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Stories of the Raksura, Volume 2 by Martha Wells
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I honestly didn't like this volume of short stories as much as Volume I. The first short story was set just after Moon fled Saraseil, so it does give some character background to the reasons why he was so angry and closed off by the beginning of The ...more
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Stories of the Raksura, Volume 1 by Martha Wells
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I'm deeply enamored by the Raksura series. The only thing that I didn't like about this short story collection is that it made me want to go out and re-read the trilogy for the second time this year. The stories in this volume are tightly plotted but ...more
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Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
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"Half a King" feels similar to Abercrombie's previous novels, but is slightly less grim, since it's aimed at the young adult market. It stands well on its own, but is a fun, quick adventure with a fantastic ending. I recommend this book to those who ...more
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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
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The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
" I won't make it to the discussion, and I bet I'm an outlier given the other reviews. I thought it was really slow and drawn out. I bet the POV switchi ...more "
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The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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DNF at 75% - The only interesting aspect of this book is the ways different alien cultures deal with justice. And it's barely touched upon. For a book with several people struggling against alien justice, it's pretty boring and not particularly well- ...more
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