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Exile's Valor by Mercedes Lackey
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Selenay is a capable, BAMF of a Valdemarian Queen, but the reader always hears the tale of Elspeth's father who seduced her in an attempt to steal her crown and failed. This is the story of that time, immediately after her father's death and her own ...more
How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr
"Ever since I read The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA, I’ve been looking for a book on the United States’s imperial possessions, and the first half of this book is exactly what I..." Read more of this review »
Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney
"I loved Cheney’s earlier book The Golden City, so I was enthusiastic about this one. And I still am, but with reservations. On the one hand, this features soulbonds! Complicated soulbonds, even! And psychic powers with rules and consequences! And..." Read more of this review »
The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova
"Part of the problem here, I realize, is that I was hoping this would be a different book. I wanted a catalogue of classic confidence games, for two reasons: 1. Future writing research. 2. I wanted a final, definitive answer on whether the “biggest..." Read more of this review »
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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Everything I Never Told You
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Time wafts through this book like gently lapping waves, pulling the story inevitably deeper into the lake and the teenage girl at the heart of everything. This story is tremendously well written. These stories about the tragic fragility of deeply fla ...more
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Take a Thief by Mercedes Lackey
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I have always liked the hints we get that Valdemar--while very much worth protecting--is not a perfect place. Skif--the boy-thief Herald--has always been a big part of that depiction. Therefore, this story, which I will call the Oliver Twist of Valde ...more
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Exile's Honor by Mercedes Lackey
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
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First person narrative from the perspective of a gently mad girl creates a perfect ambiance of creeping horror in this classic novel. I highly recommend it.
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Voices by David Elliott
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Grounded in the two primary source testimonies from her time, this book tells the story of Joan of Arc through poetry in the styles popular then. Never taking a side when it comes to her sainthood, this book nevertheless approaches Joan with sincerit ...more
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Lumberjanes by Lilah Sturges
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Sometimes it's easy to lose yourself and your friends through uncertainty. And strange magic. As is often the case with stories for hardcore lady types, this arc of Lumberjanes makes it through emotional stress with the power of friendship to the max ...more
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Django Wexler
“You got rid of him?” “For the moment,” Winter said. “Nothing confuses an officer like violently agreeing with him.”
Django Wexler, The Thousand Names

Bill Bryson
“Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life's quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right moment in order to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result -- eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly -- in you.”
Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

Neil Gaiman
“Why do they blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spent my entire days sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commit acts they would otherwise find repulsive. 'The devil made me do it.' I have never made one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them.”
Neil Gaiman, Season of Mists

Allie Brosh
“Most people can motivate themselves to do things simply by knowing that those things need to be done. But not me. For me, motivation is this horrible, scary game where I try to make myself do something while I actively avoid doing it. If I win, I have to do something I don't want to do. And if I lose, I'm one step closer to ruining my entire life. And I never know whether I'm going to win or lose until the last second.”
Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Tom Stoppard
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