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Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
Empress of Forever
by Max Gladstone (Goodreads Author)
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The ending seemed a little woo-woo, but otherwise a grand space opera with my new favorite ensemble cast. Sequels?

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From the engine room, she heard what any office she’d ever been part of would have characterized as a vigorous discussion: “The
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An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass
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Not bad, reminded me of Megan Whalen Turner's "Thief of Attolia" series with an Italian setting. The weave of the plotting is looser, but the characters and twists are almost as smart and I thought Romy's total lack of parenting skills was a realisti ...more
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This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
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Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
Chilling Effect
by Valerie Valdes (Goodreads Author)
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Compass Rose by Anna  Burke
Compass Rose
by Anna Burke (Goodreads Author)
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Whoah, steeeeamy...but with enough plot to keep me reading, and just possibly pick up a sequel if such there be.
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Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
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Decent finish, a little long but not deficient in the action department. In the end the Sultan and his daughter Leyla made bigger impressions on me than the protagonists...they are strong and nuanced and not entirely unattractive. I would read storie ...more
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The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
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Got through the series when it first came out...but now it's so stultifyingly sloooow I only got to Severian's visit to the bordello and just couldn't, any more. Maybe it's the edition (audio), or maybe I'm a different person.

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Defenders of the Faith by James Reston Jr.
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I dunno...readable enough (I have a downloaded audio edition) but I had trouble figuring out what the topic was. And also, it seems as if Reston just abruptly lost interest in his subjects at a certain point and cut off there (well before the actual ...more
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Rules of Conflict by Kristine Smith
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Great stuff, though Ms Kilian is so roughed up and abused as the story goes on that I kept wincing. Still, it's a real pleasure to see characters being intelligent (if often not too smart).
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Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Baker
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OK, though the bitter tone of the narrator wore me down after a few hundred pages. Some brilliant set pieces, though--particularly the amazing blow by blow description of D.W. Griffith's "Intolerance."
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