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Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
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Fair warning, I didn't finish the book. I didn't come close. I made it about 30 pages before giving up because the writing was just so bad and the characters so shallow, insipid, and stereotypical. So, take my review with a grain of salt; given all t ...more
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Lethal Heritage by Michael A. Stackpole
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Even though this is the first of a trilogy, it is not the first of a storyline. There is a trilogy that precedes this, so this really should be marketed as a book #4, not a book #1. The result is that there are many references to shared knowledge tha ...more
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Time Spike by Eric Flint
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Cool idea, and mostly good storytelling. Would have been four stars except for the forced and unnecessary and somewhat painful to read romantic arcs. Reads a lot like a David Weber novel, for those who like that style.
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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
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The book deserves kudos for dealing with a topic that very few other authors are willing to deal with, and doing so in a thoughtful way. The ideas are compelling and perhaps a cliffnotes version of this should be given to practicing physicians and pa ...more
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The Victory Lab by Sasha Issenberg
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This book shouldn't be titled "The secret science of winning campaigns". It should be "personal anecdotes about political consultants who sometimes use science to win campaigns". I'd say about 5% of the book, maybe less, is actually about the science ...more
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The Victory Lab by Sasha Issenberg
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This book shouldn't be titled "The secret science of winning campaigns". It should be "personal anecdotes about political consultants who sometimes use science to win campaigns". I'd say about 5% of the book, maybe less, is actually about the science ...more
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
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I'm pretty sure this is her debut novel, and two things are immediately clear:

1) There are still some rough patches and
2) When she works out those rough patches, this author will be a force to be reckoned with.

So, at the point she was writing this, s
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Lion of Senet by Jennifer Fallon
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The book starts slowly. Very, very slowly. But it builds. It becomes stronger and more compelling. The characters become rich and nuanced. The world and the politics become deeper and more complex. Different strands of the tapestry are drawn together ...more
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In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
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Once there was an author who, fingers like twigs on a maple tree in winter, stripped bare and waving in the angry wind, typed stories on a keyboard clattering the like the hooves of horses on cobblestones as knights rush towards the castle gates. A s ...more
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Vol. 1 by Emil Ferris
"My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a debut graphic novel by Chicago based illustrator Emil Ferris and it was a book I leapt into on the basis of three imaginative ingredients present in its plot description: a 10-year-old named Karen Reyes who loves..." Read more of this review »
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