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Fantasy/Horror Novel Review: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

After reading and loving A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking, I resolved to read more of T. Kingfisher (an alias of Ursula Vernon), a remarkably versatile writer with acclaimed children’s books, horror novels, fantasy romances, and fairy tale retellings. The Hollow Places may mark the first time I’ve ever read a novel primarily marketed as… Continue reading Fantasy/Horror Novel Review: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

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Science Fiction Novel Review: The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

The Vanished Birds is another book that I didn’t know much about before award nominations came out, but Simon Jimenez was nominated for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer on the strength of this debut, so I thought it was well worth a shot.  Before starting, I had heard that The Vanished Birds was… Continue reading Science Fiction Novel Review: The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

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Science Fiction Novella Review: Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

New Murderbot installments are a must-read for me at this point, even if Fugitive Telemetry–the sixth entry in Martha Wells’ The Murderbot Diaries—was a one-off novella that didn’t continue after the events of last year’s novel. And, as usual, I was not disappointed.  Fugitive Telemetry, despite being sixth in publication order, takes place between the… Continue reading Science Fiction Novella Review: Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

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Fantasy Duology Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo may be the most popular author I’ve read in several years, with her hit Shadow and Bone Trilogy garnering a huge fanbase and ultimately resulting in a Netflix adaptation. But for all its popularity, Shadow and Bone is almost universally–at least in my circles–considered inferior to a later work in the same universe:… Continue reading Fantasy Duology Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Fantasy Novel Review: The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

After reading and immensely enjoying the winners of the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, I decided to start following the competition more closely and checking out the books that looked most intriguing. The 2020 SPFBO delivered one of my favorite books of the year in the semifinals, and when The Lost… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson