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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

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Fantasy Novel Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater has a pair of series that have made her a name in YA fantasy, but in my circles, I’ve heard as much or more about her 2011 stand-alone featuring high-stakes races on the backs of murderous water horses. And with the two first-person narrators fitting perfectly into one of the trickiest of bingo… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Sci-fi/Fantasy Series Review: The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein

I first heard about Rosemary Kirstein’s The Steerswoman on a list of excellent female-authored fantasy that had been undeservedly forgotten. The premise struck me immediately: Steerswomen are a group dedicated to the collection and free distribution of knowledge, traveling the world asking and answering questions. They will truthfully answer any question asked of them, no… Continue reading Sci-fi/Fantasy Series Review: The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein

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Fantasy Novel Review: They Mostly Come Out at Night by Benedict Patrick

The title is great, the cover is gorgeous, and Benedict Patrick’s novelette “And They Were Never Heard From Again” was one of the best stories I read all of last year. So dipping back into Yarnsworld for the first full-length novel was a no-brainer. They Mostly Come Out at Night is a dark fairy tale, with… Continue reading Fantasy Novel Review: They Mostly Come Out at Night by Benedict Patrick

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Science Fiction Novel Review: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

I didn’t see too much hype for Micaiah Johnson’s debut–although it was enough to push my library hold to five months–but what it lacked in quantity, it made up for in quality. Every single review I saw for The Space Between Worlds raves about it. I was hoping to read it before award nomination season ended, but… Continue reading Science Fiction Novel Review: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson