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Sci-fi Novella Review: The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older

I’ve been vaguely familiar with Malka Older as a sci-fi author with a pretty good reputation, but I hadn’t actually had an opportunity to read any of her work, and when The Mimicking of Known Successes was pitched as a sapphic Sherlock Holmes in space, my mystery-fatigue inclined me to skip this one as well.… Continue reading Sci-fi Novella Review: The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older

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Sci-fi Novella Review: Nothing But the Rain by Naomi Salman

February is always a great month for catching up on stories—especially relatively short ones—from other people’s favorites lists, and while I had heard almost no buzz about Nothing But the Rain by Naomi Salman, a book club friend had it atop their 2023 novella list, so I thought I’d give it a try. Guess what?… Continue reading Sci-fi Novella Review: Nothing But the Rain by Naomi Salman

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Fantasy Novella Review: A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

I find Alix E. Harrow’s writing style incredibly readable, with her debut novel being one of my favorite books from 2019, and her works second on my ballot for both Best Short Story (“Mr. Death”) and Best Novella (A Spindle Splintered) last year. Given her popularity, it was no real surprise to see her back… Continue reading Fantasy Novella Review: A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

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Fantasy Novella Review: Mammoths at the Gates by Nghi Vo

This review is based on an eARC (Advance Reading Copy) provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Mammoths at the Gates will be released on September 12, 2023. Nghi Vo hooked me on The Singing Hills Cycle with the the wonderful, Hugo-winning, found object epic The Empress of Salt and Fortune.… Continue reading Fantasy Novella Review: Mammoths at the Gates by Nghi Vo

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Fantasy Novella Review: Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk

I’d heard enough good about Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk that I had it penciled in to read even before the Hugo finalists were released, though my uneasy relationship with noir had me somewhat apprehensive. But with its spare word count and excellent narrative voice, it promised to be well worth… Continue reading Fantasy Novella Review: Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk

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Fantasy Novella Review: The Last Dragoners of Bowbazar by Indra Das

This review is based on an eARC (Advance Reading Copy) provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Last Dragoners of Bowbazar will be released on June 1, 2023. I’ve been hearing about Indra Das for a while, but not enough to push him to the top of a crowded TBR.… Continue reading Fantasy Novella Review: The Last Dragoners of Bowbazar by Indra Das

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Horror Novella Review: One Hand to Hold, One Hand to Carve by M. Shaw

I’m not usually much of a horror fan, but M. Shaw caught my attention with their unsettling short story “Man vs Bomb”—one of the best I read in 2021—and the premise of their weird horror novella One Hand to Hold, One Hand to Carve was intriguing enough for me to close 2022 by taking a… Continue reading Horror Novella Review: One Hand to Hold, One Hand to Carve by M. Shaw