Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

The Circle

In order to have any hope of enjoying Dave Eggers’s The Circle, I had to put aside two major reservations right from the start. The first is the fact that the online social network at the heart of the book … Continue reading

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The Tale of the Unknown Island

This sweet little book by Jose Saramago with art of Peter Sís was a gift from my LibraryThing Secret Santa. It’s a sort of fairy tale for grown-ups (and perhaps some kids) that could by read in a single sitting. … Continue reading

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The Dream Thieves

Ronan Lynch, one of the four Aglionby Academy students introduced in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, has secrets—lots of secrets. In the first Raven Cycle book, we got a few hints about his secrets, particularly the secret surrounding Ronan finding … Continue reading

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Affinity

I’ve been reading Sarah Waters’s books in something close to reverse publication order (although I read Fingersmith before The Night Watch). So now I’ve reached her second book, Affinity, which feels rather like a warm-up for the brilliant Fingersmith. To explain … Continue reading

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The Raven Boys

It was April 24, St. Mark’s Eve. For most people, St. Mark’s Day came and went without note. It wasn’t a school holiday. No presents were exchanged. There were no costumes or festivals. There were no St. Mark’s Day sales, … Continue reading

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Doctor Sleep

Teresa and I are always reassuring nervous people that Stephen King isn’t such a bad guy. You can read him, we tell you, our eyes alight, even if you hate murderous clowns and gore and sleeping with the lights on! He … Continue reading

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Fables 14-18

Just a quick note to say that I’m now up to date with Bill Willingham’s Fables series (or at least all of the ones they have in my library.) I had been quite apprehensive about reading these last few, because … Continue reading

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Boxers and Saints

This two-volume graphic novel set by Gene Luen Yang looks at the Boxer Rebellion, the Chinese uprising in 1898 to 1901 against foreigners who had gained power in their country, from two perspectives. The first volume, Boxers, tells of a … Continue reading

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Talulla Rising

Is it cheesy blogging to say I devoured a werewolf novel?… But I did! I inhaled it, I ate it up in big, bloody chunks until I was completely satisfied, I — oh, fine. Fine. Be that way. I’ll stop, … Continue reading

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St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

Completely by chance, or maybe by one of those inner whims that guides our reading without our realizing it (or maybe it’s just October), I’ve now read three books in a row that had to do with strange beings, magic, … Continue reading

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