Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

Lincoln in the Bardo

Before I read this novel, I was already a fan of George Saunders from two of his collections of outstanding short stories (Tenth of December and In Persuasion Nation.) I love the way he plays with form, and the… what … Continue reading

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Charlotte Sometimes

There are certain kinds of kids’ books I love. I don’t necessarily seek them out, but I love them nearly every time I read them. Time travel books, boarding school books, ballet books, books about (sometimes orphan) siblings, books about … Continue reading

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Parable of the Talents

I was so engrossed in the earlier book of this pair by Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower, that I waited only a couple of months to get the sequel. I’m happy to say that Parable of the Talents is … Continue reading

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Wintersmith/I Shall Wear Midnight

Back in 2014, I read the first two Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett. Although the plot of the first book was a little hard to follow, I loved Tiffany herself, but it took me a long while to get … Continue reading

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The Shining (film)

You all know by now that Teresa and I are both big Stephen King fans, and The Shining is one of his best novels. But to be honest, with a couple of exceptions (The Shawshank Redemption) movie adaptations of King’s … Continue reading

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Borderline

This fantasy novel by Mishell Baker is the kind of book that makes you want to recommend it to people, but a) it’s hard to know who in your acquaintance will like it, and b) it is quite difficult to … Continue reading

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War for the Oaks

Eddi McCandry was already having a bad day what with both her band and her relationship breaking up, but then she’s chased down by a giant black dog and when she wakes up, she finds herself in the company of … Continue reading

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Her Body and Other Parties

It’s hard for me to describe how much I enjoyed this book — how much this book was completely and totally up my alley — because the alley is kind of… specific. Does it bother authors when they get compared … Continue reading

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Ninefox Gambit

Okay, so let’s say right up front that unless you are a regular reader of hard science fiction, this will be a difficult, dense book to get through. I read a fair-to-middling amount of science fiction and fantasy — it’s … Continue reading

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Boxers and Saints

Between 1898 and 1901, the Chinese people rebelled against foreigners who had gained power in their country, and specifically against foreign missionaries who were converting more and more Chinese people. Boxers and Saints, a two-volume graphic novel set by Gene … Continue reading

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