Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

The Fifth Season

Almost exactly two years ago, I finished N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy, which is all about gods and race and class and religion. Her plotting is Byzantine, but her characterization is terrific, and I heard nothing but praise for her Broken … Continue reading

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Pastoralia

This is the third book of George Saunders’s short stories I’ve read, and the fourth of his books I’ve read overall, and to be honest I think he might be one of my top five favorite authors. I don’t tend … Continue reading

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The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger was the very first book that Jenny and I reviewed together here on Shelf Love (and the first book by Sarah Waters that I’d ever read). We both loved it, and with the movie coming out this year, … Continue reading

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The Outsider

Does anyone remember that in 2002, Stephen King announced his retirement? Let’s just pause to think about that for a second. Even if you assume that From a Buick 8 and the Dark Tower books were already in the pipeline … Continue reading

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Daughters of the North/The Carhullan Army

A woman, who now goes by the name Sister, once lived in the town of Rith in northern England, but she escaped with a rucksack full of supplies and a working gun. Her goal was to find the Carhullan, a … Continue reading

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Version Control

This is a book of science fiction unlike pretty much any other I’ve read. The science fiction piece revolves around a causality violation device (it’s not a time machine!) and about the consequences of using it or not using it, … Continue reading

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Future Home of the Living God

Louise Erdrich’s latest is a departure from her usual stories of families and communities learning to live through the world as we know it. In this case, she imagines a young woman trying to live through a near-future world, a … Continue reading

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Horns

Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke the next morning with a headache, put his hands to his temples, and felt something unfamiliar, a pair of knotty, pointed protuberances. And there you have most … Continue reading

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Jane, Unlimited

I was drawn to Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore when Other Jenny said it was “Rebecca as a choose-your-own-adventure, by way of Diana Wynne Jones.” And… I’m not sure I can actually do much better than that for a 13-word … Continue reading

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Deep Secret

You would think, since I like Diana Wynne Jones so much, that I would have read more of her books. I was in the middle of Deep Secret (which Other Jenny heavily recommended to me years ago and I have … Continue reading

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