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Black Water Sister – Take Control

Gangsters, ghosts, and gods. That’s what you’re up against in Black Water Sister by Zen Cho. Be prepared to deal with at least two threats at any given time. And when a god shows up, well, just start praying. Cho’s standalone story is a brilliant blend of reality and the supernatural set against the vibrancy…

Inside Man – Outside The Box

“As if Deadpool had slipped into the body of the Witcher Geralt,” reads the NYT book review of K.J. Parker’s Propser’s Demon. And the NYT is mostly correct in that description. We reviewed (and unilaterally enjoyed) Prosper’s Demon last year, going so far as to give the novella a perfect 10. Prosper’s Demon earned the…

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The Witch’s Heart – Motherhood Woes

I know next to nothing about Norse mythology. I don’t even have a basic idea of the stuff from Marvel because, well, I don’t follow anything from that universe. But even the Marvel stuff seems to be a liberal interpretation of the original source material. Needless to say, I stepped out of my comfort zone…

The World Gives Way – What The World Need Now, Is A New Hull

The World Gives Way, a debut novel by Marissa Levien, is a super depressing book that you probably shouldn’t read if you are in a bad place. This standalone story focuses on the idea of coping with your impending death, and not in a peaceful, fulfilled, going silently into the night sort of way. It's…

Dawn – Looking Directly Into The Sun

Last year around the same time Andrew read Butler’s Parables, I also embarked on a similar journey. I had heard about Butler’s work over the years, and felt it was high time I took a dive into her library, and landed on the Xenogenesis trilogy as my next read. It's a story about first contact,…

The Past Is Red – Endearing, Compassionate and Impassioned

I know you come to a book review site to find books that can help you escape from the world, but unfortunately I am that guy, the one who brings you screaming back to reality. I am talking, of course, about climate fiction, and boy was this book a treat. I’ve only read one other…

She Who Became The Sun – Hotter Than A Drought

It's only as I write this that I realize that I am a complete idiot and the title of this book, She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan, is the mother of all puns. It’s about a woman who rose to fame and fortune by shining brighter than the sun, by pretending to be…

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Six Crimson Cranes – Takes Flight

Elizabeth Lim is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Not only do her books feature the most beautiful cover art I’ve ever seen (courtesy of talented artist Tran Nguyen), but her storytelling is delicately woven with such care that it’s too precious to describe. I really enjoyed her book, Spin the Dawn, and need…

The Protectorate – A Spectacular Finish to a Strong Start

Earlier this year I re-read Velocity Weapon(VW) to prepare for the final book in the The Protectorate Trilogy by Megan O’Keefe. I have avoided spoilers (except for one in the synopsis, so you can just skip that if you want to avoid it) so that you feel comfortable learning about the series. Needless to say,…

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The Library Of The Dead – Alive And Well

I needed a mental break. I just finished Sarah J. Maas’s latest book, A Court of Silver Flames, and there was a lot to process after going through the main character’s healing journey. How lucky was I to pick up The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu next? I couldn’t have planned this reading…