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Review: The Trials of Solomon Parker

The Trials of Solomon Parker by Eric Scott Fischl is a “What would happen if you could go back and fix your mistakes?” book which succeeds when it breaks away from the expected pattern for such a book. Which it does. A lot. It succeeds a lot. Maybe it’s just me, but the book’s title … Read more

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett comes out May 2nd, and if you’re not reading it by May 3rd I’m going to scowl at you SO HARD. This book is a kind of James Bond fantasy but with emotionally impactful action and a whole lot of depth. Nothing wrong with pure escapism, of course, but this … Read more

Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl

Dr. Potter's Medicine ShowDr. Potter’s Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl is the kind of story you should read while chugging cheap whiskey straight from the bottle and cussing up a storm. It’s an intense ride full of alchemy, death, and violence.

Sometimes it’s nice to read a book with villains who are easy to hate. This book fills the need and then some. With truly evil-but-in-interesting-ways antagonists and deeply flawed protagonists, it tends to get a touch dark, but don’t worry! Just when you think it’s dark, it’ll

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale
The Bear and the Nightingale

There should be more books like The Bear and the Nightingale. Lots of them. It is beautiful, and a joy to read.

Maybe I’m just a sucker for fantasies packed full of myths and legends. Maybe the Russian origins of this folklore charmed me.

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The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

Portal Fantasies. They take modern regular people and put them in crazy fantasy lands. You know, kinda like Labyrinth where some kids go into a magic place to see David Bowie in fantastically tight pants.

The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Ok, look. I haven’t done book reviews on this blog for a while. The reason is that as I move around in the publishing community, I’m meeting a lot of authors. It gets awkward talking about books written by people I have met or MIGHT meet.

So, don’t think of this as a review. Think of it as a recommendation. I read A LOT of books. Many of them are quite good. I plan on using this space to say nice things about books. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if any given book is right for you.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Yeah, yeah, The Fifth Season has exceptional worldbuilding and a fantastic magic system. I don’t care. I DON’T! (I kinda do) What I love about this novel is the depth of its characterization. Not only is it full of powerful, interesting characters, but these characters change during the events of the novel without becoming less compelling.

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Book Reviews: A Casual Reader’s Guide to Reviewing

DeathtoStock_Medium4So, you’ve read a book and it made you have feels. Lots of them. Good ones, bad ones, confusing ones that are kind of fuzzy and a little bit disconcerting. What can you do about it? How can you make the world feel what you’re feeling? Book reviews.

Book reviews are the reader’s chance to stab back at the encroaching dark. They’re a chance to share beauty with the world or squash some putrid eggplant of a novel.

How do you go about doing it?

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