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Mikki Crisostomo
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Elizabeth Lev - The Tigress of Forli
New life goals: be a de Medici on the streets, a Sforza in the sheets. Alternatively, a goddamn Caterina all the way through. So back then, Italy in the late 1400s was a huge mess of city states, with political assassinations happening all over the place. I...

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Naomi Novik - His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire #01)
Interested in dragons? In retellings of historical events with dragons? In societies built around the rearing and riding of many different kinds of dragons? In becoming a dragon yourself??? (Or, maybe just dragons in general) Then don't pick up Naomi Novik'...

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Juliet Marillier - Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters Trilogy #01)
My love for this book is possibly stronger than the love I bear for some of my closest friends. You may laugh indulgently and think I'm joking but I'm as serious as a judge undergoing a series of heart attacks. It would probably be a Sophie's Choice type si...

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2014 : Not a bad literary vintage
Asking me to pick my top 10 books that I read in 2014 (no one did, by the way. It's fine. I'm not gonna hold it against you. Probably.) is like asking me to consign all but ten people on earth to hell (guess where you're going, buddy). Most of these books h...

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Look at Your Life. Look at Your Choices.
The nightmare is over! No, I'm not talking about the year 2014, which was a fairly decent year, all things considered. I'm talking about my mad decision to read 100 Books in 2014 when I probably had at least fifty trillion more important things to accomplis...

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Top 5 Wednesday - Historical Books
So rather than just books set in different time periods, I figured I could interpret this topic to mean books that took actual historical events or practices and turned them into a great story.  Top 5 Historical Books 1. The Tokaido Road , by Lucia St. Clai...

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Josh Malerman - Bird Box
Zombie apocalypses?  Passé.  Nuclear holocausts? Demodé. Alien invasions? Another French word that verbalizes the act of rolling your eyes with an elegant, disdainful shrug. Nowadays, if you really want to make a splash in the nigh-unstoppable apocalyptic/p...

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Lucia St. Clair Robson - The Tokaido Road
Guys, this is gonna get long. Isn't it odd how it's the easiest thing in the world to talk about a book you didn't enjoy? I could write endlessly about how Kristen Britain dropped the ball and also an actual deuce with her second Green Riders book, about my...

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Mur Lafferty - The Shambling Guide to New York (The Shambling Guides 01)
I’ve worked with horrors before but I guess never quite so literally as the protagonist in Mur Lafferty’s the Shambling Guide to New York. I don’t want to be mean. I really don’t. I mean it happens, but it’s not like I intentionally set out to be negative. ...

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Top 5 Wednesday - Red Covers
Mightily resisting the urge to include Deathless and The End of Mr. Y , because studies show that favoritism has a negative effect on all children in the home, and I'm gonna raise my book babies right. 1. Parasite, by Mira Grant This is by far my favorite r...
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