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Megan Baxter
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Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross
So, I read this book, and then stress came as we were waiting on a surgery date for a close family member, and then our epileptic cat got sick in a way that turns out to be related to his medication, which causes more stress as we try to adjust it, and then...

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The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
Spoilers Below Writing with a main character on the autism spectrum is a tricky path, one that I feel like I've seen many people stumble off, falling down on amusing or adorable instead of giving their subjects any kind of complexity or autonomy. These ch...

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Coming Home by Jack McDevitt
I have never read a Clive Cussler book. It's just not my normal sort of fiction, although I have nothing in particular against it. Reading Jack McDevitt's Coming Home, though, I kept thinking that this book was an awful lot like what I would expect a Clive ...

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War Dogs by Greg Bear
I think Greg Bear is at his best when he's going for a real mindfuck. I mean, this writer can mess with the brains of his readers like nobody's business, pulling them down uncomfortable and compelling paths. As a result, I think I am always slightly disappo...

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Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
I don't usually post quotes from modern SF/F books. I do it all the time when I review laughably bad old science fiction, but most of what's getting published these days does not often include lines that make me shake my head and wonder about my own damn sa...

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How It Is by Samuel Beckett
Some books just seem designed to make you feel obtuse. I mean, I flatter myself that I'm a fairly perceptive reader, but then I get into the realms of the very weird, and don't know what I'm supposed to make of them. I tend to start off feeling like it's pr...

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Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
* Spoilers Below* I really disliked this book. Like, a lot. I tried to get into it, I tried to find it charming and delightful, as so many of the blurbsters seem to have. In the end, it drove me crazy almost end to end. For every moment where I gave a sligh...

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The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
This is the third Michael Chabon book I've read. I absolutely adored The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and I found Mysteries of Pittsburgh okay, but not great. However, when I recently punched Jo Walton's Farthing into NoveList, looking for a "re...

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The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
I try so hard to remember that characters do not necessarily equal the author. Just because a character does something, it doesn't mean the author would, or that they condone or approve. It's generally something you can ferret out from the book over all, bu...

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The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger
I am procrastinating on starting this review, because it's one of those books I struggle to write about. If there's lots to love, I am effusive. If there's lots to hate, I rant. Then there are those books that are just fine, but that's all they seem to be, ...
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