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Megan Baxter
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Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg
Elephants are interesting creatures. They're intelligent, inventive, and so, so much bigger than we are. I guess I'm not totally surprised that when science fiction writers go looking for ways to conceptualize alien species, they might come up with somethin...
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Space Opera by Catherynne Valente
"Life is beautiful, and life is stupid." This is either the first or second of the universal laws that are laid down by a philosopher from one species in this book, and it certainly struck a chord. This is a book that argues for more joy, more sparkles, mor...
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Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell
I've come back around to my "Read-Alike" project - this is the one where I take my top ten lists, and try books that are recommended by the NoveList database as read-alikes. This has been an interesting object lesson in how much books are how they are about...
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The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
A friend loaned me this book because it has a tarot reader as a main character, and I'd just recently started reading tarot cards professionally, after having spent 25 years learning them quite thoroughly. The tarot reading is not a huge part of this book, ...
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Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis
Spoilers Below I really wanted to like this book. I really, really did. It sounded so interesting! Unfortunately, the execution didn't quite live up to the premise, and I never sunk into what was going on. I frequently had moments where I wrinkled my brow...
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The Ambassadors by Henry James
Spoilers Below I just spent a review trying to figure out why I didn't like a book that was very similar to a "classic." It was kind of a relief to go from that to this book, which is undeniably by someone who is literary and wrote classics, and to be abl...
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A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Some Spoilers Below CW: Rape, Child Abuse  I struggled with this book. Oh, how I struggled with this book. You see, this is one of those self-consciously "literary" books that, when you're just not enjoying reading, seem to carry with them a sneer of "w...
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Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
Look, I really liked Three Parts Dead, the first Craft novel published. I liked it a lot. But I loved Two Serpents Rise. In this book, Max Gladstone takes world-building I enjoyed a hell of a lot in the first book, and applies it to a plot and a set of poli...
Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
It's rare that you find a book that you want to call enchanting, and probably much rarer that you'd want to apply that term to a book that is, in very real and difficult ways, about refugees and the feeling of crisis that has been developing around them. Ye...
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
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Swing Time by Zadie Smith
I generally really love Zadie Smith's books. They're delightful, interesting, they make me think and sometimes make me laugh. She's got such an eye for aspects of London, and how Englishness and race collide or intersect, and how the two might be negotiated...
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
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