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Life's Too Short to Read Bad Books!
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SFM: Shepard, de Bodard, Bear, Jemisin, Parker, Holland - Short Fiction Monday: Our weekly exploration of free short fiction available on the internet. This week’s theme, just for fun, is stories dealing with dragons.  The Man Who Painted The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard (1984, free online at Baen.com (sample from the Bestiary anthology), originally published in Fantasy & Science Fiction, also collected in The Dragon Griaule). 1985 Hugo and 1984 Nebula nominee (novelette), 1985 World Fa...

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Game of Shadows: An action-packed YA adventure - Readers’ average rating: Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis High school is hard enough on its own — there’s homework, bullies, unrequited crushes, and overprotective parents, just to name a few hurdles on the way to freedom and adulthood. But that’s nothing compared to the challenges presented in Erika Lewis’ Game of Shadows (2017); our intrepid hero must also learn sword fighting, diplomacy, and an entirely new language and culture if he is to s...

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The Guild Conspiracy: A good YA steampunk adventure - Readers’ average rating: The Guild Conspiracy by Brooke Johnson Published in 2016, The Guild Conspiracy, by Brooke Johnson, is the second book in the CHRONIKER CITY STORIES series. It begins about six months after the events of Book One, The Brass Giant. Petra Wade, a young woman fighting to be accepted as an equal in the Engineers Guild, continues her struggle while also waging an asymmetrical battle against Julian Goss, an engineer who...

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Sunday Status Update: February 19, 2017 - This week, Frodo encounters an orc sympathizer. Frodo: This week, some young hobbit turned up at my door wanting to talk about my book. I mean, it hasn’t been published yet, but Sam talks. So I let him in and we started chatting, but over time it became obvious that what he really wanted to talk about was orcs. “Only, Mr. Baggins,” he said, “I’ve been thinking and all. Innit the truth that orcs are really just elves?” So then I had to correct him an...

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Central Station: A snapshot of a strangely familiar time - Readers’ average rating: Reposting to include Bill’s new review. Central Station by Lavie Tidhar Central Station is a thoughtful, poignant, human take on a possible future. For the most part Central Station occurs at the titular port on planet earth. This space resides in what we know today as Tel Aviv, but in the distant future it has gone through many names and many people. Everything seems to begin in earnest when Boris Chong arr...

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Thoughtful Thursday: Identify last month’s book covers - Today’s covers all come from books we reviewed in January 2017. Once you identify a book cover, in the comment section list: 1. The number of the cover (1-16) 2. The author 3. The book title Please identify just one cover that has not yet been identified correctly so that others will have a chance to play. If they’re not all identified by next Thursday, you can come back and identify more. Each of your correct entries enters you into ...

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Infernal Parade: Only for the most passionate Barker fans - Readers’ average rating: Infernal Parade by Clive Barker This is an unfortunately disappointing collection of microstories from Clive Barker, an author who helped define my reading experience in mid-1980’s junior and high school. The six very loosely connected stories that make up the 88 pages of Infernal Parade (2017) were originally provided as exclusive companions to collectables made by McFarlane Toys in 2004. I believe these a...
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