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Black Magic

This took me very much by surprise. Early on in the book, someone references Harry Potter to Alex Black, first-person heroine of this story, and she corrects them: “More Harry Dresden than Harry Potter.” And she’s absolutely right. If this … Continue reading

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Four Kings – M.D. Elster

One night – in 1945, long before Harvey, long before Katrina – a hurricane came to New Orleans. A tree fell on a house, a girl was– and a man, the girl’s stepfather, was shot. As Macbeth says, “It was … Continue reading

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To Catch a Stolen Soul – R.L. Naquin

Do you know what a binturong smells like? I do, now. R.L. Naquin’s books are like hot fudge, with or without the ice cream. She has built a world full of magic and magical people, and I love it. She … Continue reading

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The Iron Dragon’s Daughter – Michael Swanwick

OK, let’s get this thing back in gear. Unfortunately, it’s with a DNF. I enjoyed the beginning of this, although it confused me. I enjoyed the premise, and the dragon, and although the darkness and grimness of the setting had … Continue reading

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The Ill-kept Oath – C.C. Aune

I don’t understand why this book was such a slog. The writing was … fine. I had no objections. I didn’t want to wrap myself up in it and stay there forever, but there was nothing I can put my … Continue reading

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The Mountain of Kept Memory – Rachel Neumeier

I requested this from Netgalley because of one bit from the description: “this gorgeous fantasy in the spirit of Guy Gavriel Kay and Robin McKinley”. If you’re going to say that, and live up to it, then it’s going to … Continue reading

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In Calabria – Peter S. Beagle

Like most people who are able to read and enjoy fantasy, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Peter S. Beagle. That’s not to say I’m a real fan, however; he’s a remarkable writer, and uses language like a … Continue reading

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The Native Star – M.K. Hobson – Suehyla El-Attar

In a lot of cases, it’s incredibly helpful to be able to listen to a sample of a book on Audible before buying. It often makes all the difference in whether or not I’ll commit to a book. Unfortunately in … Continue reading

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The Heron Prince – Kim Alexander

“Well, we have to go get him back, don’t we?” Yes. Yes, you definitely have to go get Rhuun back. That goes for you, too, Kim Alexander – please do keep getting Rhuun back. Because whatever can be said about … Continue reading

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Reawakening – Amy Rae Durreson

I put this ARC off for a while, not expecting to enjoy it. I even started it not expecting to enjoy it. And I won’t lie: I didn’t entirely enjoy the beginning; it didn’t click right away. But that didn’t … Continue reading

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