Monthly Archives: October 2015

YA Wednesday: The Reader Who Nearly OD’d on Whimsy While Reading Catherynne Valente (and loved every minute of it)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Catherynne Valente ★★★★½ Square Fish, 2011. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered so much whimsy in a novel. Every page — whimsy, whimsy, whimsy. Did I mention whimsy? … Continue reading

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Ferrett Steinmetz examines the magic of parent-child relationships in “The Flux”

The Flux Ferrett Steinmetz ★★★★ Angry Robot, Oct. 2015. I’ve been remiss. Actually I’ve been depressed, but that’s neither here nor there. It hasn’t been a good couple months, reading or writing-wise. Anyhow, I’m hoping to get myself back on … Continue reading

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The Good Thief Is an Essential Part of Any Tough Traveling Adventure

Every Thursday, Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn leads a group of fellow bloggers on “Tough Travels”, a trip through the tropes that populate the fantasy and sci-fi world, using Diane Wynne Jones’ hilarious The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as a … Continue reading

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Seth Dickinson Explores the Grimdark Side of Accountancy in “The Traitor Baru Cormorant”

The Traitor Baru Cormorant Seth Dickinson ★★★★ Tor, Sept. 15, 2015. Okay, I’m pretty sick of grimdark right now. And I’ve never found economics interesting. But Seth Dickinson managed to explode both of those qualms with his debut novel, The Traitor … Continue reading

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Brandon Sanderson’s Shadows of Self is a fun but heart-wrenching return to the world of Mistborn

Shadows of Self Brandon Sanderson ★★★★ Tor, Oct. 6, 2015. Damn you Sanderson! Well, not really, because then I wouldn’t be able to see how this ends. But damn, what a gut punch at the end of Shadows of Self. … Continue reading

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