Category Archives: Four Stars

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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Review: “A Murder of Mages” by Marshall Ryan Maresca

A Murder of Mages Marshall Ryan Maresca ★★★★ DAW, 2015. Looks like Marshall Ryan Maresca has built himself a nice little world in Maradaine. Inspired by 19th Century London, the sprawling city is apparently filled with stories — A Murder … Continue reading

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Review: “Zero World” by Jason M. Hough

Zero World Jason M. Hough ★★★★ Del Rey, 2015. Peter Casman is the perfect assassin. Brutal, efficient and unable to remember his jobs after they are completed. Genetically enhanced and programmed to forget his last job with the recitation of … Continue reading

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Review: “Lagoon” by Nnedi Okorafor

Lagoon Nnedi Okorafor ★★★★ Saga Press, 2015, originally published 2014. Earlier this year, K. Tempest Bradford attracted a lot of flak asking readers to not read works by cis white males for a year. While I haven’t fully committed to … Continue reading

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