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YA Wednesday: “Half a War” by Joe Abercrombie

Half a War Joe Abercrombie ★★★½ Del Rey, 2015. “Only half a war is fought with swords” Joe Abercrombie opens Half a War, the slightly disappointing finale to his YA “Shattered Sea” trilogy, with that epigram, as Father Yarvi’s oath … Continue reading

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Review: “The Whispering Swarm” by Michael Moorcock

The Whispering Swarm Michael Moorcock ★★★ Tor, 2015. Michael Moorcock is one of the formative writers of my youth, I spent my teens curled up with dog-eared copies of his novels, drinking in the exploits of the eternal champion in … Continue reading

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Review: “The Diabolical Miss Hyde” by Viola Carr

The Diabolical Miss Hyde Viola Carr ★★★½ Harper Voyager, 2015. I didn’t have high expectations. Gender-swapped Jekyll and Hyde, I get it. Probably all repressed when she’s Jekyll and lascivious when she’s Hyde. Yawn. And the paranormal romance cover screams, “Why … Continue reading

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Review: “The Genome” by Sergei Lukyanenko

The Genome Sergei Lukyanenko ★★★ Open Road Media, 2014, originally published 1999. Wow – I read two Russian sci-fi novels in one year! Before I started this little venture, I read the classic Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Sturgatsky. … Continue reading

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Retro Review: The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein

Robert Heinlein ★★★ Originally published 1957. I’ve had an intimate and often uneasy relationship with Robert Heinlein’s work for almost 40 years.My dad introduced me to his novels when I was seven or eight. We were going on a cross-country … Continue reading

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