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Bone Rider by J. Fally

Bone Rider is what I think of as a ripping good yarn. The writing is strong, the voice terrific; there are a number of different things going on, all required as the book builds to its conclusion. We start in the point of view of an AI named System Six, an intelligent armor and weapons…

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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

It’s been a while since I’ve read a science fiction novel, so I was excited to pick up the well-regarded Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. I had squinted my way through a few reviews, but I didn’t have a strong idea of what it was about. I was completely pulled in by the book. We…

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Favorite reads of 2013

I think I better get this post in before the end of the day. I’d planned something a little more extensive than a short list with brief notes, but any other thoughts will have to be for later. For now, my stand-out reads of 2013, in the order they were read: 1. Rifter by Ginn…

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First Books

In the past couple of years, I read two books, one fantasy, one mystery. As I read them, I was engrossed, turning the pages, couldn’t wait to see what happened next. When I finished and put the books down, I definitely planned to read the sequels. Time passed. I didn’t pick up the followup in…

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I read The Secret History by Donna Tartt over the course of ten days. For the first hundred pages I found it easy to put down, but then easy to pick up again. I chose it because of Twitter discussions and buzz about the author’s third novel, The Goldfinch. (The Secret History was her debut…

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Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

I originally read Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich back in the eighties. I’m not sure why exactly I picked it up, but no doubt there was significant buzz, and it had won the National Book Critics Circle Award. I remember finding it quite powerful. I went on to read a few more books by her…

Wednesday links

Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith write about who gets to escape. But the male heroes of fantasy novels are not average people, and do not have average lives […] These male heroes were not written to be average examples of their demographic, and we’ve never seen anyone make the argument that they should be. But that…