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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Fantasy / First Novels / Highly Recommended / Historical Fiction / New to Me Author

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

This book worked on so many different levels. It’s a great example of fantasy that transcends the genre, ultimately telling a story of immigrants in turn of the century New York who are struggling to fit in. It’s a book that moves at its own pace, winding through its characters’ day to day lives rather … Continue reading

Reading in the News: Outlander, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Neil Gaiman and the Nook
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Reading in the News: Outlander, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Neil Gaiman and the Nook

While I’m finishing some reviews, here are some bookish news items seen recently: Outlander the TV show: I am all about the new Outlander cable TV show. Diana Gabaldon is heavily involved in every aspect of production, and it’s being made by Ronald Moore, the guy who made Battlestar Galactica. Moore and Gabaldon have given … Continue reading

Review of Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica
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Review of Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica

I had mixed feelings about this book, but I’ll start by saying it was a perfect beach read and a fun adventure/fantasy story. The downside for me was that I found the writing style distracting, and the main character a little annoying at times. But I think other readers might react differently and really enjoy … Continue reading

California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout
Dystopian / Fantasy / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / New to Me Author / Review Requests, ARCs and Galleys

California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout

A perfect vacation read, this book will appeal to readers who like urban fantasy with magic and action. I recommend this book if you liked Steelheart; the plots are different but it’s got a similar feel (also a bit more gender-neutral than most of what’s out there). This book is urban fantasy with a twist: … Continue reading

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The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne

This book was so different from anything I’ve read lately. It’s near-future science fiction set in India and Africa, and written in a really lyrical way. It’s the story of two characters, both on a journey. Meena is a troubled young woman who has just been attacked by a snake in her bed, which for … Continue reading