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Review: The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

I liked everything about Harrow’s new novel, a story that blends the mythology of Grimm’s fairy tales with historical misogyny. The Eastwood sisters Beatrice, Agnes, and Juniper haven’t seen each other for seven years. The two elder sisters fled the family farm because of… Continue Reading “Review: The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow”

50 Must-Read Fantasy Books by Women

Recently, BookRiot posted this list of 50 Must-Read Fantasy Books by Women. https://bookriot.com/2019/07/25/fantasy-books-by-women/.  Like most readers, I love a good list, and I’ve read a lot of the books on this list.  If you’re a fantasy reader and you’re looking for a few good books,… Continue Reading “50 Must-Read Fantasy Books by Women”

Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

July was a pretty heavy reading month, but this book was pure fun and I enjoyed every bit of it.  Moreno-Garcia’s novel is set in 1920’s Mexico, where Casiopea, a young woman in Yucatan, is struggling in her oppressive grandfather’s home.  It begins as… Continue Reading “Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia”

Reading the Hugo Nominees

This year my husband signed up to vote in the Hugo Awards, and together we’re reading as many of the nominees as possible.  Voting runs from May 11 to July 31, and the awards are announced in August at WorldCon in Dublin.  As described… Continue Reading “Reading the Hugo Nominees”

Review: Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

I loved this debut fantasy novel by Tasha Suri.  It’s well-written and creates a fascinating world with a terrifying villain.  It’s inspired by the Mughal Empire of India, something I knew absolutely nothing about before reading this book — which is why fiction by… Continue Reading “Review: Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri”

Why do we read books that scare us?

As Halloween approached, I’ve been thinking about scary books and why we read them.  With all the horror in the news, my work colleagues have been increasingly asking for “lighter” book recommendations (I’ve been recommending Less). I’ve written several posts with recommendations of good… Continue Reading “Why do we read books that scare us?”

R.I.P. XIII: Readers Imbibing Peril

One of my favorite annual blog events is Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP.  Because let’s face it, the real world is scary enough. This event runs from September 1 to October 31, and is all about reading things that are spooky, whether they are… Continue Reading “R.I.P. XIII: Readers Imbibing Peril”

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: All Systems Red, Ms. Marvel, and Labyrinth Lost

Instead of reading the series I’m already into, I started three more series last month.  All worth checking out, but at the top of my list goes this novella: All Systems Red by Martha Wells The first novella in the Murderbot series, it’s won… Continue Reading “Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: All Systems Red, Ms. Marvel, and Labyrinth Lost”

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, and V.E. Schwab

Last month I read the final book in two trilogies, and I began a new one (that is really an old one).  I’ll start with the new one. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler Octavia Butler is such a fantastic writer.  She wrote… Continue Reading “Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, and V.E. Schwab”

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews

Here are three more science fiction and fantasy mini-reviews, brought to you by the 20 Books of Summer Challenge.  Since it’s pretty difficult to review books that are part of series, I’m keeping these short.  I recommend all three if you’re looking for good,… Continue Reading “Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews”

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis I’ve been wanting to read something by Connie Willis for a while now.  In April I went to an exhibit of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in Seattle at the Museum of Pop Culture,… Continue Reading “Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews”

Literary Links: looking for some good science fiction and fantasy?

Warm weather means outdoor reading, and if you’re looking to pick up some new science fiction or fantasy, these links will help. If you’re looking to diversify or change up your science fiction and fantasy reading, here are two links with recommendations.  SFF Book… Continue Reading “Literary Links: looking for some good science fiction and fantasy?”

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