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Review: Europe at Midnight (Fractured Europe #2), by Dave Hutchinson

Separate from the Community, but overlapping the geography of our world’s Europe in the same fashion, is a pocket universe called the Campus, which, true to its name, is made up of a giant university. Unlike the citizens of the … Continue reading

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Review: The Killing Jar, by Jennifer Bosworth

17-year-old Kenna has been living with a secret for years, the secret of a life she took, the secret of the dark and blissful power with which she took it. She’s grown up keeping everyone at arm’s length for their … Continue reading

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Review: The Complete Lyonesse, by Jack Vance

The Lyonesse trilogy shares a commonality with The Lord of the Rings in that it forms one novel which is commonly divided into three to its detriment. It’s a book that is much greater than the sum of its parts; … Continue reading

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Review: The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison

Maia is the fourth son of the Emperor of the Elflands, and as a half-goblin conceived of a political marriage his father never wanted to make, he is reviled and exiled from the heart of elven society. It comes as … Continue reading

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Review: Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

I think I might be a rarity when it comes to Frankenstein readers. I do not, ultimately, feel very much sympathy for Frankenstein’s monster. That’s right, folks, I have a cold, dead heart. And here’s why. Our world, right now, … Continue reading

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Review: The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #1), by Seth Dickinson

Baru Cormorant is only a young girl when the Empire of Masks comes to the shores of her island home. She knows nothing of conquest when their red sails appear on the horizon, but as they bring with them a … Continue reading

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Review: The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende

Like most of my generation, I grew up watching the film adaptation of The Neverending Story. I watched it until it was seared into my memory — and probably into my mother’s — and wanted a trip to Fantastica and … Continue reading

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Review: Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear

It’s the Wild West, but not quite as we saw it; it’s also an age where licensed Mad Scientists hold steam-powered robot duels and everything from street lifts to sewing machines have an added touch of steampunk. Karen is a … Continue reading

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Review: The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens

There’s something about Dickens’s prose which has always made me feel connected. Connected to the past, connected to the country we share, connected to human nature in all its foibles. Because next to his anger, that’s one of Dickens’s most … Continue reading

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Review: The Forever War (The Forever War #1), by Joe Haldeman

I fell in love with fantasy at a young age, and I’ve read widely in the genre over the years, but I came to science fiction a bit later in life, when I discovered the Culture novels by Iain M. … Continue reading

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