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Review: A Natural History of Dragons (Memoirs by Lady Trent #1), by Marie Brennan

Isabella is born the only girl out of six children to a gentleman’s family in the unfortunately dragon-free country of Scirland. It’s unfortunate for Isabella, at least, who develops an obsession with the creatures from a young age, poring over … Continue reading

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Review: The City of Brass (Daevabad Trilogy #1), by S. A. Chakraborty

Nahri is an orphaned con artist eking out a living on the fringes of 18th century Cairo, charming rich men into fake cures for illnesses they don’t have and relieving their estates of easily-missed trinkets and baubles. She has a … Continue reading

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Review: The Poppy War, by R. F. Kuang

Fang Runin is a war orphan, one of many left without a home after the Poppy Wars between the Nikara Empire and the Federation of Mugen. The Nikara Empire orders all families with fewer than three children to take the … Continue reading

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Review: The Tall Man, by Phoebe Locke

When Sadie was a little girl, she and her friends wanted to be special. The Tall Man could make them so, they thought — he gives gifts to his special ones, and others he takes away. But sometimes he needs … Continue reading

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Review: Laurus, by Eugene Vodolazkin

I picked up this book knowing almost nothing about it, except that it was the monthly choice of one of my book clubs. I didn’t even read the blurb. I read a lot of Russian literature when I was 18-19, … Continue reading

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Review: H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction, by H. P. Lovecraft

Having grown up quite fond of the Call of Cthulhu tabletop RPG, I have read bits and pieces of Lovecraft’s Mythos fiction throughout my life, but before I dive into some of the Mythos-related works on my to-read pile, I … Continue reading

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Review: The Magician’s Land (The Magicians #3), by Lev Grossman

The first time I read this book, I felt a little bit disappointed with it. I think it’s because it’s something of a disjointed experience; at times, not a lot happens, and at times the things that happen don’t really … Continue reading

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Review: The Magician King (The Magicians #2), by Lev Grossman

Quentin and his friends have settled into their roles as the kings and queens of Fillory, into lives of indolent purposelessness — it turns out Fillory pretty much runs itself — and the gaping hole of grief left behind by … Continue reading

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Review: The Magicians (The Magicians #1), by Lev Grossman

This was my second read of The Magicians, and I approached it with a little trepidation, wondering if I would hold it in the same esteem I did on my first read several years ago. If anything, it has risen … Continue reading

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Review: The Fall of the Readers (The Forbidden Library #4), by Django Wexler

With Geryon trapped in the Infinite Prison, Alice has marshalled the other apprentices and the library creatures at his estate to fight back against the old Readers. Even with the aid of Ending to push back the Readers’ creatures who … Continue reading

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