Aug 13

(Not A Review) Words of Radiance – Brandon Sanderson

About the Book In the first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those …

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Aug 11

We Are All Completely Fine – Daryl Gregory

About the Book Harrison is the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he’s in his mid-thirties and spends most of his time not sleeping. Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by the messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. And …

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Aug 08

Books I’m Eyeing

First things first, a few days ago I got to cross something off of my bucket list. On Tuesday I was invited to record a panel discussion of epic fantasy with some incredible authors that I never, ever thought I’d be cool enough to actually TALK to. The podcast drops on Monday on SF Signal.  It’s …

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Aug 06

Dust and Light – Carol Berg

About the Book National bestselling author Carol Berg returns to the world of her award-winning Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone with an all-new tale of magic, mystery, and corruption….  How much must one pay for an hour of youthful folly? The Pureblood Registry accused Lucian de Remeni-Masson of “unseemly involvement with ordinaries,” which meant only that he …

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Aug 04

Binary – Stephanie Saulter

About the Book When confiscated genestock is stolen out of secure government quarantine, DI Sharon Varsi finds herself on the biggest case of her career… chasing down a clever thief, a mysterious hacker, and the threat of new, black market gemtech. Zavcka Klist, ruthless industrial enforcer, has reinvented herself. Now the head of Bel’Natur, she …

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Jul 31

Recommended Reading | Unique Magic Systems

Most speculative fiction readers reach a point where they are sick of the same-old-same-old in magical terms. There’s only so much waving of hands and incanting Latin sounding words that I can handle before my brain starts looking for something else, something that engages my mind a little more. That’s where unique magic systems come …

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Jul 30

Doomsday Book – Connie Willis

About the Book  In the year 2054, students research the past by living in it. So when Kivrin Engle, a history student at Oxford, enters Brasenose College’s time machine for transport back to 1320s England, no one anticipates any problems. But her two-week project takes a frightening turn. A mutant virus has been spreading through …

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Jul 29

Free Agent – J.C. Nelson

About the Book When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem—from eliminating imps to finding prince charming—as long as you can pay the price… Working for Grimm isn’t Marissa Locks’s dream job. But when your parents trade you to …

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Jul 28

Libriomancer – Jim C. Hines

About the Book Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages …

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Jul 25

Books I’m Eyeing

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time or energy to write up one of these posts. Life has been pretty hectic. I went through my cancer treatment two weeks ago. It was HORRIBLE. Absolutely horrible. When I did this before, it took six weeks. This time my doctor wanted me to rush it, …

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