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Why You Need to Read: Underrated Speculative Fiction Series

So, I decided to compile another list of recommendations. There have been A LOT of speculative fiction series, and it seems whenever one series comes to an end, there are around 15 more to choose from. This means some series do not get as many readers and are not as "popular" as the other series.… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: Underrated Speculative Fiction Series

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Awards: The 2021 Nebulas, the 2022 Hugos, and the 2022 SCKA

Earlier this week, the 2022 Hugo Award Finalists were announced. Similar to other (literary) awards, there were surprises, the snubs and the expected among them. After noting (and congratulating) the nominees, some of us tend to do one and/or two things. One, we look over which nominees we may or may not have read or… Continue reading Awards: The 2021 Nebulas, the 2022 Hugos, and the 2022 SCKA

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Why You Need to Read: “Empire of the Vampire”

Empire of the Vampire, #1: Empire of the Vampire By: Jay Kristoff                                                                      Audiobook: 27 hours 11 minutes Published: September 14, 2021                                              Narrated by: Damian Lynch Genre: Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy             You are Gabriel de León, Last of the Silversaints, (Sunset).             Vampires are one of the most popular “monsters” in narratives. And, this was before the “success” of The Twilight Saga;… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Empire of the Vampire”

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Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2022

I'm hoping my life in 2022 doesn't have too many roadblocks (COVID-19 aside) and I am able to get back on track with my reading, my writing, and my gaming. This list contains numerous books that are scheduled to be released in 2022. Yes, my reading list is longer than the time available to read… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2022

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Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction Books of 2021

What a year 2021 has been! Don't get me wrong, I'm glad this year is over similar to the majority of all of you. However, this year was an extremely productive one for me: I published my first essay, I graduated from graduate school (again) and I started a new job, and, thanks to all… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction Books of 2021

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Reading Check-In: December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it! Because today is a holiday and I'm a bit of a workaholic, I'm keeping this week's post simple and straightforward. What have you finished reading recently? I did it! I finished this book, which is the 20th book released in 2021, which means I'll be able to present… Continue reading Reading Check-In: December 25, 2021

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Reading Check-In: November 27, 2021

What have you finished reading recently? I've been working my way through reading the "Sapphic Trifecta," which I started earlier this year, but I had to halt because I was working on my final project for grad school. So far, I've finished reading 2 of the 3 books, which are amazing reads. However, do not… Continue reading Reading Check-In: November 27, 2021

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Reading Check-In: September 17, 2021

What book have you finished reading recently? One series on my list is complete. And, I stick with what I said about this series in my ASoIaF Read-Alike Book Recommendations: this series is the most "identical" to George R.R. Martin's. Another fun read by this author. And yes, it's full of folklore and fantasy references!… Continue reading Reading Check-In: September 17, 2021

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Why You Need to Read: These Books While Waiting for “The Winds of Winter”: Part II

Here we go again. It’s been almost 3 years since I complied the 1st list of book recommendations; and, we’re still waiting for The Winds of Winter, the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire series. Many of us continue to wait, patiently, for this book by reading similar books by authors who write fantasy stories. There… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: These Books While Waiting for “The Winds of Winter”: Part II

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The Nebula and the Hugo Award 2021 Nominees

If you are expecting a post about a "Shortlist Award Reading Challenge," then I have some bad news for you. This year, it's not happening! I've barely kept up with it during the last 2 years, and I do not have anytime to read all of the books for this year. That being said, you… Continue reading The Nebula and the Hugo Award 2021 Nominees