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Reading Check-In: January 8, 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year with new books to read alongside the previous ones. A brief update to what's going on with me: Yes, I set my (Goodreads) Reading Challenge for 2022. Now that I'm no longer in grad school (and I'm commuting to work again), I should be able to reach 100 books… Continue reading Reading Check-In: January 8, 2022

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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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SCKA 2021 Winners

The Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2021 has its winners! After 6 weeks of re-reads and voting, the judges--including myself--have voted on the winners from our finalists. If you need a refresher about what the awards are and what they are about, then you can read my previous post about it here. First, let me… Continue reading SCKA 2021 Winners

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An Analysis of the Genre: Grimdark, Horror & Dark Fantasy

NOTE: This post is a rewrite of an assignment I wrote for a graduate school course. If you would like to read the original essay, then click here. Also, this is written in APA Format. Speculative fiction is the general term used when describing books which fall under the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror,… Continue reading An Analysis of the Genre: Grimdark, Horror & Dark Fantasy

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Books and Book Series I Hope to Read in 2022

This year, 2021, is almost over. And, while I should be plowing through what's left of my reading for this year (and writing up reviews), I wanted to post about speculative fiction titles that were released in recent years that I haven't been able to read yet for multiple reasons (i.e. grad school). These are… Continue reading Books and Book Series I Hope to Read in 2022

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Why You Need to Read: “The Burning God”

The Poppy War Trilogy, #3: The Burning God By: R.F. Kuang                                                                       Audiobook: 23 hours 47 minutes Published: November 17, 2020                                              Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller Genre: Historical Fantasy, Grimdark, Military Fantasy, Folklore             What was wrong with her? She’d started and ended wars. She’d buried a god. She’d incinerated a country. There wasn’t an entity on the planet that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Burning God”

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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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SCKA 2021: The Nominees, the Finalists & the Experience

One of the best things about being a bookblogger is the book awards. Besides the “big awards” such as the Hugo and the Nebula Awards—which many of us have read at least half of the nominees—there are the SPFBO and the SPSFC—which gives bookbloggers and (indie) reviewers the chance to propel indie books towards more… Continue reading SCKA 2021: The Nominees, the Finalists & the Experience

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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 Midpoint of 2021: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books…So Far

Well, we've made it to the halfway point of 2021. I won't begin this post with the usual current events, but I will mention that I've been enjoying ALL of the sporting events that are taking place (i.e. Euro Cup, Copa America, NBA & NHL Playoffs, Summer 2020/21 Olympic Trials, etc.). More attention has been… Continue reading The Midpoint of 2021: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books…So Far