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Reading Check-In: February 4, 2023

This is the second full week I have been without my computer, which means I’m typing this week’s blog post through the mobile app. Yes, I’m able to use the app as easily as the website, but I know trying to write out or to copy-and-paste my review won’t be easy for me to do… Continue reading Reading Check-In: February 4, 2023

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Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! A new year means new books to look forward to reading, alongside the ones from last year that we haven't read yet. 2023 looks to be an exciting year once again for book releases. At the same time, it's daunting to know that with several prequels/sequels/companion novels getting published this year,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2023

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SCKA 2022: The Winners

It's a wrap on the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2022! After months of reading, deliberating, and voting the judges, including myself, have chosen this year's winners. Out of the 14 judges, 11 of us were able to participate in the vote; and, the winners were announced during this year's Fantasy Con (hosted by The… Continue reading SCKA 2022: The Winners

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The Midpoint of 2022: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books So Far & Other Reads

Once again, we're at the halfway point in the calendar year. And for me, A LOT has happened since the start of 2022. I'm working full-time and I'm participating in an awards panel, so my reading is a bit behind. I've finished 42 of the 100 books I'm aiming to read by the year's end.… Continue reading The Midpoint of 2022: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books So Far & Other Reads

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Reading Check-In: May 14, 2022

So, A LOT happened during the past few weeks. First, my hay fever has died down, finally. Second, the Kindle app malfunctioned on me and I couldn't read neither my ebooks nor my eARCs for over 2 weeks (those of you who follow me on Twitter saw my daily rants). Last, I started a new… Continue reading Reading Check-In: May 14, 2022

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Being a Bookblogger: Technology Issues

This week's post is a rant regarding our e-readers. Many of you have been following my posts on Twitter regarding the latest "technological issue" with the Kindle app on my Samsung Tablet (I own a NOOK, too). For me, every other month the Kindle app on my e-readers "malfunctions" and I have to either sign-out… Continue reading Being a Bookblogger: Technology Issues

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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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Books Released in 2021 I Did NOT Get to Read in 2021

I wasn't sure whether or not I should do this topic at all, but I noticed other bookbloggers have been doing the same thing. And yes, that's not a good reason to do something (I created a poll on Twitter), but then I remembered I was able to catch up on reading some of the… Continue reading Books Released in 2021 I Did NOT Get to Read in 2021

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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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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