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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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Why You Need to Read: “The Empire’s Ruin”

Ashes of the Unhewn Throne, #1: The Empire’s Ruin By: Brian Staveley Published: July 6, 2021 Genre: Epic Fantasy             “But it can’t be coincidence, can it? The Annurians burn down the Purple Baths and then, the very next morning, these naked fools show up talking about an attacking army,” (5).              When an individual reads a work of… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Empire’s Ruin”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Gilded Ones”

The Gilded Ones, #1: The Gilded Ones By: Namina Forna Published: February 9, 2021 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains elements of rape, misogyny, familicide, dismemberment, human trafficking, and violence against females. Be advised.             Confusion lines my face, and I frown at her. “An invitation for what?”             “For you, Impure One. Emperor Gezo… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Gilded Ones”

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Why You Need to Read: “The House of Always”

A Chorus of Dragons, #4: The House of Always By: Jenn Lyons                                                                        Published: May 11, 2021                                                         Genre: Fantasy                                                                                              Thank you Tor for sending me an eARC of this book. I listened to excerpts of the audiobook, too. Note: There are a few spoilers from the first three books in A Chorus of Dragons series.              After I have my… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The House of Always”

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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

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Why You Need to Read: “Shards of Earth”

The Final Architects Trilogy, #1: Shards of Earth By: Adrian Tchaikovsky Published: May 27, 2021 (U.K.)/August 3, 2021 (U.S.) Genre: Science Fiction             The Architects had discovered that humans existed. The war, that had raged for eighty years and cost billions of lives, had been fought without the knowledge of one of its parties. And on becoming… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Shards of Earth”

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Most Anticipated Reads of 2021: Summer Edition

My workload is starting to lighten a bit and that means I can get back to reading, and I have A LOT of catching up to do! Here are some of the many books I will be reading throughout Summer 2021! Is it safe to call this my Summer Reading?! I'm still reading my way… Continue reading Most Anticipated Reads of 2021: Summer Edition

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Reading Check-In: May 1, 2021

I've managed to get some reading done this week. What did you finish reading? I LOVE MURDERBOT! Another excellent novella about our favorite snarky robot! I'm aiming to reading Network Effect this summer, finally! What are you currently reading? I'm still listening to Chaos Vector, and I hope to finish it within the next 1-2… Continue reading Reading Check-In: May 1, 2021

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Why You Need to Read: “The Light of the Midnight Stars”

The Light of the Midnight Stars By: Rena Rossner Published: April 13, 2021 Genre: Historical Fantasy/Folklore             There are tales of red-haired mountain men and women who could work miracles, of a people who could trace their lineage all the way back to the great King Solomon himself. Tales of a people who kept to themselves,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Light of the Midnight Stars”