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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: July 31, 2021

What book have you finished reading recently? O!M!G! This book...WOW! I started reading this eARC at the beginning of the year, but I had to stop because of classes. It turns out that I stopped at the right spot because I was able to dive back into the story when the story, the plot and… Continue reading Reading Check-In: July 31, 2021

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Why You Need to Read: “In An Absent Dream”

Wayward Children, #4: In An Absent Dream By: Seanan McGuire Published: January 8, 2019 Genre: Fantasy             This, then, was Katherine Victoria Lundy: pretty and patient and practical. Not lonely, because she had never really considered any way of being other than alone. Not gregarious, nor sullen, but somewhere in the middle, happy to speak when spoken to,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “In An Absent Dream”

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Why You Need to Read: “Every Heart A Doorway”

Wayward Children, #1: Every Heart A Doorway By: Seanan McGuire Published: April 5, 2016 Genre: Fantasy *Winner of: Hugo Award for Best Novella 2017, Nebula Award for Best Novella 2016, Locus Award for Best Novella 2017, ALA Alex Award 2017             …the wanting. You want to go back, and so you hold on to the habits you… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Every Heart A Doorway”

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Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2021

How many books will I read in 2021? Let me rephrase the question: how many books coming in 2021 will I get to read in 2021? I ask this question because I’m still going through all of the books I didn’t get to read last year—including all of the books that came out in 2020.… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2021

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“Best of” Lists: The Greatest, the Essential and Personal Favorites

So, TIME Magazine is the latest publication to release its list of “The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time.” The magazine even went further than Forbes and known fan sites (and critics) and had a panel consisting of leading fantasy authors to form, to vote, and to finalize their “selections.” While this list is impressive with selections… Continue reading “Best of” Lists: The Greatest, the Essential and Personal Favorites

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Why You Need to Read: “The Starless Sea”

The Starless Sea By: Erin Morgenstern Published: November 5, 2019 Genre: Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Magic Realism             Only the singular section of “Sweet Sorrows” is about him, though pages are missing, upon close inspection there are numerous vacancies along the spine. The text comes back to the pirate and the girl again but the rest is disjointed, it… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Starless Sea”

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A Look Into: America’s Top 10 Books Based on “The Great American Read”

A look into PBS' Top 10 Books voted in "The Great American Read" and my selection and why it should win the vote.

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

A list of suggested books to read while we continue to wait for the sixth book in "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.