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Why You Need to Read: “Along the Saltwise Sea”

The Up-and-Under, #2: Along the Saltwise Sea By: A. Deborah Baker Published: October 12, 2021 Genre: Fantasy/Children’s Literature/Sequel             No matter how strange or improbable the things Avery, Zib, and their friends encounter on their journey through the Up-and-Under, I am telling you the truth as it was seen on those hazy, not-so-long-gone days. There may sometimes… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Along the Saltwise Sea”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Unbroken”

Magic of the Lost, #1: The Unbroken By: C.L. Clark Published: March 23, 2021 Genre: Historical Fantasy, Military Fantasy             Touraine’s faith in Luca’s ability to keep the rebels from turning the guns on the Sands dwindled to nothing.             This time, the princess didn’t try to touch her again, even though now a part of Touraine wanted… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Unbroken”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Mask of Mirrors”

Rook & Rose, #1: The Mask of Mirrors By: M.A. Carrick                                                                    Audiobook: 23 hours 13 minutes Published: January 21, 2021                                                   Narrated by: Nikki Massoud Genre: Fantasy             Still, she insisted that obsequiousness was part of the role, and no amount of correction from either Ren or Alta Renata could stamp it out. Sighing, Renata put in her earrings—formerly Letilia’s—while… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Mask of Mirrors”

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Why You Need to Read: “Across the Green Grass Fields”

Wayward Children, #6: Across the Green Grass Fields By: Seanan McGuire Published: January 12, 2021 Genre: Fantasy             It had been so long since there was a human in the Hooflands. She didn’t like to consider what might be ahead of them that was bad enough to require human intervention. Humans were heroes and lightning rods for disaster,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Across the Green Grass Fields”

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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: “Down Among the Sticks and Bones”

Wayward Children, #2: Down Among the Sticks and Bones By: Seanan McGuire Published: June 13, 2017 Genre: Fantasy *Winner of: ALA Alex Award 2018, ALA RUSA Fantasy Award 2018             It did not occur to Jill that Jack’s avoidance, like her own, had been born purely of parental desire and never of a sincere wanting. Their parents… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Down Among the Sticks and Bones”

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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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Review of Season Two of “His Dark Materials”

Season Two of His Dark Materials, based on The Subtle Knife—the second book in His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman, has ended. And, I want to thank both the BBC and HBO for thinking ahead and to start production of Season Two as soon as it was announced. It’s because of this decision to move ahead with the… Continue reading Review of Season Two of “His Dark Materials”

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TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “Æsahættr”

            The season finale for Season Two opens with the witches talking about the attack from the Specters. Will and Lyra are with the witches as they all agree that they should leave Cittàgazze right after they find Will’s father. Meanwhile, Ruta Skadi overhears a group of creatures talking about the army Lord Asriel is building… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “Æsahættr”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Girl in the Tower”

Winternight Trilogy, #2: The Girl in the Tower By: Katherine Arden Published: December 5, 2017 Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Folklore/Magic Realism/Coming-of-Age             Highborn women, who must live and die in towers, were much given to visiting. Now and again, they stayed overnight for company, when their husbands were away, (1: The Death of the Snow-Maiden).             Folklore maintains traditions and cultures that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Girl in the Tower”