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Why You Need to Read: “Summer Sons”

Summer Sons By: Lee Mandelo Published: September 28, 2021 Genre: (Southern) Gothic Fiction             Eddie had made those decisions for Andrew as a matter of course, keeping them paired together as much as he could—until his surprise early semester at Vanderbilt. Five months of separation that had stretched into eight over the summer, and now would… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Summer Sons”

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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: “Fugitive Telemetry”

The Murderbot Diaries, #6: Fugitive Telemetry By: Martha Wells Published: April 27, 2021 Genre: Science Fiction             But whatever, now I just needed intel for threat assessment so I could figure out if GrayCris had killed the dead human or not and go back to my happy boring life on Preservation Fucking Station, (Chapter Three).             I LOVE MURDERBOT! And,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Fugitive Telemetry”

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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”

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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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TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Theft”

The episode opens with the devastation left behind by the Magisterium on the witches, who swear vengeance against them. However, the clans acknowledge that their priority is to search for Lyra Silvertongue before the Great War begins. Unfortunately, they have no idea where she could be.              Lee Scoresby continues his search for Lyra—in his world—by… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Theft”

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Why You Need to Listen to: “The Original”

The Original By: Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal                Audiobook: 3 hours 24 minutes Released: September 14, 2020                                                       Narrated by: Julia Whelan Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller             Have you ever listened to any audio story or audio narrative without the text or any visuals to follow along to? I believe the most familiar example of this would be Peter and… Continue reading Why You Need to Listen to: “The Original”

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Why You Need to Read: “Black Sun”

Between Earth and Sky, #1: Black Sun By: Rebecca Roanhorse Published: October 13, 2020 Genre: Fantasy/Folklore/Historical Fantasy             This year, the solstice will be marked by the rarest of celestial occurrences. As the year divides into old and new, so also will the earth, sun, and moon align in the Convergence. Over our very heads, we will… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Black Sun”

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Why You Need to Read: “Vengeful”

Villains, #2: Vengeful By: V.E. Schwab Published: September 25, 2018 Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Superheroes             “Most Eos are the result of accidents,” he said, studying the snow. “But Eli and I were different. We set out to find a way to effect the change. Incidentally, it’s remarkable difficult to do. Dying with intent, reviving with control. Finding… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Vengeful”