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Why You Need to Read: “Giving the Devil His Due”

Giving the Devil His Due: A Charity Anthology by The Pixel Project Edited by: Rebecca Brewer Published: May 25, 2022 Genre: Short Stories, Horror, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Thriller It’s time to stop violence against women. Together. –Regina Yau, Founder and President, The Pixel Project.             Stories exist for multiple reasons, from sharing knowledge to providing a form… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Giving the Devil His Due”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Jasmine Throne”

Burning Kingdoms, #1: The Jasmine Throne By: Tasha Suri Published: June 8, 2021 Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy             She had fought to have this opportunity,…All of it, in order to have this: a maidservant who was likely ‘not’ simply a maidservant, standing before her within the walls of this blighted prison, (13: Malini).              Readers love when authors release… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Jasmine Throne”

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

This episode opens up with Lyra crossing over into another world—our world—to learn more about Dust and about the similarities between her Oxford and Will’s Oxford. Unfortunately, Lyra has to learn how to adapt to this “new” world as she experiences technology—the scene with the car is straight from the books—and people without daemons, poor… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Cave”

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Why You Need to Read: “Middlegame”

Middlegame By: Seanan McGuire Published: May 7, 2019 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Metaphysical             Dodger was never going to be a linguist, any more than Roger was going to be a mathematician, but they could cope, which was more than some of their fellows ever learned. They balance each other, (Variation).              Seanan McGuire is an author whose books you’ve… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Middlegame”

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Why You Need to Read: “Realm of Ash”

The Books of Ambha: #2: Realm of Ash By: Tasha Suri Published: November 12, 2019 Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction/Coming-of-Age NOTE: Some minor spoilers from Empire of Sand. You have been warned.              “My blood—my Amrithi blood in this loyal Ambhan body—is part of the curse. But it’s also part of the cure. I just don’t know how. But the… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Realm of Ash”

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Why You Need to Read: “Riot Baby”

Riot Baby By: Tochi Onyebuchi Published: January 21, 2020 Genre: Speculative Fiction/Contemporary             The look on her face, that’s what people told me today wasn’t no kind of victory. That when people joke and call me Riot Baby for being born when I was, it ain’t with any kind of affection, but something more complicated. The… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Riot Baby”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Queen of Raiders”

The Nine Realms #2: The Queen of Raiders By: Sarah Kozloff Published: February 18, 2020 Genre: Fantasy             I could lend my Talent to (the) Raiders. I could attack the Oros in their lair, (Chapter Thirteen, Slagos to Alpetar).             The wait between books in a series are often long. There are times when the book comes out the next… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Queen of Raiders”

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Why You Need to Read: “Empire of Sand”

The Books of Ambha: #1: Empire of Sand By: Tasha Suri Published: November 13, 2018 Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Coming-of-Age Winner of the Brave New Words Award 2019             The Emperor’s hatred had not grown suddenly, as Mehr had so foolishly believed when Maryam had warned her of his messages to his nobles. His hatred was a… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Empire of Sand”

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Why You Need to Read: “Witchmark”

The Kingston Cycle: Book One: Witchmark By: C.L. Polk Published: June 19, 2018 Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Mystery, Gaslamp, Military Fantasy             “She gave no outward sign of her effort, but her Secondary’s knees sagged as she took as much of his strength as she pleased. I shuddered. That would have been me, if I hadn’t… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Witchmark”