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The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

Illustration by Odera Igbokwe. Follow the link to the story at Fireside Magazine

I recently saw a post about the nominees for the 2019 Locus Award. One of the Locus Awards is given for short stories. I checked and can access all of the nominees, so I thought I’d read and review them all. Since they’re awarded in June, I might even get them all reviewed before I find out who the winner is. Maybe. Anyways, here’s my first review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award.

Published: February, 2018 in Fireside Magazine

Genre: urban historical fiction

Setting: a United States with mythological creatures and magic, around the Revolutionary War time (late 1700s)

Summary: Short version: The person’s story behind each tooth George Washington acquires Continue reading

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Sticks and Stones by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

It’s the second book in the Upside-Down Magic series. It was in the house for Miss Adventure to read. Since the books only take an hour or so to read, I decided to read it.

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 193 pages

Setting: mostly around Dunwiddle Magic School, soon after the events of Upside-Down Magic

Summary: Short version: Lacey starts a petition to get the Upside-Down Magic kids kicked out Continue reading

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Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

I saw the book discussed on a YALSA post back when it was first published. I was in the mood for some science fiction and finally found a copy to read. Plus, it gives me an elusive Z title.

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Length: 360 pages

Setting: space stations near the moon and Mars, near future

Summary: Short version: Carr Luka is a zeroboxer champion but only because his genes were illegally edited Continue reading

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Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott

This was our book club choice for April

Published: 2010

Genre: fiction

Length: 278 pages

Setting: southern California, present day

Summary: Short version: Rosie can’t hide her drug use from her parents forever Continue reading

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84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

I saw this book discussed on a Modern Mrs. Darcy post as a book about books, one of my favorite subgenres. I picked it up now to attempt to fill my number row for my Alphabet Reading Challenge (it’s a new category Mr. Curiosity created this year). Sadly, it was much too quick a read for me (I read it in an afternoon) to feel good about counting. I’ll have to find another number book.

Published: 1970

Genre: nonfiction correspondence

Length: 97 pages

Setting: New York City and London, 1949-1969

Summary: Short version: Correspondence about books and life Continue reading

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The Guitar Hero by Maria Haskins

This was in a podcast I listened to this week. I enjoyed the story and thought I’d share, since I’m not currently reading a short story collection.

Published: Spring 2018 in Kaliedotrope, and reprinted as an audio story at Podcastle in April, 2019. Follow either link to read the story

Genre: urban fantasy

Setting: backstage to a concert, present day

Summary: Short version: Jackie and Alice exorcise a genie from a famous rock guitarist Continue reading

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Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins

I saw the book discussed on a GeekDad (maybe?) post and thought it sounded perfect for Miss Adventure. She raved about it so much, I decided to read it.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 196 pages

Setting: it felt British, present day

Summary: Short version: Nory has to learn how to control her shape-shifting magic Continue reading

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