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Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine

This is the fifth and last book in the Great Library series. The family got to borrow it from a friend who ordered a copy of the book, which was great because I didn’t even realize it was out already.

Published: 2019

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 354 pages

Setting: Alexandria, soon after the events of Smoke and Iron

Summary: Short version: The gang have to save the Great Library from internal and external attack Continue reading

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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. This story was also nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Short Story Awards.

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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Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine

This is the fourth book in the Great Library series. We borrowed it from a friend because the library only has the first three books.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA alternate history/fantasy

Length: 448 pages

Setting: Alexandria, immediately after the events of Ash and Quill

Summary: Short version: Jess and his friends make their move to remove the Archivist Continue reading

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The Elissiad by Ahas Bardon

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: January, 2016 in Alt.History 102 (Future Chronicles Book 10)

Genre: alternate history/science fiction

Setting: ancient Carthage

Summary: Short version: The Goddess Tanit and God Baal were aliens trying to repair their spacecraft Continue reading

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Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

This is the third book in the Great Library series the kids and I are reading.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA alternative history/fantasy

Length: 338 pages

Setting: mostly Philadelphia, right after the events of Paper and Fire

Summary: Short version: Jess and his friends survive the Burners of Philadelphia Continue reading

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Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

This is the second book in The Great Library series. The kids and I loved the first book in the series so much we had to get the second book immediately.

Published: 2016

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 354 pages

Setting: Alexandria, Rome, and London, soon after the events of Ink and Bone

Summary: Short version: Rescuing Thomas from the Library who is trying to control society Continue reading

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

This is the first book in the Great Library series. It came to my attention in a post on The Hub about books set in libraries (I’m a sucker for that subgenre – that and books about books). Miss Adventure picked up the second book in the series at our library, and I convinced her to request the first one.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA urban fantasy/alternate history

Font: Bembo

Length: 351 pages

Setting: mostly parts of England and Alexandria, an alternate version of the present

Summary: Short version: The Library of Alexandria is all-powerful and Jess learns that leads to corruption Continue reading

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