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Robots vs. Fairies, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

One of the stories in this collection was nominated for a Locus Award. I got the collection to read that story and ended up reading all of them. The collection itself was also nominated for a Locus Award.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction and fantasy short story collection

Length: 362 pages of stories, 373 pages total

Setting: various locations, mostly on Earth

Summary: Short version: Stories by various authors featuring either robots or fairies, and sometimes both Continue reading

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Squire by Tamora Pierce

This is the third book in the Protector of the Small series. I needed something a bit lighter to read, and this fit the bill (and was in the house).

Published: 2001

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 390 pages of story, 412 pages total

Setting: various locations in Tortall, 456-459, just after the events of Page

Summary: Short version: Kel’s adventures as squire to Lord Raoul Continue reading

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No Quarter by Tanya Huff

This is the third book in the Quarters series.

Published: 1996

Genre: fantasy

Length: 413 pages

Setting: Shkoden, soon after the events of Fifth Quarter

Summary: Short version: The Bards try to understand the newly discovered fifth kigh (the soul) Continue reading

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How Long ’til Black History Month by N. K. Jemisin

I had picked up this collection to read two Locus Award nominee for short stories. I enjoyed them so much I got sucked into reading the rest of the collection.

Published: 2018 for the collection, 2004-2017 for the individual stories

Genre: science fiction and fantasy

Length: 397 pages

SummaryShort version: A collection of Jemisin’s short stories. I’ll summarize each one briefly Continue reading

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Battling Boy by Paul Pope

It’s been a while since we’ve read any graphic novels, so I checked out Common Sense’s list of recommended graphic novels for any we hadn’t read that our library had. This was probably one of the first I came across that fit both characteristics.

Colors: Hilary Sycamore

Published: 2013

Genre: fantasy graphic novel

Length: 202 pages

Setting: mostly the city of Arcopolis on a multiverse Earth

Summary: Short version: Battling Boy heads to Arcopolis to fight monsters during his rambling Continue reading

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Firelight by Ursula K. Le Guin

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award.

Published: Summer, 2018 in Paris Review (you can read half of the story at the link provided)

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: in the world of A Wizard of Earthsea, after that series is over

Summary: Only part of the story is available for free, so I just have a short review for it. The story seems to be about Ged reviewing the highlights of his life, not that he’s old. Continue reading

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The Bookcase Expedition by Jeffrey Ford

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award.

Published: 2018 in the short story collection Robots vs. Fairies

Genre: fantasy short story

Length: 13 pages

Setting: someone’s house, present day

Summary: Short version: Our narrator watches four fairies work their way up his bookcase Continue reading

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