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Hu.man and Best by Nancy SM Waldman

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: June, 2016 in Futuristica: Volume 1

Genre: science fiction

Setting: a near-future Namibia

Summary: Short version: Betts finds a girl where she shouldn’t be Continue reading

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Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff

Recently, I recorded some book reviews of Huff’s work (the Blood series) and was reminded how much I enjoyed her writing. When I looked her name up in the library catalog, this was the first book in a series that I would be able to read.

Published: 1994

Genre: fantasy

Length: 410 pages

Setting: a medieval-technology world

Summary: Short version: Annice clears Pjerin of a charge of treason, while pregnant Continue reading

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The Inconvenient God by Francesca Forrest

A received a free review copy of this novella in exchange for my unbiased review. It comes out on October 10th, so I’m reviewing it in anticipation of its publication date.

Published: 2018

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 46 pages

Setting: it felt like an African country (but with gods and goddesses that manifest in our world), basically present day

Summary: Short version: This divine decommissioning isn’t as easy it as was made out to be Continue reading

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Genetic Changelings by Keyan Bowes

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: 2016 in Science Fiction Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy)

Genre: science fiction

Length: 8 pages

Setting: a generic city, near future

Summary: Short version: Are genetic enhancements and designer babies really that bad? Continue reading

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The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

This is the final book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I need to find out what happens. As proof of how much I loved this series, I read the entire series in the same month. I rarely even finish a series within a year, let alone a month!

Published: 2017

Genre: speculative fiction (I waffle as to whether this is science fiction or fantasy. This book is more fantastical than the others.)

Length: 398 pages, 416 pages total

Setting: various parts of the Stillness and Corepoint, after the events of The Obelisk Gate and before the Shattering

Summary: Short version: Will the moon be caught or slammed into the Earth?
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Painted Grassy Mire by Nicasio Andres Reed

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: 2016 in Shimmer Magazine (you can read it free online at that link – check it out. It has some lovely illustrations to go along with the story)

Genre: fantasy short story

Setting: near Lake Borgne, Louisiana, present day

Summary: Short version: A girl finds her alligator selkie family Continue reading

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

I’m not exactly sure how this book got put on my “read to the kids” list. I’m sure it had something to do with being a book in verse. It was our first read aloud book for the school year, mainly because it was available as an ebook. I had chosen a different book, but Mr. Curiosity went and read it the weekend before I was going to start reading it aloud, so I needed a quick backup without being able to go to the library.

Published: 2011

Genre: middle grade historical fiction book in verse

Length: 272 pages

Setting: Vietnam and Alabama, 1975

Summary: Short version: Immigrant story from the Vietnam War Continue reading

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