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The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher

Laura Wheldon recommended this audiobook in an end-of-the-year blog post. She thought it was the best audiobook she listened to last year. I’m always on the lookout for books that are great in audio. Bonus, it’s available on Hoopla, so I was able to listen to it easily.

Published: 2010

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 368 pages

Setting: Scotland, 1680s-90s

Summary: Short version: Corrag tells her life story to a preacher seeking evidence against King William Continue reading

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Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

This is the 14th and next Discworld book, following Small Gods in publication order but Witches Abroad in plot. I needed something I knew I would enjoy that was light and funny and available. Discworld books fit the bill for me.

Published: 1992

Genre: fantasy

Length: 400 pages

Setting: Lancre on Discworld, after the events of Witches Abroad

Summary: Short version: Elves try to invade Lancre but the witches stop them Continue reading

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The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters…by Brooke Bolander

This is the last Hugo short story nominee I have to read.

Title: the entire title is quite long, so I didn’t include it in the heading. It is The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat

Published: 2018 in Uncanny Magazine, where you can either read or listen to the story for free

Genre: dinosaur fairy tale

Setting: a medieval kingdom

Summary: Short version: Raptors vs. a stupid prince; raptors win Continue reading

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

This is the 12th book in the Discworld series. I’ve been reading them on vacation since they’re so light and all on my Kindle. As a bonus, it’s one of the BBC’s The Big Read books.

Published: 2002

Genre: fantasy

Length: 374 pages

Setting: mostly in Genua on Discworld

Summary: Short version: Magrat, Nanny Ogg, and Granny Weatherwax disrupt Lilith’s perfect story Continue reading

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A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow

Green sea turtle in Graham’s Harbor

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards.

Published: February, 2018 in Apex Magazine (read for free online at that link)

Genre: fantasy

Setting: a rural South library, present day

Summary: Short version: A librarian has to decide if she will give a boy the locked away book he needs. Continue reading

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I wanted something lighter than what I’ve been reading lately and went looking through the Newbery Medal books. Middle grade books will always work out in the end.

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 386 pages

Setting: near the Protectorate, a Middle Ages level society

Summary: Short version: The importance of stories you tell yourself to be true Continue reading

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The Smoke Job by Aaron Canton

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: May, 2016 in Mothership Zeta

Genre: urban fantasy

Setting: Manhattan, present day

Summary: Short version: Dragons are best at exploiting greed Continue reading

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Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

This is the sixth book in the Discworld series. I was on vacation and it’s an easy choice. There’s so many books in the series and they’re all on my Kindle.

Published: 1988

Genre: fantasy

Length: 265 pages

Setting: Ramtop Mountains within Discworld, whenever

Summary: Short version: The witches in Ramtop get involved in politics Continue reading

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The Witches of Athens by Lara Elena Donnelly

Published: October 2013 in Strange Horizons

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 10 pages

Setting: Athens, Ohio, present day-ish

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: In Athens, Ohio, there are two witches who hold court in the two diners in town. One witch is flashy and quick, the other is slow and solid. The townspeople and college kids go to both witches, depending on their needs. Turns out, the witches are sisters who have a hard time communicating with each other because their styles are so different. Two of their clients bring the sisters closer. Eli is a flashy barista and Jeremiah is a shy college student. They are attracted to each other, but can’t get to the first step in a relationship because they are so different. The witches work on both boys to bring them together.

Final thoughts: A sweet story of relationships. I liked how the two boys represented the two witches, but the sisters were able to work out how to have a deeper relationship by helping the boys in their relationship. A perfect short story – the setting is laid out neatly and as we read, we get deeper and deeper into situation. First, there are the two diners, then the two witches, then the two boys, then we realize the witches are sisters. Bonus that they relationship is between two boys. Very enjoyable.

Title comes from: The main characters and the setting. I at first thought it would be a grand story about witches in Athens, Greece, but it’s a much smaller story set in a much smaller town.

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