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The Boy Who Was Mistaken for a Fairy King by H.L. Fullerton

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in return for my honest review. It comes from Annorlunda Press, who specializes in entertaining books that make you think. The book was published today.

Published: today! 2019

Genre: fantasy novella

Length: 122 pages

Setting: the Catskills, NY, present day

Summary: Short version: Carl seems to be usurping the erlking’s role, which leads to consequences Continue reading

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

It’s John Green’s new book that I’ve been meaning to read. A student in my Coastal Biology class recommended it to me when I asked for a book recommendation, and it reminded me I wanted to read the book.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 286 pages

Setting: outside of Indianapolis, present day

Summary: Short version: Aza tries to deal with her OCD and still have a relationship Continue reading

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A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham

This was a free Tor ebook I put on my Kindle and read on vacation. I needed something other than Discworld book. This had a high potential for quality, unlike the Baen books that make up so much of my Kindle library. It’s the first book in the Long Price Quartet.

Published: 2006

Genre: fantasy

Length: 331 pages

Setting: mostly the city-state of Saraykeht in a medieval technology world

Summary: Short version: Seedless’s plot to free himself involves the death of innocents Continue reading

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Smooth Stones and Empty Bones by Bennett North

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: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction January/February 2016

Genre: fantasy

Setting: a small town, present day

Summary: Helena’s girlfriend’s brother, Javi, has been lost in the woods for several days. Everyone’s worried he’s dead. Helena decides to share a secret with Mariposa – she has a box of rocks that can bring someone back from the dead, at least for a while. (Helena’s mother is a witch.) However, when Javi’s found, he’s been dead too long for the rocks to work fully. Mariposa wants to use more rocks, but Helena needs them for herself.

Final thoughts: What starts out as a standard story (impress your girlfriend with a trick) adds a little weirdness (the trick is bringing something back from the dead) and then a big twist (Helena’s only alive because of the rocks). It was a very satisfying twist that explained several details provided at the beginning of the story. I really enjoyed the story!

Title comes from: The rocks are small, smooth river stones and they animate even skeletons into a semblance of life.

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Short Stories by Jeremy Sim

It’s short fiction Monday, and my rotation means it’s time to read the next author in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology, two stories by Jeremy Sim. If you’re interested, you can read both stories online – just follow the link at the magazine name.

by Darryl Knickrehm

by Darryl Knickrehm


Published: January, 2013 in Waylines Magazine

Genre: science fiction

Length: 15 pages

Setting: Pulua Ubin (in Southeast Asia), near future

Summary: Nicholas and Boon run a small, two-room hotel on Pulua Ubin. It’s not as popular as they had hoped, but they’re mostly making do. Things get better, though, when a family of brindlefarbs show up. They’re thermivores, which means they turn everything in the room to ice every night, and the downstairs guests aren’t too pleased. But, Nicholas and Boon keep everyone happy and the hotel running smoothly.

Final thoughts: A fun story in a unique setting. It definitely felt foreign, and like a place I’d want to visit – off the beaten track. The slang the characters used helped put me in the place as well. Nicholas quotes the aliens (you can see what they look like in the illustration) an enormous price for their stay, which he thinks will solve all their financial woes. Unfortunately, the big payday doesn’t come through. But, even so, karma sets them up to receive good things in the future.

Title comes from: It’s the only thing the adult brindlefarb can say. Amazing what you can get across without speaking the language, though.

Addressing the Manticore

Published: March 2013 in Crossed Genres 2.0 Magazine

Genre: fantasy


Setting: Singapore, present day

Summary: Our narrator is a high-school student and he’s losing his first love, Huiling. She’s going to England, and he’s afraid he’s lost the love of his life. Yes, they might fight, and she isn’t as smart as he is, but they are the only ones who can see each other’s summonings. That counts for something, right?

Final thoughts: Again, a sweet story that has an interesting setting. Both kids are worried about passing their O-level tests to figure out where they’re going to go to school. At the same time, they’re falling in love and teasing each other with their summonings. Our narrator is the smarter of the two, but Huiling has the bigger, more impressive summonings. Of course, she can only do evil creatures, but what does he care? And then, they have one last fight and she’s off to England. He tries to send her one last message with his biggest summoning ever, but he’s not even sure she sees it. It does end on a hopeful note, and made me sigh a bit (in a good way) at the end.

Title comes from: One of Huiling’s favorite summonings when she was mad was a manticore

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Published: 2013

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 325 pages

Setting: 1986-7, Des Moines, Iowa

Interest: I’ve heard great things about this book in multiple locations and decided it was finally time to read it. Continue reading


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