Category: Reviews

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Harm [Reading Challenge 2017]

Harm by Brian W. Aldiss Ballantine Books, New York, 2007 [Challenge # 10: A book based in a religion not your own.] British SF author Brian W. Aldiss, who died recently at the age of 92, was one prolific writer. He started his SF writing career in 1954 and by the end of it, had …

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Dungeon Quest [Review]

Dungeon Quest by Joe Daly Fantagraphics, 2010 As I often do, I picked up this graphic novel at random. The name intrigued me, as it implied AD&D gaming sessions, and also the figurine on the cover, which did not fit the name at all. It seemed more Pre-Columbian, Toltec maybe, except for that very big …

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Cinder [Reading Challenge 2017]

Cinder by Marisa Meyer Macmillan, 2012 [Challenge # 4:A book you started last year and haven’t yet finished.] I started Cinder last year. It was one of the first ebooks I ever bought because I could not seem to finish the hardback I had borrowed from the library. Then, after working on it intermittently, I …

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan [Reading Challenge 2017]

  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See Random House, 2006 [Challenge #2: A book taking place in Asia] Of all the books I’ve read in the first half of the year, this is the one that’s stuck with me the most, because it delivered far more than the blurb and cursory glances …

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The Aviary Gate [Reading Challenge 2017]

The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman Bloomsbury, USA, 2010 Challenge #7: A book in a new-to-you genre (Note: I am reading and blogging these Challenge books out of order) For this challenge, I chose The Aviary Gate, by Katie Hickman, from my pile of TBRs. From the cover copy I assumed it was historical romance, …

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Gilgamesh [Reading Challenge 2017]

Gilgamesh Adapted by Stephen Mitchell Freepress, 2004 [Challenge # 11: A book written before 1700] Gilgamesh is one of the oldest pieces of fiction in human history. I chose it to read for the “Ye Olde Book Shoppe” — a book written before 1700, which Gilgamesh certainly qualifies for — segment of my reading challenge. …

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Junction True [Review]

Junction True by Ray Fawkes (Writer) and  Vince Locke (Illustrator) Top Shelf Productions, 2015 Junction Total is a technosex horror thriller set in a near future world, or perhaps a sideways-in-time version of this one, where hipsters and goths maintain constant connection to their blogs and blog audiences. The latest pursuit among the cream of …

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Tiger Lung [Reading Challenge 2017]

Tiger Lung by Simon Roy and Jason Wordie Dark Horse Originals, 2014 (Note that I am not doing this challenge in numerical order!) The Seattle Public Library is among the finest for a metropolitan area in the US. Each branch specializes in a different genre, and for my branch, it’s graphic novels. By browsing in …

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Stardust [Reading Challenge 2017]

Stardust by Neil Gaiman HarperCollins; Reprint edition [Challenge # 1: Coming to theater near you] I had never read Neil Gaiman before, so I was pleasantly surprised by his “Fairy tale for Grown-ups” Stardust. (A movie was made of it in 2007 starring Clare Danes and Charlie Cox, but I haven’t seen it, so can’t …

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Reading Challenge 2017

Inspired by the fine folks at the Writers Water Cooler forums, I have taken on a reading challenge for this year, my first ever. As a writer, I tend to not read a lot of fiction when I’m working, but of course as writers we must read, just to see how other writers do things, …

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