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Hallowread ’18, Part 2! The Annihilation Score, by Charles Stross

Okay, so I’m not going to read Lovecraftian-inspired cosmic horror for all of October– things are just working out that way. The Annihilation Score is the sixth in Charles Stross’ Laundry Files series. The books are centered on the Laundry, the UK’s super-secret government agency devoted to protecting the world from horrible and gibbering outer …

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Hallowread 2018! Part One: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle.

Welcome to Hallowread 2018! In the spirit of the season, I like to use October as an opportunity to put aside books with dragons and spaceships on the cover, and instead start reading random horror novels that tend to have skeletons on the cover. Spooky! Though really, horror and sci-fi are fairly similar genres, going …

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Audiobook Review: Brandon Sanderson’s The Bands of Mourning

So! A couple weeks ago, after I read Pirates of the Levant and The Black Company back to back. After that, I was in the mood for something lighter, and I needed an audiobook to listen to during my vacation road trip. A little browsing around on Overdrive brought me to an author I apparently …

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Book Review: The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

It’s been too long since I’ve read a book with a spaceship on the cover. It’s also been too long since I’ve read something by John Scalzi. Let’s fix that! The Collapsing Empire centers on, well, a collapsing empire. See, thousands upon thousands of years in the future, humanity has spread across the galaxy in …

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Book Review: A Prince of Swindlers, by Guy Boothby

Sometimes, where you find a book can be a story in and of itself. Don’t get me wrong, the convenience of Amazon and the local library is a great thing. However, I still can’t resist the siren call of the dollar bin, where one can stumble across all sorts of obscure, out-of print material. Though …

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Book Review: The Black Company by Glen Cook

Oh hey, I still have a blog! Not that you probably noticed, but I’ve been incommunicado for the last week and a half– that’s because I’ve been on vacation! Went traipsing around Colorado for a bit, which was super fun. But don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with vacation pictures (that’s what facebook …

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Book Review: Pirates of the Levant, by Arturo Perez Reverte.

I know I’m late to the party here, but Overdrive is super neat. Basically, it’s an app that lets you access ebooks through your local library. Isn’t that neat? I’ll always enjoy getting my hands on a physical copy of a book, but when that’s inconvenient, or just plain unfeasible, Overdrive provides a nice (and …

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Book Review: Cherie Priest’s Fiddlehead

Steampunk is still a thing, I guess? I’ll admit, I’ve got a pair of motorcycle goggles laying around somewhere, but I never glued gears onto a top hat, so there’s at least one line I haven’t crossed. Regardless, Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century novels were some of the most popular ones to come out during the …

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Book Review: It Came From the Video Aisle!

I miss VHS. Admittedly, there’s more than a little nostalgia at play here. And I will admit the age of streaming we live in is pretty great. I mean, we (theoretically) have just about any entertainment we could want at our very fingertips. But, no matter what kind of algorithms Netflix cooks up based on …

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Book Review: A Shadow In Summer by Daniel Abraham

From the start, Science Fiction has always had an undercurrent of social commentary. While not as widely recognized as a lot of “literary” fiction wabout middle-aged divorcees buying boats or whatever, it’s still an integral part of the genre. Fantasy … not so much. Oh, sure, there’s plenty of stuff to sink one’s academic teeth …

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