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Review: Slaying Dragons by Sasha L. Miller


I received a copy of Slaying Dragons by Sasha L. Miller from NetGalley and Less Than Three Press in exchange for an honest review.

Slaying Dragons is a novella of about 28,000 words, and each one of those words lingers. For a small story, there is a lot of world building done. The unnamed location is plagued by dragons, basilisks, wyrms, and other fantastic monsters. An organization comprised of...

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Review: Fox-Hat and Neko by August Li


I was provided a copy of this book to review by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fox-Hat and Neko, by August Li, follows the tale of a "chosen one" born in Japan, and his journey from accepting his special powers to the final defeat of the antagonist. Along the way he befriends a fox spirit, a cat demon, a cheerful artist, a determined archer, an impoverished baker, a heartbroken antique...

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Review: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler


I decided to pick up Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler after I was recommended it by several people, and I am really glad I did. I know dystopian is all the rage now, but let me tell you, Butler had this genre down long before Katniss was even thought of. While the events of The Hunger Games seem unlikely, people recognize that some part of human nature could allow that to happen, and to continue...

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Review: Second Position by Katherine Locke


Disclosure: I attended college with the author of this book.

"Second Position" came out about a month ago, but sat in my "to-read" pile for a bit due to that hell known as 'moving' happening. I was finally able to get around to it, and am really glad I did. Before I go further, though. I must make appropriate trigger warnings for the book itself. It discusses recovery for alcohol addiction, and...

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Review: Alcestis by Katharine Beutner


Alcestis was recommended to me at the beginning of the year. I eagerly bought it and put it in my to-read pile. I got about 10% into it and just didn't see where it was going. I put it down for a bit to try something else. Yesterday I decided "No, I have to finish this." I have a whole list of books I want to read and review this year, and my complacency in continuing to plough through re-reads...

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Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer


I did a brief review of the Lunar Chronicles in my post about my unintentional year of not reading men. As you may recall, I'm purposefully not reading men this year. This is becoming difficult as I get more into the tech field and I want to read some "pinnacle" books. So far I've been immersing myself in Sandi Metz's Practical Object Oriented Design in Ruby, and stalling on coming to a decision...

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Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


[Note: possible spoilers for Seraphina]

My friend Liz has been recommending _Seraphina _by Rachel Hartman for some time now, and it’s just been sitting on my kindle waiting to be read. So I decided to make it the first book of 2015! For those who don’t want spoilers, I will say that I didn’t feel it lived up to the hype, or its own potential.  The start of the book had some nice world building...

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A year in not reading men


I accidentally (no, really) didn't read any works of fiction by a single man this year. Some of those books were awful/hilarious, some of them were really good. I already blogged about the absolute most irritating book I read in 2014 (here), but here are some of the highlights, in no particular order!

The Lunar Chronicles (Cinders, Scarlet, Cress) -  - Marissa Meyer - This is candy, but it's...

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Review of Queen of the Tearling


[Note: I read this book this past summer, and posted a review on my dreamwidth, I'd like to post it here as I realized I was going to compile a short review post of books I read this past year. I decided my short review of Queen of the Tearling would have no weight without this review I wrote about 60% of the way through the book.]

I am always looking for books featuring strong female protagonists...

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