• pirate-large
    Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow – Review

    The worlds of creativity and copyright law often end up at odds with each other.  While the concept of remixing existing works into new pieces of art is nothing new, the amount of any one piece you’re...

    • Posted 4 months ago
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  • great north road
    Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton – review

    Any time I start reading a Peter F. Hamilton novel, I go in with the understanding that I will be committing a significant amount of time and a not inconsiderable chunk of brain power to the endeavor. ...

    • Posted 5 months ago
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    Sailor Twain, Or The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel – review

    Typically, when one thinks of mermaids, one thinks of the sailors on long journeys across open oceans and exotic ports of call.  The only mermaid that comes to mind in conjunction with the United States of America...

    • Posted 10 months ago
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    London Falling by Paul Cornell – review

    Cops are supposed to be rational, critical thinkers.  In order to protect us, they’re supposed to be far above flights of fancy. They can certainly be very much in tune with their instincts, but imagination that isn’t...

    • Posted 10 months ago
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    A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz – review

    Any fantasy book that features an adventure should be fun and exciting.  Some of them are, some of them just end up mired in a web of unresolved side plots and forgotten characters.  Trying to find the...

    • Posted 11 months ago
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    The Sultan of Byzantium by Selcuk Altun – review

    At its heart, The Sultan of Byzantium is a quest novel.  There’s a hero with a mysterious heritage,  a secret society, and journeys to far-flung locations in order to locate the keys to unlocking a treasure almost...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • The State of your NaNoWriMo

    I’m once again doing NaNoWriMo. This makes my ninth year and I have no intention of not finishing my NaNo project in year nine, not when I’ve been winning since 2004. This is only the second week....

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Jinnrise by Sohaib Awan – review

    Trying situations often form unlikely allies. In Jinnrise by Sohaib Awan, humans must align with a much maligned group of mythological beings to save the world from an alien invasion.  It’s a plot that sounds an awful lot like...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    Harbor by John Ajvide Lindqvist – review

    Any small, isolated population will have its secrets.  The more isolated and the smaller that population is, the more secrets there seem to be.  They have their groups, those that are respected and admired and those that...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    Grail of the Summer Stars by Freda Warrington – review

    Fantasy has had a long-standing tradition of stories that involve hidden races living among us.  Even the earliest fairy tales involve a prickly group of magical beings that are easily offended and have no problems making themselves...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    Geek Girl’s Fictional Junk Food-o-Rama “The Boy Who Could Reverse Himself” by William Sleator

    I was very drawn to some of the oddest books in the library when I was a starry-eyed little sprocket. As I’ve grown, I’ve come to recognize it as a lifelong pattern of reading that has taken...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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    The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman – review

    History is often reshaped by the ones who lived to tell their stories. It’s all about perspective, and usually the ones who emerge as the winners are the ones who relate the information as they see it. ...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Infamous (Chronicles of Nick #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Geek Girl’s Fictional Junk Food-o-Rama- The Audiobook and the Road trip

    About once every four months, I take a road trip that lasts more than seven hours. If you’ve ever traveled that kind of distance in a car with no radio, you know how completely maddening it can...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • article 5
    Article 5 by Kristen Simmons – Review

    Dystopian stories have a long tradition in science fiction.  Dystopian stories for younger readers have been around even longer than that.  A younger, more open mind is more willing to consider the ideas that would bring about...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • The Enormous Egg
    Geek Girl’s Fictional Junk Food-o-Rama – “The Enormous Egg”

    When I was growing up, there wasn’t a local bookstore anywhere close by.  I depended primarily on the racks of paperbacks in the grocery store and the local pharmacy both for comic books and regular books.  School...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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