I have been lucky, frankly, to be a member of a special sort of book club. It’s small. It’s like-minded. It’s opinionated. And it’s fiercely intelligent. Its members care deeply and strongly about literature. Normally, the book clubs in which I engage often operate on the following schedule: 20 minutes of book talk (normally of a …

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I almost cried when I found out we were nearly done with summer (mainly because, as a New Englander, I just survived a horrific winter). But this realization was made all the more bearable with a great summer read by one of my favorite authors, Sarah J. Maas. If you don’t know her, you need to go …

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Hi All, We’re back into science fiction and I have to say, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s novel is a tough one to follow. It took me forever to find a book worth posting about, but I have to say “The 100” by Kass Morgan isn’t too shabby! Strangely enough, my podiatrist recommended it to me after confiding …

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Today, I bring your attention to an inventive fantasy by Silvia Morena-Garcia titled Signal to Noise. As a music lover, this book entranced me from the start (not to mention that the prose skirted the line between minimalistic and emotionally resonant). It’s a deceptively short novel and I could tell Morena-Garcia definitely took her time …

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Hi Everyone! Spring has finally arrived and I’ve got some great science fiction for you in the form of Octavia E. Butler’s thought-provoking Kindred. First of all, I had no idea the book was written 36 years ago until I began this post. Second of all, I normally steer clear of time-travel novels. Just personal preference …

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Happy February! We all know that love is in the air with Valentine’s Day approaching and who doesn’t want to cozy up with a dark fantasy romance modeled after Jane Eyre with all the right notes of creepy stalkers and maniacal fairies? Anyone? Well, if you are interested, Tina Connolly’s “Ironskin” gives the classic tale a …

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Happy New Year! And what better way to spend it than with a glimpse into our future with Nancy Kress in her new novel Yesterday’s Kin. Before I get into the review, I admit that I was familiar with Nancy Kress’ name prior to reading this novel. Other than the fact that she’s won/been nominated for Nebula and …

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Let me bring awareness, dear readers, to the fact that this time of the year is one I often dedicate to my favorite novel of all time: The Magicians. I only bring this up at the start of this post because normally, the months of Nov.-Dec. are reserved for the rereading of Lev Grossman’s trilogy due to the …

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Tamora Pierce, living legend of the young adult science fiction and fantasy universe, turns 61 today. In her honor, I’m dedicating this post to the influences she has provided on the genre and how, especially now, her work has become more relevant with age. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the greatness that is Tamora …

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I can positively hear the eye rolls. I mean who in the world hasn’t read The Giver? Nowadays, it’s required reading in almost every middle school across the country. Perhaps I’m generalizing by using my experience to color my impression of how popular this book is, but still. It’s The Giver.  So why am I reviewing it? Other than the …

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