Book Name: The Snow Queen Author: Joan D. Vinge First Published: 1980 Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel (1981) Joan D. Vinge seems to be a private person. Few personal details are available about her beyond that she has lived most of her life in Madison, Wisconson and suffered a terrible auto accident that prevented …

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Book Name: The Blue Sword Author: Robin McKinley First Published: 1982 Winner: Newbery Honor Book(1983) Robin McKinley was born in Warren, Ohio. Her father was an officer in the United States Navy and her mother was a school teacher. Like many military families, the McKinleys moved quite often as her father was reassigned to various …

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I wrote my first real sci-fi short story at around seven years old. It was about a young girl who headed the first (wo)manned mission to Venus. Because I regularly devoured hard sci-fi books and astronomy texts, I prided myself on its scientific accuracy. I even illustrated it! I have gotta dig that up one of these …

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Yes, it’s true–this review is two for the price of one, but I promise I’m not getting greedy yet. For my next few reviews, I’d like to introduce a loose, informal series I call “what’s THAT look like” in which I…well, I think it’s best explained with a funny Twitter story: Every so often, I’ll …

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At first I could not help but think of N.K. Jemisin‘s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms as a fantasy prime time soap opera – addictive and dangerous like Revenge meets…well….uh…there you go. I can’t invite any mashups or comparisons, because there aren’t any. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy (of which The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, published in 2009, is …

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As readers have probably guessed, I read a LOT of YA and middle grade books, particularly in the speculative fiction areas. It’s not often I come across a book as unusual and fresh in its concept as The Glass Sentence by S E Grove. Grove is a historian as well as an author so it’s …

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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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And now we have a Tale of Two Zombie Books. I just got finished saying YA isn’t my thing and I don’t really care for zombies, and yet here I am with another YA zombie book. I’m really trying to push myself out of the Zone of Things E Already Knows Ze Likes. It’s good to …

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My biggest regret about reading Five-Twelfths of Heaven recently is that it took me so long to get around to it.  Melissa Scott‘s novel was originally published in 1985, and it’s still relevant thirty years later, not to mention it’s a captivating story. The first book of Scott’s Roads of Heaven trilogy, Five-Twelfths of Heaven …

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If you miss the simple, effective stories girls tell at slumber parties, the five illustrated tales of Through the Woods just might keep you awake at night. Think of darkness and an atmosphere of foreboding splashed with blood. Remember how good it feels to be scared. Rejoice if you have children because this book can …

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