I can’t act like I’m not a little jealous of today’s YA. Back in my day (as I shake my fist), all I had to rely on were sordid tales of drug-addled teenagers gone awry or picturesque white families. Over time it got better, and then started getting much, much better, but by that point …

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Sometime it’s hard to finish a book especially one that grabs you picking a new one to read has its worries. What if that new one sucks? What if it’s so bad… argh – it drives me crazy. I have book piles aligning my stairs, they’re stacked by genres. Whenever it times to choose a new …

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Ghostoria: Vintage Romantic Tales of Fright by Tam Francis Tam Francis writes “vintage romantic fiction” – a collector of anything vintage including patterns, clothing, swing dancing, cooking, sewing, and antiques. “She has published, contributed to and been Editor-in-chief for two indie magazines – From the Ashes (Arts & Literature in the Greater Phoenix area 1990-1994) …

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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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Pack your survival kit. Almost every story in this anthology, which features contributors from around the world, takes place in a post-apocalyptic landscape, signaled by such ominous phrases as “the Aftermath”, “the Event”, “the Last Great War” and “the End Times”. Breadcrumbs, dragons and knights become high-tech tools, sometimes used for murderous purposes. The cautionary …

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Title: The Eye of Odin Publisher: Stag’s Head Books Author: Dennis Staginnus Recently, I have discovered the pleasures of free ebooks. Don’t worry, I’m careful. I hate pirate sites and I really, really do not understand people who download illegal ebooks. Yes, that is theft. There’s no justification for it. To be on the safe side, …

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I picked up a copy of Gated by Amy Christine Parker on sale at B&N recently and must admit that I didn’t know what to expect. It’s billed as a “thriller” but I’m not sure that it isn’t more of an exploration of the impact of general fear of society’s ills on the minds of …

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This lyrical début novel by Elizabeth Gentry takes the reader through the process of awakening from a spell. When Maggie, the eldest of nine children, decides to leave her country life for a job in the city, she begins a journey into the darkness of her strict and secretive family. She and her siblings have been …

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I’d like to start this post by illuminating my selection process for the books I review here. 1. I never read the backs of the novels I select. 2. All I need to know is that they are scifi or fantasy and written by women, and 3. They have received some form of recognition. I …

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Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 94, July 2014 I’m still on the folktale mythical search of short stories and came upon The Contemporary Foxwife by Yoon Ha Lee a few weeks ago. Yoon Ha Lee is a Korean American who grew up in Houston, Texas and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy. She’s written over 40 short stories, …

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