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Book Review: Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker (Aspect-Emperor trilogy)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Book Review: Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker (Aspect-Emperor trilogy)

I mentioned this one in my review of The Skybound Sea–where I hoped for the sake of Aeon’s Gate fans Skyes goes on to write a sequel trilogy like this. I cannot remember enjoying a sequel so much in years! Although the worldbuilding behind what Bakker is now calling The Second Apocalypse is beyond complex, and a lot has happened in the 20 years since the close of the Prince of Nothing trilogy, I still felt able to dive right back into this world. I hadn’t realized how...

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WisCon Rapidfire Book Reviews #4: Aeon’s Gate: The Skybound Sea by Sam Sykes

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

WisCon Rapidfire Book Reviews #4: Aeon’s Gate: The Skybound Sea by Sam Sykes

I have a confession to make: I already took one review copy (Edge of Oblivion), but I couldn’t resist snagging this one, too. I picked it up and meant to page through it to pass the time before the auction, but then I could not put it down. The opening lines beat out a hypnotic rhythm. Gliding past them, I found myself in an oceanside slum near the home of an eldritch abomination. My inner Cthulhu fan’s tentacles twitched pleasantly. I found I liked the characters at once....

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WisCon Rapidfire Book Reviews #3: Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

WisCon Rapidfire Book Reviews #3: Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger

Among the delights of WisCon was the cardboard box of free review copies in the lobby. Diving in among them, I read the back cover copy of this ARC and snagged it, always one to enjoy the occasional romance. I was expecting fantasy in a historical setting, only to find paranormal romance instead. Paranormals aren’t usually my thing, but I figured I’d give it a shot. I sat up late reading it and carried it around the next day to browse in between panels. I did set it down once the...

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WisCon Rapidfire Book Review #2: A Stranger on Olondria by Sofia Samatar

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

WisCon Rapidfire Book Review #2: A Stranger on Olondria by Sofia Samatar

Another one of the books I discovered through WisCon–in fact, I discovered Stranger in Olondria through the little sampler pamphlets Small Beer Press handed out out at WisCon 2012. This was daring promotional tactic–because the first 50 pages of this story don’t have much of the plot, though they gave a flavor for style. The style intrigued me enough that I was willing to wait for the plot, and wait I did: not only for a full year to see the book in...

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WisCon Rapidfire Book Review #1: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

WisCon Rapidfire Book Review #1: Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Life is busy, what with the move, the job search, and the Starter Guide, but it’s unfair of me to hold off on these reviews any longer. So: a RAPID FIRE ROUND shall commence, where I give you my thoughts on the books I discovered at WisCon this May in a few hundred words each. I wasn’t able to purchase this book at WisCon proper, but I did see it in the dealer’s room and took note of it. I was especially interested in the setting after returning from Ghana. Chinua Achebe had...

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The Plants of Middle-Earth: Botany and Sub-Creation by Dinah Hazell

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Plants of Middle-Earth: Botany and Sub-Creation by Dinah Hazell

What a charming book! Like The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges’ Library of Babel, this was a find made in the American University library shelves. It stood out not only for the title (of all things it was sub-creation I was drawn to; the concept is Tolkien’s gift to the fantasy genre far more than any number of medieval worlds and elves) but also its soothingly soft green cloth binding with gold letters. Inside, it is gorgeously illustrated with drawings and...

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Currently Reading: William Goldbloom Bloch, The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges’ Library of Babel

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Currently Reading: William Goldbloom Bloch, The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges’ Library of Babel

This is a book that, fittingly perhaps, I am reading because I discovered it in the library. The library at American University, that is. Not the Library of Babel.  Although this book could, conceivably, be discovered in the Library of Babel. I wouldn’t give much for your chances of finding it, but it’s possible. The central challenge Jorge Luis Borges poses to any writer is that he has, at least on a meta level, surpassed and completed us. Any story we can ever write has...

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