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Book Reviews: Hear No Evil, Citizen Science, and The Grey Star

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Book Reviews: Hear No Evil, Citizen Science, and The Grey Star

A sort of rapid-fire round of book reviews this week, thanks to Christmas reading!1. Be the Change: Saving the World Through Citizen Science by Chanda Clarke Though short (33 PDF pages), this was very readable and informative–it’s designed to teach the principles of citizen science/crowdsourced science to people who have never heard of it before. Now, I’d heard the term before and had vaguely positive associations, but couldn’t explain it to you if you asked me....

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Review: “Collegium Sorcerorum: Thaddeus of Beewicke” by Louis Sauvain

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review: “Collegium Sorcerorum: Thaddeus of Beewicke” by Louis Sauvain

Another prize from the LibraryThing giveaways program, this one even came with a courteous letter from the author himself. I’m always one to be impressed by presentation, and the presentation of this book was fine indeed: I was especially impressed by the dozen or so illustrations by Sean Bodley scattered throughout the text. The back matter was also quite impressive: 40 pages of Dramatis Personae (not as excessive as it first appears if these characters continue to play a part in this...

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Review: Serving Time by Nadine Ducca

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review: Serving Time by Nadine Ducca

For this review, another thank you is in order to the LibraryThing giveaways program, and of course Nadine Ducca herself for offering the first volume of her Timekeepers trilogy. I’m a winner once again! Although I was often confused over what was going on, the original mythological background  of Serving Time was strong from the beginning. The author has clearly spent time developing this mythology and shows it by demonstrating her characters’ familiarity with its workings. I...

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Review: Heaven’s Needle by Liane Merciel

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review: Heaven’s Needle by Liane Merciel

You know how I said The White-Luck Warrior became horror a few pages in? The White-Luck Warrior would take one look at one page of Heaven’s Needle and run away crying. Which is why, despite it being marketed as high fantasy, Heaven’s Needle is my review of choice for Hallow’s Eve this year. (That’s a warning, by the way, that the following review will contain disturbing imagery and if you aren’t up for that, especially if you’re currently eating tasty food,...

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Review: The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott Bakker

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review: The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott Bakker

The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott BakkerFifty pages in, I realized I had come to approach this as a horror story rather than epic fantasy, as if I was reading Stephen King or the Lovecraft Unbound anthology.  I read horror in a much more defensive mode, trying not to get invested in any character’s survival, and nodding my head whenever a particularly disturbing (I would say, dryly, “quite effective”) scene occurred, making terror an aesthetic observation in hopes of...

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Review: Finding Nina by Stephen Hazlett

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review: Finding Nina by Stephen Hazlett

Another win from the LibraryThing giveaway program, which I highly recommend if you ever find yourself short of books to review ; ) . Finding Nina is the concluding volume to Stephen Hazlett’s City Different trilogy (“The City Different,” an in-story Jeopardy question informs me, is a nickname for Santa Fe). It’s been described variously as a mystery, a thriller, and an “edgy romance”. It’s more a thriller than either of the others–a high-stakes,...

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