Monthly Archives: March 2015

Black Dove, White Raven – Elizabeth Wein

Teo and Em are children of a female pilot and wing walker team, traveling the US after WWI as performers in air shows.  When Delia is killed, Rhoda raises Teo as her own.  So brother and sister, black and white, … Continue reading

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A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction – Terry Pratchett, A. S. Byatt (Foreword by)

Oh my.  This is a wonderful collection of Terry Pratchett’s short fiction starting with his first published work when he was only thirteen, through his time with Bucks Free press, and on to the Discworld.  The early works are very … Continue reading

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Clash of Eagles – Alan Smale

The 33rd Legion under the command of Gaius Publius Marcellinus started to lose men as soon as they marched away from the Mare Chesapica, yet they had not engaged the enemy in a real battle.  An arrow flying from the … Continue reading

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The Next Species: The Future of Evolution in the Aftermath of Man – Michael Tennesen

If all the species now considered threatened are actually lost this century, and if this rate of extinction continues, a study in the magazine Nature determined that we are on track to lose three-quarters of all species within the next … Continue reading

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The Thickety: The Whispering Trees – J.A. White

Kara and Taff escape into the dreaded Thickety where all things nightmarish reside.  Sure enough, they encounter deadly plants, weird rock formations that make deadly copies of objects, vicious animals and the infamous Mary Kettle who murdered countless children.  Has … Continue reading

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The Thickety: A Path Begins – J.A. White

The story opens with a hanging.  Kara is dragged from her bed, accused of witchcraft, then is forced to watch as her mother is killed.  The same night Kara’s brother is born.  Her father is incapacitated with guilt and loss … Continue reading

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The Winner’s Crime – Marie Rutkoski

The sequel to The Winner’s Curse is almost what I’d hoped for.  I’d hope that Arin and Kestrel would have a future together, but that would make for a rather dull book.  Of course there are misunderstandings and hurt feelings and … Continue reading

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The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski

The conquering Valorians!  Greedy to possess other lands and enslave people.  But what happens when slaves rebel, when countries decide to fight back?  This is the story of Kestrel, the Valorian General’s daughter who is raised in conquered Herran.  On … Continue reading

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Dead to Me – Mary McCoy

Annie and Alice are daughters of a movie studio publicist who caters to the stars by providing perks and cleaning up their image. This duty also includes rounding up pretty young ladies to decorate star parties and perhaps more.  This is … Continue reading

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Dreaming Spies: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes – Laurie R. King

Winding road to truth  Obstacles, delays, deceptions And then resolution The centerpiece of this mystery is a beautifully illustrated book by the 17th century itinerant poet and master of haiku, Matsuo Basho.  It is a book that belonged to Prince … Continue reading

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Cat Out of Hell – Lynne Truss

Roger is so very intelligent, well-traveled, well read.  He works crossword puzzles in his head.  Well, he has to because he has no opposable thumbs and can’t hold a pencil.  Oh, I forgot to mention that Roger is a cat.  … Continue reading

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The Dead Mountaineer’s Inn: One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre – Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

Take one remote mountain inn in an unnamed country, add a ghost, an assortment of eccentric guests which of course includes a police inspector,  throw in a locked-room murder and you have a recipe for the classic murder mystery.  Include … Continue reading

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The Fifth Gospel – Ian Caldwell

When Alex and Mona had a son, Mona refused to name him after Simon, because Simon was so unpredictable, totally unreliable.  As a compromise he was named Peter, and naturally Peter worships his uncle Simon.  Alex and Simon Andreou are … Continue reading

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