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Silver on the Road

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ISBN: 9781481429696
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 11th, 2016

From the very start this book reads like you're sitting around a campfire listening to someone tell a tale of the American west, which fits the novel so well. I was drawn in first by the style that Gilman writes in, which is quite lyrical, and then by the premise of the story. The novel opens in the territory of the west, which is filled with a strange magic and owned by the Devil. Isobel, a girl of sixteen has worked for the Devil all her life but now is given the choice to serve as his left hand. Not knowing what she's getting herself into, Isobel accepts, putting herself in more danger than she's ever known existed in the devil's west. As a character, Isobel is the perfect amount of smart, stubborn, and dangerous in her own way and I look forward to seeing more of her in the future of this series! ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams


Hunter

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ISBN: 9781484725436
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 9th, 2016

If you like books with a dystopian/post apocalyptic futures, advanced technology, mythology, and reality TV, then this book might be for you. Set in a distant future that's part futuristic, part post apocalyptic, humanity is trying to recover from a rip in reality that has caused monsters from every mythology imaginable (known as otherworlders) to spill into the human world. Humanity's only hope of fighting these monsters off is a small group of "hunters", humans with a magical ability to work with hounds the only 'good' monsters to come from the otherworld. This book was a little tough for me to get into at first, but by then end I had fallen in love with this world.
Lackey has created a unique magic system, with enough leeway to expand on the way the characters interact with this magic, but with enough rules to ground the magic in this new reality. I'm all for mythology done in new and interesting ways, and I can't wait to see where this new series goes. ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams


Lightless

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ISBN: 9780553394443
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Published: Del Rey - July 26th, 2016

A claustrophobic read, all taking place inside the secret space ship/science experiment the "Ananke" this book mixes (speculative) physics, a terrorist plot, and human interactions between crew mates and prisoners. Though the narrative switches between characters the focus of the story is on computer scientist Dr. Althea Bastet who throughout the story seems to care more about her ship than the people on it. The beginning of this novel reminds me a little bit of alien, but not nearly as creepy until the end which quickly turns more towards 2001 A Space Odyssey! ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams


We Were Feminists Once

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ISBN: 9781610395892
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Published: PublicAffairs - May 3rd, 2016

A fascinating study about the rise of marketplace feminism, and its visibility across all types of media. We Were Feminists Once, written by Andi Zeisler of Bitch Media is an eye opening book that gives readers a serious yet at times funny look at how feminism has been changed and adapted into a brand to be bought, sold and consumed. Zeisler discusses how "branding" feminism has taken conversations of substance about "how do we fix and change this" and turned them into listicles like "top 10 celebrity feminists" and made feminism a cool mainstream identity (I'm looking at you "this is what a feminist looks like" shirts). While this renewed interest in feminism can be seen as a good thing, this book discusses the challenges feminism now faces in taking this interest and looking for the truth behind the warped mainstream marketplace feminism. Examples that Zeisler gives of this are how recently any "choice" a woman makes can apparently be seen as a feminist choice ( "it's my choice to" shave/not shave your legs, wear/not wear makeup ect.) and how women can be "empowered" by just about everything they do these days (17 empowering songs by female artists). This book is written in an engaging, smart, and snarky way that is both easily approachable and thought provoking. If you read about feminism on buzzfeed, are interested in celebrity feminists, or may not be sure about what feminism really means, I invite you to read this book and dive a little deeper into an important and fascinating subject. ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams


The Chimes

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ISBN: 9781681445342
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Quercus - May 3rd, 2016

This book caught my eye from the moment I saw the cover, and once I started reading I was quickly drawn into the world. I don't believe I've ever read anything quite like this book. Set in a post apocalyptic London, people can no longer keep hold of their own memories unless they have an object to physically remind them of something important, the written word has been outlawed and forgotten, and the mysterious chimes ring out everyday in the morning, afternoon and night. It is in this world that Simon, who has recently lost both of his parents, travels to London to find...something. Something that he quickly forgets about and instead becomes a member of five rover pact. But forgetting is an easy thing to do in a world where if you don't remember the song to get yourself home, you can become memory-lost, doomed to wander and never remember who you are or what you were doing. It is remembering that is difficult if not impossible, and Simon is soon to learn that he has a gift for remembering the past, and not just his own.
I very much enjoyed being immersed in this world where people speak using a combination of music and a sort of sign language in solfeg. If you love music and know how to speak its language, and you also love to read sci-fi and fantasy, this book is for you! ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams


Company Town

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ISBN: 9780765382900
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Published: Tor Books - May 17th, 2016

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. Taking place in a near futuristic world on an offshore oil rig somewhere near Canada we're thrown into New Arcadia, a place where bioaugmentation and genetic engineering from even before birth is a part of nearly everyone's lives. It is on this oil rig that we meet Jung Hwa, a kick ass half Korean woman with sturge-weber syndrome, a disability that can cause seizures and glaucoma along with many other health issues.
Hwa is one of the few truly 'organic' people left on the rig, but does not let this or her sturge-weber get in the way of life. Hwa is a bodyguard for a sex workers union, and quite possibly the best one on the rig. It is because of this talent that Hwa is recruited by the CEO of the company who now owns New Arcadia as the personal bodyguard for his young son, who has already had threats made against his life. But when her friends from the sex workers union start turning up dead, Hwa is pulled into a conspiracy more dangerous than she could imagine.
I really immediately fell in love with Hwa as a character. It's awesome to see a disabled female protagonist, but Hwa is so much more than that too. She's a very strong person, she has a very unique view of this world as an 'organic' person in a world where that isn't common and her voice throughout the novel is the perfect mix of sarcasm, seriousness and cursing.
This book is a well written sci fi noir that seems part Blade Runner, part Terminator and maybe even a little Mad Max Fury Road. If any of these things interest you I highly recommend you pick up this book and start reading ~ Reviewed by Amy Williams.


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