Fantasy

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250313195
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Published: Tor.com - September 10th, 2019

Necromancers. Ladies with swords. Swords wielded by lady necromancers. Listen, if this isn't hooking you, I don't know what will. Gideon herself is the most self-assured protagonist I have read in a long time, with wit and actual competence to match. Mix in a conspiracy involving the immortal emperor, eight houses vying for supremacy, and a dash of LGBT+ representation naturally woven throughout and you have, hands down, an early contender for my favorite book of the year. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Middlegame by Seanan McGuire - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250195524
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Published: Tor.com - May 7th, 2019

This is one of those books where I never minded the page count, because I didn't want the story to end. Akin to later Harry Potters in length, darkness, and quality, this story follows twinned characters from their early childhood through their intertwined destiny. You will be drawn in as inevitably and fiercely as they are. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250174611
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Published: Tor Books - June 4th, 2019

Engaging debut novel centered around the murder of a student at an private school for young mages. But it's Ivy Gamble PI, a broken human who has struggled for years with the fact she is non-magical, that is the story's strength. Now her biggest case happens to be at the school where her estranged twin sister is a teacher. ~ Reviewed by Ben Parker


Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735220171
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

This fantasy novel from the Booker-winning Jamaican novelist draws not on Germanic mythology but African. The fantastic creatures which are strange, novel, and terrifying are worth it alone. Lightning vampire birdmen, blood thirsty spirits that run across the ceiling, a swarm of ravenous bugs that act like chiggers, a gay metamorphosing leopard, vicious hyena ladies…James’ imagination, prose, and brilliant use of unfamiliar source material is entrancing. It’s a really cool book, and a wonderfully fresh unforgettable universe with a thrilling quest narrative. The emotional core of this book is a formerly-enslaved talkative giant, an “ogo,” with a heart of gold, giant brass knuckles, and vast guilt named “Sadogo.” ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


How Long 'til Black Future Month?: Stories by N. K. Jemisin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316491341
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Published: Orbit - November 27th, 2018

Reading these short stories feels equivalent to knowing someone before they were famous. Each one is a seed strong enough to grow into a great novel. For Jemisen's introduction alone - a powerful critique of the publishing industry, its response to afrofuturism, and its evolution over the years - I recommend this book. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, I was speaking to a dear friend of mine about the last book he had read, Zadie Smith’s On Beauty. He’d enjoyed it, he told me,  and he casually mentioned that it was the first time he had ever read a book written by a black woman.

He was 30.

“Not on purpose!” he insisted. “It’s just I love Asimov, Danielewski, Kerouac, Lovecraft, etc., and the brain always wants more of the same, and that genre just tends to be written by white men.”

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