Fantasy

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316483254
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Published: Redhook - September 25th, 2018

What happens when coming of age comes with more changes than expected? A family lives in the woods, apart from their village. The parents of Liba and Laya are called away, and one sister learns a family secret right before they leave. The story combines Jewish myth with historical fiction, including the advance of the Russian Pogroms on their village. I liked how the chapters alternated between one sister writing in prose and the other writing in poetry, which helps define their characters. This story will sweep you along and keep you intrigued. ~ Reviewed by Percy Sutton


In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780765399298
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Published: Tor.com - January 8th, 2019

Tolkien once wrote that stories, even fairy-tales, shouldn't be dumbed down for children, because they too face the difficult world we live in. McGuire's story is wonderous and ominous, following an capable but ordinary heroine as she navigates the world of the Market, our own world, and growing up from 6 to 17. Dark, feminist, bibliophilic, bildungsroman, ambiguously unresolved - this book checks all my favorite boxes.
(Also, I was unaware that this book was part of a series until I wrote this review, so don't be worried by the "#4" - it's perfectly standalone.) ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Years of Rice and Salt: A Novel by Kim Stanley Robinson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553580075
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Published: Spectra - June 3rd, 2003

A densely written alternate history, The Years of Rice and Salt focuses not on the big picture of how the world is different after a much more destructive Black Plague, but rather on the individual people as they grow up in this alternate world. Robinson envisions this by following a group of reincarnated souls - or jāti - from the point of divergence in the 1400s up through the 2080s in a series of ten short stories - novellas, almost. Each story feels like a different genre, and it's gratifying to see the characters' reincarnated souls grow and mature together as they try to shape their world for the better. Europe's departure also means the departure of Christianity as a driving force in world history, and Confucianism, Buddhism and Islam rise to take its place. The final story doesn't come to any sort of definitive close as it wraps up the novel - it doesn't end it in any traditional sense - but rather promises that the cycle of reincarnation continues, and the characters will continue to improve, always looking to a better tomorrow. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Jade City by Fonda Lee - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316440882
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Published: Orbit - June 26th, 2018

Lee’s first foray into adult fiction vividly recalls the furiously fast paced flair of Hong Kong gangster action flicks alongside the fantasy of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and set in a rich, thoughtfully crafted new world. ~ Reviewed by Miya Molinelli


European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781481466530
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Published: Saga Press - July 10th, 2018

In this sequel to The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, the Athena Club, along with Holmes and Watson, race across Europe to save Lucinda Van Helsing from a grisly fate. As they close in on their quarry, our heroines face an evil so powerful it could destroy them and all they hold dear. Highest Recommend!! ~ Reviewed by Sarah Donner


The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780743298902
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Published: Washington Square Press - October 16th, 2007

A dark ,grim fairy tale of sorts.
After the loss of his mother, young David is kept company only by his books. Soon, a plane crashes into his back yard, and he is drawn in the dark world that has opened. He must find his way back to the real world, but it might not be so easy.
A coming-of-age tale wrapped in twisted fantasy. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


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