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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.”

The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316417150
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Published: Redhook - January 29th, 2019

This novel is a truly mystical read, full of Inuit traditions, myth & spirituality entwined with Viking lore and history. Omat, born with Shamanic memories is catalyst in her community's survival in a time of climatic change and meeting tall fierce new people. This is a marvelous tale of warring gods, heroes & shapeshifters. Based on an ancient Inuit myth & Icelandic Sagas. I don't want this book to end, perfect for a snowy day. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781538745823
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 6th, 2019

Hilarious take on the zombie apocalypse but told from the viewpoint of a pet crow who believes humanity should be saved. As he ventures out looking for a cure he must figure out how domestic animals fit into the new world order and how to come to terms with being a crow and not, as his heart desires, a human. ~ Reviewed by Ben Parker


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