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Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) by Tamsyn Muir - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250313225
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Published: Tor.com - June 2nd, 2020

Look, JUST because it's the sequel to my favorite book of 2019... and JUST because it's from the point of view of the character I cosplayed from the first book... and JUST because it beautifully uses second-person narration to disorient the reader... does NOT mean that I'm playing favorites when I say that this is probably going to be my favorite book of 2020! Like the first book, it's a mystery, but the NATURE of that mystery is so complex and metatextual that it requires having read the first book to even know that something is wrong, let alone starting to figure out what's going on. The first four acts slowly line up question after question after question, then when Act 5 hits it is the most SATISFYING thing! ART. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) by Tamsyn Muir - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250313225
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor.com - June 2nd, 2020

I can't tell you what makes this book so awesome without major spoilers, so just take a trust fall into this ball pit of a book (wait, are those balls made of bones? Are there monsters, dad jokes, and awful epic poetry hiding underneath? Is there enough sass? Who else is in this ball pit? JUST JUMP OR I'LL PUSH YOU). ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525564157
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Published: Vintage - November 6th, 2018

Wells gives full expression to the unaccountability, and potential for evil, to those who make themselves invisible. But being invisible has unforeseen obstacles which cause frustration, then anger, then violence, and then....? ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Notes From the Shire by Andrew: Underground Dogs


 

 

Diego de la Corte works construction, goes home to his flamboyant roommate Harvey, and spends most of his free time chasing beers at one bar or another with Darius or listening to his best friend Ketrick go off on some old philosophy rant or another, all while trying to ignore the mess that the world has become. He's more or less comfortable with his life, even as the reformed United States and the military - via the new Enforcers of Democracy military branch that is getting more and more involved in civilian security - makes itself increasingly intrusive. If this sounds like a setup similar to V for Vendetta, you're not far wrong. The Underground Dogs by J.C.D. Kerwin tackles many of the same themes. A fascist government makes its citizens trade liberty for security; a lone radical plans to subvert it; and a regular citizen protagonist is given the chance to effect real change. 

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ISBN: 9781074337469
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Published: Independently Published - August 1st, 2019

Gears of War: Ascendance by Jason M. Hough - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781789092615
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Published: Titan Books - July 30th, 2019

A great prequel to the next Gears of War video game. It picks up where Gears 4 left off - just after the devastating attack on Kait's village. The characters split off into two different directions - one under orders of Lt. Jinn and the other in search of answers surrounding the attack and the dark past of Kait's family. New alliances - and old friends - will be forged and found, and lots more will be revealed in this great bridge between games. ~ Reviewed by Angela Turon


The Cruel Stars: A Novel by John Birmingham - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399593314
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Published: Del Rey - August 20th, 2019

With six point-of-view characters - five protagonists and one antagonist - it takes about 100 pages for this novel to coalesce*, but when it does, The Cruel Stars becomes a thrilling page-turner as those five misfits race to save their world from the single hyper-competent Admiral of the fanatic, relentless Sturm.

*As I told my wife early on, "I mostly don't care about the old, six-times-revived war her, I definitely don't care about the bratty "I want to do more than lear lettering and music" child princess, I don't *yet* care for the convict who's about to not only be executed but somehow have his soul erased... Get me back to the starship lieutenant who's from a lower caste and whose captain JUST ATE THE EXECUTIVE OFFICER." I came around about thirty pages later. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


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