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The Seep by Chana Porter - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781641290869
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Published: Soho Press - January 21st, 2020

A uniquely complex utopian novel, filled with life lessons and great representation. As with many utopian novels, the main point of conflict is the lack of free will but this novel also addresses themes of race and morality, and what is truly ethical when the world has essentially become “healed.” The Seep follows Trina, a Native American Trans woman who is starting to question whether the sentient being known as “The Seep” is actually good or not. Sure, it has eradicated sickness, cleaned the air and seas, and allowed people to become immortal, but how far is too far? After her wife restarts life as a baby, Trina falls apart. This short novel follows her journey as she tries to heal from her loss and figure out who she is without her loved ones. It’s a beautiful tale and a fast read. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something new and different! ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781534431003
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 16th, 2019

There is a bleeding, red heart buried deep in this bookseller's layers of steely cynicism. You can't get there with conventional romance; nothing gooey or pink or covered in abs-tacular models. No cheesy poetry. No roses. Only something so well-crafted, so painfully beautiful; an arrow fit for Eros himself, could have pierced its way to that heart and made it bleed as profoundly and wonderfully after reading this book. It is a marvel. It is an enchantment. Go, damn you, and read this war epic of enemy-lovers in a dangerous time. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781583226988
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 4th, 2005

Bloodchild and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by the incredible miss Octavia E. Butler. Butler is most known for her science fiction novels and has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. This short story collection easily holds its own against any of her full length novels. The raw stories told throughout are so thought provoking that even non sci-fi readers would enjoy them. This collection also features two of Butler’s essays in which she discusses the difficulties she faced as a black woman working in a predominantly white field, as well as some advice on writing your own literary masterpiece. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780756415181
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Published: DAW - February 5th, 2019

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula award, Binti is the first novella in a Sci-Fi trilogy. It is an imaginative, fast-paced read about a girl who decides that her dreams are worth chasing. Binti follows the journey of the titular character as she leaves her family (and their dreams for her) behind and becomes the first Himba student at the best university in the galaxy. Soon, she realizes that she’ll need to draw on her people’s culture to solve a bigger problem. It is a wonderful story of acceptance told in just under 100 pages. The next two books are also fast-paced so the whole trilogy is perfect for a last minute read! ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


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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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


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