Armored Love: A Review of Fortune’s Pawn


Fortune’s Pawn (2013) Written by: Rachel Bach Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 341 (Kindle) Series: Paradox Book 1 Publisher: Orbit Why I Chose It: A friend recommended this to me, saying if I liked The Vorkosigan Saga, I would like this. And we all know how much I liked The Vorkosigan Saga… The Premise: Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She…

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Reconciling With Your Other Half: Penric and the Shaman


Penric and the Shaman (2016) Written by: Lois McMaster Bujold Pages: 160 (Kindle) Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc Why I chose it: I’ve read (and adored) Bujold’s Sharing Knife series and have been wanting to read more of her work. When this Penric novella was offered as a Hugo reading, I took the opportunity to expand my Bujold repertoire.  The…

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Mining Hope: A Review of The Dragon’s Playlist


The Dragon’s Playlist (2017) Written by: Laura Bickle Genre: YA Fantasy Pages: 219 (Kindle) Publisher: Pronoun Why I Chose It: 100% truthfully? It was free. I’ve been enjoying Bickle’s Petra Dee books, but I wasn’t so sure about this one. Part of it is that after 30 plus years of fantasy reading, I have dragon fatigue. But in the end,…

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Reading the Hugos: Novelette Category


Novelettes are tricky little beasts. They are story tidbits, and it takes a particularly skilled writer to create one that offers a full story within the limited constraints of standard word count for the form. I am challenging myself to read more short fiction this year, so when our editor approached me to ask if I would be willing to…

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Old Testament Zombies: A Review of Death Has Come Up Into Our Windows


Death Has Come Up Into Our Windows (2015) Written By: Stant Litore Genre: Alternate History/Historical Fantasy Pages: 137 (Trade Paperback) Series: The Zombie Bible (Book 1) Publisher: Westmarch Publishing Why I Chose It: I like both zombies and Bible stories, and I thought “how could you possibly combine those two?” Naturally I had to read it and find out. Premise:…

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