Author Archives : Merrin

Book Club: February Selection and March Poll


It’s 2018, everybody! Congratulations on surviving 2017. I’m proud of all of you. And I’m also here to announce the book club selection for February, as voted on by you! Brown Girl In the Ring (2001) Author: Nalo Hopkinson Discussion Date: 2/23/18 The premise: The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble.…

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The Making of a Leader: Leia, Princess of Alderaan


I have fallen down hard into the expanded Star Wars universe, clearly. It started with the book of short stories From a Certain Point of View, which I previously reviewed, and has honestly just devolved from there. I’ve never been one for media tie-ins, the end of 2017 has been a weird one for me. But hey, this book was…

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Speculative Chic Book Club: Hogfather


Welcome to the Speculative Chic Book Club! Each month, we invite you to join us in reading a book that is voted on by YOU, our readers. We’re still experimenting with the format, so just like last month, this month we’re just doing a review followed by your discussion in the comments! Hogfather (1996) Written by: Terry Pratchett Pages: 421…

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Harsh Realities and the Gently Falling Snow: A Review of The Frozen Wilds DLC for Horizon Zero Dawn


Hello my fellow shards gatherers, I’m here to tell you why you should all be playing The Frozen Wilds DLC for Horizon Zero Dawn (previously reviewed here), and it’s basically because it’s my favorite DLC since Mass Effect’s Citadel DLC. It has a little bit of everything: new storyline, new machines, upscaled difficulty, new outfits, new weapons, and completely new spoilers!…

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Speculative Chic Book Club: The Night Circus


Welcome to the Speculative Chic Book Club! Each month, we invite you to join us in reading a book that is voted on by YOU, our readers. We’re still experimenting with the format, so this month we’re just doing a review followed by your discussion in the comments! The Night Circus (2011) Written by: Erin Morgenstern Pages: 401 (Kindle) Publisher:…

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One Small Step For Man: A Review of The Long Earth


The Long Earth (2012) Written by: Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 341 (Hardcover) Series: The Long Earth Book 1 Publisher: Harper Why I Chose It: It’s been on my list for awhile, actually. Mostly because I’m a sucker for a good cover and I really liked the look of this one, but also because Terry Pratchett…

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