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The Mercy Journals Disappoint: A Review

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The Mercy Journals (2016)  Written by: Claudia Casper Genre: Post-apocalyptic fiction Pages: 231 (Paperback) Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press Why I Chose It: I had not heard of The Mercy Journals until Speculative Chic asked the contributors if we were willing to review the books nominated for the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award. I was so interested in the premise of…

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Shaking up the Genre: A Review of Mishell Baker’s Borderline

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Borderline (2016) Written by: Mishell Baker Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 400 (Hardcover) Publisher: Saga Press Why I Chose It: We’re reading the Nebula Awards here at Speculative Chic! Out of the nominees for best novel that I had not already read, Borderline is the one that intrigued me the most. The premise: A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking…

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Never Falter, Never Fear: Ellen Klages’s Passing Strange

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Historical fiction is almost always fascinating to me. If that fiction also happens to have a touch of magic to it, even better. That’s exactly what I got when I decided to pick up Ellen Klages’ Passing Strange. Passing Strange (2017) Written by: Ellen Klages Genre: Historical Fantasy Pages: 215 (Trade paperback) Publisher: Tor.com/Tom Doherty Associates Why I chose it: …

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Terror As A Bonding Agent: Mira Grant’s Final Girls

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Do you have a relationship that you want to mend? Can’t be in the same room with your sister? On the verge of filing divorce papers? Not speaking to your mother? Most importantly, has traditional therapy failed you, time and again? Dr. Jennifer Webb of the Webb Virtual Therapy Institute has the cure for what ails you! Allow Dr. Webb…

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Teenagers at the End of the World: A Review of Kristy Acevedo’s Consider

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Consider (2016) Written by: Kristy Acevedo Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Pages: 283 (Paperback) Series: Book One of The Holo Series Publisher: Jolly Fish Press Why I Chose It: When Speculative Chic put out the call for people willing to read and review the books nominated for the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award, I choose Kristy Acevedo’s Consider. I have…

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Psychic Romances and Passive Protagonists: A Review of Connie Willis’s Crosstalk

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Crosstalk (2016) Written by: Connie Willis Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 498 (Hardback) Publisher: Del Ray Why I Chose It: A few years ago, I read a handful of really great books by Connie Willis: To Say Nothing of the Dog, Doomsday Book, and Bellwether. With the release of her latest book, Crosstalk, I figured that it was the perfect time to…

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The Fireman Fizzles: A Review

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The Fireman (2016) Written by: Joe Hill Genre: Post-apocalypse Pages: 747 (Hardcover) Publisher: William Morrow Why I Chose It: I am a big fan of Hill’s previous books, so of course I was psyched to read his newest release. Joe Hill is a pen name for Joseph Hillstrom King — as in the son of the master of horror, Stephen…

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Law & Order Meets Cyberpunk: A Review of After Atlas by Emma Newman

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After Atlas (2016) Written by: Emma Newman Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 365 (Paperback) Publisher: ROC Why I Chose It: I read Planetfall earlier this year and upon finishing it I immediately pre-ordered After Atlas. They are set in the same universe but are standalone novels. The premise: Acclaimed author Emma Newman returns to the captivating universe she created in Planetfall…

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You Need to Believe In Things That Aren’t True: A Review of Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather

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Ah, December. Bringer of holidays and new weather patterns. Almost everyone celebrates something in December, and as such, everyone has their own holiday traditions. For me, personally, December brings on a Christmas tradition that goes back at least ten years. For me, December means that it’s time to re-read Terry Pratchett’s take on Christmas, Hogfather. As much as you might…

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