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Reading Recommendation: The Emperor’s Soul, by Brandon Sanderson

Just finished “The Emperor’s Soul,” a really lovely novella by Brandon Sanderson. It came to me as a freebie somewhere – maybe at World Fantasy – and I almost left it behind.  I’m glad I didn’t. The beautiful cover convinced me to add yet another book to the load I was already carrying.  Not that I don’t like Brandon’s […]

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Reading Recommendation: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, by Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress’s new novella, After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall is out now from Tachyon.  It’s a good read.  I got an advance peek at it, and I heard her read from it at a local reading earlier this year.  I’ve been waiting for it to be available so that I could

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Mayan (er…Aztec) Reading: Servant of the Underworld, by Aliette de Bodard

I’m busy reading books and stories set either in 2012 or in the Yucatan Peninsula.  I read Aliette de Bodard’s Nebula nominated novelette, “The Jaguar House, In Shadow” and loved it so much that I went right to her novel “Servant of the Underworld.”  It’s a bit of a cheat for this post series because

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Reading Recommendation: Nnedi Okorafor’s “Who Fears Death”

While finishing up as much Nebula Awards reading as possible, I ordered and then devoured Nnedi Okorafor’s powerful novel “Who Fears Death.”  Interestingly enough, her story that I recommended a few posts ago, “The Book of Phoenix” fits into this novel.  The world-building is phenomenal, full of symbolism and magic and yet close enough for

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Reading Recommendation: N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Sometimes it’s worth it to get led to a book.  I roomed with Kris Dikeman at the Starry Heaven writing workshop in Flagstaff, and she recommended N.K. Jeminsin to me.  Then I was at World Fantasy in Cleveland and bidding on the P.K. Dick award table when I noticed The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, bid on it, and

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