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Black Man

So far, I’ve read the first two of Richard Morgan’s trilogy of fantasy novels (the last of which is due out later this year).  Black Man, which won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2008, was an opportunity to see what … Continue reading

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Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns is the first novel by Mark Lawrence.  It’s the first in a trilogy, and, in the way of trilogies, is followed up by two further novels: the stunningly imaginatively named King of Thorns and Emperor of Thorns.  … Continue reading

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The Cold Commands

I read this, Richard K. Morgan’s follow-up to The Steel Remains, right after finishing  Before They Are Hanged.  Each is the middle book of a trilogy.  Of the two, I found The Cold Commands to be much the more compelling … Continue reading

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A Discovery of Witches

Oh dear… This book was thrust on me by my bookclub.  I’d never heard of the author (Deborah Harkness) before, but the title (which seemed on the suspect side) and a little bit of blurb managed to set my spider-senses … Continue reading

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MiniPost! – Address Unknown

A minipost for a ministory.  Although Kressman Taylor’s Address Unknown appears by itself here in this edition by Souvenir Press, it’s very short, and more usually appears as part of a collection.  It’s an epistolary short story (calling it a … Continue reading

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The Steel Remains

I had not heard of the book, or the author (Richard Morgan), before it was chosen by my book club.  Knowing nothing of it, I tried to keep it that way as long as possible.  I didn’t read the back … Continue reading

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The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities

Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, I was very excited to receive this as a Christmas present.  I’m a big (albeit novice) fan of Jeff, and some tasty contributors appear on the front cover (including Mieville, Mignola, Moorcock, and Moore). … Continue reading

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Sundiver

David Brin is a venerable writer of sci-fi, most famous for his uplift series.  This novel, the first of this series, was entirely absent from my radar until it was designated as the latest book to be read in the … Continue reading

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The Dispossessed

This, along with The Left Hand of Darkness, is surely Ursula K. LeGuin’s masterpiece.  I read tLHoD and The Lathe of Heaven fairly recently, and was extremely impressed (especially by tLHoD), and was eager to read The Dispossessed.  Once I … Continue reading

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Tiger Blood

In my clinical psychology seminar today, I had to encourage students to come up with a (in)famous person who suffers or suffered from a psychological disorder. Creating a poster presentation on that person is their big assignment for this semester. … Continue reading

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