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Book Review: The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker

Title: The Empress of Mars Author: Kage Baker Publisher: Tor Format: Print Rating: 4 out of 5 Life on Mars is hard. Although the British Arean Company promised wealth, growth, and a new life to all Martian settlers, once it…

Book Review: The High Road by Terry Fallis

Title: The High Road Author: Terry Fallis Publisher: McLelland and Stewart Format: Print Rating: 4 out of 5 I read a lot of speculative fiction, as my past reviews clearly show – books about space zombies, ghosts, Russian mythological figures,…

Book Review: Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Title: Ironskin Author: Tina Connolly Publisher:  Tor Format: Print Rating: 4 out of 5 Note: this review contains spoilers. Jane Eliot is a veteran of The Great War against the fey. The five years since the end of the war…

Book Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Title: Seraphina Author: Rachel Hartman Publisher: Random House Format: Print Rating: 5 out of 5 One of the chief things I measure in a novel is how it affects me when I read it. Do the book’s events wend their…

NaNoWriMo: Taking the Plunge – Again!

Well, it’s officially late October, and you know what that means: a frantic ramp-up to NaNoWriMo. Well, perhaps not frantic, but it’s definitely a more informed mess of activity than it was in 2011. Last year was my first time writing for…

Book Review: The Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg

Title: The Guilty Plea Author: Robert Rotenberg Publisher: Simon & Schuster Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: Print One of the genres that I’ve often had trouble “getting” is that of the crime/procedural (which was why I had problems with…

Book Review: Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Title: Half Blood Blues Author: Esi Edugyan Publisher: Thomas Allen Publishers Format: eBook Rating: 4 out of 5 Every year, there are one or two books that get nominated for All The Awards. In 2011, it was Esi Edugyan’s Half…