Writers of the Future Volume 31 : Collection

Book review for : Writers of the Future Volume 31 Author : various; short story collection Rating : 4 stars Series : Volume 31 of the publication but it doesn’t matter where you start. A bag of treats

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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle : Haruki Murakami

Book review for : The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Author : Haruki Murakami Rating : 3 stars A mystery, a puzzle, a headache -- Most of the time reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle I was wondering what was going on. It calls for suspension-of-disbelief around every corner.

Reawakened : Colleen Houck

Book review for : Reawakened Author : Colleen Houck Rating : 2 stars Series : Reawakened series book 1 Pretty cover, face-palm contents I hated the main character within 10 pages. Now THAT is impressive!

Name of the Rose : Umberto Eco

Book review for : Name of the Rose Author : Umberto Eco Rating : 4 stars Good historical value, unsatisfying conclusion The Name of the Rose* is a historical murder mystery that takes place in a Franciscan monastery in 14th-century Italy.

Fabled Kingdom : Queenie Chan

Book review for : Fabled Kingdom Author : Queenie Chan Rating : 5 stars Series : Fabled Kingdom book 1 Fun Blend of Fairy Tale and Original I enjoyed Queenie Chan's series The Dreaming and was excited to give Fabled Kingdom a shot after hearing she was writing it. I like her art style and her writing.

Writers of the Future Volume 30 : Collection

Book review for : Writers of the Future Volume 30 Author : various; short story collection Rating : 4 stars Series : Volume 30 of the publication but it doesn't matter. Sparklies I've read a couple Writers of the Future collections, and I can't say this one is very different. It seems most of the stories carry a message -- i.e. a good portion of the stories take place after humans have destroyed their world and its habitat. Yippee.

The List : Patricia Forde

Book review for : The List Author : Patricia Forde Rating : 3 stars Fun premise that gets lost in the Melting The List is a dystopian story that takes place on Earth after some tragic ‘Melting’ that wipes out much of humanity and animals and technology and words.

Conservation of Shadows : Yoon Ha Lee

Book review for : Conservation of Shadows Author : Yoon Ha Lee Rating : 5 stars "Conservation of Shadows" is the title of the last short story in this collection. Not even the best one, but it is a fun title, and several other of her stories play with 'shadows'.  So, what makes this collection 5 stars? 

A Natural History of Dragons : Marie Brennan

Book review for : A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent Author : Marie Brennan Rating : 5 stars : Isabella is not interested in a life of Society as a proper young woman. She wants to study how things work, in particular winged things, in particular dragons.

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