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Spinning Silver with Other Tales

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik My rating: 5 of 5 stars Naomi Novik has created another beautiful world with its…

Still Lives Is Not Escapist Literature

Still Lives by Maria Hummel My rating: 3 of 5 stars Still Lives is steeped in art museum/gallery culture, which…

The Invisible Library that I Wish Were real

When I read the synopsis of Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library, it reminded me very much of the TNT series of…

Intricate Plots, and Clockwork, Too!

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street was, simply put, an amazing book. It was filled with beautiful creations, complicated people, and…

Naming the Stars

Adrien Bosc’s first and best-selling novel Constellation (2014, available in translation from Other Press) falls into that grey area in…

Bring on the Sadness: French YA Books on the Holocaust

The Travels of Daniel Ascher by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat (in translation) & Charlotte by David Foenkinos (in French) As a YA…

Book or Movie, Movie or Book? Never Let Me Go and The Martian

As a book lover, I choose to read the book before I see the movie if I have any real…

My First Agatha Christie

I like a fun police procedural for the whodunnit part. I watch Castle because my grandma introduced me to it,…

Adapting Alice

Maguire’s usually brilliant imagination for adaptation seems to be missing in his retelling of Alice in Wonderland, which left me…

Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters

After deciding to include Mercedes Lackey’s Unnatural Issue in my dissertation about adaptations of the “Donkeyskin” fairy tale, it only made…

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