The Orphans of Raspay
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Review: The Orphans of Raspay – Lois McMaster Bujold

Content warnings: If there’s one author I can depend on to write an absolutely delightful novella, it’s Lois McMaster Bujold. I look forward to her Pen and Des novellas every year, and this one lived up to and exceeded my expectations. Just once, Pen thought glumly, he’d like to get an answer to prayers, instead of being delivered as one.…

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A Very Scalzi Christmas
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Review: A Very Scalzi Christmas – John Scalzi

It’s that time of year when everyone’s looking for some new reads to put them in the holiday spirit. If you’re looking for something lighthearted and fun, then I think this anthology will definitely fit the bill. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, with things from lists to short stories. While this is probably overkill, I’ve gone ahead and…

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Kingdom of Needle and Bone
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Review: Kingdom of Needle and Bone – Mira Grant

Content warnings: I’m not a big fan of the horror genre, but I cannot resist a Mira Grant novel.  For those not in the know, Mira Grant is one of Seanan McGuire’s pen names, and I’m a ridiculous superfan of hers.  The only other Mira Grant I’d read was her killer mermaids book, Into the Drowning Deep, which I absolutely adored,…

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Review: Mira’s Last Dance – Lois McMaster Bujold

This novella is a direct continuation of Penric’s Mission, and it’s a ridiculously silly and fun romp that reminds me of a mishmash of Shakespearean plays.  It’s another enjoyable story in the World of the Five Gods, but one that ends on, I think, a bit of a turning point for Penric. “In any case,” said Nikys, placating, “our roads…

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I Met a Traveller
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Review: I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land – Connie Willis

Connie Willis is one of my favorite authors, and her works were absolutely formative for my teenaged self, but this novella didn’t quite work for me.  I was fascinated by the descriptions of Ozymandias Books (gosh, I would love to spend a week there!) and I was very amused by Jim’s increasingly outlandish attempts to rationalize what he was seeing,…

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The Tea Master and the Detective
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Review: The Tea Master and the Detective – Aliette de Bodard

This is part of a series of novellas and short stories set in the Xuya Universe, a Vietnamese-influenced science fiction series.  It’s the first I’ve read, but certainly won’t be the last!  It was wildly immersive, well-paced, and ever so much fun! “The world is chaotic and without sense. But in the smallest of spheres it’s sometimes possible to straighten…

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Penric's Fox
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Review: Penric’s Fox – Lois McMaster Bujold

This particular Penric & Desdemona novella jumps back to a little less than a year after my personal favorite of his novellas, Penric and the Shaman, so I was overjoyed to see Oswyl (the detective) and Inglis (the shaman) again.  It was a bit jarring to go from much more – uh – Learned *snicker* Penric of Mira’s Last Dance…

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