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Kat: Last week I mentioned that I was ready to quit John Varley’s Steel Beach, and this week I gave myself permission to do so. I just couldn’t get through it. A DNF review is coming soon. This week I read Peadar O’Guilin’s The Call because its sequel, The Invasion, is up for a Hugo […]
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Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence Holy Sister (2019), the third and final book in Mark Lawrence‘s BOOK OF THE ANCESTOR series, is a satisfying, well-crafted ending to an inventive series. Lawrence, at this point a veteran in the trenches of Heroic Fantasy, wraps things up with what’s probably his greatest assurance of the series, and […]
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The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire After two “monster of the week” episodes, The Brightest Fell (2017) brings us back to the secrets that were revealed in The Winter Long, surrounding Amandine, Simon, Eira Rosynhwyr — and Toby’s long-lost sister, August. But first, Seanan McGuire draws us in, as she did in Once Broken Faith, […]
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The 2019 Hugo Awards will be presented at Worldcon 77 in Dublin, Ireland, on August 18. The Hugo Award finalists are chosen by readers who are voting members of Worldcon. This week we’ll talk about the novels and novellas. We discussed other categories in previous columns. Click the title links below to read our reviews and […]
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Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee The finale to Yoon Ha Lee’s MACHINERIES OF EMPIRE trilogy, Hugo-nominated Revenant Gun (2018) tells the story of what remains of the Hexarchate ten years after Kel Cheris/Jedao threw it headfirst into civil war. On one side of the war, the Protectorate attempts to reunite the former Hexarchate and […]
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The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley Dr. Lilo Alexandr-Calypso, a brilliant geneticist who lives on the moon, has broken the law by fiddling with the human genome. Just as she’s about to be executed, she is saved by a group of vigilantes who want to use her skills to help them free the Earth from […]
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I officially declare today Kat Hooper Day. Awards: The Shirley Jackson Awards were announced at ReaderCon, July 14. (Terry was in the audience for this!) Little Eve, by Catriona Ward, won for Best Horror Novel. Disclaimer: This will be another column that will not have a lot of links, because I am going to report […]
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The Last Tsar’s Dragons by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple The Last Tsar’s Dragons (2019) is frustrating, both as a reading exercise and in retrospect, when I think about how universally lauded Jane Yolen is and that Adam Stemple, her son, is a well-regarded author in his own right. So take a master storyteller and […]
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We welcome a new guest reviewer: Michaela Hausmann. The Sundering Flood by William Morris The Sundering Flood (1897) is the last fantasy romance by William Morris. Unfinished during his lifetime, the romance was published posthumously by his daughter May Morris. It relates the trials and tribulations of the young hero Osberne and his female friend […]
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The Dragon Token by Melanie Rawn I tried and failed to finish The Dragon Token, the second book in Melanie Rawn’s DRAGON PRINCE trilogy (really the fifth book in her DRAGON STAR trilogy). These novels are currently being released in very nice audio formats by Tantor Audio who has generously sent them to me for […]

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