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Review: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead, by Charlie Laidlaw

Thanks and apologies in advance to Charlie Laidlaw before we start: he sent me this book a month or so ago, explaining that the book was a modern-day reworking of the Wizard of Oz, and asking me to review it. I jumped at the chance- and it’s taken a while, for various reasons, but I… Continue reading Review: The Things We Learn When We’re Dead, by Charlie Laidlaw

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Review: The November Girl, by Lydia Kang

If any book has a unique premise, this is it. I picked it up completely blind, not having read the blurb beforehand, and the result was a whole lot of confusion that still managed to hook me and keep me wanting to know more until the end: a testament to Lydia Kang’s writing skills. As… Continue reading Review: The November Girl, by Lydia Kang

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Review: Dogs of War, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

This is a pretty stellar work of speculative fiction: heartbreaking, thought provoking and very unusual in the way that it’s written and executed. As a piece of sci fi, it’s great. As a book that delves into everything from company- and human- exploitation to ethics and morality, as well as what it means to be… Continue reading Review: Dogs of War, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Review: The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden

This book is by turns haunting, bewitching and very lyrical, combing fairytale with Russian folklore to create something that I had trouble putting down. In short, it’s wonderful. Katherine Arden draws deeply on her background in Russian studies here to make something utterly unique. The setting is a fantasy version of medieval Russia, where Vasilisa,… Continue reading Review: The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden

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Review: Weaver’s Lament, by Emma Newman

This story is definitely a niche one, but none the less compelling for it! It’s by Emma Newman, the queen of short stories and generally excellent writing, following on from the first book in her Industrial Magic series, Brother’s Ruin. The era is the 1800’s, a Victorian England with magic and magi who hold the… Continue reading Review: Weaver’s Lament, by Emma Newman