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Entries from Sep 2012

Maureen Johnson: 13 Little Blue Envelopes

23 Sep 2012 · No Comments

13 Little Blue Envelopes is tricky to write about while avoiding spoilers, but I found it satisfying, surprising, funny, and even insightful at times, and it almost entirely steers clear of opportunities to veer into sappiness. Protagonist Ginny is cast in the classic mode of A Wrinkle in Time’s Meg: definitely older, but similarly clever, [...]

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Tags: #-title · j-author · young adult

Caitlin R. Kiernan: Alabaster

23 Sep 2012 · No Comments

Dancy Flamarrion is a young drifter shadowed by a being that calls itself an angel and tells her to go places and kill things. Not people, usually, depending on how you define your terms. The stories in this volume mostly grew from a paragraph in Kiernan’s novel Threshold that lists some of Flamarrion’s prior exploits, [...]

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Tags: a-title · fantasy · k-author

Johan Harstad: 172 Hours on the Moon

23 Sep 2012 · No Comments

I think I stumbled on Johan Harstad’s 172 Hours on the Moon when I was looking for John Barnes’ Losers in Space; both novels share the plot element of young people trying to get off of Earth to boost their social standing. Aside from that, they could scarcely be more different. In the alternate [...]

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Tags: #-title · h-author · horror · science fiction · young adult

John Barnes: Losers in Space

23 Sep 2012 · No Comments

In the post-scarcity 22nd century of Losers in Space, notoriety is worth more than any currency. A loose-knit group of the underachieving kids of famous folks aim to increase their profiles by stowing away on a spaceship bound for Mars. But the plan’s architect might be a genuine sociopath. And there are a lot of [...]

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Tags: b-author · l-title · science fiction

Rob Felder (ed.): Damn Yankees

06 Sep 2012 · No Comments

Let’s get this straight: the only reason I checked this book out of the library was because of the parenthetical phrase in the subtitle, “Twenty-four major league writers on the world’s most loved (and hated) team.” It promised a good dollop of hatin’ on the pinstripes, and that was reason enough for me to check [...]

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Tags: biography · d-title · f-author · history · sports