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Gina X Grant: The Reluctant Reaper

07 Sep 2013 · No Comments

The Reluctant Reaper is an urban fantasy drawing on Dante’s Inferno with plot and setting elements not entirely dissimilar to similarly inspired works by the likes of Piers Anthony and Amber Benson. Grant’s style is is short on description and long on puns, as this early paragraph demonstrates:
Leaping up, I threw myself against the far [...]

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Andrea Hairston: Redwood and Wildfire

14 Jul 2013 · No Comments

I finished Hairston’s harrowing and beautiful Redwood and Wildfire about a week ago, and I’ve been struggling to write about it in a way that does it justice. But it’s today that I learned about the acquittal of one George Zimmerman in the murder trial of one Trayvon Martin, and that — and what it [...]

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Tags: fantasy · h-author · historical · r-title

Daniel Radosh: Rapture Ready!

09 Jul 2012 · No Comments

Rapture Ready!, an outsider’s tour of many facets of evangelical Christian culture was entertaining and informative, lucidly and sometimes even beautifully written. I already knew about the existence of the near-oxymoronic music genre Christian black metal and Left Behind novels, but I had no clue about Christian wrestling or superheroes like Bibleman. Depending on [...]

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Tags: r-author · r-title · religion

Ernest Cline: Ready Player One

17 Mar 2012 · No Comments

In Ready Player One, an eccentric multi-billionaire’s will leaves a jackpot to whoever finds an easter egg hidden in his ubiquitous virtual reality environment. The primary hallmark of the multi-billionaire’s eccentricity was an obsession with 80’s geek culture, and so in Cline’s not-so-distant future, retro geek culture is perpetuated by fortune hunters looking for clues [...]

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Lauren McLaughlin: (Re)cycler

14 Mar 2010 · No Comments

(Re)cyler is definitely not the book I expected it to be.
Cycler ended so abruptly and with so little resolution that I expected (Re)cycler to be basically the second half of a novel too long for one volume. I thought it was going to include an “origin story” for Jill (who turns, physically, into her male [...]

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Tags: m-author · r-title · young adult

J.F. Lewis: Revamped

01 Mar 2010 · No Comments

Revamped is, like its predecessor Staked, a fantasy thriller very much in the mode of Hamilton’s Anita Blake series: jockeying for dominance between various supernatural entities is the prime mover of the plot, which features a lot of sex and violence, the latter even more copious and explicit than the former.
Lewis continues to exploit the [...]

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Tags: fantasy · l-author · r-title · thriller

Diana Peterfreund: Rites of Spring (Break): An Ivy League Novel

25 Feb 2010 · No Comments

Rites of Spring Break is another frothy cocktail in Peterfreund’s Ivy League series, following Secret Society Girl and Under the Rose, and mixed up according to the same recipe which is roughly:

1 part coming-of-age novel (protracted)
1 part feminist subtext
1 part formalized presentation (every chapter has an “I Confess…” header; text incorporates ordered lists and the [...]

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Tags: p-author · r-title · young adult

Laurie Viera Rigler: Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

18 Feb 2010 · No Comments

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict is the flip side of Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict: the earlier novel cast 21st-century Courtney Stone’s mind into the body of a young woman in early 19th-century England. This (much better) novel brings the unfortunately (if significantly) named Jane Mansfield’s persona forward to modern Los [...]

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Diana Peterfreund: Rampant

30 Jan 2010 · No Comments

Rampant is a unicorn novel for people who hate unicorns — or at least the fluffy depiction of unicorns in current popular culture. Peterfreund sets out to reclaim the dignity of the unicorn by returning to the legendary roots of one-horned critters, and weaves multi-cultural variants on the theme into a unicorn hierarchy.
Since Peterfreund’s unicorns [...]

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Catherine Jinks: The Reformed Vampire Support Group

08 Jan 2010 · No Comments

The Reformed Vampire Support Group is maybe the most original vampire novel I’ve ever read that actually uses the word “vampire.” With a few deft twists to the rules of the legend, Jinks inverts the dynamic of the modern sexy, super-strong bloodsucker. Her vamps don’t have super strength or magically accelerated healing. They can’t fly, [...]

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Tags: fantasy · j-author · r-title · young adult