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  1. Book Review: Shadows

    Shadows by Robin McKinley It’s not just that Maggie misses her father, or understandably resents her new stepfather, Val. No, it goes beyond that: Val has too many shadows. Whenever Maggie looks at him, she sees him surrounded by wiggly shadow shapes with too many appendages. It can’t…

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  2. Recommending YA at the North American Discworld Con

    This past Sunday I spent the day at the 2013 North American Discworld Convention, where I had a great time hanging out with good friends and fellow bloggers Charlotte Taylor (Charlotte’s Library) and Tanita Davis (Finding Wonderland). Charlotte had agreed to moderate a panel recommending YA fiction, and invited…

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  3. Book Review: Grave Mercy

    Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers Plot: Ismae Rienne still bears the scars of the poison her mother took in an attempt to abort her. Her survival from that, and the scars from the incident, prove that she was sired by the god of Death. At seventeen, when her abusive father…

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  4. Book Review: Throne of Glass

    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Plot: 18-year old Celaena Sardothien was an assassin with a feared reputation, until she was sentenced to hard labor in the death camp of Endovier. After she has suffered a year of torture in Endovier, Crown Prince Dorian visits her in the prison…

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  5. Book Review: Losers in Space

    Losers in Space by John Barnes Plot: In a future where celebrity status is regulated by the government, a group of teen celebrity offspring stowaway on a ship to Mars in order to get media attention and boost their recognition scores enough to qualify for celebrity status. To the teens,…

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  6. Book Review: Planesrunner

    Planesrunner Everness, Book One by Ian McDonald I decided to try a new format for my reviews. I hope this is a useful format. Plot: Everett Singh’s dad, a quantum physicist, is kidnapped off the street in view of Everett by three men in a black car. Later that…

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  7. 50 Essential Science Fiction Books, and my commentary

    Recently, AbeBooks posted a list by Richard Davies of 50 Essential Science Fiction Books. It’s a pretty good list, and I agree with many of the choices, but there are some changes I would make, and some books that I think should have been included. There were some constraints…

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  8. Maelorum Gamebook on Kickstarter

    I remember the old Choose Your Own Adventure –type* *gamebooks. I always thought they were fun, although usually the story was light and character development almost non-existent. William Fincher has spent ten years creating something new: a gamebook which looks like it will be much richer and more complex than…

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  9. Last chance for Cybils nominations, and some suggestions!

    Today is the last day to nominate for the Cybils Awards, the annual award for children’s and young adult literature given by the children’s book blogging community. You have until 11:59pm PST tonight to get your nominations in. There are ten categories, from Easy Readers to YA,…

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  10. Cybils Awards Call for Judges

    The Cybils Awards, given each year by the Kidlit blogging community for the best children’s and young adult books of the year, have put out the call for judges. If you haven’t heard of the Cybils, we seek to honor books that have both literary merit and kid…

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