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So, this is August

Honestly, I’m surprised to note it’s only the nineteenth of August. As fast as my summer has disappeared, I expected it to be later. They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s certainly true. It also slips by unnoticed when you’re busy. What about when both coincide, when you’re working hard and enjoying…

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Review: The Sheltered City by John Tristan

Once again, John Tristan has created a unique and compelling world. The deeper into ‘The Sheltered City’ I got, the more I wanted to know. Why where they living inside what seemed to be a large dome sheltered by an enormous living tree? Where the dragons outside real or allegorical? What is the halfdeath and what…

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You Don’t Choose Your Family

I have just spent two days in Mississippi with relative strangers. It was a little bit weird…and more than a little bit wonderful. The food—oh, my goodness, the food. Southern favourites served with instructions to wash up and stow our hats. The manners—every single person capable of speech respecting their elders, even in the midst…

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Review: Contemporary Male/Male Romance Box Set

I don’t review a lot of romance on my blog, which is a shame as I do read a fair amount. Romance reading for me represents just as much escapism as the large chunks of science fiction and fantasy I digest regularly. I was inspired to review this box set for two reasons. One, I can’t…

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Review: The Circuit: Executor Rising by Rhett C. Bruno

‘The Circuit: Executor Rising’ by Rhett C. Bruno is my kind of book. Earth is dead (yay, apocalypse!) and humanity has taken to the stars. We haven’t gotten far. Still within our Solar System, humanity inhabits a string of Solar-Ark transports that continually travel what is known as the Kepler Circuit. Resources are mined and…

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Review: The Blasted Lands by James A. Moore

Second in the ‘Seven Forges’ series, The Blasted Lands by James A. Moore continues where Seven Forges left off. The emperor of Fellein is dead and armies are gathering on both sides. Put in charge of the military aspect of the twelve kingdoms, reluctant general, Merros Dulver, begins to learn the truth about his empire.…

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Review: ORBS by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

After the solar storms of 2055, portions of our planet are desolate and irradiated. Six years later, Dr. Sophie Winston and her team are sequestered in an underground biome in preparation for a mission to save the world. Three days in, all their chickens are dead. A scan of surveillance footage suggests the birds went…

My TBR shelf looks a bit like this. (Googe Library by Vladstudio)

Reading Challenge Update (June)

Right, so in looking back over this year’s blog posts to determine when I last reported in on my reading challenge, I discovered that I haven’t for a while. I thought it had only been a month. Or so. Maybe longer. I was surprised to find out it had been three months. I did post…

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Review: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

I was pretty sure I’d like Half A King. My only concern was that it might be bloated in the way of epic fantasy, presenting me with a lot of words that may or may not add up to a considerable story. Not that I suspected Joe Abercrombie might deliver anything like that, but I…