Mt TBR report: May 2015

I think this month might be the first month this year I’ve broken even by reading as many books as I acquired. Now, if I can just improve on that a little… Mt TBR status Mt TBR @ 1 January 2015: 202 Mt TBR @ 30 April 2015: 220 Mt TBR @ 31 May 2015: 220 […]

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Review: The Art of Effective Dreaming by Gillian Polack

Published: April 2015 by Satalyte Publishing Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Genres: Fantasy, literary fiction Source: Publisher Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015, Once Upon A Time IX Available: Satalyte Publishing (print and electronic) ~ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Kobo ~ Smashwords Disclaimer: The author is a friend. I have done my best to give an unbiased review. Fay […]

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Loose-leaf Links for May

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces I’ve come across in the last month and share them with you over tea. Or, in this case, over something vaguely similar to tea. The Yerba Mate came courtesy of my Monstrositea subscription. Awards News The Aurealis Awards have welcomed the […]

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Review: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Published: February 2007 by Gollancz Format reviewed: Paperback, 531 pages Series: The Gentlemen Bastards Sequence #1 Genres: Fantasy Source: Gift Reading Challenges: Once Upon A Time IX Available: Publisher ~ Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Dymocks ~ Kobo The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a friend to the poor, a ghost that walks […]

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Tea break

I had an encounter with writer’s block this week. I’ve been working on a post about fanfic that’s just not coming together. Over at Strange Horizons a couple of weeks ago, Renay of Ladybusiness shared a bit about her first fandom and her relationship to fanfic. I’d already been thinking about my own relationship to fandom and fanfic, so […]

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Review: Be With Me by Becca Lusher

Published: October 2014 by Smashwords Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: Tales of the Aekhartain (Historical Aekhartain #1.5) Genres: Historical romance Source: Smashwords Available: Smashwords Disclaimer: The author is a friend. I have done my best to give an unbiased review. Also, this review contains some spoilers for Unbound and Free. Everyone deserves a second chance at love… Barely even a […]

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To star or not to star?

  One of the things I struggled with when starting this blog was whether or not to star my reviews. This is something I’m sure every book blogger thinks about at some point or another. Back in March, Renay pondered review styles over at Ladybusiness. Less recently, I recall Shaheen of Speculating on Spec Fic mention […]

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Review: Kaleidoscope edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios

Published:August 2014byTwelfth Planet Press Format reviewed: Paperback, 450 pages Genres:Speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism Source:Bought directly from the publisher Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015 Available:Twelfth Planet Press (print and electronic)~ Amazon ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Kobo ~ Smashwords What do a disabled superhero, a time-traveling Chinese-American figure skater, and […]

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DNFs

I’m a pretty stubborn reader. I crave completion and always want to know how the story ends. Almost always, anyway. It takes a lot to make me put down a book, but it has happened occasionally. Most recently was The Meeting of the Waters by Caiseal Mor, back in February. This got me thinking about […]

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Review: City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta

Published: May 2015 byBloomsbury Spark Format reviewed: e-ARC Genres: Fantasy, urban fantasy, New Adult Source: From the publisher via NetGalley Reading Challenges: Once Upon A Time IX Available: From 7 May Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. From the moment Alina touches London’s hottest […]

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