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Mt TBR report: November 2014

After October’s little hiccup, Mt TBR is slooowly shrinking again. However, I’m going to have to do better if I want to preemptively mitigate the damage Christmas is likely to cause. Mt TBR status Mt TBR @ 1 January: 191 Mt TBR @ 31 October: 219 Mt TBR @30 November: 217   Books read 49. […]

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Review: The Disappearance of Ember Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Published: 2013 by Walker Books Australia Format reviewed: Paperback, 445 pgs Series: The Tribe #2 Genres: Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Source: Public library With the Tribe now safe from Neville Rose, Ashala Wolf should be able to relax. Instead, she finds her Sleepwalking power out of control, making her a threat to everyone around her. […]

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Review: Flower and Weed by Margo Lanagan

Published: 2013 by FableCroft Publishing Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Genres: Fantasy Source: Purchased on Amazon While not technically part of a series, Flower and Weed is a short story connected to Margo Lanagan’s novel Sea Hearts. It focuses on one of the minor characters from the novel and shares a glimpse into part of her […]

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Review: The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

Published: 2012 by JADD Publishing Format reviewed: Paperback, 170 pages Series: None Genres: Non-fiction Source: Public library The Emotion Thesaurus is pretty much exactly what it says on the label. This non-fiction book has an entry for emotions ranging from adoration to worry. Each entry lists a definition of the emotion, as well as physical […]

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Review: Phantazein edited by Tehani Wessely

Published: 2014 by FableCroft Publishing Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: None Genres: Fantasy Source: Review copy provided by the publisher Challenges: Dewey’s Read-a-thon Disclaimer: I know the publisher, cover artist and a couple of the contributors In my September review of To Spin A Darker Stair, I anticipated that Phantazein would prove to be more […]

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Review: Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

Published: 2012 by Allen and Unwin Format reviewed: Paperback, 343 pages Series: None Genres: Fantasy. A case could also be made for YA Source: Public library Challenge: Dewey’s read-a-thon Sea Hearts is a dark fantasy that taps into traditional tales of selkie wives. Misskaella is a lonely child, bullied by her sisters and shunned by […]

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Mt TBR report: October 2014

September saw Mt TBR tower ever higher. As expected, Conflux contributed significantly, though wasn’t solely to blame. I’m just not reading as much at the moment and I shudder to think what Mt TBR would have looked like without Dewey’s read-a-thon to get it a little more under control. Mt TBR status Mt TBR @ […]

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Review: To Spin A Darker Stair edited by Tehani Wessely

To Spin A Darker Stair is a short chapbook that pairs two fairytale reworkings: A Delicate Architecture by Catherynne M Valente and The Oracle’s Tower by Faith Mudge. Valente’s story is a reprint, picked specifically to complement the story by Mudge. Thematically, the stories are well-matched. Both carry a strong fairytale atmosphere and give the […]

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Review: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ashala Wolf is an Illegal: a human being with a special power in a world where such powers are outlawed. She is also leader of the Tribe, a group of runaway children who are likewise gifted. When one of them betrays her into the hands of a sadistic government official, she must fight with everything […]

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Review: The Court of Lightning by Amy Rae Durreson

The Court of Lightning is a fantasy m/m romance set in a world at war. For decades, the Court of Ice has been seeking to conquer the other courts. With the Court of Lightning defeated, the Court of Wind is one of the last remaining but they are under increasing threat. In order to survive, […]

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