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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: 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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Loose-leaf Links for October

I hadn’t intended to make signal boosts a regular part of this blog but I get too many tasty tidbits to resist. So welcome to Loose-leaf Links. Baggage If the gorgeous cover above looks familiar to you, it may be because you’ve seen it in my portfolio. I was a sub-editor on the anthology and […]

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Guest post: The Writing Life

I belong to a number of writing groups, including the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild. One of the things I love most about the CSFG is the way it celebrates the achievements of its members… and they have a lot to celebrate. Fellow member and friend Donna Maree Hanson has just had two fantasy novels published […]

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Mt TBR report: September 2014

A few years ago, I made an optimistic New Year’s resolution to finish the year with a smaller Mt TBR. If the overall total was less than it had been on 1 January–even if it was only by one book–I’d count myself successful. It’s a goal I’ve never managed to achieve, but I continue to […]

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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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Cover for The Court of Lightning by Amy Rae Durreson

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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