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Aug 28

How to Write a Book Review

I love writing book reviews. If reading a book is like going on a vacation, writing a book review is like showing the photos and souvenirs and telling my friends about the trip. Book reviews can turn the solitary pleasure of reading into something shared with a community of like-minded readers. It also helps other …

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Mar 18

Book Review: Creatures of Will and Temper

Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It was like a period romance, except with fencing, diabolists, and lesbians. How startlingly creative to combine the Victorian love of the occult with the late romanticists! The main characters are Doreena and Yvadne (guessing on the spelling) who are …

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Mar 04

Book Review: Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik The skilled author of the Temeraire series has turned the story of Rumpelstiltskin into an extremely satisfying fantasy novel in Spinning Silver. It takes a setting like medieval Russia, and the premise of a father caught bragging that his daughter can spin into gold, and expands it into an amazing …

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Feb 14

Book Review: The Heat Stealer

The Heat Stealer by Kater Cheek This is the third book in the Desert Mages (Susan Stillwater) series, and it might be the end of the series as I have no plans at this point for a fourth. Susan, Zoe, Griff and Darius are living together in Zoe’s house when the air conditioner breaks and …

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Feb 11

Book Review: The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben This book taught me a lot about trees that I didn’t know, and what I did know about trees had mostly come from secondhand accounts of this book before I read it. For example, that …

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Dec 31

Book Review: The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty This isn’t the sort of book where guessing what the husband’s secret is too early will ruin it for you. Clever readers might pick it up from the back flap. But that’s not what this book is all about. The book is about how secrets and foolish actions have …

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