Early March Reviews (2023)



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Recent Reviews

Reviews forthcoming for A TREASON OF THORNS by Laura E. Weymouth, FOUL LADY FORTUNE by Chloe Gong, and THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND by Jonathan Stroud.

BONE WEAVER by Aden Polydoros is Fantasy, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Toma was raised by the dead and ends up on a journey to find her stolen sister, travelling with the deposed tsar and a peasant. Told in First Person with Single POV.

CHANGELESS by Gail Carriger, book 2 of The Parasol Protectorate is Fantasy, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Alexia Maccon follows her husband to Scotland to find out the source of some troubles with his former pack. Told in Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

THE REALMS OF THE GODS by Tamora Pierce, book 4 of The Immortals is Fantasy marketed as Young Adult. Daine and Numair are transported to the Divine Realms and must travel to the Dragonlands to get a way out. Told in Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS by Laura E. Weymouth is Fantasy marketed as Young Adult. Evelyn and her siblings spent several years in the Woodlands before returning home to the instant they left, in a WWII bomb shelter. Now, five years later, Evelyn still can't move on because a Woodlands heart always finds its way home. Told in First Person with Dual POVs.

REALM BREAKER by Victoria Aveyard, book 1 of Realm Breaker is Fantasy marketed as Young Adult. Corayne ends up on a quest with an unlikely band of companions to save the realm. Told in Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

THE RING OF SOLOMON by Jonathan Stroud, book 0.5 of Bartimaeus is Fantasy marketed as Childrens. Bartimaeus helps a magician try to steal King Solomon's ring. Told in First/Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

No Review (Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, etc.)

I started reading the manga series, TO YOUR ETERNITY and finished the first two volumes. I also resumed a long-languishing re-read of the manga series DEATH NOTE.

Rereads and Older Reviews

I'm re-reading The Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee, I finished the first two books and have started on the third. This time I'm reading them as audiobooks and they're excellent.

Current Reads

I just started REVENANT GUN by Yoon Ha Lee, as mentioned above. I'm partway through re-reads of KING OF THE RISING by Kacen Callender and HARROW THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir. I'm still working on my ARC of SHE IS A HAUNTING by Trang Thanh Tran.

In Case You Missed It

This time last year I read THE DOOMSDAY BOOK OF FAIRY TALES by Emily Brewes.

Pluggables and Podcast News

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