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Five Star Book Reviews: The City of Brass

A street rat in Ottoman Cairo feels like she’s someone special. She can heal supernaturally quickly and speak every language, including one she’s never heard anyone else use. During one ambitious scam, she uses this personal language to spice up … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Review: Ra

After reading Fine Structure I went on a feverish search for other books by Sam Hughes. And I found out he wrote another book after Fine Structure, and it was even better. If Fine Structure was about “what if technology were a … Continue reading

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Five Star book reviews: Fine Structure

The first thing you need to know about Sam Hughes’s Fine Structure  is that it was originally serialized on the author’s webpage. That’s why (especially towards the beginning) the “chapters” are so all over the place. In a way, this … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Redemption’s Blade

Redepmtion’s Blade by Adrien Tchaikovski Wow. Finally, the thoughtful, exciting, trope-subverting collision of fantasy and speculative biology I’ve been waiting for. So you’ve got your standard Tolkienian fantasy world with humans, elves, and demigods versus a Dark Lord and his … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: The Nearest

The Nearest by Greg Egan Oh, my holy hendra virus! How does Greg Egan so reliably reach into my psyche and squeeze? Why is everything he writes such a masterpiece? I can’t say much about “The Nearest” without giving away … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: Enlightenment Now

Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker No, the world’s not going to hell. No this year wasn’t the worst one ever. In fact, in most ways, this year was the best year ever. I can write that with a great confidence … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: Unsouled

Unsouled by Will Wight When clans and schools compete use the magical Sacred Arts to compete for esteem and power, what use is a boy born without magic? Nothing. Lindon grows up with no help at all from anyone outside … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: The Forest of Time

The Forest of Time by Michael Flynn Now this is the kind of alternate history I’m talking about! A Pennsylvanische scout on the war-torn border with Maryland discovers a madman in the woods. Or maybe a spy? Various members of … Continue reading

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Five Star Reviews: A Series of Steaks

So I was just innocently minding my own business, reading through the stories nominated for the Hugo awards this year, when I was accosted, wrestled to the floor, and tickled to death by “A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min … Continue reading

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Five Star Book Reviews: Teranesia

Freaking Teranesia! Methalate my regulatory network, but is this a good book! Teranesia hit me squarely in the center of everything I like: speculative biology, psychological drama, and political machinations. It’s about trauma and recovery, about life going on, and … Continue reading

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