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LitStack Review: High Stakes – A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass

High Stakes:  A Wild Cards Novel George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass, editors Tor Books Release Date:  August 30, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-3562-3 In 1983, author George R. R. Martin was given a birthday gift:  SuperWorld, a roleplaying game. For two years, he and his Albuquerque gaming circle obsessed over building characters that then […]

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LitStack Review: Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Ghost Talkers Mary Robinette Kowal Tor Books Release Date:  August 16, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-7825-5 Mary Robinette Kowal is the absolute queen of historical speculative fiction. First, in her Glamourist Histories series, she invokes Regency England but with a twist – her England includes an elegant magic, known as “glamour”, which allows a practitioner to reach […]

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LitStack Review: Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

Of Noble Family Mary Robinette Kowal Tor Books Release Date:  April 28, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-7836-1 PLEASE NOTE:  This review, by necessity, contains spoilers for the first four books in The Glamourist Histories series. * * * * * It’s been almost six years since the first volume in Mary Robinette Kowal’s lovely The Glamourist Histories series, Shades […]

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Flash Review: Jacaranda by Cherie Priest

Jacaranda Cherie Priest Subterranean Press Release Date:  January 31, 2015 ISBN 978-1-59606-684-7 When are we going to learn?  You don’t use ancient artifacts as household decorations, you don’t plow over native burial grounds, and, as Cherie Priest so articulately shows us, you don’t cut down a jacaranda tree that honors the dead and has been […]

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LitStack Review: Aces Abroad: Wild Card IV edited by George R. R. Martin

Aces Abroad: Wild Card IV Edited by George R. R. Martin Tor Books Re-release Date:  January 13, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-3558-6 In the 1980s, a group of New Mexico residents, many of them writers, were involved in a superhero role-playing game, grand mastered by author George R. R. Martin (of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice […]

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LitStack Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Maplecroft – The Borden Dispatches Cherie Priest ROC Release Date:  September 2, 2014 ISBN 978-0-451-46697-6 Cherie Priest is a master at taking familiar historical eras and events, and giving them twists and turns that seem utterly realistic and entirely possible, whether that be the Klondike Gold Rush (with a Seattle destroyed by a gigantic drilling […]