LitStack Review: Mecha Samurai Empire by Peter Tieryas

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Mecha Samurai Empire  Peter Tieryas Ace/Penguin Random House Release Date: September 18, 2018 (USA) ISBN 9780451490995 Mac is a teenager living in Los Angeles in 1994 whose greatest desire is to become a pilot. But his test grades are mediocre, he’s not in the best of shape, and he’s a foster kid, so there’s no [….]

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

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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 [….]

LitStack Review: Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

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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 [….]

LitStack Review: The Race by Nina Allen

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The Race Nina Allen Titan Books Release Date:  July 19, 2016 ISBN 978-1-785650-36-9 Originally published in 2014 by NewCon Press and rereleased in 2016 by Titan Books, Nina Allen’s novel The Race is hard to describe – but wonderful to read. On the surface, the five sections of the book are linked – sometimes directly, [….]

LitStack Review: United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

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United States of Japan Peter Tieryas Angry Robot Release Date:  March 1, 2016 ISBN 978-0-85766-533-1 Military occupations are never a pretty thing.  Add in, however, a “what would it have been like, if….?” and an author has the ability to spin a yarn full of entrenched characters and moral ambiguities without being hogtied to the [….]

LitStack Review: Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal

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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 [….]

Flash Review: Jacaranda by Cherie Priest

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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 [….]

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

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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 [….]

LitStack Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

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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 [….]

Flash Review – Life After Life

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Life After Life Kate Atkinson Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  March 14, 2013 ISBN 978-0-316-17648-4 On a cold, snowy English night in 1910, a stillborn baby is born to upper middle class Sylvie and Hugh Todd.  They name her Ursula.  On the same night, little Ursula Todd is born with an umbilical cord wrapped [….]