LitStack Review: Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

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Phantom Pains The Arcadia Project, Book 2 Mishell Baker Saga Press Release Date: March 21, 2017 ISBN 978-1-4814-8017-8 Millie Roper, the central character in Mishell Baker’s Arcadia Project urban fantasy series, is a very intriguing hero, not because of her virtues, but because she perseveres despite her challenges. In the […]

LitStack Review: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

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Exit West Mohsin Hamid Riverhead Books Release Date:  March 7, 2017 ISBN 978-0-7352-1217-6 Immigration is a hot burner issue right now – who to welcome, who to keep out, if to welcome at all. What gets lost in the discussion, often, is the individual element of those fleeing war, fleeing […]

LitStack Review: A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky

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A City Dreaming Daniel Polansky Regan Arts Release Date:  October 4, 2016 ISBN 978-1-68245-038-3 I knew nothing of author Daniel Polansky when, on the recommendation from a friend, I picked up a copy of his novel Low Town. It turns out I enjoyed that book so much that I sought […]

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 […]

LitStack Review: Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? by Paul Cornell

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Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? Paul Cornell Pan Books Release Date:  May 19, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4472-7326-4 London detectives James Quill, Tony Costain and Kevin Sefton, and analyst Lisa Ross form a unique team; they have been “gifted” with the Sight – the ability to see the hidden, supernatural side of London.  […]

LitStack Review: Borderline by Mishell Baker

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Borderline Mishell Baker Saga Press Release Date:  March 1, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4814-5306-6 How to write a kick ass novel: 1) Create a main character that is flawed but grudgingly admirable; maybe have her be a double amputee due to a botched suicide attempt that puts her in a psychiatric center.  […]

LitStack Review: Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Signal to Noise Silvia Moreno-Garcia Solaris Release Date:  February 10, 2015 ISBN 978-1-78108-299-7 Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, had been on many “best of the year” fantasy/YA lists for 2015, but it took me a while before getting around to reading it.  I’m glad that I persevered, though; […]

LitStack Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

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A Gathering of Shadows V. E. Schwab Tor Books Release Date:  February 23, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-7647-3 In the nine books that Victoria Schwab has written thus far (six as YA author Victoria Schwab, three books under the name V. E. Schwab), A Gathering of Shadows – which is the second […]

LitStack Review: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

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All the Birds in the Sky Charlie Jane Anders Tor Books Release Date:  January 26, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-7994-8 A young girl who talks to birds; a young boy who builds a two second time machine in his room.  Two hideously awful middle school experiences.  A member of the Nameless Order […]

LitStack Flash Review – Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell

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Witches of Lychford Paul Cornell Tor.com Release Date:  September 8, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-8523-9 The first look might throw you.  Witches of Lychford is not a large book – only 133 reading pages – but author Paul Cornell, a veteran of writing for comic books and Doctor Who novels, knows how […]