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 initial book in the series, [….]

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 poverty, looking for a better [….]

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 out more. Now that I [….]

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: 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.  Its often not a pretty [….]

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.  Give her a diagnosed borderline [….]

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; it truly is a finely [….]

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 book in her Darker Shade [….]

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 of Assassins who knows 873 [….]

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 to pack a punch in [….]