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 [….]

Borrowed Horses by Siân Griffiths

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Borrowed Horses Siân Griffiths New Rivers Press Release Date: October 29, 2013 ISBN 978-0-89823-284-4 The last time I rode a horse, it was at my friend Linda’s hobby farm a few hours north of Minneapolis.  It was a pleasant day, riding through the countryside, alongside the corn fields, through the patches of Queen Anne’s Lace, [….]

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter HarperCollins Publishers First Edition – June 12, 2012 ISBN 978-0-06-192812-3 — ♦ — Towards the end of Jess Walter’s lovely new novel, Beautiful Ruins, one of the characters muses as the world is unraveling around him that life, despite all its shortcomings, is a “glorious catastrophe”.  It is this ability to recognize beauty [….]