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 Review: The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy

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The Dead Lands Benjamin Percy Grand Central Publishing Release Date:  April 14, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4555-2824-0 When author Stephen King endorses a newly released book with, “Good God, what a tale.  Don’t miss it,” a reader has a pretty good indication that they’re in for a ride. He was right. Benjamin Percy’s The Dead Lands is [….]

LitStack Review: The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

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The Magician’s Land Lev Grossman Viking Release Date:  August 5, 2014 ISBN 978-0-670-01567-2 It was funny about magic, how messy and imperfect it was.  When people said something worked like magic they meant that it cost nothing and did exactly what you wanted it to.  But there were lots of things magic couldn’t do.  It [….]

LitStack Review: Child of a Hidden Sea by A. M. Dellamonica

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Child of a Hidden Sea A. M. Dellamonica Tor Books Release Date:  June 24, 2014 ISBN 978-0-7653-3449-7 Twenty-four year old Sophie Hansa just wants to learn about her biological mother.  That’s why she had been hanging outside her mother’s place in San Francisco, trying to be inconspicuous.  Their initial introduction had not really gone as [….]

LitStack Review: Hero by Alethea Kontis

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Hero (The Woodcutter Sisters) Alethea Kontis Harcourt Children’s Books Release Date:  October 1, 2013 ISBN 0-5440-5677-9 Finally!  A book with a girl – well, young woman, she’s at least 16 –  who is the hero, who isn’t confused about the fact that she’s the hero.  Who doesn’t normally wear skirts and doesn’t particularly like dresses [….]

Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

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Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling Tor Books First Edition: 3/19/13 ISBN 978-0-7653-3227-1 Take 19 established and talented writers.  Give them the chance to craft stories full of fantasy, magic, gaslight, alternate history and/or visceral horror.  Mix in a Victorian-era mindset and a nod to lingering folklore, with perhaps [….]