Category Archives: Book Reviews

Mythology Today

A Local Habitation, by Seanan McGuire – The second of the October Daye novels has Toby, at the behest of her lord Duke Sylvester, investigating a fairy-run computer company in Fremont, which in Faerie is a buffer zone between two … Continue reading

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Time Out London

Timekeeper, by Tara Sim – This book takes place in an alternate version of Victorian London where clock towers not only keep time, but actually regulate it. As such, the mechanics who fix clockworks have a vital job. The protagonist, … Continue reading

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Birth of an Imagi-Nation

The Silver Princess in Oz, by Ruth Plumly Thompson – It’s the eightieth anniversary of the publication of this book, which I used as an excuse to give it a reread. This isn’t really one of my favorites, despite having … Continue reading

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Alien Archaeology

Rama II, by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee – The sequel to Rendevous with Rama sees a new Raman spacecraft appearing in the solar system seventy years later, and a crew going to investigate it. Lee, a scientist who … Continue reading

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Umbo the Flying Elephant

The Umbrellaphant in Oz, by Carol P. Silva and Marin Elizabeth Xiques – This tale follows up on Captain Salt in Oz, and in fact the first two chapters are slightly rewritten excerpts from that book. Marcus Mebes’ Royal Explorers … Continue reading

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Little Booties Matter

The Burning Maze, by Rick Riordan – The latest in the Trials of Apollo series, which revisits characters from the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus books, continues the plotline of the three resurrected Roman Emperors trying to take power. … Continue reading

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Hey, Mr. Eurovision Song Contest Man

Noir, by Christopher Moore – As can be guessed from the title, this is basically Moore’s take on the noir genre, but not the hard-boiled detective variety so much as the normal guy who has stuff happen to him. Set … Continue reading

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