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2021 Word Fantasy Award Finalists: Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

The 2021 Word Fantasy Awards Finalists have been announced ! The winners will be announced during the World Fantasy Convention, 4.-7.11.2021. I extract only a few categories which are interesting for me. I don’t exactly plan to read through everything. … Continue reading

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The Witness for the Dead • 2021 • Gaslight Fantasy novel by Katherine Addison

Synopsis: Witness for the Dead is set in the same world as the award winning The Goblin Emperor (review) but focuses on a mostly different cast of characters and far outside of the imperial court.  Thara Celehar, a prelate of … Continue reading

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For Cats Only / Nur für Katzen • 2021 • Novelty Book by Pascale Weber

The cover picture shouted at me to get this book. First of all, because I have exactly this cat tree model. Here is one of my favorite pictures with crashing Kira: Secondly, that hilarious turned over cat. This is a … Continue reading

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2021 Locus Award Winners: Novels, Novellas, Novelettes, Short Stories

The 2021 Locus Awards Winners have been announced! I wanted to review at least the short works, but didn’t make it through. Sorry about that, but cat business got in the way.  Here are all the winners and finalists from … Continue reading

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If You Take My Meaning • 2020 • Tentacle Romance novelette by Charlie Jane Anders

First sentence: They woke up stuck together again, still halfway in a shared dream, as the city blared to life around them. Synopsis: Alyssa is about to become a biological body enhancement from an alien race in the form of … Continue reading

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The Wheel of Time 2: The Great Hunt • 1990 • Fantasy Novel by Robert Jordan

My rereading project of the Wheel of Times series passed another milestone when I finished the second volume “The Great Hunt” together with my daughter as a buddy read. If you want to track back my other two monthly progress … Continue reading

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Mockingbird • 1980 • Dystopian novel by Walter Tevis

Synopsis:  Human culture is degrading heavily in the 25th century. No one can read or write anymore. People use narcotics to concentrate on themselves, talking to authors or showing emotions is considered an unacceptable intrusion in others’ privacy. There are … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales for Robots • SF novelette by Sofia Samatar

First sentence: 1. Sleeping Beauty. Dear Child, I would like to tell you a story. Synopsis: The human narrator addresses her robotic creation as a child in the night just before it will wake up. She spends the entire night telling … Continue reading

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The Inaccessibility of Heaven • Urban Fantasy novelette by Aliette de Bodard

First sentence: Night. A night like any other in Starhollow: the headlights of cars, small and lost between the skyscrapers; the smell of hydromel and wine wafting from those few bars still open; and above me, the distant light of the … Continue reading

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Locus finalists: Review update

Yesterday, I concluded reviewing one of the categories, the nominees for Best Short Story. The other categories are also in a good shape, but I won’t have read everything until June 26 when the winners will be announced. So, please … Continue reading

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