The final standings for last year’s Cannonball Read 13 are posted over at pajiba.com. Find out how many reviews were written for CBR13 (hint: it’s a record!), who the Top 10 Reviewers of 2021 were, what our top 14 most reviewed books last year were, and more.
** Some spoilers for the plot of Ancillary Justice in the review of later books in the series ** Space opera can definitely be big, loud and dumb and that can be fun and exciting. But I love my space opera to be populated by complex, conflicted people (and other beings) living in intricate worlds with a deep culture and history. Add beautiful writing, and big questions about identity and ethics, and I am in heaven. So I […]
These two books form a duopoly – the Clocktaur war. They are set in a fantasy world, which is well drawn and clearly has activities beyond what happens in this story. The premise of the story is that two countries/city states are at war. Or rather, one city is sending strange machines that destroy everything towards the other city. These are the Clockwork boys- mechanical things that appear to be made of bone, are covered with gears, and are very difficult to stop. The front […]
Thanks Ashlie/Ardaigle! These arrived on my birthday and totally made my day. 🙂
In the spirit of the holidays, I decided to pick up a fluffy holiday romance that we just got in at our library. I don’t know if I’ve ever read anything by Debbie Macomber, but it was… fine. It always seems more apparent when listening to audiobooks than reading when an author repeats phrases often, or when language gets a bit awkward, but this author churns out a ton of books, so I suppose that can be forgiven. It was nice that this didn’t have […]
This book is a delight. It is charming, and thought provoking, and overall just lovely. It takes place in a world not too far off from our own, only there is magic. The magic may have been hidden away for quite some time, but those who were magical were probably forced to show themselves. The “people in charge” decided that in order to “include” these magical beings into society, they must be registered. For what purpose remains unclear. Mr. Linus Baker, our protagonist, works […]