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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
5

First, a disclaimer: This book draws heavily on various Victorian and pre-Victorian speculative fiction, as does its sequel (which I will review next month). I was a very precocious teen and actually read all the novels referenced in this book during high school, so I can’t say whether or not the book would be as […]

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Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
5

It isn’t much of an exaggeration to say that I grew up on epic fantasy. One of the earliest book series I remember (aside from a series about Girl Scouts that I only had three books of) is The Chronicles of Narnia. My mother read me the whole series, and when I learned the Pevensie […]

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Spellbound by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder

Spellbound by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder
3

Somehow, I forgot that it got weirder, but I really should have expected that. To recap: I have been going on a reread of the Wicked series by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié. I first read the books when I was a young teen and for various reasons (too many other books, not enough time, […]

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Legacy by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder

Legacy by Debbie Viguié and Nancy Holder
3.5

Spoiler Alert: This review contains spoilers for the first two books. Read with caution if you have yet to finish the previous novels. I recently described these books as crack. I can’t remember to whom, but I know exactly what I meant when I said it, and I know that whoever I said it to […]

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Curse by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

Curse by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
3.5

Spoiler Warning: This review contains spoilers. Please read with caution if you have yet to finish book one. This book, as I might say to my friends, is a trip. (Actually, it’s nowhere near as intense as I remember the next two books being. Of course, as I remembered the first book being better than […]

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Witch by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

Witch by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
4

“She must be rich, Holly thought. Then, for the first time, she realized, I’m rich now, too.” Readers, I rolled my eyes. Your parents were going to get you a horse for your eighteenth birthday. What can you call that but rich? I may not have been quite that bitter at reading those sentences, but […]

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Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales and Fantasy

Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales and Fantasy 

Once upon a time… Just about anyone familiar with the Western literary canon knows that phrase. It opens familiar fairy tales we’ve grown up with, like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, along with more obscure ones, like Katie Crackernuts. It appears in modern fiction, too, albeit slightly translated. After all, what else could “A long time […]

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The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
5

Do as you will, but harm no one. What you give will be returned to you threefold. Fall in love whenever you can. The last of these rules is particularly difficult for the Owens women to follow, as their ancestor, Maria Owens, laid a curse on her descendants. As she had been crossed in love, […]

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
5

I first discovered magical realism in twelfth grade, when my English teacher assigned us to read One Hundred Years of Solitude. It was a wonderful book – and still is – but I wasn’t quite sure how to define it. It was definitely historical, even if I couldn’t quite figure out exactly where in history […]

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Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck
5

With Jagannath, I return to two genres I have visited in earlier reviews: short stories and Scandinavian fiction. One of my very first reviews for this site was a collection of speculative fiction set during the Age of Discovery, dealing with subjects as varied as the invention of a new sort of clock to Darwin’s […]

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The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker

The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker
4.5

Whew. Eight books and several hundred years later (or several hundred thousand years, depending on whether you’re counting from the Spanish Inquisition or Options Research and Back Way Back… time travel is a rather messy business to write about), here we are. 2355. The Silence. All the pieces are going to come together, and after […]

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The Machine’s Child by Kage Baker

The Machine’s Child by Kage Baker
4

I have some very mixed feelings about The Machine’s Child. On the one hand, I think I will always love Kage Baker’s work. The future she paints is intricate and engaging, and the visions of the past are playful without being mocking. This next installment in the Company series propels us further still to 2355 […]

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