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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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The Children of the Company by Kage Baker

The Children of the Company by Kage Baker
5

Oh. My. God. Those are just about the only words I can think to describe my reaction to reading The Children of the Company. While I don’t know that I’d call the book a break from the main narrative (in large part because I didn’t really think I needed a break and am eager to […]

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The Life of the World to Come by Kage Baker

The Life of the World to Come by Kage Baker
5

We know about Mendoza. We know about Joseph. We even know a bit about Lewis, though not quite as much as the other two. (And that’s all right, fond though I grew of him over the last book.) There is, however, one man we don’t know much about at all. We don’t even know if […]

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The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker

The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker
5

The Company novels have finally become true science fiction. (I say finally, though I will gladly admit that I loved cyborgs in history). After a brief sojourn in a year some readers of this blog may remember – 1996 – we’re off to the future. The twenty-first century (about fifty years in our future), the […]

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Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Baker

Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Baker
5

As I think back to my Sky Coyote review, I have to wonder how I could have prized Joseph over Mendoza. Yes, Mendoza is rather colder and more humorless than Joseph, but she puts so much more meat in a story than he does. That said, be warned: Mendoza in Hollywood is not the light […]

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Sky Coyote by Kage Baker

Sky Coyote by Kage Baker
5

I return to the world of Dr. Zeus and his company this month, although in a very different manner from last time. Sky Coyote, the second book in the series, is very different from The Garden of Iden, not least because it is set on a different continent and in a different century. The protagonist […]

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In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker

In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
5

Technically, my entry for this month (and for the next few months to come) won’t be fantasy. I’ll be delving into science fiction, though you could argue that the Young Wizards series was about as close as you can get to science fiction while still talking about wizards and wizardry. (One of the characters is […]

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Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane

Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
4.5

And so we’ve reached the end of the line. Not for my writing for Fantasy-Faction, of course. That, hopefully, will carry on for a long time. No, I mean my reviews of the Young Wizards series, as this month I read the latest installment, Games Wizards Play. It probably doesn’t surprise anyone at this point […]

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A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane

A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane
4.5

Maybe it’s because Mars is named for the Roman god of war, but something about the Red Planet has captured human imagination, or at least the imagination of Western media. Think about it: when there are invaders from within our own solar system, where do they most often come from? It’s a trope that’s over […]

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