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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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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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