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Review: Space Opera (Space Opera #1) – Catherynne M. Valente

352 pages | Corsair | Read by Heath Miller for HighBridge Company| Science Fiction, Space Opera, Humour, SFF I read this as part of 2019's Space Opera September Readathon (TBR here). The digest: Space Opera is a rather perplexing novel which sometimes reads more like an encyclopaedia than a fiction story. This is sometimes good, sometimes bad, but overall… Continue reading Review: Space Opera (Space Opera #1) – Catherynne M. Valente

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Review: Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince – V.E. Schwab and Andrea Olimpieri

112 pages | Titan Comics | Fantasy, Graphic Novel   This is an honest review. It's also a negative review.   The digest: My most disappointing read of 2019 (so far). This graphic novel had every chance of being one of my favourites, but shoddy writing and a woefully underexplored story make it entirely forgettable.  … Continue reading Review: Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince – V.E. Schwab and Andrea Olimpieri

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Review: The Forgotten Beasts of Eld – Patricia A. McKillip

208 pages | Gollancz | Fantasy, SFF The digest: a true modern classic. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld should be every fantasy fan's next novel. It's emotive, enthralling, and massively enjoyable. This book is what I would call 'pure' fantasy - it tells a story quite unlike anything else I have read and reminds me of how I used to romanticise the genre - but this time I think the hype is justified. In the same breath, it is both innovative and familiar and I cannot overstate how much I enjoyed this novel.

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Review: To Be Taught, If Fortunate – Becky Chambers

The digest: Chambers has once again knocked it out of the park. To Be Taught, If Fortunate is a highly political exploration of the human condition, following a four-person crew on their mission to visit distant planets around the turn of the 22nd Century. In just over 130 pages the author forces us to address our own views on grief, sexuality, justice, and the pursuit of knowledge. The writing is of Chambers' usual excellent quality, and her story is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. Highly recommended!

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Review: The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna – Juliet Grames, narrated by Lisa Flanagan

464 pages | Hodder & Stoughton | Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Fiction I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I purchased an audiobook copy with my own money following this.   CW: gore, brutal violence, domestic abuse (physical and mental), sexual assault, drug abuse.     The digest: a solid… Continue reading Review: The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna – Juliet Grames, narrated by Lisa Flanagan

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Review: Seeking the Truth (Through Lya’s Eyes #1) – Carbone, illustrated by Justine Cunha, trans. by M.B. Valente

The digest: a highly stylized graphic novel which follows Lya's attempt to uncover the reckless driver who put her in a wheelchair the day before her seventeenth birthday. The story is good, the setting believable, and the artwork simply amazing. If you like lowkey revenge/investigative plots and/or diverse casts then this is for you.