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Young Mary Russell runs into the retired Sherlock Holmes on the downs of Sussex and proves to be as acerbic and sharp-eyed as the old master. They strike up a friendship that grows over time, as Sherlock gradually begins allowing Mary to assist in his cases. This Sherlock is a touch more human than Doyle's; perhaps it's the times, perhaps it's the narrator. But this is Mary Russell's story, and she's a good choice to carry on the tradition.

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This Immortal | Roger Zelazny
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They call him Kallikanzaros, Karaghiosis, and Konstantin. He calls himself Conrad. His wife is Cassandra and his dog is Bortan. The legends of ancient Greece have resurfaced in the radioactive ruins of earth, or perhaps they never left. The current owners of the planet are Vegans (their origin, not their diet). Conrad conducts one Vegan and a motley crew on a dangerous tour. He must decide whether to protect the Vegan or kill him.

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A collection of four short horror stories from the author of Schlock Mercenary. A Mercenary goes up against Death – literally. A game tester who shouldn't take his work home with him. Two takes on rune-powered technology in spaceflight and society – what could possibly go wrong? All four stories show Tayler's signature humor and imagination.

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“I sometimes think that ‘friend‘ is just a word I use for all the people I haven‘t murdered yet,” says the capable and accomplished thief (retired) who is at the focus of this enjoyable tale. Getting angry enough to tell off the head wizard of Theradane (that their ruling body is named the Parliament of Strife should clue you in that isn't a good idea), she is set a task by said wizard: steal the street of her rival! Yes, the whole street.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Tracking this down RIGHT NOW. 5d
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Revelation Space | Alastair Reynolds
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A grand space saga with tons of interesting ideas, puzzles to unravel, and alien civilizations to discover. However it is flawed by unlikeable cardboard characters speaking stilted dialog. The main character's wife is clearly meant to be a major character as well, for instance, but is such a cipher that it's hard to tell why. Too much exposition is told rather than developed and is doled out at strange intervals. Good Science, not so good Fiction.

ctboeheim A note on the Kindle version: random punctuation marks like. periods and apostrophes in' the middle of sentences appear often enough to be distracting. 7d
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If anyone wants a quick read, I just got Amazon to price-match this to free, and it's shot up to #3 on the Short SF category. Time travel and murder in 1321. #scifi #free

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Beholder's Eye | Julie E. Czerneda
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A shapeshifter breaks the first rule of her kind and allows a human to learn what she is. It's fortunate that she did, because she'll need that friendship to sustain her when a predator threatens to make her the last of her kind. Julie Czerneda's universe is full of a wonderful biological diversity and she connects her characters' motives to their biological imperatives in a way that few other authors do.

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Downward to the Earth | Robert Silverberg
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The planet of Belzagor had two intelligent species. The Nildoror looked like elephants so the humans employed them as menial laborers. Eventually forced to relinquish the planet to the original inhabitants, Gunderson comes back for a pilgrimage to atone for sins committed while under his watch. In learning more about the Nildoror and Sulidoror, he learns more about himself than he was prepared to learn.

ctboeheim The type of journey of discovery that Silverberg does so well, this particular gem was out of publication for a long time until it was finally republished. 1mo
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Dragon Pearl | Yoon Ha Lee
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A YA adventure in a universe peopled by creatures out of Korean legends: fox spirits, dragons, tigers, and ghosts. Min is a fox who runs away on a space freighter to find her lost brother and clear his name. She learns that she's a good gi engineer, but can use some practice in trusting the right people.

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Operation Chaos: A Novel | Poul Anderson
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A werewolf and a witch battle evil in a parallel universe where scientifically-approached magic takes the place of technology. Originally written in the 50s and published as a book in the early 70s and just recently released on Kindle, it's stood up well in most respects, except for the sexism typical of the 50s. But if you look past the language, the women kick butt as well as or better than the men. Nice to re-read one of my old favorites.

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Operation Luna | Poul Anderson
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A place where NASA stands for the National Astral Spellcraft Administration. Off to a good start.

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A Brightness Long Ago | Guy Gavriel Kay
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A tale of an almost-Italy, amid warring city-states and political intrigue, a young scholar, son of a tradesman, witnesses the rivalry between two of the most prominent mercenaries of the day. Beautifully written, with a pensive tone, this is a standalone extension to his Sarrentine history. Highly recommended.

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The corpse showed up with an ax in its head and a map in its pocket. I have a new short story out. Get a free review copy at https://booksprout.co/arc/14744/the-ledger-the-tale-of-a-coroner-and-a-time-trav...

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The Gospel of Loki | Joanne M. Harris
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If you like your Norse gods sounding like petulant rejects from the Twilight series, here you go. Otherwise, I preferred Gaiman's Norse Mythology. I was tired of Loki's catchphrase "so shoot me" well before halfway.

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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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I enjoyed the unique narrative style, the never-quite-revealed depths of the focal character, Eolo, and the mysterious narrator. The story gathers momentum slowly, but is as unstoppable as an avalanche by the end.

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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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Just started this book. It begins with a really interesting narrative device: what amounts to a second-person narrative. An unseen and unnamed narrator addressing one of the characters as "you." Waiting to see where this goes.

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Nation | Terry Pratchett
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When your coming-of-age is interrupted by a tsunami, do you try to rebuild the life you had, or something better? Pratchett's satire skewers colonialism, religion (but not belief that is flexible enough to accommodate evidence), cricket, and much more.

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... the abbot of our monastery always said that fable has strong shoulders that carry far more truth than fact can. — I'm having fun reading this book

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The Quantum Magician | Derek Knsken

“I am free, Bel,” she said, “and it doesn‘t matter that you and I call different things free.

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The Quantum Magician | Derek Knsken
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Singularity Cyberpunk, caged gods and their obligate worshipers, a satisfyingly complex con job and grand heist, and an epic space battle. The execution is outstanding, the pacing is excellent, and the characters have distinct and interesting voices. On top of all this are meditations on what it means to be human, from the view of four engineered lines of humans, and the AI that believes it's the reincarnation of Saint Matthew.

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In the Vanishers Palace | Aliette de Bodard
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An intense and emotional tale, set in a sci-fi world based on Korean mythology. Yên is a young teacher, given to a dragon by her village in exchange for a healing. Yèn and the dragon find a deep connection, and deep divisions. Sometimes you can best help a person by letting them make their own mistakes.

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A Night in the Lonesome October | Roger Zelazny, Gahan Wilson
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Re-reading an old favorite. Narrated by Snuff, the watchdog of an occult practitioner named Jack, the thirty-one short chapters chronicle the thirty-one days of a particular October. A group has gathered to play an ancient game with high stakes. The tale is told through the familiars of the (mostly) human players as they negotiate to alternately aid and confuse the other teams. But you can't say which team you're on untill the last moment.

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Summerland | Hannu Rajaniemi
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Hannu Rajaniemi imagines a world that diverged from our own, not into the brass technology of steampunk, but into a world where the dead can be communicated with by Marconi's devices, a world of ectophones, ectotanks, and spirit cages.

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Letting people know about my new book!

Archaeologist Stenn Gremm follows a mysterious artifact to a planet that's been left off the charts, where he loses his augments and equipment to a creature that shouldn't exist. Stenn must learn about friends, about swordsmanship, and most importantly about himself as he searches the strange ruins for clues to a legend that seems to be replaying itself.

#scifi #archaeology #assassin #magic

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