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Book Review: Emilie & the Hollow World, by Martha Wells

STRANGE CHEMISTRY
301 pp.

Martha Wells is one of my favorite writers. I enjoy her characters and worldbuilding, which tends toward fantasy of the magic-fueled technology variety. (There is really not enough of this kind of fantasy out there.) You will get airships, adventure and sorcery, and enjoy every minute of it. Continue reading

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Book Review: Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Little, Brown Books

320 pp.

Etiquette and Espionage is a young adult novel that takes place in the same universe as Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. (It is the first part of the “Finishing School” series.) Our Heroine is a girl named Sophronia who has the kind of childish, Tom Sawyer type adventures that are the despair of any parent that is trying to turn their daughter into a “lady.” After an incident with a dumbwaiter and a trifle, Sophronia is packed off to an elite finishing school. Continue reading

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Book Review: Timeless by Gail Carriger

Orbit
386 pp.
Timeless is the final book in the Parasol Protectorate series. Our Heroine has been living in one of the closets of Lord Akeldama’s home so she can be close to her daughter. (If you will recall, Akeldama is supposed to be the primary caregiver, so a certain amount of subterfuge is required.) She needs to be close to her daughter because Prudence does not actually possess the quality she is named for and has the distressing habit of being wild, reckless and nearly uncontrollable. (A toddler with the ability to become whatever supernatural person she touches is especially difficult to handle if you are say, a vampire, especially if you are a vampire who is now mortal because the kid stole your powers.) Continue reading

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Book Review: All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen

Tor

459 pp.

The very basic summary of this novel’s plot is “Steampunk Twelfth Night set at a school for (mad) scientists.”  Our Heroine is a young woman named Viola who desperately wants to attend Illyria, which is one of the very best schools for aspiring young scientists. Unfortunately, girls are not allowed to attend Illyria as this is the Victorian Era.

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Book Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

Orbit
374 pp.

In Heartless, Alexia and her husband have mended their fences and now they have to figure out how to keep the vampires from continuing their vendetta against Alexia and her not-yet-born infant-inconvenience. The solution presents itself in the form of Akeldama stepping forward with an offer to adopt the baby (thus assuring that the scary monster baby has a proper upbringing). Of course, this creates a new batch of problems involving Conall’s pack having to move into the city. (Alexia might have very little in the way of maternal feelings, but she does feel a certain amount of interest in the results of her pregnancy.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Orbit
355 pp.

Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate)In Blameless, we spend a great deal of time wanting to hit Lord Maccon upside thehead with a brick. (Okay, that’s probably mostly just me who wanted to do that.The opinions of others may vary.) Alexia has gone home to her family (who don’t want her around because she’s an embarrassment), she’s been fired from her position as the queen’s mujah and she’s “expecting.” Also, someone is still trying to kill her and her friend Lord Akeldama has fled the city leaving behind an extremely cryptic message. Meanwhile, Lord Maccon is drinking formaldehyde and making a complete ass of himself because he believes his heart is broken.(Neither anyone in the narrative nor I am very impressed with his angst.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Orbit
374 pp.

Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate)In Changeless, Our Heroine is rudely awakened by her husband who rushes off without telling her what’s going on,which is quite a lot. The pack regiment is currently camped out on the front lawn, Alexia is once more being accused of random acts of exorcism and soul sucking while dodging mysterious assassins. Then Lord Maccon rushes off to Scotland todeal with a situation involving his former pack. To make things more interesting, the commander of the regiment is a insufferable twit, her best friend is having romantic adventures, one of her sisters is visiting and there is a hatter who is a mad scientist.

Not knowing what else to do and having a sincere desire to find out what the heckis going on, Alexia goes after her husband. Continue reading

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