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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Tuesday Release Things!

Review of The Jewel and her Lapidary by Fran Wilde (Tor.com, May 3, 2016) This vibrant fantasy novella deals with friendship and family when betrayal occurs. Sima and Lin are trapped in a space far below the floor after being … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Black City Saint by Richard A Knaak and Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire

Review of Black City Saint by Richard A Knaak (Pyr, March 1, 2016) This is an urban fantasy set in Prohibition-era Chicago with a very vividly described real-world history which includes bootleggers, mobs, and the turf wars between different factions. … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Visits Norwescon 39 in SeaTac, Washington!

Review of Norwescon 39 March 24-27, 2016 (Seatac, Washington) After enjoying ourselves in the Pacific Northwest last year, we decided to venture out that way for another convention. Norwescon is primarily focused on SFF literature but also covers anime, costuming, … Continue reading

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Friday Quick Updates: a packed weekend, Felicia Day on Wednesday, news and new events, and more!

Friday, April 22, 2016: There’s plenty of reasons to get out and about this weekend, including Durham County Library’s first Teen Lit Festival, Fred Chappell’s last of three Triangle appearances, and a Game of Thrones watching party:   April 23 (Saturday) 11 am to … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley

Review of The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley (Tor.com, April 19, 2016) The child’s viewpoint really worked for this story. The boy’s admiration for the knight is quite clear, the descriptions really making the knight seem larger than life. His … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Shadow and Flame by Gail Z Martin and Grave Visions by Kalayna Price

Review of Shadow and Flame by Gail Z Martin (Orbit, March 2016) This is the fourth volume of the Ascendant Kingdom Saga. Blaine McFadden has to deal with the aftermath of restoring the magic to the kingdom. Some of the … Continue reading

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Paul Kincaid’s From the Other Side, March 2016: Patrick Ness, Aliette de Bodard, Ian Whates, and new books from Gollancz and Orbit

[Editor’s Note: From the Other Side is Paul Kincaid’s monthly column on books and news from the other side of the Atlantic.] From the Other Side, February 2016 By Paul Kincaid March turned out to be the height of the … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Review of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com April 5, 2016) There are many fantasy stories about young people who travel through portals to other lands, but none quite as interesting and unique as this story set in … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon

Review of Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon (Tor.com, March 15, 2016) This story consists of two parts, Dead Man’s Hand and Pieces of Hate. They are The Assassin Book One and Book Two. The assassin’s name is Temple and … Continue reading

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The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

Review of Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee (Random House Kids, March 1, 2016) This is the first book in the DC Superhero Girls series, which is a new series for middle grades. The entire concept of … Continue reading

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