This month in the mine shaft: May

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  • Embassytown by China Miéville ★★★★★
  • The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan ★★★★☆
  • The City & the City by China Miéville ★★★★☆
  • Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay ★★★☆☆
  • Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen ★★★☆☆
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk ★★★☆☆
  • The Integral Trees by Larry Niven ★★☆☆☆
  • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★☆☆☆
  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle ★★☆☆☆

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This month in the mine shaft: April

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  • Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older ★★★★☆
  • A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★☆
  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson ★★★☆☆
  • Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk ★★★☆☆
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher ★★★☆☆
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★☆☆
  • Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★☆☆
  • Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson ★★☆☆☆
  • The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis ★★☆☆☆

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This month in the mine shaft: March

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  • The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston ★★★★☆
  • I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong ★★★★☆
  • Brimstone by Cherie Priest ★★★★☆
  • Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes ★★★☆☆
  • Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight ★★★☆☆
  • Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson ★★★☆☆
  • Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett ★★★☆☆
  • Stolen Ink by Holly Evans ★★★☆☆
  • Wanted and Wired by Vivien Jackson ★★★☆☆
  • The Company We Keep by Robert B. Baer, Dayna Baer ★★☆☆☆
  • Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu ★★☆☆☆

 

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This month in the mine shaft: February

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  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ★★★★★
  • Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★☆
  • Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★☆
  • Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older ★★★★☆
  • The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe ★★★★☆
  • Shadow’s Son by Jon Sprunk ★★★☆☆
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk ★★★☆☆
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi ★★★☆☆
  • Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook ★★★☆☆
  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer ★★★☆☆
  • Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy ★★☆☆☆
  • You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson ★★☆☆☆

 

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This month in the mine shaft: January

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  • The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
  • The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy ★★★★☆
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor ★★★★☆
  • Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells ★★★★☆
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick ★★★★☆
  • I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley ★★★★☆
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben ★★★★☆
  • Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★☆
  • Trickster by Jeff Somers ★★★★☆
  • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal ★★★☆☆
  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham ★★★☆☆
  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ★★★☆☆
  • I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi ★★★☆☆
  • Shade Chaser by Clara Coulson ★★★☆☆
  • Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern ★★☆☆☆

 

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[Book Review] Where magic is murder

Book Review: Trickster by Jeff Somers

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I can’t get enough of urban fantasy worlds.

There’s something about that intersection of our everyday mundane existence and that extra, fantastic reality just on the edge of perception that just gets me. In each new book in this genre, the edges of reality are peeled away just a bit to uncover that something extra amid plot and mystery and compelling characters.

In this, Trickster doesn’t disappoint.

In Trickster’s world, shedding blood powers magic, and the only rule is anything goes as long if you have the power to pull it off.

This is the first world I’ve read in which there is no lip service to policing the magic community, no on-the-hill governing body that tracks down magical criminals, no good wizards tasked with tracking down the bad apples. In fact, it’s a grimy, desperate, and harsh underworld of magic that rewards serial killers with status and mass murderers with the power to move mountains. Continue reading

This Month in the Mine Shaft: September

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  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman ★★★★★
  • Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs ★★★★☆
  • The Universe in a Single Atom by Dalai Lama XIV ★★★★☆
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger ★★★★☆
  • Shadowed Souls by Kerrie L. Hughes ★★★☆☆
  • White Trash by Nancy Isenberg ★★★☆☆
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi ★★★☆☆
  • Champion of the Rose by Andrea K. Höst ★★☆☆☆
  • The Corner Store Witch by H.D. Lynn – DNF

 

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