2009

Worldshaker by Richard Harland

Richard Harland’s Worldshaker is a dystopian steampunk adventure aimed at young adult readers. Although it is targeted at a younger audience, I found this novel to be an entertaining and worthwhile read that I finished in one sitting. A steampunk coming …

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Blood of Ambrose by James Enge

Blood of Ambrose is the debut novel from James Enge. Enge published numerous sword and sorcery short stories in Black Gate (a magazine which features adventure fantasy), focused on his central character Morlock Ambrosius, before producing this novel-length work. Blood of Ambrose …

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Ash by Malinda Lo

Ash is a gay retelling of the Cinderella tale that challenges the assumptions underlying many fairy tales—namely, that all girls merely yearn for their princes to come rescue them from their lives.  While the protagonist Ash does wish she can escape the …

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Quentin Coldwater is a genius on his way to an assured Ivy League education, but he’s depressed with the way that his life is going. He distracts himself from his misery by dreaming of Fillory, a land that exists in …

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