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White Tears: the blues will get everybody

Book cover: White Tears - Hari Kunzru (text treatment)Seth has always lived for the future, but his musical partner Carter has his heart set on the past. When Carter pushes Seth to create a retro track that sounds straight out of the 20s, they unleash a memory of musicians past. The blues don’t forget, and the devil still lingers at the crossroads…

In which I try to avoid too many spoilers, and to be at least vaguely coherent. It’s a struggle, ok?

Bite-sized Books: Buffalo Soldier

Book cover: Buffalo Soldier - Maurice BroaddusDesmond Coke fled Jamaica with his former comrades hot on his heels. He must cross an alternate America, where the Free Republic of Tejas, the Albion Empire and the Five Civilized Tribes may all offer sanctuary – or may seek to take advantage of the rare opportunity Desmond’s young ward Lij represents… Continue reading “Bite-sized Books: Buffalo Soldier”

Chalk: proving nostalgia isn’t always comforting

Book cover: Chalk - Paul CornellAndrew Waggoner is one of the favourite victims of five brutal boys at school. When their hazing becomes torture one Hallowe’en, Waggoner’s pain and outrage opens the door to ancient forces that promise him revenge. But the ghosts of generations past also have their own wrongs to right…

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Bite-size Books: Passing Strange

Book cover: Passing Strange - Ellen Klages (two people dancing in a ballroom at night)San Francisco, 1939. Treasure Island glows in the Bay, a beacon for Man’s perseverance and ingenuity. The vibrant City itself is full of immigrants and free spirits, shielded from the shadows of war. Anything can happen in San Francisco: forbidden love, illegal shifts in gender, and maybe – when you really need it – some actual magic.

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Dogs of War: should a Good Dog follow orders?

Book cover: Dogs of War - Adrian TchaikovskyRex just wants to be a Good Dog. But Rex is no ordinary dog. Rex is a Bioform, engineered to fit a specific set of requirements: obedience, loyalty, leading his pack, killing his Master’s enemies. But if Rex’s Master is not a Good Man, how can Rex be a Good Dog?

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Bite-size Books: Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth

Book cover: Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth - Cassandra Khaw text title and silhouette of city skyline in redWho needs enemies with friends like Rupert Wong’s? Following his unfortunate involvement in dragon murder and celestial war, Rupert’s is being seconded to London ‘for his own safety’. But his new Greek employers are at war too – and nobody is betting on Rupert surviving it.

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The Rift: would you believe?

Book cover: The Rift - Nina AllanJulie Rouane disappeared, leaving the house one afternoon and never returning. Selena and Margery learned to lived with her loss; Ray’s refusal to give up on her eventually killed him. But 20 years later, Julie calls Selena out of the blue. She’s back. And her explanation defies belief.

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Throwback Thursday: Caliban’s War

Bok cover: Calibans War - James S A Corey (a space station above a planet, red background sky)Six months after Eros, the solar system still hovers in uneasy peace as it watches Venus to see what the protomolecule will do next. Can UN Deputy Undersecretary of Executive Administration Chrisjen Avasarala keep the nervy planets focused on the greater threat?

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The Bitter Twins

Book cover: The Bitter Twins - Jen Williams (a dragon winding about the book title)War has begun. While Noon and Vostok struggle to forge their friends into a coherent fighting unit, Vintage unearths clues that will lead them away from the conflict in search of Ysgeril’s birthplace. But the enemy is moving against them in ways they’ve never seen before. Everybody needs allies, but who can trusted?

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Bite-sized Books: Binti – The Night Masquerade

Book cover: Binti The Night Masquerade - Nnedi Okorafor (a black woman with blue tentacle hair looks at an object in her hands)As Binti struggles to adjust to the zinariya, she is overwhelmed by visions of her family in mortal danger. With no sign of Okwu, she and Mwinyi rush back. Can the master harmonizer who sits at the nexus of so many cultures bring peace, or is her legacy to be only conflict?

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Annihilation: embrace the change

One day, it was a remote stretch of American coastline, wild and beautiful. The next, it began to change. Now Area X is threatening more densely inhabited areas, and the secretive government organisation known as the Southern Reach wish to send in a twelfth expedition to try and understand it. But only one person from the first eleven expeditions ever returned…

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Bite-sized Books: The Red Threads of Fortune

Book cover: The Red Threads of Fortune - J Y YangIn the wake of tragedy, Mokoya the former seeress has abandoned her family and joined a mercenary group who hunt naga. Stalked by grief, she struggles to care about Akeha’s concerns or the slow-burning rebellion. But even in the outer marches of the Protectorate, there are causes worth dying for.

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