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The Moor’s Account: alternative fiction

Book cover: The Moor's Account - Laila Lalami (a red-tipped quill on a parchment texture background)In 1527, a Spanish colonial expedition landed in Florida to establish new colonies. 9 years later, the only 4 survivors finally reached Mexico City: 3 Spanish noblemen and 1 Moorish slave. This is his story.

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Bite-size Books: Sunbolt

Book cover: Sunbolt - Intisar Khanani (rich red-orange text on a blue background with a geometric motif above it)Hitomi is a foreign-born street thief with dangerous secrets: untrained magical abilities and ties to the Shadow League, enemies of the corrupt Archmage. But even the haunted streets of Karolene are safer than what awaits her beyond its borders.

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DiverseAThon 2017: what I’ll be reading

The world can be a dark and scary place. But it doesn’t have to be. Yesterday, there were marches globally for equality and a better future. Today sees the start of the 2nd DiverseAThon with very similar goals: equal representation; equal voice. The weeklong read-a-thon is hosted by Booktubers Christina Marie, Joce,  MonicaWhitney and Simon – and for us bloggy types, Naz has created a sign-up at ReadDiverseBooks.

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Certain Dark Things: narco-vampire noir

Book cover: Certain Dark Things - Silvia Moreno-Garcia (a face half-obscured by swirling blood)There are no vampires in Mexico City: the sanitation squads and the human gangs keep the city clear. That makes it either the safest or the stupidest place for a vampire on the run – but Atl is out of options. Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s narco-vampire noir never misses a beat.

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Reblog: Monster Book Giveaway — Margrét Helgadóttir

A signal boost – because look HOW GORGEOUS this is (and then look at who has contributed and get even more excited).

I am running a book giveaway at Facebook. Enter before August 31st for a chance to win copies of the two coffee table books European Monsters and African Monsters.

via Monster Book Giveaway — Margrét Helgadóttir

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Ninefox Gambit: The Machineries of Empire

Book cover: Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha LeeCaptain Kel Cheris is a dedicated soldier with an unusual gift for mathematics. Disgraced by her unorthodox tactics, she is teamed up with disembodied traitor General Shuos Jedao to put down a heretical rebellion or die trying. Can she trust the advice of a warlord who has never lost a battle – but is infamous for slaughtering his own troops?


Bite-sized books: Bloodchild

Book cover: BloodchildGan has been raised with alien T’Gatoi as part of his extended family, comfortable with the knowledge that he will one day incubate her eggs inside his body. But he has no idea what this actually entails, and witnessing the agonies of a birth provoke second thoughts.

Hard-thought SF

Bite-sized books: The Terracotta Bride

Book cover: The Terracotta BrideHell isn’t quite what Siew Tsin expected. Thankfully, she’s living in the right postcode, even if she has been married off to an older man. But when wealthy Junsheng brings home terracotta woman Yonghua to be his third bride, the quiet serenity of Siew Tsin’s unhappiness is disturbed by unexpected feelings.

Love, death and rebirth. They all hurt.

The Tale of Yin – Joyce Chng

Book cover: The Tale of YinMirra is a magic-user in a village where magic is a man’s preserve. Fierce and independent, she is forced to leave her home when her secret is uncovered. Her travels – and those of her daughter Kindness – form a magical duology of self-discovery and self-worth.

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Bite-sized Books: Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship

Book cover: Of Books and Earth and CourtshipEmmanuelle the archivist is a rarity: a Fallen of House Silverspires who rejected Morningstar. She knows her infatuation with his latest student is foolish, but when Selene needs help, there’s no question that Emmanuelle will be there…

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Read-along: The Path of Kindness

Book Cover: The Path of KindnessOne of the wonderful things about being a bookworm online is that when someone gets excited about a book, we can all pile in and read along. Lovely Lynn of Little Lion Lynnet’s is our ringleader for this week’s discussion of The Path of Kindness (book two of The Tale of Yin). It’s a bumpy ride for Mirra’s daughter as she goes in search of her calling.

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Read-along: Of Oysters, Pearls and Magic #2

Book Cover: Of Oysters, Pearls and Magic

Welcome to the second week of the read-along for Of Oysters, Pearls and Magic (The Tale of Yin). Lovely Lynn of Little Lion Lynnet’s is our ringleader for this read-along, but I’m honoured to be hosting this week’s discussion. We’ll be reading for the next two weeks if you’d like to join us for The Path of Kindness.

Book Two: A Tree of Branches (spoilers)

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