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A Land So Wild and Savage

World’s Fair 1992  (Regan, book 2)

By Robert Silverberg  

13 Jan, 2019

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You

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1970’s World’s Fair 1992 is the second in Robert Silverberg’s Regan series. 

Would-be xenologist Bill Hasting’s essay on the possibility of life on distant Pluto was far-out stuff, but intriguing enough to win the teen a year’s stay on the 1992 World’s Fair Satellite. It’s not a vacation: he will have to work. Still, he’s enjoying a trip that others must pay $$$ to experience. 

Life on the station is less exotic than one might expect. 


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Hands Red

Temper

By Nicky Drayden  

11 Jan, 2019

Doing What the WFC Cannot Do

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2018’s Temper is a standalone secondary world fantasy novel by Nicky Drayden. 

A few pitiful singletons aside, every person has their twin. When one of the pair has a virtue, their twin will have the corresponding vice. There are seven virtues and seven vices; hence it is inevitable that one of the pair will have more virtues, one will have more vices. 

Auben is remarkably vice-ridden; he has six of the possible seven vices. His twin Kasim has six virtues. Not that this bothers Auben; he enjoys his vices and is certain that he is smart enough to avoid their consequences. 

Then Auben engages with Icy Blue. 

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Hello, Is There Anybody Else Here?

Noragami, book 9

By Adachitoka  

9 Jan, 2019

Translation

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Adachitoka’s Noragami Volume 9 collects issues 32 to 35 of the adventures of the stray god Yato. The manga was first published in 2013; the English translation was published in 2015. Included in the volume are 

  • 32. She Who Invites” (誘な女 Izanami”)

  • 33. Wielder of an Iron Will” (イシ椎い持ち Ishi Tsutsui Mochi”) 

  • 34. Such Were Their Desires” (斯く在りし望み Kaku Arishi Nozomi”) 

  • 35. Death” (死 Shi”)

Things are not going well for Yato and his former shinki Nora. In fact, the two find themselves in hell. 

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Laying Down the Law

Ninth Step Station

By Curtis C. Chen, Malka Older, Fran Wilde & Jacqueline Koyanagi  

8 Jan, 2019

Miscellaneous Reviews

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Malka Older, Fran Wilde, Jacqueline Koyanagi, and Curtis C. Chen’s 2018 Ninth Step Station is an anthology of serial shared-world cyberpunk fiction. It is published by Serial Box, who (to quote their site):

Serial Box is a publishing company and mobile app that produces and delivers team-written serialized fiction. We blend story production and distribution practices from television, book publishing and narrative podcasting to create professionally crafted serials that fit your life. 

Following earthquake and Chinese invasion, Tokyo is divided between Chinese occupation forces, American forces, and of course the Japanese themselves. Crime is still a fact of life. It is up to Tokyo Metropolitan Police officers like Miyako Korida to deal with it. Because there is no job that cannot be made more complicated, Miyako has the privilege of partnering with Peacekeeper Lieutenant Emma Higashi of the US Navy.

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English Country Garden

The Day of the Triffids

By John Wyndham  

6 Jan, 2019

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You

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Although 1951’s The Day of the Triffids was not John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris’ first novel, it was the first that he published under the name John Wyndham. It established him as the master of the Cozy Catastrophe.

His eyes bandaged thanks to an injury, Bill Masen cannot see the wondrous meteor shower that lights up Earth’s sky. As a consequence, he is spared the side-effect that manifests the following day: total blindness. As most of the human population had ooh’d and ah’d at the sight, most of them are blind. 

It gets worse. 

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Panorama

Hidden Sun  (Shadowlands, book 1)

By Jaine Fenn  

5 Jan, 2019

Miscellaneous Reviews

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2018’s Hidden Sun is the first volume in Jaine Fenn’s Shadowlands series. 

Disfigured in a mishap, aristocratic shadowkin Rhia disregards convention and indulges her scholarly interests. 

Dej is also unconventional, but she’s not as lucky. She’s a skykin and so a lesser being in the eyes of the shadowkin who run the creche that raised her. Rhia can flout rules; Dej cannot. She is punished for disobedience and eventually sent back to her people, the skykins, who lead hard lives under the bright sun of the skylands. 

Who would expect that these two women, of such different backgrounds and tastes, would ever meet? 

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I’m Walking on Air

Psychokinesis

By Yeon Sang-Ho  

2 Jan, 2019

Translation

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Yeon Sang-Ho’s 2018 Psychokinesis is a superhero movie. It stars Ryu Seung-ryong, Shim Eun-kyung, Park Jung-min, Kim Min-jae and Jung Yu-mi.

Shin Seok-heon (Ryu Seung-ryong) is a bank security guard. He’s content to waste his life filching supplies from the bank and drinking himself into a stupor every night. 

Then: 

  • His estranged daughter Shin Roo-mi (Shim Eun-kyung) contacts Seok-heon with the news that his ex-wife is dead, killed in an altercation with thugs. 

  • A sip of meteor-tainted water imbues Seok-heon with psychic powers. 


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