The Night Circus

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{4.5/5} “‘Names are not of nearly as much import as people like to suppose,’ the man in the grey suit says. ‘A label assigned to identify you either by this institution or your departed parents is neither of interest nor value to me. If you find you are in need of a name at any […]

Station Eleven

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{4.5/5} “Arthur lives in a permanent state of disorientation like a low-grade fever, the question hanging over everything being How did I get from there to here? And there are moments — at parties in Toronto, in Los Angeles, in New York — when he’ll be telling people about Delano Island and he’ll notice a […]

Angel & Faith (season 10)

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{4.5/5} “Angel does what he wants, right? But if somebody else wants to do the same thing, he slams the door. Probably doesn’t seem fair. So I’ve thought about it. And I’ve decided… I can live with that.” Angel & Faith (5 volumes) by Victor Gischler, Will Conrad & others, published in 2014-16 Angel is […]

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

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{5/5} “There are no heroes, Tian Haoli. Grand Secretary Shi was both courageous and cowardly, capable and foolish. Wang Xiuchu was both an opportunistic survivor and a man of greatness of spirit. I’m mostly selfish and vain, but sometimes even I surprise myself. We’re all just ordinary men — well, I’m an ordinary demon — […]

Elements

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{4.5/5} “Alone, she fled Boston, making her way from culverts to abandoned sheds, hiding from the world while building her own place in it. Living off the grid meant no formal education, no military training, no family, no friends. She had constructed a hole in the world and waited for me to join her.” Elements […]

Best fantasy novels by decade

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s the fantasy list. As I read more books things might change, especially in the decade that’s not done yet. Winner Runner Ups Decade Author Title Author Title 2010s Claire North The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Julie E. Czerneda A Turn of Light Will McIntosh Hitchers Carrie Vaughn After the Golden Age Jo […]

Best science fiction novels by decade

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Here are the best science fiction books by decade. I limited each author to 1 book per decade, but a few authors show up in multiple decades. Winner Runner Ups Decade Author Title Author Title 2010s Kim Stanley Robinson 2312 Stephen Baxter Proxima Will McIntosh Soft Apocalypse John Scalzi Redshirts Joan Slonzcewski The Highest Frontier […]

Thunderbird

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{4.5/5} “When it was over, and he was still trying to catch his breath, the chairman knew that his perceptions had changed again. He’d acquired an appreciation for the power and beauty of the universe that could never be acquired through a mere telephoto lens or a slice of poetry.” Thunderbird by Jack McDevitt, published […]

Defenders

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{4.5/5} “His violent nature disturbed her, but hadn’t they made him that way? The human race was alive because Erik and the other defenders killed so efficiently, without fear. All humans bore some of the responsibility for that. In some real sense, the defenders were the blameless ones; they were simply expressing what they’d been […]

Mastodonia

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{4/5} “We did little talking, for talking was difficult, but we did sit together, feeling friendly toward one another, and that seemed to satisfy Catface. Strangely, it satisfied me as well. Contact with him somehow made me feel good. I got the funny feeling Catface was trying to talk with me. I don’t know what […]