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Friday 27 April 2018

Olio by Tyehimba Jess

"I could see we were like two leaves being blown all over the place in that storm, that cyclone that had thrown him all the way over to where he was, and that had set me down nice and easy into this house you're sitting in right here." ~ Interview with John William "Blind" Boone

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Tuesday 17 April 2018

The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon

Even the tallest, brightest, boldest tree is fed by the deep darkness of the earth.

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Wednesday 11 April 2018

The Hate U Give by Angela Thomas

"The Hate U Gave Little Infants Fucks Everybody. Meaning… what you feed us, as seeds, grows and blows up in your face. That's THUG LIFE." ~Tupac

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Wednesday 4 April 2018

Whereas by Layli Long Soldier

"I tire

Of engaging in numerous conflicts, tire of the word both"

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Wednesday 21 March 2018

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle

Imagine, if you will, a choice. Imagine the opportunity to chose between two worlds.

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Tuesday 13 March 2018

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Oathbringer is book three of The Stormlight Archive. Like it's predecessors, it's a tome, filled with detailed world-building and characters whose strengths and flaws come alive on the page. This time, the themes were Justice and Identity.

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Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Dark Divide by Danika Stone

A friend of mine recently asked me to help her set up an online dating profile. She got a bit dejected when I told her it was like most things in life -- you get out what you put in. She thought I meant spending hours combing through other peoples' profiles and picking just the right people to meet. I shook my head. "No," I told her, "it's more about doing the work to be really clear about what you want. Someone who's going to be scared away by who you are isn't worth your time." It's a theory that flies in the face of everything we're taught about social norms. My friend's eyes went wide, then darted away from mine, and she said something about maybe waiting a little longer.

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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

"Being a werewolf isn't just teeth and claws," she said, her lips brushing my ear she was so close, so quiet, "it's inside. It's how you look a the world. It's how the world looks back at you."

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Monday 12 February 2018

Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler

Think hard about your life. Think about those who have touched you, who have played a hand in shaping you. Who has changed your life? If you're being honest, can you narrow it down to just one?

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Tuesday 30 January 2018

The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

Ken Liu's writing occupies the subtle space where fantasy and science fiction brush up against possibility and plausibility. Here, the wondrous walks hand-in-hand with the mundane.

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