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Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book

Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

I need to get a disclaimer up here right now: The cover of this book possibly my favorite of all time. There’s several wonderful illustrations within, but I picked this book up and read it purely for the cover. It is aesthetically perfect to me- character art, design wise… This thing is not what I expect from a small indie press in the slightest and it is wonderful.

Oh, and the other reason I bought it is because it’s about angel spies in the cold war.

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Pulp Binge: Only Child is like an unexpectedly fun horror movie

Pulp Binge: Only Child is like an unexpectedly fun horror movie

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

THRIFT STORE WHY: Back-cover text. Usually I buy pulp books for their covers, but sometimes a plot sounds exactly like my jam, and I live with the boring painting on the front. It’s a well drawn bike, at least.

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A remarkably stupid teen is surprised to find he and many of the other teens from his town are going to a luxury camp retreat for a month. Oddly, all the kids have their birthday in july… and are all 17… and are only children… and once they turn 18, they are never seen again……..

WOULD I RECC TO READ: Go for it.

Review:

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Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect

Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect

Hello! I’ll be doing a PULP BINGE for the next few updates, and feature more pulp in general. I have a bad habit of buying quite a bit of pulp, but I rarely read it- finally, I’m going through my backlog and slamming these guys down!

I’m a major pulp sci-fi/horror fan, so that’s mostly what you’ll be seeing here.

Pulp, if you’re not familiar, is a common name for those short, fat paperbacks that were mostly printed before the late 90s. Pulp as a genre is also notable for often being more ‘trashy’ and not as ‘refined’ as commercial fiction. Quotes because this is not necessarily true in the slightest!

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

THRIFT STORE WHY: The cover! It looks amazing in person, with this weird, shiny overlay (especially on the red eyes). The art is fantastic, the name is attention grabbing, and the back copy/tagline are both really fun. I’m always keen on brainwashing plots and fake-utopias.

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A dull rebellious girl moves into a Utopian neighborhood where daily pills and radio signals make every citizen morally pure and essentially the same. Elsewhere, a semi-robot teen hallucinates for half the book.

WOULD I RECC TO READ: No. It’s fun and pulpy, but there’s a lot better of the type.

Review:

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Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure

Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

There’s nothing technically wrong with this book, and you’ll find I have very little to gripe about beyond my general ambivalence on the subject of boats. ‘Boat fiction’ is just something I have never been into.

I read this as part of the Sapphic book club, and as always, it’s great to read a good action-adventure lgbt genre book, especially on the tailend of the horribleness that was 27 hours (review pending).

This will be super short.

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The first half of the Magicians is really good. The second half happens, I guess

The first half of the Magicians is really good. The second half happens, I guess

★★★☆☆

3.5 stars

This book, at least the first half of it, is wondrous in it’s possibilities and killer high-knowledge based magic. Second part is eh, leading to more eh, and a pretty eh-based series. With bonus edgy whiny characters.

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The bonkers MallWorld is a hidden sci-fi gem

The bonkers MallWorld is a hidden sci-fi gem

★★★★★

(5 stars)

I stumbled on this in a second hand book store and bought it for two dollars. My life will never be the same

Mallworld is a collection of seven short stories all taking place in the same universe, a place far in the future where everyone lives in space, and there’s a shopping mall the size of a planet. You’ve never heard of it, but it’s fantastic. Weird, dark, strange, and fun.

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This isn’t really a fair review: I love Apocalypse Array and the LINK angels series so much

This isn’t really a fair review: I love Apocalypse Array and the LINK angels series so much

★★★★★

(5 stars)

(Book four, the last one. Book one, two, three).

YAAAAAAAAAAA

I just love these characters. Enough I can easily look through various narrative/writing flaws. I love em. I want more of them.

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