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Book Review: Genesis is an Extremely Intense Read

I think I set a record even for myself recently: I read a 500-page book in two days. On Monday of this week, we drove from Salt Lake City, Utah to Flagstaff, Arizona, a 7.5-hour drive, and on Tuesday, we drove from Flagstaff to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, another two. I read…

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Book Review: Nothing Human, a Fascinating Read

As I wrap up this week, which has been full of: volunteer hours at my kids’ schools, preparations for Easter and Spring Break, writers’ club meetings, church meetings, family get-togethers, interspersed with gaming (I’m loving Horizon Zero Dawn, by the way), geocaching, and reading, of course… I can’t help but be thankful for a good…

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Book Review: The Time Key, a Charming Read

It’s been more than a week since I posted my last review, which puts me behind schedule! For those of you who eagerly await each new post of mine, and are disappointed by this lag, bless you and I apologize. For those of you who don’t mind a little wait as long as the reviews…

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Book Review: Restore Me, an Embroiling Read

I just finished reading my fourth book this week: Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. As it happens, it’s also the fourth book in Tahereh’s Shatter Me series. It was an embroiling read, as intense as the three books before it, but less for the action than for the emotion. And, of course, it too, has a cliffhanger…

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Book Review: Steal Across the Sky, A Philosophical Read

Nancy Kress is really good at writing hard-core science fiction, and for that alone I applaud her. To do that in such a male-dominated field is brilliant; to do it repeatedly is amazing. I thought her book  After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall  was brilliant. Steal Across the Sky, also by her, was…

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Book Review: Gemina is Both Brilliant…and Not

There is a sub-genre of science fiction that is perhaps lesser known for its name—space opera—than it is for the books and movies that comprise it. Star Wars, for example, is arguably the most well-known and epic space opera set of movies, but I don’t know many people (even writers) that would think to call…

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Book Review: Topaz Reign, a Gem of a Read

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted because I was asked to review the second book in a duology and had to read the first book in the series before I could read the second one and give it a fair review. Plus, life has been busy with Utah Valley Writer commitments,…

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Book Review: Unearthed is Exceptional…But…

Sometimes, reading a really good book is like running my palm along the smooth side of a long sword…with my fingers curled around its very sharp blade. Being entranced by the flow of good prose or the seamlessness of a smart plot is like feeling the evenness of cold metal, but as a writer, I…

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Book Review: Machinations is Amazing, for $3.99

I don’t understand why everyone’s not raving about Machinations by Hayley Stone. It’s a book set during a robot apocalypse, populated by people fighting for their lives and a main character who was killed by the robots and then brought back as a clone and expected to lead those people while trying to carve out a…

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