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Articles / October 21, 2019

Spinning Silver Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is $2.99! This is a lovely fantasy with romantic elements. My friend and I recently discussed Novik and comparisons between Uprooted and Spinning Silver. We feel Spinning Silver was the better of the two, but both are still REALLY GOOD. What are your thoughts? Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold. But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand. Add to Goodreads To-Read List → You can find ordering info for this book here.      …

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz
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Articles / October 21, 2019

B- The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz July 30, 2019 · Soft Cryptid LGBTQIANovellaRomanceScience Fiction/Fantasy I am a simple human. I like robots. I like tea. I like reading about people falling in love, especially if they’re gay. So when I heard there was an f/f romance about a robot that runs a tea shop, I one-clicked so hard Jeff Bezos got a bruise. The Cybernetic Tea Shop is a novella set in future-ish Seattle. The year is never specified, but it’s mentioned that AI was invented 300 years ago, so the intended timeframe is probably the 2300s. That was hard for me to buy, though, since the only futuristic element in the story was the robots. Everything else felt very early-21st-century: the characters wear jeans, travel on trains, and communicate by email. Overall, although the story has speculative elements and a nominally futuristic setting, it’s light on world-building and reads more like contemporary romance than sci-fi. The story is on the sweet side rather than sexy or suspenseful, but it does deal a lot with themes of grief and prejudice. Sal, the robot heroine, is one of the few remaining autonomous AIs in existence, and as a result…

Bloodlust and Bonnets by Emily McGovern
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Articles / October 21, 2019

A Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern September 17, 2019 · Andrews McMeel Publishing HumorGraphic NovelLGBTQIARomanceScience Fiction/Fantasy Well this was just…neat! Bloodlust and Bonnets is a graphic novel in which a bloodthirsty Regency ingenue named Lucy teams up with Byron the poet and Sham, a vampire hunter, to fight vampires. The fact that Byron never seems to understand what’s going on, Sham is always lost, and Lucy would actually like to BE a vampire confuses the matter immensely, leading to hijinks and an amazing amount of red ink. At the start of the book, Lucy is exchanging chit chat with an older gentleman when she is suddenly seized with an urge to lop off his head as well as the heads of several surrounding gentleman. A woman shows up out of nowhere and congratulates Lucy on being “an ideal candidate to join…my secret ancient immortal vampire cult!” Just then Byron appears (“It is I! Lord Byron! You know…from books!”), and he helps Lucy slaughter the woman (but not really as she reappears in our story later on) as well as many more people (all of whom were actually vampires all along) and then Byron and Lucy fly to Byron’s magic…