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Articles / February 6, 2020

The Book of M The Book of M by Peng Shepherd is $1.99! This is a character-driven, near future sci-fi novel. One of my favorite book buddies say this is a book that starts of strongly, but drags around the middle. However, the writing seemed to be a major high point. Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself. One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories. Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too. Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to…

Galileo by Ann McMan
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Articles / February 6, 2020

B+ Galileo by Ann McMan November 12, 2019 · Bywater Books LGBTQIAMystery/Thriller CW/TW: child sexual assault in the book, and discussion thereof in the review. If you were to ask me who my favourite author is, I’d hem and haw and, after squirming and setting aside my guilt for not naming a dozen others, tell you it’s Ann McMan (if you’ve read my review of Hoosier Daddy, this is unlikely to be a shock). A large part of that is her versatility, how she hops genres with seeming ease, crushing it equally well in romance, general fiction, and mysteries. Given that ability to cross genres, I wasn’t totally surprised to hear she was releasing a political thriller and, despite not being a fan of thrillers, I knew I was going to read it. Before diving in, I want to call attention to the acknowledgements, because I’m listed there and noted as the reason McMan chose to write Galileo ahead of other books. A little over a year ago, she emailed me with a very basic plot idea and “Thoughts???” tacked at the end, and I responded with “Yes, that. Write THAT now.” That’s as far as my involvement with this…

Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn
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Articles / February 6, 2020

B+ Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn February 4, 2020 · DC Comics Comic DC is putting out a series of stand-alone graphic novels for teens that also appeals to adults. So far, the series has a lot of diverse representation among authors, artists, and characters so even though I’m not a huge DC reader I am ALL OVER these books. One of the first books, Sarah Kuhn’s Shadow of the Batgirl, has given us a new version of the Cassandra Cain story (Cassandra was one of the Batgirls in comics history) that includes a library, romance, childhood trauma, friendship, food, and a focus on mentorship between women. So, obviously, I liked it. I didn’t know anything about the character before starting the book, and that’s fine because this is a re-booted origin story. Cassandra Cain is raised to be an assassin from childhood. Her father teaches her to fight and kill but not to read or speak. When Cassandra experiences a moment of empathy for one of her victims she flees into Gotham City and hides in the library, thus fulfilling my primary dream, which is second only to my dream of running away to the Metropolitan Museum…