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343. Jeannette Ng (a.k.a. Lady of the Moths) — Under the Pendulum Sun (An Interview)

11 Dec Under the Pendulum Sun Cover

Shelley, trifles, and rap, oh my! Shaun and Jen have a talk with Jeannette Ng about her debut novel, Under the Pendulum Sun! Jeannette shares what inspired her to write a Gothic romance fantasy novel about Missionaries — specifically one that tackles such heavy theological subjects such as the soul and sin — why she constructed Arcadia as a purposeful, artificial thing, and how the narrative structure hints at the biblical story it contains.

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Reading Rangers #4: The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold

27 Nov Vor Game Cover

Hello, Rangers! In this installment of Reading Rangers, Paul, Trish, Kate and special guest, Anne Lyle, tackle the fourth book (internal chronology) of the Vorkosigan Saga — The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold. Kate’s the only new one this time, so the old hats do their best not to spoil anything for her! They discuss Gregor’s responsibilities and the concept of noblesse oblige, the disappointment of the two dimensional femme fatale character, and why the original novella, Weatherman (otherwise known as the first six chapters of The Vor Game), is so good compared to the novel as a whole. They also ponder the very real possibility that George R.R. Martin found quite a bit of inspiration in Miles.

Next time, we’ll be discussing Cetaganda. Miles has defeated them once, but will he be able to navigate their world? Find out next time!

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340. Ken Liu (a.k.a. The Imperial Paper-Pusher) — The Legends of Luke Skywalker (An Interview)

6 Nov The Legends of Luke Skywalker Cover

Monomyths, naval logistics, and porgs, oh my! Julia and Paul sit down with Ken Liu to talk about his new book, The Legends of Luke Skywalker! Ken shares how he first became a Star Wars fan as a child in China (bonus stories from Julia and Paul and how they became fans), somehow manages to make regulations and bureaucracy sound interesting, and talks about the differences between his work in the Dandelion Dynasty, his short stories, and the Star Wars Universe.

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#PollMondays: Which media franchise do you enjoy reading the most?

23 Oct

Another week, another poll! This week, we’re curious about your reading habits. So get that clicker finger ready and vote!

Book Review: Valhalla by Ari Bach

15 Oct

Valhalla, written by Ari Bach, is dark, gritty, dangerous, and subtly representative.  Bach unpacks his new world, layering loud violence, subtle queer identities, and a disturbing dystopian premise that promises an interesting alternative.  Valhalla pushes the boundaries of science fiction to make you question the lines drawn between dystopian governments, outside companies, and the people who make up the world those entities control, and sets up the foundation for a strong trilogy that centers around a queer female protagonist. Continue reading

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