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Emily St. John Mandel: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Emily St. John Mandel

Describe your latest book. My new novel is called Station Eleven. It's about a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North... Continue »
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    Station Eleven

    Emily St. John Mandel 9780385353304


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Hild by Nicola Griffith

mulliner, December 7, 2013

This book swept me away. Griffith immersed herself in the 7th century, and the way she's written this book, she takes you with her. You feel, smell, see, taste Hild's world. She, and the characters around her, are vivid and 3-dimensional. I don't know how she's done this without me ever sensing an info-dump, but she does. There's drama and suspense from the king's political machinations and wars, but also the day-to-day challenges of enough honey for mead, and worries over the flax crop for this year's linen. It reminded my of reading good science fiction, where the author does world-building that takes to a new place.

The other day, I was packing up to catch the bus for work, and looking for my Kobo e-reader. I realized that I wasn't thinking "Where's my book?" or "Where's my Kobo?", but "Where's Hild?". I can't recall ever doing that before.
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Heart of Briar (Portals) by Laura Anne Gilman
Heart of Briar (Portals)

mulliner, August 23, 2013

Suspense, fascinating characters, imaginative world, and wit. Highly recommended.

I couldn't put it down. The protagonist, Jan, wakes up to a problem, and the danger just keeps ratcheting up. Jan is smart and stubborn��"and asthmatic. I loved her heading into danger, patting her pocket to make sure that she had her inhaler.

Like Gilman's Retrievers series, she adds supernatural beings to this world and makes them both plausible, and alien. Jan struggles to believe they're real, then to figure out what she can, and can't, trust them to do. She has to rely on a creature that looks human (most of the time) but whose nature is to charm and then kill humans. Not your usual "meet cute". She's smart, honorable, flawed and has a snarky sense of humor.
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Inheritance Trilogy #01: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin
Inheritance Trilogy #01: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

mulliner, June 13, 2013

If I'd just read the jacket copy, I wouldn't have read this -- looks kinda like feudal fantasy, gods meddle in the world -- but my book group picked it, so I read it. And loved it! There are some standard tropes -- for example, the young person arrives at the city as an innocent yokel, but turns out to be destined for greatness -- but for some reason(s) that I'm not analytical enough to put my finger on, Jemisin transcends the usual. The protagonist, Yeine, is simultaneously smart, and tough, and needy. I found it suspenseful, and the language and imagery beautiful.
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Nemi, Volume 1 by Lise Myhre
Nemi, Volume 1

mulliner, June 8, 2013

This comic strip is a delight! The Nemi character is pure Id, in the finest possible way. She wants what she wants, and she's incredibly funny about getting it. She rather reminds me of a cat. Self-centered and lazy but fastidious with it, with grace and a moral code all her own. She's rather underemployed (when she's working at all), showing up variously working in a clothing store, a music store, or baby-sitting. The baby-sitting is wonderful.
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Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories) by Mary Robinette Kowal
Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories)

mulliner, April 4, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this new installment in this Jane Austen - meets - magic - and - adventure series. The previous one, Glamour in Glass added espionage and warfare to the Regency/Austen world. This one has high stakes political machinations, issues with class oppression, and a more private-eye element: tailing a suspect! Surveillance! Jane and Vincent's relationship just keeps getting more interesting, too.
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