Blurbs: tiny reviews of some books read in July

This is where I try to cram several reviews in one post. They are all very brief — a sentence or two, just enough to fit on a shelf talker in a bookstore (see what I did there?).

Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow, Book 1) by Anthony Ryan. Available only as an e-book for now, although it is coming in paper format, probably next year. Epic fantasy, complete with swords. Ignore some typos and missing commas (and, to be honest, the most generic title in fantasy) and just enjoy a good story. Really great if you are looking for a Song of Ice and Fire fix. 4.5 out of 5.

God Save the Queen by Kate Locke

I don’t actually read urban fantasy much. I like a couple of series, like Dresden Files and Toby Daye, and that’s about it. This one is a little candy of a book, urban fantasy + steampunk, with your usual mix of vampires and werewolves, but also goblins and ‘halvies’. If you like Gail Carriger’s books, you will probably enjoy this one. 3.5 out of 5.

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Young Arab-Indian hacker in a Middle Eastern security state, a book that may be the key to a whole new level of information technology, and some really nice women characters. Cyberpunk with jinns? Who cares what the genre is, it’s well-written, absorbing, and most definitely not like anything you’ve read in the past few years. 4 out of 5.

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The last, but not the least. What if you could step sideways into another Earth, and then another, and then another? The Long Earth is the infinite number of parallel worlds, similar and different, all out there for your exploring (or exploiting) enjoyment. This is obviously a setup for a larger series, so do not expect things to wrap up nicely.  4 out of 5.



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