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Star Wars:
The Last Jedi

In Theaters Now

A Time of Changes
by Robert Silverberg
Nebula Winner

The Handmaid's Tale
Hulu Original Series

Redemption in Indigo
by Karen Lord

Blade Runner 2049
On Blu-Ray Jan16

The Night Masquerade
Binti # 3
by Nnedi Okorafor

Wonder Woman
On Blu-Ray/DVD

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The Night Masquerade
Posted by Galen
January 17, 2018
8:10pm CST

Nnedi Okorafor says The Night Masquerade completes the Binti trilogy, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who hopes she changes her mind one of these days.


Redemption in Indigo
1/15/18; 10:30pm CST - Galen
Karen Lord's debut novel, Redemption in Indigo, is at least partially a retelling of a Senagalese folktale, although it may also have influences from her native Barbados. It's an excellent book, and it would be so simple just to quote another review, from Booklist: "One of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed."


A Time of Changes
1/14/18; 7:00pm CST - Galen
Robert Silverberg's A Time of Changes won the Nebula Award for 1971. It is good, full of interesting characters and intricate world-building, but it does have a few flaws. Comparing it to other books nominated that year, including for the Hugo, I'd say it might have received my #3 vote.


Shadowhouse Fall
1/10/18; 9:00pm CST - Galen
Shadowhouse Fall is a continuation of Daniel Josť Older's Shadowshaper Cypher. Still good, still exciting, still recommended.


Prime Meridian
1/1/18; 2:00pm CST - Galen
Silvia Moreno-Garcia has already become one of my current favorites, and she continues to fascinate with her novella, Prime Meridian, which she self-published via an Indiegogo campaign. It's copyright 2017 and eligible for current award consideration, but won't be in general release until July 10. I recommend you pre-order.


Happy New Year + 2017 in review
1/1/18; 1:45pm CST - Galen
I hope everyone's new year is starting off great. I'm trying to maintain a postive outlook for the future, but I want to also recognize what went on last year, the most productive year for the site so far. I read more than ever before, a total of sixty-two individual titles, although three of those were re-reads before going on to their sequels, and three non-SF titles I did not review. Also, five movie reivews, three for TV, and three pages on graphic novels covering six titles. Can I do even more this year?

All of 2017's updates have been moved to the Archives, and my first new review will be added shortly.






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