Great Worldbuilding

By Jennifer K. One of the things I love about science fiction and fantasy is the worldbuilding. It’s hard to explain what good worldbuilding is, but you know bad worldbuilding when you read it. What if the world is exactly like our world, except everyone has magic powers? Then it wouldn’t be exactly like our world […]

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Mind Hacks and Occipital Jacks: Cyberpunk Books and Media

By Isaac H. Before you think it, this blog post is not about the Borg from Star Trek. Sorry fellow Trekkies and Trekkers. It’s also not about the Cybermen, fellow Whovians. In all fairness it could’ve been about either. It might ‘kinda’ be about either. You know what, it probably will be at some point […]

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Summer Thrills, Chills and Escapes

by Denise D.  It’s August. The dog days of summer. The good-luck-finding-a-fan-nevermind-an-air-conditioner-in-the-store days of the year. Some people live for these days of relentless sun and heat. It makes them yearn to get outside: hike, swim, picnic, get sand between their toes. As much as I enjoy the long days and air of laziness the […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Nora Roberts

  by Marina M. Welcome to August, fair readers. The one month of the year that even Washington feels the steamy, sultry summer weather. And, on that note, what’s more perfect for our Beyond Bestsellers theme for August than romance? Even if you don’t read romance, you’re likely to know the name Nora Roberts. She […]

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We Used to Be Friends: Books & Shows for Veronica Mars Fans

by Lisa C. A long time ago, I used to be a Veronica Mars fan, but I haven’t thought of her lately at all. Unless you count two weeks ago when season 4 was released early and I immediately binge-watched it in 4 days! Alas, 8 short episodes later and she’s gone again. What’s a […]

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Trust Me

by Marie B. Here I am, reading my book, totally immersed, when WHAMMO, I discover something so shocking that it makes me question everything that has come before.  Welcome to the Unreliable Narrator plot device. You might think that classifying a book as having an unreliable narrator is enough to spoil the story.  Through hard […]

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A Few Hidden Gems: Pacific Northwest Fiction

By Jennifer K. The Pacific Northwest is home to many brilliant and bestselling authors: Macomber, Alexie, Hannah, Le Guin, Stephenson … If you’re interested in the regional literary scene, you probably already know all about those. I’d like to introduce you to a few Pacific Northwest reads you might not have heard of.

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Beyond Bestsellers: The Handmaid’s Tale

by Jackie P. The Handmaid’s Tale, even before the award-winning streaming adaptation, has been having a moment 30+ years after its initial publication. It’s long been considered a modern classic, and with shifting politics and reproductive rights dominating political headlines, modern readers are revisiting it or discovering it anew. We’ve definitely seen increased demand here […]

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Confessions of a Bookaholic: Summer Longhaul Travel Edition

by Denise D. Recently, I picked up a gem of a comic collection: Book Love by Debbie Tung. Much like Tung’s Quiet Girl in a Noisy World, this book was page after page of, yep, that’s me. To a T. Whereas Quiet Girl is about the challenges of being an introvert in an extrovert world, […]

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Not Just for the Beach Reads

by Lisa C. Tomorrow is the first day of summer, astronomically speaking, and that means it is time to bring your reading outdoors! Though this is the season of the beach read, you don’t need to limit yourself to sandy destinations. For instance, you can read on a mountain, by a pool, in your backyard, or […]

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