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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

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The Clockwork Dagger
Beth Cato
Progress: 120/360 pages
The Road to Science Fiction 3: From Heinlein to Here
James Edwin Gunn
The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever
James Edwin Gunn
The Road to Science Fiction 1
James Edwin Gunn
A Broken Christmas
Claire Ashgrove
The Ultra Thin Man
Patrick Swenson
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The Broken Eye
Brent Weeks
The Dark Between the Stars
Kevin J. Anderson
Oath of Fealty
Elizabeth Moon
The Road to Science Fiction 2: From Wells to Heinlein
James Edwin Gunn

Wide Open

Wide Open - Deborah Coates A really strong debut and a captivating read marred only by an ending I struggled to find credible. It's the method of the ending, not the action of it. It's not well enough set up for me to believe or understand why it happens, and, as a result, I found myself disappointed ultimately despite not being able to put the book down for much of its length. The characters are captivating, the world, Rapid City, SD, captures you, the ideas are fascinating, and it feels real emotionally, etc. It's well written, well paced, and very strong, a good read. But I wished the ending worked as well as the rest of it. Still, very recommended. This is urban fantasy/horror involving ghosts, dark magic, and light occult elements. It's very much contemporary for much of it, with a few speculative elements thrown in, but these increase as the story progresses and play a big role in the ending.