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Nicole Hill reads, writes, and makes devastating use of puns for work and play. When she is not frantically acquiescing to the whims of her cantankerous beagle, she copy edits and maintains an encyclopedic knowledge of Muppet lore. You can find her on Twitter at @nicolemhill, where she tries to be cool.

9 Pieces of Discworld We Need to See in The Watch

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9 Pieces of Discworld We Need to See in The Watch

The situation may seem grim on Roundworld these days. But somewhere out there, on a disc resting atop four elephants standing on the back of a giant...
5 Fantasies That Give Trolls the Spotlight

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5 Fantasies That Give Trolls the Spotlight

As a species, trolls could use a better PR plan. These mighty creatures have never recovered from the damage “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”...
Wizards, Trolls, and Murder Enchant in C.M. Waggoner’s Unnatural Magic

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Wizards, Trolls, and Murder Enchant in C.M. Waggoner’s Unnatural Magic

Typically, you wouldn’t classify a book that features a string of mysterious murders as “whimsical.” But there’s little typical about C.M....
9 Slim Horror Reads to Squeeze in Before Halloween

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9 Slim Horror Reads to Squeeze in Before Halloween

This is it, folks: the death throes of October. If you’re still working your way through our list of chunky horror novel recommendations, fear...
Escaping Exodus Explores Environmentalism, Gender, and the Class Divide from Within the Belly of a Space Beast

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Escaping Exodus Explores Environmentalism, Gender, and the Class Divide from Within the Belly of a Space Beast

Nicky Drayden’s novels are weird—and I mean that as the highest of compliments. Her genre-blending debut The Prey of Gods landed on the scene in...
7 Chunky Horror Epics to Keep You Up Until All Hallow’s

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7 Chunky Horror Epics to Keep You Up Until All Hallow’s

October is here, and we the people demand to spend it scared out of our wits. Happily, Big Publishing is responding: how else to explain the timing of two...
Imaginary Friend Is Infinitely Readable Horror from the Author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Imaginary Friend Is Infinitely Readable Horror from the Author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower

‘Tis the season to be spooky, and kicking it off is a horror-filled mystery from an unlikely source: twenty years after publishing The Perks of Being a...
6 Fantasy Books in Which Real Cities Are Imbued with New Magic

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6 Fantasy Books in Which Real Cities Are Imbued with New Magic

Every book’s got a setting, and every book’s got a cast of characters. Some books, though—some books have a setting that is a character: a...
A Genderflipped Holmes and Watson Ride Again in The Hound of Justice

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A Genderflipped Holmes and Watson Ride Again in The Hound of Justice

Holmes and Watson reimaginings are practically their own subgenre these days. Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous detective and his trusty doctor companion...
Mayan Mythology Meets Jazz Age Odyssey in Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Mayan Mythology Meets Jazz Age Odyssey in Gods of Jade and Shadow

Sometimes one quote can speak to the feel of an entire novel. Such a line appears just over a quarter of the way through Gods of Jade of Shadow, the...
Memory Doesn’t Serve in Blake Crouch’s Recursion

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Memory Doesn’t Serve in Blake Crouch’s Recursion

A mysterious illness that meddles with memories. A seemingly endless series of time loops. At least five nuclear holocausts. And, at the center of it all,...
Empress of Forever Is a Fiercely Feminist Space Opera

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Empress of Forever Is a Fiercely Feminist Space Opera

On the surface, the sprawling, bizarro space opera Empress of Forever marks a departure for Max Gladstone, author of the Hugo-nominated Craft Sequence,...

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