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The Nothing Girl, Jodi Taylor 23 April 2024

2014 romance and light mystery. Jenny Dove has a severe stutter and chronic lack of self-confidence; she's on the verge of suicide when something appears to her and tells her not to. Eventually, she will have to make something of herself.

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Who Killed Father Christmas?, ed. Martin Edwards 22 April 2024

2023 mystery anthology, fifth of the British Library's series of seasonal mysteries.

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The Weekly Challenge 265: The Appearance of Completion 21 April 2024

I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved hunting integers and filtering words. (Note that this ends today.)

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Good Neighbors, Stephanie Burgis 20 April 2024

2022 fantasy-romance, fixup of four shorter works. After the townsfolk burned down her workshop, Mia Brandt tries to keep her powers quiet in her new home. But the necromancer next door isn't going to let it be.

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A Grave Matter, Anna Lee Huber 19 April 2024

2014 historical mystery; third in Huber's Lady Darby series (post-Regency amateur detection). Still shaken by the events of the previous book, Lady Darby must step forward again when a caretaker is murdered and a body stolen…

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Do Your Worst, Rosie Danan 18 April 2024

2023 romance. She's a curse-breaker. He's a disgraced archaeologist with a famous father. They're both wotking on the same Scottish castle before it gets redeveloped…

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Quarter Share, Nathan Lowell 17 April 2024

2007 YA SF, first in a series. Ishmael Horatio Wang finds himself orphaned and penniless, and the only way of getting out of that seems to be to sign aboard an interstellar merchant ship.

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Neighbourly Games 8 April 16 April 2024 - 6 comments

More gaming with some nearby friends.

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All Good Things, Emma Newman 15 April 2024

2017 fantasy, fifth and last volume of its series. Things are finally getting moving.

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The Weekly Challenge 264: Greatest English Array 14 April 2024

I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved letter hunting and array construction. (Note that this ends today.)

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Thirsty Meeples April 2024 13 April 2024

Back to the boardgame café.

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The Empress of Earth, Melissa Scott 12 April 2024

1987 SF, third of its trilogy. With a new Hegemon established, Silence Leigh is finally ready to make another try at reaching Earth.

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Hexicon 2 11 April 2024

Hexicon is a small church-hall convention held quite close to me. I missed the last one but made it along this time.

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The Untold Story, Genevieve Cogman 10 April 2024

2021 alternate-world fantasy, eighth and last of its series. Irene is trying to do something about the situation she's discovered, but forces within the Library seem to be working against her.

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Gaslight (1944) 09 April 2024

1944 psychological thriller, dir. George Cukor, Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman: IMDb / allmovie. Is she going mad?

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The Gate of Gods, Martha Wells 08 April 2024

2005 gaslamp fantasy, last of its trilogy. The Gardier are still invading; Vienne has fallen; and our heroes are a long way from home.

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The Weekly Challenge 263: Targets Merge 07 April 2024

I’ve been doing the Weekly Challenges. The latest involved list and hash hunting. (Note that this ends today.)

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Neighbourly Games 25 March 06 April 2024

More gaming with some nearby friends.

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An Untimely Death, Blythe Baker 05 April 2024

2020 historical mystery; first in Baker's Anna Fairweather series (1920s amateur detection). Anna is a maid in the country house of Colonel and Mrs Montford; when the Colonel drops dead during his 70th birthday party, she's one of the few people who thinks it might be murder…

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Gaslight (1940) 04 April 2024

1940 psychological thriller, dir. Thorold Dickinson, Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard: IMDb / allmovie. Is she going mad?

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Dark Deeds, Michelle Diener 03 April 2024

2016 SF/romance, second of of its series. Fiona Russell has also been kidnapped from Earth into an alien civilisation…

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Airecon in 2024 02 April 2024 - 2 comments

My seventh Airecon, this time without snow. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Tomorrow the World, John Biggins 01 April 2024

1994 historical military fiction, fourth and last in its series, but this time falling back on the early life and career of Otto Prohaska of the Austro-Hungarian Navy.

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