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2015 was a pretty great year at Strange Horizons. I and many other reviewers wrote up our brief thoughts on 2015 in review, and you can also vote in the Strange Horizons readers' poll for your favorite pieces of the year!

The magazine is also looking for proofreaders and editors of various stripes; if that's you, you should totally apply. In the meantime, a very Happy New Year to all, and to all, a good afternoon.

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I reviewed the anthology Letters to Tiptree, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein, for Strange Horizons. 2015 is the centennary of Tiptree's birth, and the anthology is well worth a read.
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I reviewed Michelle West's latest epic fantasy novel Oracle in this week's issue of Strange Horizons. The pull quote says something about why I think it's important to talk about these books, but I wouldn't say so unless I also thought they were excellent.
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I reviewed the latest five volumes of Yoshinaga Fumi's epic alternate history manga Ôoku at Strange Horizons. I really recommend this manga to anyone interested in feminist speculative fiction: it's great.
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Strange Horizons is having its annual fund drive! We are seeking $18,000 to fund next year's magazine, and everyone who donates at least $10 USD will receive the special 15th-anniversay anthology ebook, culled from the best of the best of SH content. There are a number of ways to support the magazine's future, and there are multiple prizes you can be entered to win based on amount and donation method.
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I was too distracted by the tweets coming out of Sasquan to mention this in a timely fashion, but: my review of Marie Brennan's The Tropic of Serpents and Voyage of the Basilisk is up at Strange Horizons. I enjoyed the first book, but these two are even better, and I'm looking forward to the next one very much.
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I participated in the Strange Horizons book club this month, discussing Molly Gloss' 1997 novel The Dazzle of Day with a great group of people. I honestly liked the novel a lot less than I was expecting to, but I thought our discussion was pretty interesting.
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My review of Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean is up at Strange Horizons. This is a really great, interesting, boundary-crossing anthology, and I definitely recommend it.
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My review of Stranger and Hostage by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith is up at Strange Horizons. In a word, I think these books are a great first half of a series.
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My review of The Highroad Trilogy (A Path of Stars, Revolution's Shore, The Price of Ransom) by Kate Elliott is up at SF Mistressworks.

I recently discovered this blog via Abigail Nussbaum's Hugo nomination posts; results of that process aside, the blog is a trove of reviews of SF by women, and I've quite enjoyed poking through its archives.
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My review of Clariel by Garth Nix is now live at Strange Horizons.

I've been a committed Nix fan for 20 years, but after nearly 12 years with no Old Kingdom books, this one was worth the wait.

Hello again

Mar. 2nd, 2015 11:11 pm
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After a long hiatus on this platform, I'm back and should be posting more regularly. My other struggle is to keep my Goodreads account something approaching updated--a struggle, because I find Goodreads to be desperately uncongenial in many ways, other than the presence of my friends.

In the interim I've moved to Tokyo for other reasons entirely, so the icon is appropriate, even if I keep forgetting to redye my hair a la Mako Mori.
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Viz: I went to a workshop a few weeks ago for which I essentially wrote a short-short (900 words) to prompt in two hours, and I got some very nice feedback on it simply as a piece of writing. I really dislike the "fanfic as training wheels" argument for a lot of reasons, but it's undeniable that my writing has improved by leaps and bounds since I've started writing fic seriously. 

And so back home. 
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If I ever write a book that is popular enough for people to jump through the hoops of downloading it illegally, I will be very happy indeed.
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Nothing to see here (yet); move along.
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