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    Book Review: The Fifth Season

    by by N.K. Jemisin, and winner of the Hugo in 2016. The world has an extra way to kill people. Actually, many extra ways, but they all stem from this particular earth being geologically unstable or the magic that has developed in a tiny number of people, giving them the ability to affect the earth. Every so often, there’s a major tectonic catastrophe. Sometimes that catastrophe ends civilizations and sometimes it doesn’t, but once in a great while it causes a fifth season during which the earth recovers and people try to. These can last years, periods of what we might call nuclear winter, but caused by massive eruptions instead.…

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    Book Review: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

    by Still playing catch up. By the time I’m done writing the last group of reviews for last year, I’ll have a half dozen to do for this year so far. The most recent book in the Vorkosigan Saga, and while I enjoyed the story, it’s even more of a departure from what I think of as a Vorkosigan story than the last two have been. It’s almost as if Ms. Bujold is taking several books to tie up every loose end and give most of the characters happy endings if she can. Like with Ivan Vorpatril’s wrap up in the last book, we’re still more or less staying away…