Brown Girl in the Ring (1998) by Nalo Hopkinson

BrownGirlintheRingNalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring (2003) can be viewed two ways. From inside the ring, it defies tired urban fantasy tropes by employing a magic system based on Orisha, a Yoruba import embedded in some corners of Jamaican culture. This just might satisfy fans looking for a magic system that’s not based on drugs or vampire sex.

From outside the ring, Brown Girl in the Ring feels just like any other urban fantasy: two-dimensional, limited, with predictable grit and cartoonish mobsters.

This is a tough city, right? You people see a lot of terminal injuries?
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Rudy agreed wordlessly. Half the time, is we cause them. That amused him (4). Continue reading

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September 2015 Month in Review

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After a relatively unproductive summer on the TBR front, I made up for lost reads and overcame my projected numbers. I am still drawing from my stack of TBR cards, but I’ve also added books from my shadow list. Oooh… shadow list… more on that below.

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A steady month of blogging, with one review posting each week. This pace will probably continue, although I might double that for a few weeks in November. Continue reading