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Book Review: Shadow Run

My Goodreads rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. In their new YA novel Shadow Run, authors AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller combine popular science fiction tropes with original elements and characters, pulling readers along on a fast-paced romp through space. … Continue reading

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I’m Still a Story Snob

For the past few weeks, I’ve been reading a lot of short stories, mostly of the speculative fiction variety. I’m researching, trying to find out what makes these stories steam along the tracks so I can put the same principles … Continue reading

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Breaking for Books

A couple months ago, I wrote about several “turn-off” elements that made me bail on the books in which they appeared. Now it’s time to talk about the opposite: the features that made me break for some of my favorite … Continue reading

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Bailing on Books

Well, summer reading season is officially over. (Hello, rain clouds.) And if I didn’t fully acknowledge it before, I definitely know it now: I’m a picky reader. Maybe I shouldn’t be. I’d probably learn a lot if I were to … Continue reading

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Christian YA Fantasy: Glossing over Grays

Ever since middle school when I first cracked open a Tolkien novel, I’ve been a fan of faith-infused speculative fiction—especially fantasy. (Hi, I’m Mackenzie, and I’m a geek.) Over the years, I’ve read numerous modern Christian YA fantasy books and … Continue reading

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Five Annoying Speculative Fiction Clichés

When I read for fun, I usually read speculative fiction—a broad literary category which includes fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia, steampunk, and any other genre that features fantastical, futuristic, or uncanny elements. Most of my favorite books—and favorite movies—fall within the borders … Continue reading

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Picking Spec-Fic

When the school year concludes and I return home for the summer, I will suddenly have to cope with choosing my own reading material again. With no Lit professors to hand me preselected prose pieces on syllabus platters, how will … Continue reading

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