Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Aza Ray has a history of hospitals. Ever since she can remember, she’s suffered from an unknown, debilitative respiratory condition that makes it almost impossible for her to breathe. For the doctors and her family, it’s a miracle she’s even made it to her sixteenth birthday. Aza’s more or less grown used to her status as The Girl Who Might Die At Any Moment, preferring to spend her time reading up on weird facts and spending time with her best friend Jason, who’s as equally into weird shit as she is.

Lately Aza’s been having hallucinations—ships in the sky, flocks of birds all around her—and hearing voices calling her name. Everyone chalks it up to her illness, but the hallucinations keep coming, and the weird shit around her keeps getting weirder, until finally her illness overtakes her and she stops breathing, and she dies…

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Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older

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I really enjoyed Half-Resurrection Blues, the first book in the new Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, in a way I wasn’t expecting to. Similar to Prairie Fire, Half-Resurrection Blues felt so comforting to read, the kind of book about a strong, enmeshed community and group of people always looking out for each other that I could slip into and bask in the shared feelings of love, affection, friendship, brotherhood, and community.

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Review: Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

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Catherynne M. Valente is one of my favorite authors. The quality of her prose is consistently draw-dropping. Her stories are fantastical, miraculous creations that deconstruct narratives and characters and genres at every turn, and push the reader’s imaginations far beyond what they thought was possible. Valente’s stories are filled with humor, warmth, and amusement at humanity’s foibles and society’s eccentricities, be they benign or malignant, and they are filled to the brim with imagination.

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