Cafe Reads: Jackie’s Boy by Steven Popkes

A review of Jackie’s Boy, a post-apocalyptic Huck Finn: Eleven-year-old orphan Michael scrabbles to survive the violent chaos after deliberate plagues killed 99% of the world’s population. He still writes letters to Mom. Jackie, an elephant bioengineered to speak, has … Continue reading

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CAFÉ READS: A POSSE OF PRINCESSES, by Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith specializes in fantasy, especially for young adults. She manages to tell rip-roaring adventures about young people while still tucking a few good lessons gracefully into the narrative of her stories. Whether her heroine has become a figurehead for … Continue reading

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CAFE READS: IT’S RAINING MEN by Jennifer Stevenson

In a nutshell—Lovely Chloe is trapped in a dead end existence, dating bums and working as a brand rep for a glitzy liquor distributor. Her friend and secret crush Archie is the hot bartender with a secret—he’s a sex demon.

No, really.

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CAFE READS: GUARDIAN OF THE VISION, by Irene Radford

If you love big historical fantasies, Irene Radford’s Pendragon novels should be on your radar.  Radford has created a style that has echoes of the way her period characters would have thought and written, without interfering with the understanding of a modern audience.

One thing you can count on in this book is character change and growth.

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CAFE READS: DANSE DE LA FOLIE, by Sherwood Smith

A Discerning Dance! Sherwood Smith has delivered a delightful “sweet Regency” novel for fans of the genre.  I’d have to say that for both historical accuracy and adapting the “silver fork” genre for modern readers, Smith did a wonderful job.  … Continue reading

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CAFE READS: Win, Lose, Draw Cybers Wild Card 2, by Sara Stamey

The thing that stands out about Sara Stamey’s prose, for me, is how taut it is, while managing to convey an image-rich atmosphere while keeping the pace headlong. All her books are like that—running action and image in tight-wired tandem, … Continue reading

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