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    Things Worth Reading: Shadow Play

    Shadow Play: Ten Tales from the In-Between by Sarina Dahlan is a collection of short stories that all have an element of the otherworldly. Most of the stories have a death or ghost element and they are all filled with emotion. Through many of them, you are waiting for a reveal that never lets you down. My personal favorite is the first, and titular, story. You are dropped in a world rich with details and have to figure out its secrets. I actually got to beta read The Bench after meeting Sarina on Twitter. That story won an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. As wonderful as…

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    Things Worth Reading: The Apothecary’s Curse

    I was fortunate enough to meet Barbara Barnett at Capricorn 39 this past February. She was on a panel called Indistinguishable from Magic where they discussed the blurred line between some science fiction and fantasy stories. As part of the discussion she described her book and I knew I had to read it. She said she couldn’t firmly put it into any one category and she’s never even dreamed of trying. It has magic, science, history, and a touch of horror. How could I resist? I must say, it didn’t disappoint. While I have no problem firmly placing this book under fantasy, I can see where she was coming from.…

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    Recommendation: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

    Good Morning! I’m a little nervous about my first recommendation. I want to make a good impression and share something I love. But sharing things I love makes me a little bit anxious. But you’re a good crowd, right? So, here goes. I’d like to recommend The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley. It came out in 2015 and has a slew of awards and nominations. I would love to recommend something new and not as well-known, but…this book is simply amazing. And it’s exactly the kind of thing that Quixotic Quill aspires to be. I don’t want to give any spoilers, and I actually advocate going into a new book cold.…