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Katherine Addison: The Witness for the Dead (2021, Tor Books) 4 stars

A standalone novel in the fantastic world of Katherine Addison's award-winning The Goblin Emperor.

When …

Nicely Tied Together Fantasy Crime Noir and Mystery

4 stars

Content warning Some of the storyline and content of the book in general concepts.

Dan Moren: All Souls Lost (2023, Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.) 5 stars

Say hello to Mike Lucifer, Spiritual Consultant. He’s back in town to take care of …

I Never Knew I Needed a Spiritual Consultant, But I’m Glad I Found this One

5 stars

I really love Dan Moren’s work. I’ve read all of his galactic space opera books. I wasn’t sure about starting a new series, but I really enjoyed it. His take on the mystical and all of the elements that make this book fit squarely in a fantasy section verses science fiction is unique but also fits withing more traditional storiees. The storyline was excent and was just a really fun book.

Spencer Johnson: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (2002) 3 stars

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and …

Can We Get Out of the Rat Race: Reading the Classic Who Moved My Cheese?

3 stars

Content warning Summary of learning offered in the book.

Katherine Addison, Kyle McCarley: The Goblin Emperor (AudiobookFormat, 2014, Tantor Audio) 4 stars

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant …

An Engrossing Story

No rating

The Goblin Emperor was added to the Upgradies Hall of Fame and I decided that I needed to read it. It was well worth it! The story felt gave a personal perspective of somebody being thrown into a role and position they don't want. I enjoyed the world building and ideas. One aspect that I find interesting is how various people are witnesses and the format of the society.

Alan Gratz: Refugee (2017) 5 stars

Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; …

Refugee By Alan Grants

5 stars

Gratz weaves a story that helps provide perspective and emotional connection to the plight of refugees. It is told through the story of four different refugees found at different times throughout history. It is an incredibly sad book, but important. I think there is power in Bringing to light the stories and experiences of refugees. That they can't stay invisible. One of the characters in the book, Mahmoud, said "if you stayed invisible here, did everything you were supposed to and never made waves, you would disappear from the eyes and minds of all the good people out there who could help you get your life back. It was better to be visible. To stand up. To stand out."