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Circe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

I read this entire book in a single sitting. Miller has done her homework: Circe's story includes the expected appearances by Jason and Medea and Odysseus and his men, but she also incorporates the lesser-known stories of Glaucus, Scylla, and Telegonus, as well as the stories of Circe's immediate family. Miller depicts Circe as too divine to be human, and too imperfect to be a proper immortal: but her most accomplished sorcery is chronicling Circe's own transformation over the course of the novel.

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481466516
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - February 27th, 2018

Set in 1890's London, this is the first (of hopefully many) adventures of the Athena Club: an exclusive club of "daughters" of some of the most notorious mad scientists of Victorian literature (Jekyll, Hyde, Rappaccini, Moreau, and Frankenstein). Learn how these unusual women first met and uncovered their respective abilities and origins, all while helping Sherlock Holmes solve a murder mystery.

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ISBN: 9780451472960
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Published: Berkley - May 10th, 2016

Join four travelers -- an artist, a spy, a merchant and a pirate -- as they leave a Venice (that is not our Venice) to travel toward a Constantinople (that is not our Constantinople) in an epic confrontation between East and West. Kay imagines a fantastical history in a world almost, but not quite, like ours.


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Daughters of Frankenstein: Lesbian Mad Scientists! Cover Image
By Steve Berman (Editor), Connie Wilkins (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590213605
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Published: Lethe Press - August 2nd, 2015

Three words:  Lesbian.  Mad.  Scientists.
If that isn't enough to convince you to buy this book immediately, then try out “Meddling Kids” or “Bank Job Blues” or “The Ice Weasels of Terbizond.”  From sly pop culture references to 1930s noir to steampunk, these eighteen stories contain a little of everything, with a Sapphic twist.

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ISBN: 9781476739090
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 30th, 2015

A wild, intoxicating retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" fairy tale, set in Manhattan during the Roaring Twenties.  Be prepared to stay up all night not dancing, but rather reading this novel about sisterhood, speak-easies, and not-so-high society.

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ISBN: 9781626395725
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Published: Bold Strokes Books - January 18th, 2016

These stories may be short, but they're not lightweight. This collection contains a heady mix of subtle, understated wonder, unmitigated horror, and powerful eroticism, with every story working its individual magic on the reader.

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ISBN: 9780763688059
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Published: Candlewick - September 13th, 2016

I have waited two years to read this book, ever since I heard the author read the introductory chapter at Readercon.  Sherman does not disappoint in this novel about a secluded Maine village, an evil (?) wizard, his runaway apprentice, a motorcycle werewolf gang, and (best of all) an enchanted bookstore.