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The Book in Hand is a SFF Book Review Blog but also you can find Book Recaps, TBR related posts and other feature posts like Sundays Seven!

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
    The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon is how you do a standalone fantasy novel! Well, I may have just spoiled this review. It’s going to be a good one to say the least. This was just a beautiful story all around.
  • Mindguard: An Edpool Review
    This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Next up we have Mindguard, by Andrei Cherascu. I had fun reading this story, which was a very interesting and page-turning adventure with some compelling … Read More
  • Primordial Threat: An Edpool Review
    This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Next one on our list for this week was Primordial Threat, by by M. A. Rothman. Only after reading this book, I found that Rothman … Read More
  • The Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime
    Here is my Non-spoiler review of Amazon’s adaptation Season 1; episode 1-3
  • Planet B (Complete): An Edpool Review
    This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Team Space Lasagna’s fifth-week selection included Planet B, the “complete” edition, by Micheal Beadley. Not his real name. His real name, according to the hilarious … Read More
  • The Wheel of Time for Non-Book Readers
    Though the point of this is not to convince you to undertake the reading of this series, but to prepare you for Amazon’s adaptation of it into a television series. The show is created by Rafe Judkins starring THE Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred.
  • Watson and Holmes: An Edpool Review
    This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. Next up we have Watson and Holmes, by E. B. Dawson. I was honestly at a loss to review this story in my usual way, … Read More
  • Book Review | A Crown of Swords
    Hi bookworms! It’s nocrackedspines here again with another book review! A Crown of Swords is the seventh book in the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. This will be a spoiler review. I took a several month hiatus from the Wheel of Time after finishing Lord of Chaos back in February. I did this for … Read More
  • Between Mountain and Sea: An Edpool Review
    This review is part of my judging effort for the SPSFC. For a little intro to the whole thing and an explanation of my judging style, see this practice review. SPSFC Round 1 week 4 gave me the opportunity to check out Between Mountain and Sea, by Louisa Locke. Between Mountain and Sea is a … Read More
  • Dark Matter: A Ghost Story by Michelle Paver
    This story takes place in 1937 within a gloomy Britain which at this time is filled with rumors of war coming. Enter the journal of Jack Miller; a specialist wireless operator who works a menial dead end job. As he drops further into poverty and merely going through the motions, he has a chance to join an arctic expedition to Gruhuken on the northeast coast of Svalbard. It wasn’t long ago these lands were unclaimed with people looking for fortunes there. Now Gruhuken is oddly vacant of human life trying to find some way to make wealth there. Jack goes on this journey of course and this book is his journal Jack documents along the way.

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live..”

Annie Dillard

ALL THE BOOKS I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO READ…

Ahhh the TBR, a hopeful list that begins off small, but as the years fly by that once small list grows and grows and grows. Until one day it is no longer a little hopeful list but an unruly beast flooded with all the glories of the book world…

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

C.S. Lewis