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KIRKUS gives VALOUR AND VANITY a starred review!

I should note that I’m really excited because this is my first starred review. Happy, happy dances! VALOUR AND VANITY [STARRED REVIEW!] Author: Mary Robinette Kowal Renowned glamourists Lord and Lady Vincent become the victims of an elaborate scam that leaves them in dire straits until they conceive of a daring strategy to strike back. After …

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WITHOUT A SUMMER wins RT Reviews Best Fantasy Novel!

I am pleased and startled to announce that Without a Summer has been awarded RT Reviews Best Fantasy Novel.  The other novels on the list are stunning and you should definitely check them out. LONDON FALLING Paul Cornell, TOR, (April 2013) THE CITY Stella Gemmell, ACE, (June 2013) COLD STEEL Kate Elliott, ORBIT, (July 2013) MASKS E.C. Blake, DAW, (November 2013) …

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Book Review: ‘Without a Summer’ by Mary Robinette Kowal

Many of Jane Austen’s contemporary readers consider her magical. Mary Robinette Kowal went one step further and made her so. Jane Ellsworth, the Austen-inspired heroine of three Kowal novels to date, lives the kind of British Regency era life an Austen character might have, with a delightful exception: She’s a glamourist, a professional magician who …

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Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal « Wake County Libraries “Book a Day” Staff Pick

There are few things that please me as much as a librarian’s approbation. When it is the librarian from my home town? It makes the day full of rainbows and kittens. I grew up in Raleigh, NC and spent most of my summers in the Wake County Library system. They’ve just reviewed Shades of Milk and …

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RT Reviews GLAMOUR IN GLASS – Top Pick with 4.5 stars

Yay! Look at the nice things that RT Review says about Glamour in Glass. GLAMOUR IN GLASS by Mary Robinette Kowal Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy RT Rating This is a wonderful book. Kowal has taken such care grounding her story in the time and place in which it’s set that the addition of magic is truly seamless. Jane …

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Library Journal review of Glamour in Glass

I have been a little nervous, waiting for the official reviews to start coming in. Library Journal has this in their current issue. May I just say, whew. Kowal, Mary Robinette. Glamour in Glass. Tor. Apr. 2012. c.336p. ISBN 9780765325570. $24.99. FANTASY At the start of 1815, newly married and eager to explore her gifts …

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Glamorous Jane | Books | Portland Mercury

Yay! Our hometime independent paper, The Portland Mercury not only reviewed Shades of Milk and Honey but also liked it! Wish Jane Austen’s subtle novels had a little more action, but fewer zombies? Well, Portlander Mary Robinette Kowal’s debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey is your new manna. In this age of Regency spinning, …

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The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent. reviews Shades of Milk and Honey

It is so very, very gratifying when someone gets what I was trying to do with the Austeninan aspect of Shades of Milk and Honey. Jane Austen famously described her novels — in a description subsequently often quoted to denigrate her work and that of other female writers, either overtly or through a backhanded head-pat — …

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SF REVIEWS.NET: Shades of Milk and Honey

SF Reviews has a lovely review of Shades of Milk and Honey.  Here’s an excerpt. Shades of Milk and Honey is a heartfelt and sincere homage to a figure who’s influenced perhaps more writers than Tolkien. It’s never less than delightful, and is surprisingly effective in the way MaryRob’s fantasy elements convey themes consistent with …

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The San Francisco Chronicle reviews Shades of Milk and Honey

Hurrah! The San Francisco Chronicle reviewed Shades of Milk and Honey and liked it. The review wraps up with this: Kowal sets her own mark on this kind of comedy of manners and creates a low-key and witty debut novel, one that succeeds through understated humor and sprightly prose, rather than through absurd juxtapositions of …

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A link salad of reviews for Shades of Milk and Honey

A Study of Reading Habits has a nice review of Shades of Milk and Honey Dirty, Sexy Books gives Shades of Milk and Honey 4 stars “Brain Candy for a Lazy Afternoon.” Bookshelves of Doom says “Mary Robinette Kowal’s writing is both descriptive and tight — again and again, a few lines would give me a …

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The Jane Austen Centre reviews and likes Shades of Milk and Honey!

I am all astonished. The Jane Austen Centre in Bath has a review of Shades of Milk and Honey on their website AND wrote to let me know that they were planning on sending the review out with their newsletter. Let me repeat that: The Jane Austen Centre. Likes. My. Novel. John Ottinger writes about the …

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Tales of a Newbie Writer reviews First Flight

Tee-hee! There’s a hilarious review of First Flight over at Tales of a Newbie Writer. It’s written as if it’s a transcript for a movie trailer and cracks me up. Five out of Five stars for being imaginative. (Said with the movie intro voice) “In a world where people time travel, there is a woman.” (Sounds of …

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Shades of Milk and Honey giveaway and review at Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia

Over on the  Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia, there’s a chance to win two copies of Shades of Milk and Honey, thanks to celi.a who seems to have fallen in love with my novel.  Here’s how her review starts off: I found myself proclaiming to my friends that I’d found ‘the perfect book’ yesterday. I didn’t …

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