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Matt Hlinak

Matt Hlinak
Matt Hlinak is an administrator at Dominican University, just outside of Chicago. He teaches courses in English and legal studies. His short stories have appeared in 'Sudden Flash Youth' (Persea Books 2011) and several literary magazines. 'DoG' (2012) is his debut novel.

‘Bats of the Republic’ is hard to categorize, easy to enjoy

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'Bats of the Republic' is a wonderfully original debut novel by Zachary Thomas Dodson. Billed as “an illuminated novel,” it is a remarkable physical object with gorgeous maps, illustrations and even a sealed envelope that holds the key to the novel’s conclusion. But Bats of the Republic is not gimmicky—the storytelling is every bit as strong as the visual layout.

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‘Luna: New Moon’ is an epic Western set on the moon

'Luna: New Moon' is a western that just happens to take place on Earth’s moon in the 22nd Century. Ian McDonald set the debut novel of his epic saga on a dangerous world with its own versions of a gold rush and range wars. This is a classic empire story about rival families looking to out-compete—and out-fight—each other for control of the moon’s natural resources.

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‘Ancillary Justice’ offers a compelling genderless future

Ann Leckie refreshes space opera tropes in 'Ancillary Justice' to create a unique world and genderless future. Not only doe the book succeed in rendering a spaceship human, it challenges our very notion of gender and does so with little more than a clever use of pronouns. Few works of literature boast of a similar achievement.

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Power corrupts absolutely in N.K. Jemisin’s epic ‘The Inheritance Trilogy’

N.K. Jemisin loves to shatter the stereotypes of fantasy literature and the theme that runs through 'The Inheritance Trilogy' is the abuse of power. Those with power are regularly corrupted by it, and the real heroes in these tales are the few who can restrain themselves or even relinquish their power.

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Jo Walton’s ‘The Just City’ is worth traveling to

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Jo Walton’s latest novel, 'The Just City,' contains time travel, robots and Greek gods, yet its realistic characters—even the divinities—dominate the narrative with their personal struggles to achieve their “best selves.” This is Jo Walton’s strength—no matter how outlandish the setting, her characters always read as real people I want to get to know.

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