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    Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ but I was actually a little disappointed. I felt it was full of witty aphorisms but that it lacked in plotting and character development.
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    The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
    ⭐️ super disliked this one. It felt like a rough draft that was trying to catch up on a word count. A fantastic what-if premise though, that left me terrified or being forgotten.
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    Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love the idea of this alternate history where the Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, but I feel like this book kind of "lost the plot". The world-building lacks believability. Still interested enough to read the sequel...
  4. 4.
    KWEZI: Issues 1-3 by Loyiso Mkize
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The first homegrown South African superhero comic with diverse characters. SO AWESOME.
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    The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ historical fiction set in post-WW2 Japan, featuring the letters written to General MacArthur and a young girl looking for her missing sister. I liked it, but it had issues. I wrote a review here:
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    Krismis van Map Jacobs by Adam Small
    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ South African protest theatre set in the Apartheid years. Really dark, and good. The playwright died this past weekend.