Category Archives: fantasy

Waking Gods – Sylvain Neuvel

I loved Sleeping Giants more than words can say. I loved everything about it – the story and how it was told, the characters, the humor, the suspense, the robot. So when someone gave me a heads–up that Waking Gods … Continue reading

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The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rosé

I loved parts of this book. Scarlet was a marvelous character – a woman of common sense who spends idiotic amounts of money on shoes and purses (her Louboutins are mentioned several times); a lesbian who is not defined by … Continue reading

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Dragonvein – Brian D. Anderson – Derek Perkins

I might have mentioned at some point how deeply bored I get during fight scenes in books. The more the author tries to make them exciting by including lots of detail, marking a battle stroke by stroke and blood droplet … Continue reading

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Relic – Preston & Child – David Colacci

I feel like I’ve heard amazing things about this series (though I couldn’t tell you where)… But I can’t say I’m impressed. Relic is a thriller, a sort-of mystery in which the murderer isn’t going to be the butler or … Continue reading

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Junior – A Wyrdos Tale – Gwendolyn Druyor

I get a lot of books from publishers and authors which are sent to me free for review. Sometimes the load of obligations becomes a bit heavy, as I slog through mediocre and pretty good and really-not-bad stories, and I … Continue reading

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Smoke – Dan Vyleta

I surprised myself a little by giving this four stars; all the while I was reading it I’d fully expected to be giving it an easy five. It’s so wildly unique, a remarkable recreation of the world with one extraordinary … Continue reading

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The Ill-kept Oath – C.C. Aune

I don’t understand why this book was such a slog. The writing was … fine. I had no objections. I didn’t want to wrap myself up in it and stay there forever, but there was nothing I can put my … Continue reading

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The Mountain of Kept Memory – Rachel Neumeier

I requested this from Netgalley because of one bit from the description: “this gorgeous fantasy in the spirit of Guy Gavriel Kay and Robin McKinley”. If you’re going to say that, and live up to it, then it’s going to … Continue reading

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Dust Bath Revival – Marianne Kirby

I’ve developed a prejudice against books with 16-year-old protagonists. There are almost as many book synopses that start with “16-year-old so and so…” as there are book titles along the lines of Somebody’s Daughter or Wife or Sister or whatever. … Continue reading

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The Native Star – M.K. Hobson – Suehyla El-Attar

In a lot of cases, it’s incredibly helpful to be able to listen to a sample of a book on Audible before buying. It often makes all the difference in whether or not I’ll commit to a book. Unfortunately in … Continue reading

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