Category Archives: Book reviews

Trailer Park Trickster by David R. Slayton

Read May 2022 Recommended  ★   ★  1/2 Shhh. C’mere. I’m not normally the person to do this, but since all the other reviews are overwhelmingly positive, I have to throw my two cents into the ring: this was an okay … Continue reading

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The Outskirter’s Secret by Rosemary Kirstein

Read May 2022 Recommended  ★   ★   ★   ★    It only took me two months to finish, which probably counts as some kind of personal record for category of Book-I-Actually-Liked-Even-Though. The ‘even-though’ was the kicker, clearly. Kirstein writes an interesting … Continue reading

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Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances by Aliette de Bodard

Read May 2022 Recommended  ★   ★   ★   ★    I’m fond of de Bodard’s writing style. Though I bounced off the first book in this universe, The House of Shattered Wings, it did not stop me from enjoying this novella. … Continue reading

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Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White

Read May 2022 Recommended for fans of thrillers, marine biology ★   ★   ★      Ah, the airport thriller. White’s entry into the genre is solid, albeit rather peculiar. What can we say? It was the 1990s. A lot of … Continue reading

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The Verifiers by Jane Pek

Read May 2022 Recommended for lit fic fans ★   ★   1/2 I should have liked The Verifiers, an amalgamation of three of my book interests: quirky New York women, mysteries, and identity exploration. Bonus, it even claimed to be about … Continue reading

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That Ain’t Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire

Read May 2022 Recommended ★   ★   ★   ★   Surprisingly fun and a nice return to the attraction the series originally held for me. Snappy dialogue, a tone that nicely balances fun with consequences and an interesting storyline all make for … Continue reading

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Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch. Or, Primary Weapon: Kobna

Read April 2022 Recommended ★   ★   ★   ★    1/2 Here’s what you need to know: while I generally am unable to be an audio book listener, audio is absolutely the best way to consume the Peter Grant series. Although I … Continue reading

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Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats by Cylita Guy

Read April 2022 Recommended for junior high libraries ★   ★   ★   Stellar, top notch idea that seems less than expertly executed to this adult reader. Written by Cylita Guy, illustrated by Cornelia Li, and apparently assembled by committee, Chasing Bats … Continue reading

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

Read April 2022 Recommended for magical animal-lovers ★   ★   ★   ★    In kindergarten, I wanted to be a veternarian. So I have some empathy for Pip, the main character in a series by Pearce and Stiefvater, who is fascinated … Continue reading

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You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo

Read March 2022 Recommended, I guess ★   ★    1/2 First of all, let me do the completely expected and take a moment out of my day and note how Goodreads has completely failed to live up to its function … Continue reading

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