Category Archives: fantasy

The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of Cabal  ★     ★     ★     ★     1/2 So much is quotable here, so much extreme deliciousness. The Brothers Cabal are back together, each having done a bit of personal growth. One of the … Continue reading

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Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Read February 2017 Recommended for fans of fairy tales and clever girls  ★     ★    ★    ★    ★     Castle Hangnail is unbelievably charming and one of the first reads of the year to make it to my ‘to … Continue reading

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Nine Goblins by T. Kingfisher

Read February 2017 Recommended for fans of fairy tales  ★     ★    ★    1/2 Kingfisher wants to turn idea of goblins and elves on its head. Perhaps this is a side story to Lord of the Rings, where a … Continue reading

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Johannes Cabal short stories by Jonathan L. Howard

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of Cabal  ★     ★    ★    ★    ★    When the giant spider devil appeared in The Fall of the House of Cabal, it wasn’t long before I was giggling. How can you … Continue reading

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The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch. Or, Audio is Awesome!

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy mixed with police procedural All the stars I know, I know: I’m always waxing enthusiastic over Kobna’s reading of this series, but the audio version of a story set in London, … Continue reading

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Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman. Yes, absolutely.

Read January 2017 Recommended for people that like Regency romance and elven politics  ★     ** spoiler alert ** Do not read this review. Unless you are Carol., and unless you are not fond of regency romance and portal worlds. … Continue reading

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Harmony Black by Craig Schaefer

Read January 2017 Recommended for fans of UF mixed with thriller  ★     ★     ★       For those of you who wear make-up, I have a little quiz. Quickly name three items you consider essential. Got them? Okay, now pick an additional … Continue reading

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Ursula Vernon short stories

I recently discovered Vernon’s work through a friend’s enthusiastic review of “Jackalope Wives.” When she followed it up with a review of “The Tomato Thief,” I couldn’t resist temptation. I absolutely loved “The Tomato Thief,” a perfect story for the … Continue reading

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Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire. It’s an apocalypse, all right.

Read December 2016 Recommended for fans. Forgiving ones.  ★     1/2 It’s an apocalypse, all right–a three-hundred page written disaster. I’ll be blunt. I don’t read this series for the gorgeous writing; I read for the fun menagerie of fantastical … Continue reading

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The Brothers Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard

Read December 2016 Recommended for fans of British humor, vampires, aeroplanes  ★     ★     ★     ★     ★   I feel a kinship with Howard and his sense of humor, a frequently subtle type of reference-filled playfulness that works best if … Continue reading

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