Category Archives: fantasy

So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane

Read  November 2017 Recommended for people who want to think ★    ★    ★    1/2 Why yes, yes I do. Based on the title, I expected something rather light and possibly silly. What I got was something more substantial, an old … Continue reading

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Read  November 2017 Recommended for fans of skewed myths ★    ★    ★    ★     Fairy tales, myths, folklore; these small, archetypal tales that have endured through generations of childhood. Seanan McGuire reinvented them once again for the current decade. … Continue reading

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In Shades of Grey by Melissa Myers

Read  October 2017 Recommended for fans of In the Name of the Wind ★    ★    ★      A friend and I were talking about children’s books, and one lifelong reading preference that I’ve only gradually reined in is a … Continue reading

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Hidden Blade by Pippa DaCosta

Read  October 2017 Recommended for fans of action!UF!action! ★    ★   I’m a bit bummed, because my friends have such enthusiastic reviews and now I’m going to harsh all over their mellow. It could be the Kindle; I’m not known … Continue reading

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Blood Trail by Tanya Huff

Read  October 2017 Recommended for fans of vampires, werewolves, female PIs ★    ★    ★    Huff takes on werewolves, 1992 style. Henry tempts Vicki with a case needing discretion–a possible murder of werewolves. Since they were shot in wolf form … Continue reading

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Blood Price by Tanya Huff

Read  October 2017 Recommended for fans of vampires, female PIs ★    ★    ★      I wish I had found this series when it was written, way back in 1991. One of the earliest entrants in the urban fantasy/paranormal romance … Continue reading

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Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire. Nothing to see here.

Read  October 2017 Recommended for Srs Fans Only ★      Magic for Nothing, whether intended or not, has the plot of a classic spy caper: an agent belonging to Group One needs to infiltrate Group Two. In the context of … Continue reading

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Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of Unique Families ★    ★    ★     1/2   Imagine you live with a baker. You are treated weekly to such home-baked deliciousness as double-chocolate peppermint cookies, lemon squares, blueberry puree oat bars, lemon ricotta … Continue reading

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The Trees by Ali Shaw. Or, The Characters.

  Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of green apocalypses ★    ★    ★    ★   1/2 Walden meets the apocalypse. Don’t read this book. You will complain that there is no plot, and it’s true, there isn’t much, not really. It’s … Continue reading

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Book Burners by Gladstone, Dunlap, Lafferty, and Slattery

Read  September 2017 Recommended for fans of serials. Not the edible kind. ★    ★   Book Burners is an urban fantasy series about a five-person team that works to recover dangerous magical artifacts and lock them away beneath the Vatican. The … Continue reading

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