Category Archives: fantasy

The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

Read November 2019 ★   ★   1/2 Like being invited to dinner at a friend’s favorite restaurant, I wanted to like this so much more than I actually did. Rather than a specific ingredient, I think it was a blend … Continue reading

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Lizard Music by D. Manus Pinkwater

Read November 2019 Recommended for ten-year-olds and Reynolds ★   ★    ★   ★    I had lizards when I was young, so it stands to reason that a book titled “Lizard Music” would appeal. With allergies to fur and … Continue reading

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Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence by Michael Marshall Smith

Read September 2019 No recommendations come to mind ★    ★     I don’t know what Marshall Smith was thinking, I truly don’t. Too casually dark for your average young adult and with themes of estrangement that will barely be … Continue reading

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The Toll by Cherie Priest

Read July 2019 Recommended for fans of Southern Gothic ★   ★   1/2    Loosely billed as ‘horror,’ I don’t think that The Toll earns the genre. With a Southern Gothic atmosphere, it has a dual plot line that only … Continue reading

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Magistrates of Hell by Barbara Hambly

Read June 2019 Recommended for fans of historical vampires ★   ★   1/2 I have a complicated relationship with Hambly’s writing: I find that I enjoy her structure and style a great deal, but am often ambivalent about plot and … Continue reading

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Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse

Read June 2019 Recommended for fans of UF ★   ★  ★   ★ Fast-moving, moving from a straight-forward confrontation to a search and rescue. There are a lot of similarities with the Kate Daniels series: a heroine with a … Continue reading

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Wild Country by Anne Bishop

Read May 2019 Recommended for fans of The Others ★   ★  ★    The short version: Wild Country is All The Books in The Others series thrown in a food processor then tossed together in a fruit salad. In … Continue reading

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The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

Read April 2019 Recommended for fans of feminist fairy tales ★   ★   ★  ★    T. Kingfisher stories have a kind of magic for me. They seem to be exactly what I need to read at that point in … Continue reading

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Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories by Naomi Kritzer

Read February and March 2019  ★     ★    ★     ★   ‘Cat Pictures Please,’ the titular story, won a Hugo and Locus, and was nominated for a Nebula, which rather implies Kritzer’s short stories are something to look … Continue reading

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Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

Read again March 2019 Recommended for fans of Nick Harkaway  ★     ★     ★    ★     Jasper Fforde is one of those writers that defies genre conventions, and even within his own body of work, he’s written some books that … Continue reading

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