Category Archives: fantasy

The Wandering Inn by Pirateaba

Read November 2018 Recommended for fans of MMOG, never-ending stories ★     ★    ★    The Wandering Inn is a web serial and literary version of a role-playing game, which really ought to say all you need to know–except … Continue reading

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A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Read October 2018 Recommended for fans of  classic noir, detroit ★     ★       ★     1/2 On a whim–still whittling down that TBR list, don’t you know–I picked this one out of the list. Well, actually, a whim … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

Read October 2018 Recommended for fans of  Bloody folk tales ★    ★    ★    1/2 Nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, and Shirley Jackson Awards,* The Ballad of Black Tom is a fine little novella, made accessible to horror dilettantes by … Continue reading

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Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Read September 2018 Recommended for  ★     ★    ★       It’s quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There’s a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks

Read September 2018 Recommended for fans of kick-ass women, myths, shapeshifters ★     ★    ★    ★   Another surprisingly solid entry in the Lily Yu series. I say ‘surprising,’ not because Wilks a bad writer–she’s definitely not–but because my … Continue reading

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Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Read September 2018 Recommended for fans of kick-ass women, myths, shapeshifters ★     ★    ★     ★   The last book in a ten-book series. By all means, don’t start here. However, I do recommend reading this series if you enjoy … Continue reading

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The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark

Read September 2018 Recommended for fans of N’Orleans, orphans ★     ★    ★     ★   Fabuleux. If you have a thing for thieving street orphans  or the power of New Orleans, I highly recommend giving it a read. Creeper … Continue reading

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Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

Read August 2018 Recommended for fans of ScoobyDoo! ★     ★    ★    ★   Put on your pajamas, grab a bowl of Apple Jacks (my mom wouldn’t let me have Lucky Charms, my first choice in ridiculous sugars disguised … Continue reading

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Rivers of London: Detective Stories by Ben Aaronovitch

Read July 2011 Recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman ★     ★     ★   Ben Aaronovitch is a talented writer. And a very, very slow one. I try not to complain, because at least his books are dense enough that … Continue reading

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Read July 2011 Recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman ★     ★     1/2 American Gods, a meandering tale of a book, took me at least two tries to get through, despite my gravitation towards urban fantasy.. The concept of … Continue reading

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