Category Archives: fantasy

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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The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch

Read March 2019 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy police procedural ★     ★    ★    ★   You should always realize that my ratings for Ben Aaronovitch are relative to his own works; his Peter Grant series is generally … Continue reading

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Housetrap by R.J. Hore

Read February 2019 Recommended for fans of noir fantasy ★     ★    ★    Sometimes I find these little surprises on my Kindle. Call them gifts from carol.-past, or perhaps errant waves and electrons slipping through the ether. Or … Continue reading

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Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest by A. Lee Martinez

Read February 2019 Recommended for fans of YA road trips 2.75 ★      A. Lee Martinez is hit and miss for me; two of his books are ridiculously fun (Gil’s All Fright Diner, Emperor Mollusk), a couple absolutely aren’t, … Continue reading

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