Category Archives: Urban 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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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 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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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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The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

Read February 2019 Recommended for people who like haunted houses, mysticism ★     ★    ★     Even in a genre tolerant of oddness, The Supernatural Enhancements is going to be a mixed read for most readers. It’s described by … Continue reading

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Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

Read January 2019 Recommended for  ★     ★     ★     ★ Unexpected. I haven’t tried Lovecraft for years, perhaps decades, so this lingered on my TBR, due to numerous reviews and blurbs mentioning how it turns Lovecroft storytelling sideways. … Continue reading

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Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Read December 2018 Recommended for fans of supernatural mysteries, Peter Grant ★     ★    ★    ★    1/2   The Post in Which I Muse on Audio Versions of Books Stop reading the paper copy and give listening a … Continue reading

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Broken Soul by Faith Hunter

Read December 2018 Recommended for fans of Jane Yellowrock ★     ★    ★     The Post in Which I Muse on the Series. I dropped this series a few years back. Heavy on vampire politics and with a lead … 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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