Category Archives: Urban fantasy

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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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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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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