Category Archives: Urban fantasy

That Ain’t Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire

Read May 2022 Recommended ★   ★   ★   ★   Surprisingly fun and a nice return to the attraction the series originally held for me. Snappy dialogue, a tone that nicely balances fun with consequences and an interesting storyline all make for … Continue reading

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Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch. Or, Primary Weapon: Kobna

Read April 2022 Recommended ★   ★   ★   ★    1/2 Here’s what you need to know: while I generally am unable to be an audio book listener, audio is absolutely the best way to consume the Peter Grant series. Although I … Continue reading

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

Read April 2022 Recommended for magical animal-lovers ★   ★   ★   ★    In kindergarten, I wanted to be a veternarian. So I have some empathy for Pip, the main character in a series by Pearce and Stiefvater, who is fascinated … Continue reading

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False Value by Ben Aaronovitch. Audio version–not so much

Listened March to April 2022 Recommended  ★   ★   ★     1/2 The story definitely improved with Kobna’s reading. It took me a long, long time to get to the audio version, having bounced so hard off the hardcover. The narrative time shifts … Continue reading

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Crowbones by Anne Bishop

Read April 2022 Recommended for fans. Very ardent ones. ★   ★ And so continues my love-hate relationship with Anne Bishop’s The Others series. Although, to be honest, it’s really more of a guilty pleasure-outright disgust hookup, but that’s always more … Continue reading

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Greedy Pigs by Matt Wallace

Read February 2022 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy restaurants ★   ★   ★      “Several well-maintained layers of undisturbed dust cover everything.” Read that again. And that’s why I continue reading Wallace, even as his stories occasionally take me … Continue reading

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Idle Ingredients by Matt Wallace

Read February 2022 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy restaurants ★   ★   ★       1/2 The One where it Becomes Clear these are Not a Series of One-offs But In Fact an Entire Meal In Seven Courses. A new … Continue reading

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The Iron Khan by Liz Williams. Or, Sheer Gold.

Read February 2022 Recommended for fans of Chinese mythology ★   ★   ★   ★       1/2 Currently the last in the Detective Inspector Chen series. It deserves more than this partial review, but I am, after all, on vacation, so … Continue reading

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The Best Thing You Can Steal by Simon R. Green

Read December, 2021 Recommended for Green fans ★   ★    1/2   110% beach read. Personally, I’m a sucker for a heist. Bringing in a magical component can up the fun. Sure, magical means might make the process that much … Continue reading

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The Stranger Times by C.K. McDonnell

Recommended for Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★   1/2 Fun but awkward. I was intrigued by this one because of a friend’s review who thought it may be appreciated by Aaronovitch fans. I’d disagree on the fan base, as it’s … Continue reading

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