Tag Archives: time period fantasy

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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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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Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw. I agree.

Read August 2018 Recommended for ★     ★    ★  Thanks to my friends at Goodreads, I’ve been slowly resuming my relationship with urban fantasy. (As Alex recently pointed out, occasionally my statements that appear to be compliments may not … Continue reading

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The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett

Read  April 2018 Recommended for fans of noir, 1920 cities ★    ★   ★   1/2 It’s funny how things come together sometimes, isn’t it? I was keeping an eye out for Bennett’s newest book when I discovered his sophomore book, a … Continue reading

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The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

Read  March 2018 Recommended for fans of new-adult steampunk ★    ★    1/2 Dear Carol: Someday, someone is going to enthusiastically mention this series to you, and you are going to find yourself making that scrunched-up-nose-face that means either the dog … Continue reading

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River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

Read February 2018 Recommended for fans of hippos, heists and Westerns ★    ★    1/2 I think we’ve all had our mental images of hippos cutified by Fiona the Hippo, right? Though River of Teeth predates that pudge of adorableness, … Continue reading

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The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. I’d go there.

Read  January 2018 Recommended for YA adventurers and librarians ★    ★    ★    1/2 Titles with ‘library’ and ‘bookstore’ are irresistible to readers. Add in a cover that looks like faded and cracked leather with gilt lettering and it is … Continue reading

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Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

Read  January 2018 Recommended for Fans of YA, explorations of identity ★    ★    ★     Sometimes, it’s all in the spin. If you has said to me, “here, read this YA book with trigger scenes, set in the Old-Timey … Continue reading

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The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert Van Gulik

Read  May 2017 Recommended for fans of period mystery ★    ★    ★   ★ Judge Dee is looking forward to getting out of the Chinese Metropolitan Court of Justice. He’s  tired of only seeing cases on paper, processing routine documents and … Continue reading

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