Tag Archives: time period fantasy

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Read March 2022 Recommended  ★   ★   ★   ★   1/2 Continuing my streak in above-average teen-adult books, I’m going to have to relax my genre prejudices. Really, I shouldn’t have them; I grew up female, after all, and found a great … Continue reading

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The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Recommended for fans of The Night Garden Read October  2021 ★   ★   ★   ★    It only took five years, but I am officially In Like with my kindle. I’m in the middle of three different books, but none of … Continue reading

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European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss

Read June 2021★  ★  1/2 To be blunt, this was a chore. Though the premise was intriguing–the female children of some of book-history’s most villainous men come together as a Society–the execution made it an exercise in perseverance.  But that … Continue reading

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The Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson

  Read October 2020  ★     ★     ★     ★      An above average  first book, with lots to like for urban fantasy fans. It reminds me of Maxine Hong Kingston crossed with Snake Agent. A young widowed … Continue reading

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The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles

Read August 2020 Recommended for fans of Edwardian mysteries  ★     ★    ★    1/2   Written better than all of my QB™ reads, this is a fun palate-cleanser between more demanding books. Books that I’ve been avoiding, for … Continue reading

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Jackaby by William Ritter

Read November 2019 Recommended for fans of Gail Carriger ★   ★   ★   1/2  The short version: Jackaby is a new-adult, 1892 version of Elementary with a detective that can see the ghosties and beasties of the supernatural world. Vaguely … 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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Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

Read February 2019 Recommended for people who enjoy quiet exploration ★     ★    ★    ★  The title captures it perfectly; quiet, deep, thoughtful. Well, yes, there are multiple dimensions and worlds, and horrors from the night, and a … 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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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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