A female protagonist looking to die in what seems to be an accidental manner is a relief to meet. Wanting to die is something I experience on a regular basis so I find it nice to know that there are people in literature who feel the same way. Her death-wish is why Tremaine joins the … Continue reading Wells, Martha: The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien I) (2003)
HOW THE WOMAN GOT HER PERIOD Contrary to popular belief, most mammals do not menstruate. In fact,it’s a feature exclusive to the higher primates and certain bats*. What’s more, modern women menstruate vastly more than any other animal. And it’s bloody stupid (sorry). A shameful waste of nutrients, disabling, and a dead giveaway to any … Continue reading Sadedin, Suzanne: How the Woman got her Period (Quora, 2014)
T.M. Hunter describes Aston West thus: “Aston is not what your first choice for a hero would be. He doesn’t fit the stereotype of the (as my favorite label from the “Firefly” series indicates) “big d*** hero” like most in the genre do. He’s the everyman who just happens to get into more than his … Continue reading Hunter, T.M.: Seeker (Aston West) (2011)
I like Sam’s (Samhain) character. Upon beginning this review I looked for further literature about our magically-challenged witch. There is a novel (Death’s Daughter) in the inning, but I do not know when it is going to be published. The Brinded Cat (striped cat) is even more fun than Foul is Fair. Witches and their … Continue reading Halpin, Chantal: The Brinded Cat (Witch Hunter) (2013)
According to herself Elizabeth Hunter writes contemporary fantasy and paranormal romance. The Elemental Mysteries series is a four book paranormal romance/mystery series. The mystery part of A Hidden Fire is pretty good while I found the paranormal romance bit kind of “romance novellish”. Why the series is supposed to be for adults is beyond me. A … Continue reading Hunter, Elizabeth: A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries I) (2011)
When Jane Lindskold got Julie Bell to do the covers for the Firekeeper saga she made the best choice possible. Julie Bell’s wolves and people are incredible (see link above). If you have the chance, you should check out her artwork. Once again my son and I read about Firekeeper together and once again we were richer … Continue reading Lindskold, Jane: Wolf Hunting (Firekeeper Saga V) (2006)
For once I feel as though a novella has been reviewed by its target audience. Scary Mary is intended for a YA readership and most of the links below reflect that. I am definitely nowhere near that age but still enjoyed the tale of young Mary. Bullying sucks in a major way. There is something about … Continue reading Hunter, S.A.: Scary Mary (2007)
I love the cover by Misa Buckley. She has managed to get that dark, gritty feeling of the short story that Chantal Halpin has created. Foul is Fair is a 10-page long short story about the witch Sam – not a very powerful witch. Although not powerful magically, Sam does happen to have the strength … Continue reading Halpin, Chantal: Foul is Fair (Witch Hunter) (2012)
Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library; Theodore Roosevelt in Arizona in 1913. Once you remove the protective cover of the book, you’ll see that the whole thing is made to look old. The pages are layered, the font is old-fashioned and the pictures are (of course) black and white. Some biographies collect all of their … Continue reading Brinkley, Douglas: The Wilderness Warrior – Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America (2010)
As the last installation of this trilogy, Soul Hunt completes our look into life Evie Scelan and the choices she makes to keep people away from the part of herself that she fears. How people see us and the way we view ourselves might not coincide. Evie’s inability to accept her odd talent as intrinsic … Continue reading Ronald, M. (2011). Soul Hunt. New York: Eos.
As with Thoma‘s Season 1 collection, I bought the entire Season 2 of the Boreal and John Grey serial. Once again, I really enjoyed the five novellas that make up Season 2: The Threads (73p), The Snare (77p), The Warp (96p), The Loop (99p) and The Weave. When we left Season 1, Ella’s boss changed … Continue reading Thoma, C. (2014). Boreal and John Grey. Season 2. Self-published.
As the last mentor hopped out of the chamber, Moon saw that the seed had sprouted new white tendrils. They snaked out and twined around the crumbling remnants of the dead tendrils to follow their path into the heart wood. The tension ran out of Moon’s body and he leaned back against the wall, letting … Continue reading Wells, Martha; The Siren Depths; (2012); New York, Night Shade Books
Steamfunk! is my first encounter with the genre. Like all anthologies I have ever read, some of the stories appealed to me while others did not. No wonder, given the span of genres. Steamfunk is a US-centric collection of stories that love their steam. I keep on wondering to what extent steam could be an … Continue reading Davis, Milton & Ojetade, Balogun (ed); Steamfunk! (2013)
As the bus-doors squealed shut, she fantasized about stealing the rainbow-striped balloon and drifting away to wherever the wind blew. Maybe to wherever her father was. Victim mentality is difficult to let go of. A person gets so wrapped up in what has been that they forget the future does not have to look the … Continue reading Yates, A.M.: Stealer (2016)
Nathan. You cretin. If telepathic strangling had been possible, I might have given it a try all the way from Norway. Cliff-hangers like this should be forbidden. History repeats itself over and over and over again. Using The Fifth Column as his title for the Sophia series, and inserting Sixth Column as rebels to the usurper group, shows … Continue reading Farrugia, Nathan; Exile (Helix II) (2016)