I wanted to like this so much. It sounds so interesting – a supernatural, steam punk adventure with a Gifted Harriet Tubman in an alternate universe. I am so disappointed, because I did not connect with this book at all. It was too gory for my reading pleasure, and I never felt like I had a minute to breath and get to know the characters. Harriet Tubman, in real life, was the kind of badass that puts fictional badasses to shame. I have no problem with an author giving her superpowers, but it should always be noted that Harriet Tubman […]
In which Siege devours the latest in her favorite series about a battle-scarred ghost hunter.
I just don’t see how the person who wrote the pretty darn good The Secrets of Drearcliff-Grange School could write this mess. I only half read Anno Dracula. At page 152, I realized I was starting to hate all the characters, started skimming to see if/when things might improve. They do not; I got to the end, and never took a liking to anyone or anything going on. It’s kinda too bad, since the premise isn’t bad. Basically, most of the crew of Stoker’s original Dracula series is back, in different forms (literally in a few cases, as some characters […]
Have you ever wondered about the gender representation of character types in horror flicks? How about the existence of female empowerment in rape revenge flicks? Does watching a rape or murder from the from the right perspective force men to identify with women? This book may help you answer those questions. I like most people had the preconception that horror films and their sub-genre slasher flicks were just escapism. In her book Men, Women, and Chain Saw: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, Carol J. Clover explores just how wrong I am. Through her book I’ve learned a great deal about […]
This is the third book in Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy, so if you haven’t read the prior two I would skip this review to avoid spoilers. Full disclosure, I am a huge King fan, and while I wouldn’t say I have a bias when it comes to his stuff (he has certainly written things I haven’t enjoyed) I am naturally inclined to like his work. End of Days brings the Bill Hodges trilogy to its completion, starting with Mr. Mercedes and then Finders Keepers. While Bill was something of a side character in Finders Keepers, End of […]
There’s been a whole bunch of reviews posted for this book already, so I’m not going to spend a lot of time recapping the plot in my own words. Goodreads can help me out here: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to the food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an […]
Unfortunately, life happened, so it’s been a while since my last review. It took me an extra month to finish the last 60 pages of The Devourers! I did participate in our Cannonball Read book club discussion on time. Better late to review than never, I say. 😉 The Devourers was on several 2016 year end lists. I hadn’t read much contemporary fantasy, so was very intrigued to read it. I also love stories about shape-shifters (and most supernatural creatures). While reading the Kate Daniels’ series by Ilona Andrews, she introduced me to the concept of shifters with various cultures and forms. Rakshasas were shifters […]
End of Watch. Once again, I’m sorry to say that there’s not much good to be said about this one. It’s a real downer, and I waited several weeks after I read it to write this review, because I didn’t want to ruin it for anyone. Problem is, I also don’t want to have to reread it, and unlike some other books, my head doesn’t want to hold on to it. My major issues were how irritating it was that King returned to drugging people to give them psychic powers (he did it in Firestarter, too, but Firestarter was a […]