“The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years — if it ever did end — began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain.”* And then the murders began. There’s a meme going around Facebook where you add “then the murders began” to the opening line of a famous story. Stephen King’s It doesn’t really change much when you add that line, because, you see, that is when the murders began. Spoiler alert for It and some for the climax to Under the […]
4.5 stars This is book three in a series. This review will contain spoilers for previous books in the series, so if you mind that sort of thing, skip this, and start at the beginning, with Dead Witch Walking. Never one to live a quiet life, Rachel Morgan, independent witch for hire is in trouble. She successfully took down the master vampire who was summoning demons to murder leyline witches and lived to tell the tale. She had to bargain with a demon in order to do so, and he now wants to make her his familiar. She tricks Algaliarept, […]
I started reading this book an actual lifetime ago. Granted, that life is all of two weeks old and belongs to my son, but I’m counting it. Mostly because that makes me feel better about being behind on my goal for CBR; I’m five books behind on my one per week to stay on track. In any case, I finished my first book in a good long while, and it’s more than possible my good feelings and copious hormones have colored my estimation of the book favorably. We meet the first of the Plumb family, Leo, as he is making […]
In a short time I’ve really become quite devoted to this series. As I’ve said in my earlier reviews of Kushiel’s Avatar‘s predecessors, these books encapsulate everything that I want in a fantasy series. Balanced on the shoulders of an incomparable heroine, the story is both epic and personal. With every installment, Carey takes the opportunity to expand the world building out into foreign countries that are recognizably rooted in real-life analogs. So far we’d seen Scotland, Scandanavia, Italy, and now this book gets into Egypt and the Middle East. It’s terribly fascinating, and Carey’s research-fueled creativity remains impressive. I’ve […]
Not actually a cozy mystery! I think this one is technically a thriller.
The alternative world presented in Smoke is a fascinating idea, and a mix of ideas I was thrilled to be spending time with. In Vyleta’s altered Victorian England sinful thoughts and feelings are manifested as smoke that rises from your skin and leaves a unwashable soot behind. Breathing in the smoke of another can spread their feelings into you, and breed more and darker thoughts. The cleanest of people, who happen also to be the wealthiest, are seen as morally better people, and spend their lives learning to control and repress their Smoke. Two boys from a high class boarding school are sent […]
A city called Ember has survived, as the citizens believe, as the only human civilization left after a catastrophe no one can remember. Things aren’t going well though because the lights won’t stay on, supplies are running low, and growing political unrest. The city doesn’t produce anything other than vegetables in green houses, so any building materials have to be recycled. Even things such as paper and coloring items (e.g. paints, crayons, colored pencils, etc.) have become luxury items. Lina and Doon are 12 and about to choose their careers. Similar to Divergent, teens are sorted into what will be […]
This was a much better read for me than Book 1. While I still feel that I’m missing some of the context that happened before Book 1, Book 2 continues from where Book 1 left off, returning to familiar characters and conflicts. Book 2 continues to show us the ongoing conflict between the Wakandans and their Black Panther and the rival guerilla leader who is trying to get Wakandans to return to their past roots. Ironically, reading this post-election, it feels like this rival leader could really have the slogan, “Make Wakanda Great Again.” I appreciated the development of the […]