Banners of the Sa’yen by B.R. Stateham (1981) This swashbuckling adventure is unique for couple reasons. First of all, the astronaut from Earth who crashes on a feudal planet isn’t the point of view character. One of the swordsmen who thinks he’s the legendary savior is the narrator. The Chosen One, excited to learn about the strange world he’s landed on, takes to the planet’s airship rigging like a pro. Stronger, faster, and equipped with technology, the Sa’yen captures and captains an airship along with Magdar the Bull, his right-hand man. On this world, there are not flat surfaces or […]
Jacqueline Carey has been one of my favorite authors for almost 16 years now, since the publishing of her first novel, “Kushiel’s Dart”. Full disclosure; I am a full on fan girl who named my eldest daughter after one of Jacqueline’s characters. I always get excited when she shares on her blog her current writing project. In 2015 she announced that she had written a new book that would be a retelling of “The Tempest” but told from Miranda and Caliban’s perspective. However, due to publishing schedules it wouldn’t be coming out until early 2017. Patience is the virtue of […]
In the criminal justice system, magical crimes are considered especially bizarre. In London, the detectives who investigate these crimes are increasingly beset by dangers both mundane and otherworldly. These are their stories. Dun DUN.
Parallel universes are categorically THE BEST, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them done quite like they are here in A Darker Shade of Magic, the first book in Victoria Schwab’s* Shades of Magic series, which just published its third and final book last week. *She writes YA under her real name, and adult fiction under her pseudonym V.E. Schwab. I’m late to the party, especially given how much I love fantasy and parallel universes, but I don’t really care because I now own all three books and I DON’T HAVE TO WAIT TO READ THEM (though I probably […]
Man, last year when I read the first book in this series, I read it so fast and got so super into it. I was expecting something similar to happen when I picked up book two several weeks ago, but my experience was pretty much the exact opposite. I read the first one in practically one sitting over the course of one day. This one took me weeks to finish, and I had to force myself to pick it up. While reading, I enjoyed myself, but I was never fully able to sink into the storyworld. Also, in the first book […]
I listen to a lot of audio books because I have a long commute that often becomes long as the Washington DC subway system is falling apart and if one thing goes wrong they tend to snowball and the next thing you know your 30 minute trip is an hour and a half. I didn’t pay attention to who was narrating Sabriel, the first book in a series by Garth Nix, so I was delighted to discover it was read by Tim Curry. He definitely adds flair to the world building portions of the book which would probably be a little […]
This is book six in the Chicagoland Vampire series, the tale of Merit who was turned vampire and is still dealing with the change in her life. She’s Sentinel of Cadogan House, and in love with Ethan Sullivan, the Master of the house. In the last book, Ethan was brought back from the dead and he is somewhat the same as before – sexy, confident and infuriatingly arrogant. This book starts with Merit and Ethan on a road trip to Nebraska, to make sure that an ancient book of evil is still locked up. This is the book that Mallory, […]
This is the second book in the Charm of Magpies series and a tiny bit of a let down. The plot is just as tightly wound and well paced. The characters are still funny and sexy. I think my discontent comes from the lack of POV switch, we do not get anything from Stephen Day’s point of view. I am not sure why the author made that choice because it is actually Stephen that has the most at stake in this one and I would have liked to have seen the plot unfold from his eyes, but Lord Crane’s mind […]