Before I read it, it felt like I’d been waiting for Norse Mythology my entire life. In the sense that I wanted it so badly the minute that I heard that it was coming. So, oops. It’s fine, but it’s not, like, life-alteringly amazingly incredible. I could have waited another minute before reading it. Taken a breath. Read something else. Taken this to the beach. Which isn’t to say it’s not a delight, it’s just that it doesn’t take a thing and change everything you’ve known about it while remaining true to the thing you knew, and make it all […]
This was a kind of a placeholder for me. I’m not allowing myself to reread American Gods again, because I reread it less than a year ago, and I love it too much, and the TV series is coming, and it’s my favorite kind of book, so I had to find a proxy, and this looked super interesting. And it was good, but not amazing (nothing is American Gods, goddamnit!). I think the hardest for me was that Ike is no hero, antihero, complicated scamp, or ingenue answering the call, he’s just a flawed man with a terribly flawed plan. […]
A salute to the Cannonball Read and the Readers, for bringing this book into my brain. Holy crap, you guys. So good. Honestly, I had been expecting (and bracing myself for) something super duper effed up, based on the reviews that I had skimmed (to avoid spoilers). And yeah, it’s dark and horrifying and confusing and complex, but still really fricking readable. Here’s what I texted about 20 of my closest friends when I was halfway through and couldn’t stop reading last night: “It’s as if Margaret Atwood wrote a Neil Gaiman book.” And here’s what I mean by that: […]
This was a superfun experiment in re-reading a book and its sequel in the correct order for the first time. As I mentioned in my “American Gods” re-read review, the first time around, I read “Anansi Boys” first, and it was nevertheless a totally delicious ride untainted by any sort of tyrannical adherence to an orderly timeline. I think Gaiman would approve. This time around, I read them in order, although I’m keeping with this personal tradition by learning too late that there’s a short story that fits somewhere between the two books, and I haven’t gotten to that yet. […]
Over on my blog today, I’ve got my review of the ridiculously awesome graphic novel The Wicked + The Divine. If you like world deities and mythologies, this book has a lot to delight you. It also features a kick ass woman of color as narrator and a wickedly awesome lady Lucifer.
The Darkest Kiss is a love story between two immortals in modern times. Anya is the (minor) goddess of Anarchy, who loves lollipops, flirting and causing trouble which can sometimes end up in countries going to war. She is on the run from the other gods using her power of teleportation to wander about the earth. She soon becomes obsessed with Lucien, an ancient warrior who is cursed by the Lord of the Underworld. He basically is a grim reaper forced to usher souls to the other side. If he refuses, he actually falls under pain, all as penance for opening a portal of demons onto the world. Needless […]
Thanks to the high praise from my book club, I decided to take on the next Kate Daniels book: Magic Burns. Instead of a tale of personal vengeance, we follow Kate as she works a missing person case for a young girl named Julie. The girl’s mom is a witch and has gone missing after a mysterious spell with her circle. The helpless and malnourished kid only help is her boyfriend, a young wannabe shaman kid from the street named Red. Red did a favor for Kate in the last book, so when he runs into Kate he calls it in and begs her to […]
I’m sorry, but if I’m ever going to reach my double Cannonball, I’m going to have to cut corners somewhere: Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbours and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old, when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: he draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword, known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic […]