‘My name is Melisande Stokes and this is my story. I am writing in July 1851 (Common Era, or – let’s face it – Anno Domini) in the guest chamber of a middle-class home in Kensington, London, England. But I am not a native of this place or time. In fact, I am quite fucking desperate to get out of here.’ Having never read anything by Nicole Galland before, I may be speculating, but her influence on Neal Stephenson’s infodump tendencies seems to be a positive one and makes The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O, a time-travel romp/workplace comedy/well-researched historical fiction, come together […]
I spent years at conventions admiring the single issues of this comic and waiting for the day when they would be collected. Finally, my friends, that day has come.
Alice hated being interesting. (a couple of times throughout the book but p. 287 is where I recorded it.) I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it. I’ll probably seek out the follow-up books, but I already know that the thing I think needs to happen–Alice becoming the Queen of Hearts–won’t.
According to official listings, The Furthest Station is Peter Grant #5.7, which if you ask me is an infuriating state of affairs. I love this series so much, mostly because of the people, places, and things in them. And it’s starting to feel like Aaronovitch is only writing tangents these days. There are the graphic novels plus this novella, but I really mostly want to know is WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH LESLEY MAY. I swear to you, every time I go to Wikipedia to see if I’ve got it all straight, there’s another side-bar Peter Grant story to read. I […]
A Promise of Fire is the first entry in Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles. Our heroine protagonist, Cat, has been on the run for the past 8 years. At the start of this novel, she blends in with a magical circus. She tells fortunes and does fire tricks to pay her way. The circus becomes her adopted family with Cat helping out with performances from time to time. Things were going pretty well until a strange man catches her eye. He gives off the aura of a warrior with his big strong arms and arrogance. He is not alone, four strong men flank […]
In a slightly alternate timeline, where the Wars of the Roses never ended in England, the enmity between the Houses of York and Lancaster is still present. Lady Amelia Brockett, only daughter of the Earl of Kirkham, born and raised proudly in Yorkshire is not having the best Christmas. Dumped by her boyfriend of two years and rejected by the graduate school she was hoping for, her mother especially seems to see her as the disappointment of the family. Her life takes a surprising and dramatic turn when her eldest brother takes her for a post-Christmas trip to the races, […]
I raced through Rivers of London: Black Mould when I brought it home from the library (pro tip: if a book is brand new and it’s not on the shelves but it’s definitely in the catalog, ask your librarian to check the back room! maybe it hasn’t even been shelved yet!), but honestly it didn’t make much more of an impact on me other than to keep moving the Rivers of London universe forward for me. Not that that isn’t of value, because of course it is of value, but I have gotten so hooked on this series, and am […]
This review has spoilers for both this book and Camber of Culdi. I’m sorry, but as book two in a trilogy, it really can’t be helped much. The fact that Camber becomes a saint in this book is a spoiler, but the title gives it away, and as these books are prequels of sorts to the other trilogies, it’s not much of a spoiler, as some of the other titles in the other trilogies give away the fact that Camber is a major player in Gwynedd’s history. Another title in another trilogy is The Heirs of Saint Camber. So that right there […]