4.5 stars This book originally came out back in 2014, but was re-released earlier this year, after the two planned sequels took longer to produce than planned. The second book in the trilogy will now be out at the end of May, while the third and final book comes out in July. I’m giddy with anticipation and have already pre-ordered the sequels. My first review of the book can be found here. Spoiler warning! This review will mainly deal with my thoughts of re-reading it, and where I hope the authors will take the series in upcoming books. So if you […]
3.5 stars I put off reading this for the longest time, mainly because I figured I’d have to go back and read the first one, Throne of Glass, again to remember what happened, what with having read that way back in early 2013. But then the lovely Narfna tipped me off about this website, which allowed me to quickly recap all the stuff I only vaguely remembered, and I no longer had an excuse not to read it and it fit into my Monthly Keyword Challenge for April. Oh yeah, this is book 2 in a series. It doesn’t really […]
Y’all. Y’all. Maybe I wasn’t the target audience for this book but it was so bad.
Wait, hang on a second. [Looks up how many PC Peter Grant novels there are so far.] [Discovers Ben Aaronovitch wrote a few serials for “Doctor Who,” in the late Eighties. Light bulb.] [Discovers that although the book jackets say “PC Peter Grant Series,” whoever edited Wikipedia last prefers to refer to them as the “Rivers of London Series.” Huh, makes sense. Also: spoilerish.] [Discovers there are 6 “Rivers of London” novels so far, and what’s this, now? 9 spin-off graphic novels? And 4 companion short stories? Who is this fucker, Neil Gaiman?!] Goddamnit, you guys. I do want to […]
THREE CHEERS FOR SNARKY BRITISH URBAN FANTASY. I didn’t know I was looking for this series, the PC Peter Grant series. I actually had it checked out from the library and let the loan expire the first time around… thanks, The Devourers, for taking so long to slog through that I had to wait to get Midnight Riot back again before I could dive into this world! I love this world, this miraculously sarcastic world where a newly-minted London police constable with a probably lateral trajectory is tapped as a magician’s apprentice… and then the murders begin (sorrynotsorry). This novel […]
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. […]
3.5 stars really. I was expecting a full novel but this is either a novella or a short YA book. The set up is pretty intriguing. In 1850 London, magic exists and those who have the talent are highly sought after. So much so that if/when talent is reported the Royal Society of Esoteric Arts shows up to check things out. IF the report is false, the maker is punished. If it’s accurate, the talented person is taken from their family for training. Once educated as a member of the Society, you have to serve the kingdom and you can […]
This is an awesome audiobook production! Tamora Pierce, the author, reads the narration, but all of the characters have different actors who voice them. And they do an awesome job! (Honestly, Tamora Pierce sounds a little stodgy, like she’s reading to a child, and you can tell she’s very deliberate with her words and annunciation. But hey, she’s not a voice actor, and it creates a noticeable difference between the narration and the actors. And you get used to it!) (In listening to the interview at the end of the series, that seems to be her normal voice. At least her […]