A Canadian mystery writer lives in New York city and gets involved in some supernatural/criminal hijinx. Also, he’s a werewolf (which is kind of obvious right from the cover, so, like, not a spoiler). This book started life as a stand-alone short story called “This Time Around”. I read that and totally loved it. The author has a nice touch and a good sense of humor so I was interested to see how the whole story played out. The short story serves as the start of the book, rolling into the continued action.
Grave Ransom is the fifth book in the Alex Craft series, there may be spoilers in this review though I will try to avoid them. Non-spoilery review? I enjoy this series for the brainless mind-candy that it is. It’s got good female characters, including a strong group of lady friends for our protagonist, and in general it’s just fun Urban Fantasy. I will say, I read this over a week ago and I’ve mostly forgotten it. I had to read the Goodreads blurb to remind myself about what happened. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good book, it just means […]
Ben Aaronovitch did a really smart thing with Foxglove Summer, which was to de-escalate, take it down a few notches, and bring us back to basics. I complained after Broken Homes that things were getting too complicated and also sort of repetitive. Foxglove Summer is a breath of wonderfully Peter Grant-laden fresh air. When you study Shakespeare, at some point or another, you get to the idea of the Green World. My college advisor was deeply in favor of Northrup Frye’s theory, and I have been indoctrinated for life, it would seem, because I can’t help but apply this concept […]
More, please. More, more, more. I just love me some Peter Grant. And fair warning to the reader who may be interested in this series: this book, Broken Homes, which is Book 4 of the “Rivers of London” series, isn’t the strongest of the bunch. But it’s still a delight and a treat, and I will fight anyone who isn’t a fan. Listen, I have five more “Dark Tower” books to read in the next five weeks, but I still just checked out Foxglove Summer (Book 5 of “Rivers of London”) from the library, and investigated the graphic novel series […]
When I read The Everything Box, it never occured to me that it was the first in a series!! HUZZAH AND HURRAY, more Coop! I love these books. I’m going to get to more Richard Kadrey eventually (see also: I’m working through the “Dark Tower” series AND the “Rivers of London” series concurrently, currently), because I absolutely howl with laughter when I read his books, and I cannot put them down unless absolutely compelled to. He is my new Douglas Adams. I’m on board for all of it. How can the stakes be so high, but the characters’ perspectives somehow […]
Oh boy, did I miss Peter Grant while I was taking my super fun journey through the last four heartwrenchers. It felt like I was waiting FOREVER for Whispers Under Ground to become available at the library. Peter Grant is a delight. He is the perfect not-very-straight straight man for all the madness in this fantastic world of Ben Aaronovitch’s creation. I keep reminding myself as I read these books that for all of Grant’s self-deprecation and insistence that he’s a terrible cop with bad instincts, and for all that the non-magical higher-ups on the force hate him and the […]
Borderline is a sharp urban fantasy book with a new take on the “fairies walk among us” trope. It stands out, in part, for its unusual protagonist (more on that later) but also achieves above-average marks for its balance of fresh world-building with a well-paced plot. Leaning too hard on one or the other can result either in a story that drags under the weight of excessive detail, or an ill-defined, unprincipled universe where anything goes with the plot because anything can be magicked to do anything. Borderline establishes ground rules and doesn’t overreach with its fantasy trappings, relying on […]
3.5 stars And my cantankerous/ambivalent streak continues. Shadowshaper had so many the elements of a book I should have really liked: an inventive, unique fantasy and magic practice, a foundation in folklore that hasn’t been done to death, a dynamic protagonist, and a diverse, reliable, realistic support system for that protagonist. Additionally, the audiobook was masterfully performed by Anika Noni Rose, making Shadowshaper a joy to listen to. But something about the book, that I can’t quite put a finger on other than having this undefinable aura of YA about it, zapped a lot of the freshness out of it. […]