Category: 3 1/2 stars

IDLE INGREDIENTS by Matt Wallace – Review

IDLE INGREDIENTS by Matt Wallace – Review
Posted February 10, 2017 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 17 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Not my favorite of the books so far, but still a very funny and imaginative installment in the Sin du Jour series. At some point I thought maybe Matt Wallace’s series would start to feel “been there, done that,” but thankfully, he seems to have an unlimited supply of humorous fodder up his sleeves, […]

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber – Review

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber – Review
Posted January 23, 2017 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 23 Comments

The nitty-gritty: More Alice in Wonderland than The Night Circus, Garber’s debut is full of atmosphere and magic, but left me confused and scratching my head as well. I was so excited when I won a copy of Caraval from Goodreads, and I was even more excited when I got my act together and read […]

THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike – Review

THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike – Review
Posted October 31, 2016 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 16 Comments

Translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm The nitty-gritty: An atmospheric and creepy ghost story that kept me turning the pages, but ultimately suffered from awkward writing and plotting. I thought it would be nice to close out the month with a ghost story, especially since today is Halloween! I was initially drawn to The Graveyard Apartment […]

THE LAST WEEKEND: A NOVEL OF ZOMBIES, BOOZE, AND POWER TOOLS by Nick Mamatas – Review

THE LAST WEEKEND: A NOVEL OF ZOMBIES, BOOZE, AND POWER TOOLS by Nick Mamatas – Review
Posted January 8, 2016 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 6 Comments

The nitty-gritty: More literary ramble than horror, Mamatas’ bleak look at a changed world is beautifully written with sharp spikes of sudden violence. I signed up for drilling because I couldn’t get down to Mexico. I needed to experience life, to find something to write about. I needed pocket money. My credit score was immaterial, my […]

Novella Review: BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor

Novella Review: BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor
Posted December 21, 2015 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 13 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A very short but powerful story about a girl leaving home for the first time, with a strong theme of dealing with prejudice, but a little too short, in my opinion, to fully develop that theme. This is the second work of fiction that I’ve read by Nnedi Okorafor, and I have to […]

AFTER ALICE by Gregory Maguire – Review

AFTER ALICE by Gregory Maguire – Review
Posted October 20, 2015 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 15 Comments

The nitty-gritty: An Alice in Wonderland re-telling that didn’t quite hit the mark, but a wonderful look at the effect of Victorian society on a handful of memorable characters. So Mama waggled her fingers in the air, Go, go, and settled her crown of hair, the color of browning roses, upon the bolster of the […]