Category: 3 1/2 stars

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 […]

BADGE, BOOK, AND CANDLE (BOOKBURNERS #1) by Max Gladstone – Review

BADGE, BOOK, AND CANDLE (BOOKBURNERS #1) by Max Gladstone – Review
Posted September 17, 2015 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 15 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A great start to an exciting new venture in storytelling, all wrapped up in a compact urban fantasy package. She’d met people on this very train who told her with overwhelming conviction that they were the product of genetic experimentation by the United States government using alien DNA, and they’d built a prototype […]

BLOOD AND SALT by Kim Liggett – Review

BLOOD AND SALT by Kim Liggett – Review
Posted September 11, 2015 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 20 Comments

The nitty-gritty: An atmospheric and stylish tale of family secrets written in blood, with elements of horror that weren’t quite scary enough for me. “Which way?” he asked as we stood in the center of the barren patch of earth. As if answering his question, the breeze whipped through the field, revealing a path and […]

ZEROES by Chuck Wendig – Review

ZEROES by Chuck Wendig – Review
Posted August 17, 2015 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 16 Comments

The nitty-gritty: An action-packed techno-thriller—a bit of a departure for Wendig—that still manages to entertain, despite some over-the-top story elements. If there’s one thing you can count on from Chuck Wendig, it’s that he’s not afraid to try out new genres. I didn’t know much about Zer0es going into it, and I wasn’t sure what […]