Category: Reviews

THE HUNGER by Alma Katsu – Review

THE HUNGER by Alma Katsu – Review
Posted February 19, 2018 by Tammy in 5 stars, Reviews / 7 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Dark, complex and terrifying, The Hunger fuses historical events with a creeping, supernatural horror, making this a standout book of 2018. A quick note for those who might be sensitive to the use of the word “Indian” when talking about Native Americans: Please note that during the timeframe of these events, Native Americans […]

PRIDE AND PROMETHEUS by John Kessel – Review

PRIDE AND PROMETHEUS by John Kessel – Review
Posted February 12, 2018 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 18 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A highly inventive mash-up of Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein, told in pitch perfect prose that evokes the styles of both Jane Austen and Mary Shelley. What do you get when you take two beloved classics, one gothic and one romantic, and mash them together? In this case, you get a fascinating tale of […]

SENLIN ASCENDS by Josiah Bancroft – Review

SENLIN ASCENDS by Josiah Bancroft – Review
Posted February 5, 2018 by Tammy in 4 stars, Reviews / 24 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A surprisingly well-written, well crafted and thrilling adventure. I still recall a line from that feckless Everyman’s Guide. It said something like, “the Tower’s real trade is in whimsy, adventure, and romance.” I cannot image a less accurate trio. Though, who in their right minds would’ve come if the editors had said, “the […]

PERFECT LITTLE STITCHES AND OTHER STORIES by Deborah Sheldon – Review

PERFECT LITTLE STITCHES AND OTHER STORIES by Deborah Sheldon – Review
Posted January 22, 2018 by Tammy in 3 1/2 stars, Reviews / 21 Comments

The nitty-gritty: An uneven collection of short horror fiction that nonetheless delivers some truly terrifying tales. It’s very rare these days that I accept a book for review directly from an author, especially one unfamiliar to me. But I decided to take a chance on Deborah Sheldon and her debut short story collection, Perfect Little […]

THE SKY IS YOURS by Chandler Klang Smith – Review

THE SKY IS YOURS by Chandler Klang Smith – Review
Posted January 19, 2018 by Tammy in 5 stars, Reviews / 22 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A big, bold, and chaotic futuristic story where the absurd is commonplace, dragons patrol the skies, and everyone has a chance at redemption. Grub and Morsel told me on another occasion that one day soon, Duluth will take them to touch a dragon–it seems this is a coming-of-age ritual in this savage locale. […]

THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black – Review

THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black – Review
Posted January 12, 2018 by Tammy in 4 1/2 stars, Reviews / 33 Comments

The nitty-gritty: A dangerous and thrilling tale that grips the reader from the first page and never lets up. If one thing is certain, you can usually count on seasoned and experienced writers to deliver a great story, and I’m happy to report, like so many other reviewers, that The Cruel Prince is a winner. […]

WINTERGLASS by Benjanun Sriduangkaew – Review

WINTERGLASS by Benjanun Sriduangkaew – Review
Posted January 8, 2018 by Tammy in 4 1/2 stars, Reviews / 16 Comments

The nitty-gritty: Exquisite writing and magical worldbuilding made this a reading experience I won’t soon forget. Lussadh turns on the heating and listens to the ghosts murmur, a low purr that thrums through walls and ebony boards. Shamans–alchemists of the spirit–can hear and understand their chatter, it is said, the secrets of the dead. If […]