Posts Categorized: Reviews

The Three by Sarah Lotz

There’s horror and then there’s horror. By that I mean there are novels that fit within the horror genre, with overt applications of “scary” and “suspenseful”, and then there are novels that are generally horrifying, with an ability to elicit dread from a reader. It is the latter category that Sarah Lotz’s first solo novel,… Read more »

A Neapolitan of Reviews: Vanilla, Strawberry, and Dog Slobber

The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins This week on Writing Excuses Brandon Sanderson proposes a three-pronged character model–sympathy, capability, and activity. In other words, an interesting character will have one of these three things in spades. Either the character is likable and endears themselves to the reader, is an expert in… Read more »

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

nce upon a time there was a book. In the first twenty pages it had like a bajillion names, several dozen instances of archaic speech patterns, and quite a bit of moping. I was instantly willing to hate it. But, because I’m a true critic of the arts, I continued. Also, because I can’t really… Read more »

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

 begin this review, not with a bang, but with a boom. The boom is the sound Words of Radiance made when I dropped it while reading. It was shortly followed by a howl of pain as it struck my pinky toe. It was not a manly howl, akin to a shrieking meerkat as its eviscerated… Read more »

Books I Have Minimal Thoughts On…

Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber Although chronologically the first stories of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Swords and Deviltry is composed of three novellas that were written quite a bit later than the more classic tales of the iconic duo. They are stories that fill in the blanks surrounding the origins of the pair,… Read more »

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Set in Henrietta, Virginia, Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys exhibits characteristics of the “southern novel”, a form I associate strongly with Tom Wolfe or Harper Lee. Novels of the American South tend to focus on the gross inequalities that exist there, often couched in racial terms, but also the nature of inherited wealth juxtaposed with the… Read more »

Round-up of older titles read recently (and one new one)

#1) Jhereg by Steven Brust Somehow I’ve gone 25 years of genre without reading Steven Brust. I remember very distinctly  buying The Phoenix Guards at a middle-school book fair, but found it not to my tastes at the time. Jhereg, Brust’s first novel, is nothing like how I remember that first foray. Stripped to the bare essentials,… Read more »

The Shorties: Godmaker by Stevon Deermeet

[Editor's note: The story reviewed in this piece is the third story in the Jurassic London 2013 Stocking Stuffer Chapbook. The chapbook features three stories themed, ostensibly, around regency romance. Liberties were taken. The chapbook, and 'Godmaker' can be downloaded or read online here for free.] Hot and heavy came the breath from Skeid Raalfstaag’s… Read more »

A Quartet of Reviews: ‘Cause I Need to Catch Up

She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky I’ve come to the conclusion that Daniel Polansky is a writer’s writer. By that I mean writers love his work. It isn’t to say that the average reader won’t enjoy She Who Waits or Straight Razor Cure, or Tomorrow the Killing, but that writers will enjoy them more. The… Read more »