REVIEW: Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

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All the wonderful things from the first two Whyborne & Griffin books are present in this third one, plus more. Action, adventure, romance! Spooky monsters! Stormhaven has a heavy Lovecraft influence, this time in a “dweller of the deep” kind of thing. Gods being summoned from the depths of the sea, (more) secret magic cults, insanity and possession all have a big part in the story; it’s super spooky and made me think of dark Read More …

REVIEW: One-Eyed Jack by Elizabeth Bear

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Things I have a soft spot for: gods (or something similar) trying to make it in America, odes to places not much oded to, boyfriends, personifications of cities gaining sentience. Things this book has: all that! Plus Elvis! Any book with American-grown gods is going to be compared to Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, but what’s different about One-Eyed Jack is that they’re not so much GODS as personifications of cities (or certain genres of media!) Read More …

REVIEW: Peripheral People by Reesa Herberth & Michelle Moore

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I picked up Peripheral People because of the scifi MYSTERY angle, with the romance being a bonus. (I’m also always on the lookout for scifi books starring people other than straight white dudes. Especially ones with aliens! Just fyi.) Scifi mysteries are far and few and I desperately need to find more of them. Especially if they’re as good as Peripheral People! Admittedly, this one has a serial killer, a plot detail I’m not much Read More …

Music to read books to

I like having music playing almost constantly; it’s relaxing, and depending on the type of music it can actually help me concentrate on whatever I’m doing. Like reading books! (Or soon, studying.) I’ve found that instrumental, acoustic and New Age music work best for when I’m doing something involving a lot of words. Anything an especially upbeat sound trips me up– I start paying more attention to the songs than what I’m doing. Lyrics seem Read More …

Quick comic book reviews, part 2

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Quick note: you can get a month of Marvel Unlimited for ONE PENNY until 7/20/15! This promo works for both MU newbies and people who’ve previously had it but canceled (like me). Just be sure to cancel before 5pm EST the day before it ends, or you’ll be charged for the next month. All the books I’m reviewing in this post are available on MU, btw. Storm Vol. 1: Make it Rain – Greg Pak Read More …

REVIEW: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

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Things I like: scifi stories starring women characters; robots; self-aware spaceships; visions of the future which don’t focus on straight white males; societies which aren’t just a copy-paste of current American/European society; space aliens; people enacting long, drawn-out plans of revenge. Things Ancillary Justice has: all those and more! This is one of those books where I’m just so happy to have read it that I had hard time coming up with a coherent review Read More …