Very quick reviews: May & June 2015

Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me – Al Ewing A Loki who wants redemption and who doesn’t look like the bottom of an old shoe? Awesome! On the other hand, very much read like a continuation of about three other series (because it is), and at least two issues crossed over with another title and didn’t make much sense if you hadn’t read anything outside of this one. Annoying. Pretty good art, however, Read More …

Quick comic book reviews, part 2

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 …

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

Bloody Jack has been on my to-read list for years and years; it’s an adventure novel set in a historic time period with a female protagonist who runs away to have adventures. Exciting! I went in thinking it’d be something like my ultimate favorite “adventure novel set in a historic time period with a female protagonist who runs away to have adventures” book, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Bloody Jack has the same sort Read More …

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach (2013)

This was the first book for #SFFWomen book club! I picked it mostly because it’s gotten amazing reviews since it was published in 2013– also, it was on my TBR pile and I wanted to force myself to read it. Ha! Devi is fairly atypical for female characters. She’s ambitious, unromantic, violent and super headstrong. She’s kind of stereotypical “strong woman” character–as in, she is “strong” because she acts like an insanely macho man. But Read More …

Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling (1997)

So this turned out to be one of those books that was SO GOOD it made it impossible for me to read another book for a few days. I didn’t want to! I just wanted to keep thinking about Stalking Darkness, and the characters, and their world, and EVERYTHING. Best new character POV goes to Beka, a soldier and secret Chosen One. (That wasn’t a spoiler because it’s pretty obvious from the get-go.) She’s so Read More …

Currently reading: His Majesty’s Dragon

temeraire his majesty's dragon by naomi novik fantasy

This year marks the final installment in Naomi Novik’s amazing Temeraire series. If you haven’t heard of it before, Temeraire is an alternate history fantasy set during the Napoleonic wars. It stars a former Navy captain, Laurence, who comes across a dragon egg during a battle one day. The egg hatches Temeraire, a super intelligent, utterly charming dragon. They then join the Aerial Corps, where whole crews of men (and women!) fight dragons from atop Read More …

Steel by Carrie Vaughn (2011)

Pirates! Magical swords! Swashbuckling adventures! Gross historical details that add flavor and color while also grounding it in realism! Steel has everything one could want in a book about time travel, fencing, and being confident in oneself. What I liked best about Steel was that the protagonist, Jill, was unapologetically skilled at something. She wasn’t a special snowflake, she didn’t magically just KNOW how to use a sword. She worked hard at it, and it Read More …

Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

I bought this when it went on sale last year because of a blog review which I unfortunately can’t find right now. But wherever it is, it convinced me to give it a go. And y’all, I LOVED IT. SO MUCH. For some reason I thought it was more of a romance than it actually is? It is not a romance; it is instead a fantasy adventure mystery with really excellent characters. There is a Read More …