Weekly reading, vol. 12

I mean, eventually I’ll get back on schedule with these. For now, here’s what I read for the week of February 14-20, 2016. Dreamspinner had a sale on three Kim Fielding books over the weekend, and I couldn’t resist picking them up. I immediately read Astounding! , a m/m romance between a scifi managzine editor and an alien. Alien!hero is stranded on Earth after coming back in the 1950s to observe humankind. All he wants Read More …

Weekly reading, vol. 11

Totally forgot to post this on Sunday, whoops! My first book for this week was Chasing Death Metal Dreams by Kaje Harper , a contemporary romance starring a transgender PoC protag with a death metal band and a wannabe artist with a history of bad boyfriends. It’s got super hot sexytimes and a slow-burn emotional connection, and you can read it for free! I very much enjoyed it, despite how prickly all the characters were. Read More …

Weekly reading, vol. 8

Hello, happy Sunday! I’m sick or something and my throat hurts and I have no energy and it stinks. But I have a bunch of mini-reviews for the 11 books I read this week! Still heavy into m/m romances, too, btw. I remember seeing a few reviews of Little White Duck by Na Liu back when it first came out, so I snagged it when I spotted it on the shelf at one of my Read More …

Spectr vol. 1 by Jordan L. Hawk

A novella series is tough to review; each book is just a little too short to write about on its own and trying to do the whole series at once is super tiring. But I really liked these books so I’m gonna give it a shot. Hunter of demons So basically all these books are short, but good. I do prefer full-length novels to almost anything else, but novellas are fun because you can finish Read More …

One-Eyed Jack by Elizabeth Bear

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 …

Iron & Velvet by Alexis Hall (2013)

As you know, I am a huge fan of Alexis Hall’s Prosperity series, which is a steampunk historical romance horror thing with amazing characters and a fantastic setting. Her Kate Kane series, meanwhile, is an urban paranormal mystery series with romance elements set in modern day London. I burnt out on urban paranormal mystery romances some years ago, but I had faith that AH wouldn’t just regurgitate the same old tropes that originally turned me Read More …

Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers! ♥ There are lots of DWJ books on Scribd that I haven’t read, which is both wonderful and terrible. New DWJ to read! Yay! Less new-to-me DWJ to read once I’ve read these ones. Boo. I’m running out of unread DWJ books and it is VERY UPSETTING. Anyway, I really liked this one. It reminded me of The Game— ancient gods causing trouble in modern times– but since Read More …

Aunt Maria by Diana Wynne Jones

Whenever I start a Diana Wynne Jones I generally have an idea what the story’s going to be like. There will be children in peril, magic and/or scifi of some kind, and good or bad adults (sometimes both) doing things that impede the children’s quest in some way. It’s comforting knowing what’s going to happen in a story (in a general sense), and so I expected that same sort of feeling from Aunt Maria. Nope! Read More …

Currently reading: The Headless Cupid

I had a tiny meltdown on Twitter the other day, worrying about rereads and how to blog about them. Usually I only review something twice, as any more than that seems like overkill. It’s also really difficult for me to review something I’ve read ten times before, as it’s become such a part of my “reading personality” that I don’t feel I can properly articulate why I love it so much. Anyway, my current reread Read More …

Runaways, Vol. 1-3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona

Okay, so this is the first major story arc for Runaways (I think). These three volumes comprise a complete story, so theoretically you could stop there and be perfectly happy!1 I was perfectly happy, because I love stories about teenage superheroes having personal problems. The fact that their personal problems consisted of evil supervillian parents was just icing on the cake. Other personal problems: friendship, learning to trust, betrayal, romance and squishy teenage feelings, sometimes Read More …