Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (2010)

I’m pretty sure I added this to my wishlist years ago because of Fyrefly‘s review way back in 2011, which is suffeciently long ago that all I remembered about it was that it a) is a historical fantasy, b) has Jane Austen-ish elements, and c) the Doctor shows up as a character in every book. All good things! So when I saw Shades of Milk and Honey go on sale earlier last month, I bought Read More …

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

This was the second book for the #SFFWomen book club! I picked it partly because I love fairy tale retellings and partly because of a book friend’s review which said I wouldn’t be able to put it down once I started it. She was totally right! I ended up reading Daughter of the Forest in one day, staying up way too late to finish it. I had so much emotional investment in Sorcha’s story that Read More …

The Just City by Jo Walton (2015)

I’ll be honest: my philosophy 101 class was so boring and terrible I’ve mostly forgotten everything about it. The only thing I DO remember is the thing about the caves, and that’s only because it came up in some of my other (non-philosophy) classes. So when I saw that Jo Walton had written a book about a city built based upon Plato’s Republic, I was super worried it’d be dry and boring. Even though I Read More …

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

So I knew Vicious was about an anti-hero (or even a villain) who did something with superpowers. I knew it had it amazing cover. I also knew several of my blog friends had read and loved it, so it seemed like a safe bet that I’d like it, too. And I did! Superhero stories about people who aren’t actually heroic are great because they make you think about things. Like, what makes a hero? Are Read More …

Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear

I’ve been wanting to read Range of Ghosts ever since I listened to a podcast interview with Elizabeth Bear a few months ago. I’d previously read Dust, which I remember liking a lot. Range of Ghosts is a fantasy set in ancient Mongolia/China– very different from Dust, which is a scifi story set way in the future on a spaceship. There are scary monsters, creepy twins, lots of wonderful worldbuilding and historical details, and great Read More …

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

I can’t remember how this ended up on my wishlist, but it probably had something to do with the cover. LOOK at it! It’s so amazing– and the story inside is just as good. Loved the protagonist, Tara, and her scary-competent boss. Abelard, a monk with shades of various Terry Pratchett characters, was also very likable. I had a great time rooting for Tara and Abelard to solve the mystery and save the city. I Read More …

Afterparty by Daryl Gregory

It’s future!Canada! And in future!Canada drugs can be printed on paper! And then you eat them. And then you see God. Literally. Numinous is a tricky drug; it changes the chemicals (or something) in your brain so you hallucinate religion. It’s like zombies, but they’re high on god instead of turning living corpses. What I loved most was that the whole book is a kind of meditation on religion and spirituality and if believing in Read More …

Steampunk and court intrigue: a review of The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Shout out to Memory, who first drew my attention to the existance of this book on NetGalley. This is one of those books I would never have found on my own if someone hadn’t pointed it out to me. And that would have been a real shame, because The Goblin Emperor is amazing and lovely and I love it and OMG OMG I read it all in one day! It’s a pretty big book and Read More …

City of Fire by Laurence Yep

Amazing and fun things in this book: It’s set in California! And also Hawaii! Now that I live in California, I’ve been especially interested in books set here (especially especially if they’re set in places I’ve visited). City of Fire takes place (mostly) in San Francisco, which I sadly have not been to yet. But I’m planning on going soon! Yay! There’s a good balance between more lighthearted fantasy stuff and darker, more depressing things. Read More …

REVIEW: Hidden Talents by David Lubar

This is a reread, though the last time I read it was sometime before I started this blog so it’s been at LEAST five years. I remember liking it more back then! The downside of being a book blogger is that you end up reading so many good books so often that books you enjoy pre-book blogging usually pale in comparison (though there are exceptions). Back when this book came out, I think there were Read More …