The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yuan and Sonny Liew

I won this in the spring readathon! I picked it because I really liked the idea of both a Chinese-American superhero and a re-imagining of an old (pre?)Golden Age comic, The Green Turtle. The back of The Shadow Hero talks about the original series (which was written by a Chinese-American) and its historical impact, and reproduces the original first issue.1 The re-imagining is MUCH better than The Green Turtle‘s first issue, if only because it’s Read More …

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

I won my copy of A Natural History of Dragons from Word for Teens— I LOVE dragons and fake memoirs and fantasy history, and as A Natural History of Dragons has ALL THOSE THINGS I knew I’d enjoy reading it. And lo! I did indeed enjoy it. The historical fantasy thing is actually more like “set in an alternate world with a vaguely recognizable historical setting (Victorian? Regency?),” which is just as good as real Read More …

REVIEWS: Wrapping up 2012

These are it! The last reviews for books read in 2012. I’ve only got a few so I’m just sticking them all in one post. Then it’s on to new things. Huzzah! I’ve watched various Sherlock Holmes TV shows so many times I can’t remember whether or not I’ve actually read the stories, so I think I’ll review the audiobook production instead. I got this version free for Amazon’s Whispersync promo thing; it’s produced by Read More …

Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones

The nice thing about authors who write over a period of multiple decades is that they (usually) have the opportunity to try out different genres, writing styles, and so on. Diana Wynne Jones mostly wrote in fantasy-ish genres, but she did a few sci-fi stories that aren’t too bad, either, and this one, Dogsbody, is probably her most famous of her pre-Howl’s Moving Castle writings. Seems like everyone recommends either this book or HMC (while Read More …

REVIEW: Bloodshot by Cherie Priest

Man, thinking about having to write this review has given me (hypothetical) hives, because I adore Cherie Priest and I absolutely love her steampunk books and I know she’ll find this review somehow and I don’t want her to hate me. I put off writing a review for a while because of the (hypothetical) hives, because, you see…I’m just not enthusiastic about Bloodshot. I was SO excited about it when she was posting updates re:plot/wordcount/etc Read More …

The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn by John Bellairs

I won this book from Jenny at Jenny’s Books and it came in the mail last week! John Bellairs is one of my favorite authors– I love the Lewis Barnavelt series– and Brad Strickland, who became his ghostwriter after Mr. Bellairs died, isn’t so bad either. Unfortunately The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn wasn’t as good as some of his other books. It’s not bad, but it’s just a little bit too 1970’s to be completely Read More …