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 …

REVIEW: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

This is technically the second book in the Oxford Time Travel series, though you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one. I this because a) I’m pretty sure someone told me so (Jo Walton, maybe?) and b) I haven’t read the first one and I very much enjoyed To Say Nothing of the Dog! So, this book has a lot of different genre elements in it. There is time travel, Read More …

A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones

So, yeah: I read this way back in March for Diana Wynne Jones month, and then I never reviewed it. For shame! A Tale of Time City is actually one of my favorite DWJ books, and I guess that makes it kinda difficult to review. It’s so good! It’s got time travel, precocious children, vaguely mythological scifi things that’ve mixed over with fantasy, interesting future!technology, WWII (for a little bit, anyway), androids and good parents Read More …

The Time Garden by Edward Eager

Eh. Magical creature + group of kids + time travel stuff = what SHOULD be a great book, but instead turned out to be bleh. Magical plants are interesting and I liked the kids (kinda), but there’s just something in this book that kept me from really loving it. Maybe it’s too much like some other Edward Eager books? There’s time travel and visits to foreign lands, which is basically Half Magic and Seven-Day Magic. Read More …

REVIEW: Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones (#dwjmarch)

The first time I read Hexwood, I was all “wtf.”1 It’s one of those books that, if you don’t pay super close attention to the details, will throw you for a loop sooner or later. With time travel, space government conspiracies, and machines that mess with your perception of the world, romance, terror and robots called Yam, there’s a LOT to pay attention to. I’m not an actual speed reader but I sometimes do skim Read More …

REVIEW: Half Magic by Edward Eager

This isn’t my favorite Edward Eager book, but it’s the only one I have so far. So! Half Magic is a cute book, though not without its 1950s problems of light racism/sexism. The girls are all preteen housewives, and there’s a semi-uncomfortable scene with the kids and an Arabian villain. However! There’s ALSO another scene where Katherine turns herself into a knight and kicks Lancelot1 in the rear during a tournament.2 So it kinda balances Read More …

REVIEW: Time Traders by Andre Norton

My second Andre Norton book! Unfortunately, I didn’t really like it. It’s sci-fi, which is what she’s famous for, so that’s good. There’s time travel! I like time travel, generally. And there’s also aliens(?) and lots of Cold War stuff, which can both be interesting.1 However! Despite all the good stuff, I just couldn’t get into this book. I think my main problem was that even though it’s set roughly 60+ years into the future Read More …

REVIEW: What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown

040. What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown Publication: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 1, 2009), ebook, 355pp / ISBN 1402218311 Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance Read: February 26-27, 2012 Source: Freebie Summary from Amazon: When a modern woman goes back to Jane Austen’s time, she needs to know… Everything! Eleanor agrees to travel back in time to prevent a deadly duel, but she doesn’t know how to behave, what to say, and most importantly… How to Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: Dust, My Fair Godmother, Wish

034. Dust by Arthur Slade Publication: Dava Enterprises (February 5, 2011), originally published 2003, ebook, 192pp / ISBN 0385730047 Genre: MG Horror, Historical Fiction Read: February 19-20, 2012 Source: Bought Mini-Review This was way scarier than I thought it’d be for some reason. It reminds me somewhat of The Boneshaker and how that was scary, how it deals with the power adults have over children physically, emotionally, and so on. I liked the writing in Read More …

REVIEW: The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley-Archer

137. The Time Travelers (The Gideon Trilogy #1) by Linda Buckley-Archer Publication: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 11, 2007), originally published 2006, Paperback, 416pp / ISBN 1416915265 Genre: YA Sci-fi, Historical Fiction Read: October 31, 2011 Source: Bought Summary from Amazon: Gideon Seymour, thief and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Read More …