The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance by Trisha Telep My review rating: 4 of 5 starsI’m extremely surprised by how much I enjoyed this anthology! I picked it up intending to just read the stories by authors I know I like—Kelley Armstrong, Ilona Andrews, Carrie Vaughn, Holly Lisle, Jeaniene Frost, Maria V. Snyder. I had […]
At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost My review rating: 4 of 5 starsCat is definitely coming into her own now, and her relationship with Bones is portrayed far more healthily than most in the paranormal romance category. I love the fact that she demands that he permit her to stand as his equal, rather than […]
Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy by Dana Stabenow My review rating: 3 of 5 starsAnother uneven anthology. I still have it in my hands, so I’ll try to hit each story briefly. “Lucky” by Charlaine Harris — Sookie is much easier to take in short form. I can’t help it, the woman grates […]
Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready My review I give up. I just don’t care what happens to anybody in this book. Back to the library with it! View all my reviews.
Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre My review rating: 5 of 5 starsI can’t think of a thing that wasn’t right in Blue Diablo. I can think of one thing that made it stand head and shoulders above much of what I’ve read lately: Aguirre knows that sexual tension can be much sexier than explicit sex […]
The Parable of the Shower by Leah Bobet is an absolutely hilarious short story. The angel of the LORD cometh upon you in the shower at the worst possible moment: one hand placed upon thy right buttock and the other bearing soap, radio blaring, humming a heathen song of sin. Thanks to Sarah Monette for the heads-up!
ETA: This otherwise cryptic post was a response to a Plinky prompt that asked what book I’d take if I were called to jury duty today. I can’t imagine why their “share with blog” function doesn’t include the prompt! I wouldn’t worry too much, as I can be fairly sure that I’ll never be PICKED […]
Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton My review rating: 3 of 5 starsI kept saying I was giving up on Hamilton’s books, then giving her just one more chance as each novel came out, hoping that at some point she’d give up the porn and write real novels again. With this volume, the effort is […]
Mean Streets by Jim Butcher My review rating: 4 of 5 starsMean Streets is one of the best anthologies I’ve read in a while. It only has four different pieces in it, but they’re all novellas, and all by strong, experienced writers. I don’t think any of them are here riding on someone else’s name […]
Blood from Stone by Laura Anne Gilman My review rating: 5 of 5 starsIt feels like a spoiler, but since Gilman says this at the front of the book, I suppose it isn’t: Blood From Stone is the last Retrievers novel, at least for a time. She’s moving on to focus on other characters in […]