Review: Shady Lady by Ann Aguirre

Shady Lady by Ann Aguirre My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars I have to give a fair­ly high rat­ing to a book that involves a woman who large­ly saves her­self from mul­ti­ple assas­sins (nat­ur­al and super­nat­ur­al) sent by the head of a drug car­tel. There are sexy men in her life (three, in fact), but she’s […]

Book Review: Blood Lite III: Aftertaste edited by Kevin J. Anderson

Blood Lite III: After­taste by Kevin J. Ander­son My rat­ing: 2 of 5 stars This anthol­o­gy is sup­posed to be humor­ous hor­ror. I have a mes­sage for Kevin J. Ander­son: gross­ness is not near­ly enough for humor. I hope vol­ume two was fun­nier (I haven’t read it yet), but if it was as bad as this […]

Book Review: Down These Strange Streets edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois

Down These Strange Streets by George R.R. Mar­tin My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars This anthol­o­gy gath­ers sto­ries from authors who nor­mal­ly write in var­i­ous gen­res. The com­mon­al­i­ty is that each sto­ry is a mys­tery, and there’s a fan­tas­tic twist to each. Mar­t­in’s intro­duc­tion calls such sto­ries the “bas­tard stepchild” of mys­tery and hor­ror. Char­laine Harris’ […]

Book Review: Entangled edited by Edie Ramer

Entan­gled by Edie Ramer My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars I picked this anthol­o­gy up because all pro­ceeds go to the Breast Can­cer Research Foun­da­tion, which is a won­der­ful cause. Many of the authors’ lives have been touched by can­cer in one way or anoth­er, some first-hand. The vol­ume is Hal­loween-themed, as well. I don’t believe I’ve […]

Book Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reck­on­ing by Char­laine Har­ris My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars For fluff, it’s got some real­ly dark scenes. It does­n’t have enough of a plot to be any­thing more than fluff, though. It absolute­ly does NOT stand alone, so don’t con­sid­er read­ing this book unless you’ve read all that went before it — you’ll be […]

Book Review: Tricked by Kevin Hearne

Tricked by Kevin Hearne My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars That was so good. Just so very good. Like the last three — well plot­ted, with good char­ac­ter devel­op­ment from a fas­ci­nat­ing cast of char­ac­ters. This time most of the mythol­o­gy is Native Amer­i­can (specif­i­cal­ly Nava­jo) instead of Norse or Celtic, but there’s a lit­tle spice […]

Book Review: Hammered by Kevin Hearne

Ham­mered by Kevin Hearne My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars Wow. This book has a non-stop pace, for rea­sons that will be obvi­ous to the read­er but can­not be explained to oth­ers with­out spoil­ers. I’ll just say “clear your cal­en­dar” because you’ll not find ANY good stop­ping places. One of the things that tru­ly impress­es me […]

Book Review: Places to Be, People to Kill edited by Brittiany A. Koren & Martin H. Greenberg

Places To Be, Peo­ple To Kill by Brit­tiany A. Koren My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars I enjoyed this anthol­o­gy more than one might expect from a col­lec­tion of sto­ries about killers, but then I’ve read a cou­ple of vol­umes edit­ed by Brit­tiany A. Koren and Mar­tin H. Green­berg now, and I trust the pair. (Green­berg has […]

Book Review: Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Hound­ed by Kevin Hearne My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars I just can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s well-plot­t­ed. There’s an excel­lent cast of char­ac­ters, and they devel­op in inter­est­ing ways. The world-build­ing is won­der­ful­ly rich.  I have the same incred­i­ble, bub­bly feel­ing that I did when read­ing the very first Dres­den Files novel […]

Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James My rat­ing: 2 of 5 stars I did­n’t intend to read this book, as I’d large­ly heard snark about it. A dear friend rec­om­mend­ed it, though, so I final­ly gave it a read. The writ­ing def­i­nite­ly needs pol­ish and a good editor—I could­n’t pos­si­bly give it more than 3 stars […]

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