GIVEAWAY: Twelve Days by Steven Barnes
Giveaway / June 27, 2017

Today I am pleased to host a giveaway for  a new paranormal thriller that just released today. Twelve Days by Steven Barnes. Be sure to check out the details below, because this sounds like a seriously exciting book (with quite the body count). I love thrillers like this that take on a speculative aspect, bringing the paranormal to take things to the next level and so I am really looking forward to reading this one! [promosimple id=”bc6b”] About the Author Steven Barnes is the author of several science fiction classics. His first collaboration with Larry Niven, The Locusts, was nominated for the 1980 Hugo award. He has also written several episodes for The Outer Limits, Baywatch, and other television shows. He lives in Longview, Washington. About the Book A paranormal thriller from master storyteller Steven Barnes: A broken family struggles to hold itself together against a plot to unleash global genocide in Twelve DaysAround the world, leaders and notorious criminals alike are mysteriously dying. A terrorist group promises a series of deaths within two months. And against the backdrop of the apocalypse, the lives of a small shattered family and a broken soldier are transformed in the bustling city of Atlanta.Olympia Dorsey…

Audiobook Review: The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey
4 Stars , Reviews / June 19, 2017

I am going to start with talking a bit about reading order, I think both of The Boy on the Bridge and The Girl with All the Gifts can easily be read as stand-alones. The descriptions from the publishers are incredibly vague for both, which I tend to enjoy. That said, there is something about the world I had no idea of before reading The Girl With All the Gifts that gave an additional level of mystery and suspense that I think I could miss if I had known ahead of time. That has most likely been spoiled for most readers by this point, particularly with the movie and reading The Boy on the Bridge first will certainly take that bit of mystery away as well. But with that in mind, I would recommend reading The Girl With All the Gifts first if you plan to read both (and maybe skip this review and read my review for that book instead) While I was reading this one, I was asked a couple of times if knowing the outcome of The Girl With All the Gifts (which is set after this) ruined my reading experience at all. I really don’t think it…

Stacking the Shelves – June 17, 2017
Stacking the Shelves / June 17, 2017

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! I really need to do these posts more often! While I haven’t been requesting as many books, I did get a number of unsolicited books (which make me happy), and I also haven’t posted in a Stacking the Shelves in about a month, so I have a nice haul to share! Received for Review   3 Minutes by Roslund and Hellstrom – This was a surprise arrival from Quercus. I’ve not read this series, and looks like this is a book 7, but it does sound like it could be a good read. My thanks to Quercus! Halls of Law by V. M. Escalda – This book had not been on my radar at all until this surprise ARC showed up. This sounds right up my alley and I’m really looking forward to reading it. Many thanks to DAW! The Refrigerator Monologues by Cathrynne M. Valente – I had already read  and reviewed an ARC version of this, but was happy to see the finished hardcover show up. Many thanks to Saga Press and Wunderkind…

Review: The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
3 Stars , Reviews / June 6, 2017

I love the concept of this book which gives voice to those sidelined females in comic books. It creates fleshed out characters that have motivations and thoughts and intriguing stories all their own. It shows they are something more than just a footnote in the story of a super hero. And this book is all that, which is wonderful. However, this is going to be a hard one for me to review. When it comes down to it, while I love the concept and the general stories, the style itself is just not a style that works well for me. That does not mean it’s poorly executed by any means. This is a book where the type of humor just really fell flat for me. This is not an unusual struggle for me, it happens often enough I can recognize when I have issue due to the style rather than the writer’s ability to craft a story. I can also recognize the areas that this book fell flat for me may very well be what makes it a stand out in a very positive way for others. The book covers 6 different protagonists, each one with a unique story and situation…

Backlist Burndown Review: Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
Reviews / June 5, 2017

Glamour in Glass was every bit of an enjoyable escape for me as Shades of Milk and Honey. I absolutely love this time period setting and the magic of glamours just enhances that. In this one, Jane and Vincent work as a husband and wife team working as glamourists for noble families. Jane is adjusting to married life, as they are working on their “honeymoon”. I have to say, one of the things I am really enjoying about this series is light and fresh and it is also so easy to read. I know, that may not sound like much, but Kowal makes this story flow seemingly effortlessly, taking you noble world of Europe in the 1800s. I continue to enjoy Jane as a character. She is a strong female character that is edging a place for herself in the very misogynistic atmosphere that existed at the time. Women have their place, and it has typically been behind her husband and the men. Vincent treats her with respect, and sees her as an equal partner, but he’s also a bit clueless and awkward at times and is not always aware of how not everyone is the same as him. And…

Tough Traveling – Non-Human Protagonists

Tough Traveling is back! Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the original mastermind of Tough Traveling. And Laura is reviving it as a monthly feature over at Fantasy Faction. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, on the first of the month where we dig around to come up with examples of that month’s chosen trope in fantasy. We are using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. There will be link ups available over at Fantasy Faction, so join in and link up. So let the fun begin … This month’s theme?  Non-Human Protagonists I didn’t feel like I read all that many books with non-human protagonists, so most of mine are ones that may look human, but are some undead version, like vampires, or zombies, or even immortal gods. Also, aftwards I noticed the theme was supposed to be heroes… well, hopefully these can qualify in some way. I could probably make a case for most, though the demon from The Devil You Know would be the hardest. Ah well …. here it is. My list of non-human whatevers. Atl from Certain Dark Things by Silivia Moreno-Garcia Atl may look human, but she is anything but. Living in a vampire-free zone,…