Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Non-Fantasy Books
Top Ten Tuesday / June 4, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? I am modifying this weeks theme a bit because it asked for top 10 books of your favorite genre, but since so much of my blog is devoted to Fantasy, I decided to mix it up and list out 10 of my favorite non-Fantasy books…. of course some of these may be a bit of fantasy as well, but their predominant genre would be something else. And I won’t commit that these are my absolute favorite top 10, because well, I know I will think of books later that I wished I had included. That’s just the way it goes. But these are 10 of my favorite non-fantasy (which means for me they are all either horror or science fiction since I don’t read much else)

Top Ten Tuesday – Page to Screen
Top Ten Tuesday / May 14, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Page to Screen Freebie (Books that became movies/TV shows, movies that became books, great adaptations, bad ones, books you need to read before watching their movie/TV show, movies you loved based on books you hated or vice versa, books you want to read because you saw the movie or vice versa, etc.) It’s been decades since I read the book, but the recent movie was fantastic, and I am so excited to see there is going to be a sequel This book was just a fun read, and the movie was every bit as fun and exciting. I’ve only read one of the books in this series, but really enjoyed it and want to read more. That said, I am really looking forward to this adaptation coming from Netflix. Hoping it holds up as well as the books! If nothing else, the promo looks awesome. Whenever people talk about the books always being better than the adaptation, I pull this out as my example of the rare exception. I read all (or almost all, there…

Top Ten Tuesday – Rainy Day Reads
Top Ten Tuesday / April 16, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is  Rainy Day Reads (submitted by Shayna @ Clockwork Bibliotheca)I had a really hard time deciding what would constitute a good “rainy day read” for me, because honestly, just getting to have a rainy day read is what I love and the books can vary. But I decided to go with books that I found very addictive quite quickly. I also tried to keep them under 400 pages with the thought of “quick reads”, but there are some that went over.

Review: Artemis by Andy Weir
Reviews / November 14, 2017

The Martian was a spectacular hit, and I’m sure the first question on everyone’s minds is “how does this compare”? Well, it had a very different feel. The type of humor was similar, but not quite the same. In The Martian, the humor all stemmed from surviving on Mars, and was self deprecating and a bit dark in the ways he might die, or how others might see ultimate demise. Jazz definitely has a bit darker sense of humor as well, but its not as life and death, and maybe doesn’t come across quite as nice. I don’t mean that as a negative, just that is how I compared the two styles. In this book, the moon has been colonized with a single city called Artemis. The city is a connected series of multi-level domes, where people under or above ground. The city has both permanent residents as well as many wealthy tourists, because really, who wouldn’t want to go visit the moon if they have the means. Because of the controlled atmosphere that allows humans to survive on the inhospitable moon, there are many restrictions on substances and items allowed in Artemis.  Anything that could pose a fire hazard…

Hot off the Press! New SFF Releases for January 24, 2017
New Releases / January 24, 2017

Curious what new books are releasing? I am highlighting the new releases that caught my eye for this week. Let me know if you see anything new, interesting or any must reads! I am sure I missed some worthy books as well, so please feel free the share!   FANTASY          SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   FANTASY       SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR     FANTASY            SCIENCE FICTION           HORROR   Department Zero Crilley, Paul 1/24/2017 A Conversation in Blood Paul S. Kemp 1/24/2017 Anno Dracula 1899 & Other Stories Kim Newman 1/24/2017 Dreadnought April Daniels 1/24/2017 Passing Strange Ellen Klages 1/24/2017 The Fifth Petal Brunonia Barry 1/24/2017 The Prometheus Man Reardon, Scott 1/24/2017 The Skill of Our Hands Steven Brust and Skyler White 1/24/2017 The Weight of the World Tom Toner 1/24/2017

Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
4.5 Stars , Reviews / August 1, 2016

Dark Matter is a science fiction thriller that hooks you instantaneously and just doesn’t let go. Addictive, to say the least. I ripped through it in about a day in a half, and happily found it to be one of those books that pretty much demands you neglect all other aspects of your life because it refuses to get to a point where you feel you can set it down. But I certainly wasn’t complaining. I love getting so into a story that I can’t/won’t do anything else. Thankfully not all the books I enjoy are like this as I do have a life that needs tending to, but when a book grabs me like this, I have to say I love leaving the real world behind for a bit. The concept of this book is fascinating as well. It examines the questions, what would you do differently in  your life if you were given a chance? How would that one decision impact the rest of your life? What would you do if one day your entire life has changed with no explanation of how or why? We get a brief picture of our protagonist, Jason, in his current life (his life before…

Review: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
4 Stars , Reviews / June 27, 2016

The Wolf Road is a brutal and fascinating story that entrenches you in the mind and personality of Elka, a young woman living in a post apocalyptic world that can be harsh and unforgiving. I found her personality and story both riveting and touching. She is far from a sentimental type, quite the opposite really. She is driven by practicality and survival and gives little thought or need for much of anything else. In all honesty, her character has not had the luxury of being able to experience little beyond this. Lost and on her own at the age of seven, she meets a man she eventually names Trapper. A man who can appear scary to her at times but when it comes down to it, he takes her in, gives her name (Elka) and teaches her all that she knows, takes care of her when she is sick or injured. They live in isolation in the remotes wilds where he teaches her to track, trap, hunt and survive. He becomes not only the largest, but also the only, influence on her as she develops from that lost young girl into a young woman. He also teaches her to fear other humans, solidifying her isolation with…

Review: Eleanor by Jason Gurley
4.5 Stars , Reviews / April 19, 2016

Eleanor is an emotional journey of a book, a journey that takes you to some dark and uncomfortable places. But don’t let that scare you away, because the author did an amazing job balancing the darker parts. It was actually a touching and magical story that happened to have some sad, tragic and painful elements. Eleanor and Esmerelda were inseparable twins until a tragic accident kills Esmerelda, leaving Eleanor’s life forever altered and inevitably darker than the one she remembers from before, back when her sister was alive and at her side. It is a story about hindsight, dreams, letting go and moving forward. It is a story of loss and recovery. It is a story that really packs a lot in its pages. It may not have taken me very long to read (maybe 2 days), but it is a story that will stick with me. While this book is undeniably emotional, it was not as depressing of a read as I had anticipated, there felt to be more to it than just heartache. But definitely be prepared for some serious feels. The structure of Eleanor does contain time jumps, but they are easy to navigate and help piece…

Stacking the Shelves – February 27, 2016
Stacking the Shelves / February 27, 2016

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’m not sure how I am supposed to “catch up” on books I have when I have a couple weeks like this! But, really excited about all of them! Received for Review                                       Arkwright by Allen Steele (finished hardcover) – This was an unexpected arrival from Tor. Honestly for some reason I don’t seem to pay as much attention to SF releases, but decided to read the first few pages to see what it was like since I had it in hand. And seriously, it has one of the most addictive openings ever. Many thanks to Tor for sending this my way!   The Lyre Thief by Jennifer Fallon (finished hardcover) – I featured this in a WoW post recently. It sounds like it has a great premise and potential for a really good female lead character. I’m really looking forward to delving into this one very, very soon! Again, thanks to Tor for the finished copy…

Stacking the Shelves
Stacking the Shelves / December 19, 2015

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! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! I don’t even know where to start! Received for Review                     I admit, I don’t read many comics. But when I saw the art for Monstress by Marjorie Liu, I had to read it. So many thanks to Image Comics for the review copy! This is absolutely stunning! I loved The Mechanical, so The Rising by Ian Tregillis was on my must read (or rather listen as I went audiobook with this series) list. Many thanks to Hachette Audio for the review copy!                     I just love the sound of The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis!! I get the impression it may be a more literary choice, which I really enjoy. I’m showing the UK cover because I don’t believe the US one has been released yet. Many thanks to Crown for the review copy! The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power sounds like an incredibly fun…