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City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

So, here it is. What seems to be the most talked about book of, if not the year, at least the season. I have had Robert Jackson Bennett on my list of authors I must try, and am quite glad to finally have read one of his books. That said, I also want to disclose that even though I love...

The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Frank Venturini

I couldn’t put this book down. I’ll start with that. And when I went to set up my review for it, and I had to assign it a genre, I really didn’t know what to put it as. The closest thing I can compare it to genre-wise is Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. That is science fiction, but the...

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

After finishing this book, I can’t help but ask myself why I have not read anything by Lauren Beukes before. This book is is just incredible (for lack of a more imaginative word). It is horrific, spell-binding and poetic, a fantastic story that left me both incredibly satisfied and wanting to read more by the author. “This city is all about the...

The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones

The String Diaries is a mysterious and intriguing tale. There’s no build up in this one, you are thrown straight into the action and are left trying to puzzle together everything through out the book. I tend to like that, and so I felt this started off very strong. The story features three different (alternating) timelines, each providing a piece of the...

The House of Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The House of Four Winds has the air of a fairy tale.  A fairy tale that features pirates, nonetheless. It’s an interesting setup; the royal family of a struggling land has a dozen daughters. They are each tasked with learning a trade seeing as how their family can’t support them all. The eldest daughter, Clarice, takes up the sword as...

The Wraith by Joe Hill

  This book is so messed up. But, in all the best imaginable ways I think. I went into this with some expectations. I have read NOS4A2 and the thought of getting a backstory that focused on Charlie “Talent” Manx III and Christmasland was quite exciting. I also love Joe Hill’s Locke and Key graphic novels, so, easy to assume,...

Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

Confession time. I am obviously a cruel and selfish reader. Why? I’m selfish because I so longed for another story of Fitz and Fool, another book to spend my time immersed in their world. And yet I feel cruel because I know how these stories go. Poor Fitz, things never fare well for him. So to wish for more stories,...

Unwept by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman

Sometimes I’m in the mood for something different from my normal reads, something outside of the books I know are telling stories I want to hear in a style that I enjoy. Sometimes this results in a huge payoff as I read and enjoy something quite different. So, I will admit this is the mindset I was in when I...

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

  If the blurb isn’t enough, here’s the trailer. It gives quite a good feel for the tone of the book: [video src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_Xo3A5UTjso”]   I just loved this book. I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I think it is better to go into this one knowing as little as possible. But as you can likely gather from...

The Shadow Master by Craig Cormick

The Shadow Master by Craig Cormick was a different read for me. It is a bit steam punk with some humor thrown in, and a central romance of star crossed lovers. The central premise of the story is interesting. The land has been ravaged by plague, with no one safe or immune from its devastating effects. No one that is, outside...