Top Ten Tuesday – 12 Books More People Need to Read
Top Ten Tuesday / April 17, 2018

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 FREEBIE – So, I’ll pick TOP 12 Books More People Need to Read (because picking just 10 was too hard) The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark (review is coming very soon) – Great start to a new, grim, epic fantasy Soul of the World by David Mealing Black Wolves by Kate Elliot Borderline by Mishell Baker The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston The Holver Alley Crew (or The Thorn of Dentonhill) by Marshall Ryan Maresca The Facefaker’s Game by Chandler Birch The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman Bite by K. S. Merbeth The White Road by Sarah Lotz

Tough Traveling – Vampires

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme? VAMPIRES VAMPIRES are increasingly rare on the TOUR. They have been attracted over tot he Horror Tour by offers of better pay. Where they appear, you will find up to date Vampires wear expensive sunglasses and wish to drain you of energy rather than blood.   1850s Steamboat Vampires from Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin Such a sense of setting in this one! Complete with a steamboat full of vampires gracing the Mississippi river. Some of these vampires are striving to blend with society, but others, well, they see mortal humans as cattle to sustain.     1950s Plague Victim Vampires from I am Legend by Richard Matheson A plague…

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Loved Reading with Book Club (plus some I wish I had)
Top Ten Tuesday / January 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme: Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club (or you could pick a specific kind of book club — like if you had a YA book club or an adult book club or a science fiction book club etc.) It’s late on Tuesday, but when I saw the theme, I decided I had to do the list. I’ve been running the book clubs at Fantasy Faction for a couple of years, and I help organize the Book of the Month for r/Fantasy’s Goodreads group, so when it comes to book club choices, yes! I have an opinion, and yes! I can make some lists!! I decided to break this one up though and do two sets of 5. The first was going to be my 5 favorite book club choices that I have already done, the other is 5 books I have read, but would have LOVED to do with a book club. But I got carried away with my first list, and decided to make…

Tenaciously Stacking the Shelves
Stacking the Shelves / December 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way.   The holiday giving season came a bit early! I unexpectedly received this in the mail. It features short stories from a number of my favorite authors, so I’m really looking forward to it:     And the digital pile: eARCs   Golden Son by Pierce Brown – I loved the first, and have to admit to diving straight into this one as soon as I could. So far it is just as intense and addictive as the first! Many thanks to NetGally and Del Rey for this one! The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan – I really enjoyed the first two and am anxious to see how the trilogy plays out in this final book. Many thanks to Orbit for offering this for review. A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall – This is the ‘new to me’ author/book I am most excited for in 2015. I’ve heard great things from an early reader and have heard it compared to some of my favorite authors. It does not come out until March, but may find itself next in…

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More
Top Ten Tuesday / September 16, 2014

  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More I tried to keep this to authors that actually have more than one book published, meaning, I could have read more by this author by now, but for some reason, I just haven’t. Otherwise, this list could be insanely long!! 🙂 And I figure I can’t feel guilty about not reading more when there’s not more to be read. Not that the list has to be about book guilt, but yeah, that’s how I’m doing it. A shame list of sorts. K. J. Parker -I read The Folding Knife (review) for book club last year, and absolutely loved it. It’s very low fantasy, there was even some debate about wether it should be considered fantasy, butI honestly didn’t care. I was blown away by the protagonist (quite a morally ambiguous nasty piece of work), the politics, the scheming, and the questions I had about everything (in a good way). Parker has plenty of other books out there, and short stories. I often question why…

Waiting on Wednesday – The Lesser Dead
Waiting On Wednesday / August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon.   All I can say is that Between Two Fires blew me away earlier this year. The horror elements that he wove in with historical fiction were amazing.  I find it quite interesting that all of Buehlman’s books have such a different setting and am quite curious (anxious) to see what he does with late 1970s NYC and vampires! And honestly, if anyone can write something to make a vampire scared, it’s got to be Buehlman.   The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman Expected Publication: October 7th 2014 by Berkley Hardcover   As much F. Scott Fitzgerald as Dean Koontz” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs), Christopher Buehlman excels in twisting the familiar into newfound dread in his genre-bending” (California Literary Review) novels. Now the acclaimed author of Those Across the River delivers his most disquieting tale yet… The secret is, vampires are real and I am one. The secret is, I’m stealing from you what is most truly yours and I’m not sorry… New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has…

Tough Traveling – Save the World!

Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin … This weeks theme?  SAVING THE WORLD SAVING THE WORLD is something many Tours require you to do. You have to defeat the DARK LORD or WIZARDS who are trying to enslave everyone. OK, I have to do it. The first item on my list is going to be my Honorable Mention, just because SAVE THE CHEERLEADER, SAVE THE WORLD is all I can think of with this weeks’s theme. I also seem to be rather heavy on the Science Fiction versus Fantasy, but …. oh well. They still need to save the world,  so I’m just going with it. Honorable Mention: Heroes T.V. Show – I recently watched this on Netflix, and…

Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman
5 Stars , Reviews / June 21, 2014

Holy Hell. This book. I’m not even sure where to begin. I found this in my library’s audiobook selection. Gave it a closer look as it seemed to be neither YA nor PNR. That’s quite an unusual (and desirable) find given my library’s more typical offerings. I went to check out what others thought of it on Goodreads. And. NONE of my 100+ genre reading Goodreads friends have read it. Seriously? This made me have some doubts. Surely if it was worth a read, someone would have read it by now. I mean, I think I read a lot, but I don’t even come close to going through books like some of my pals on Goodreads. But, it sounded interesting, and it cost me nothing but a bit of time to check it out. I figured if I didn’t like it I could just find something else, no harm done. But I never lost interest. Instead I was pulled in to what I first thought was going to be more of a Historical Fiction type of book with just a bit of Fantasy bend to it.  And it definitely is a historical fiction setting/feel with beautifully crafted prose that flows easily. The…