Backlist Burndown Review: Last Call by Tim Powers
3.5 Stars , Reviews / June 26, 2015

The Last Call is a unique fantasy where magic lies within cards. It is about fate and destiny as told by the cards. When you play with others, you also have the ability to control and trade your destiny in life through the game at hand. One player has even found a way to win people’s bodies for his own devices through these ‘games’. Pretty much, the cards are much larger than anything you would think of as a game. You see people in the book start to mirror the cards in a deck. It’s like a real life game of cards where you play with your entire life. We’ve all heard stories of fortune tellers and tarot card readers, but this is really nothing like that, while being similar at the same time. I know, I’m not making any sense and presenting a contradictory description. But I feel that’s fair here because the ties to cards lends a familiarity to the story. But how the cards are woven into real life is unlike anything I’ve read before. This book features a strangeness, a surreal quality that is achieved with this blending of magic and bizarre situations to otherwise normal people much the same way Gaiman’s…

Stacking the Shelves – May 24, 2015
Stacking the Shelves / May 24, 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! Received for Review                 Corsair by James Cambias – This just sounded like a fun Sci-Fi book with space pirates and hackers, I’ve already listened and reviewed this one (and enjoyed it!). My thanks to Audible Studios for the review copy! Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen – I’ve heard many great things about this one. Since I don’t read a lot of YA, I had missed it until now, but I was in the mood for something lighter, and this really fit the bill and now I’ll be ready for Hidden Huntress which is coming out soon! Watch for my review of Stolen Songbird sometime this week. Once again, many thanks to Audible Studios! A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca – I will admit, detective stories usually don’t appeal to me a whole lot. But after enjoying The Thorn of Dentonhill so much, I’m really looking forward to checking this one out (the first in a parallel…