A review of Jackie’s Boy, a post-apocalyptic Huck Finn: Eleven-year-old orphan Michael scrabbles to survive the violent chaos after deliberate plagues killed 99% of the world’s population. He still writes letters to Mom. Jackie, an elephant bioengineered to speak, has … Continue reading
If you haven’t yet read any of Chris Dolley’s delightful Reeves and Worcester steampunk mysteries, you’re in for a jolly good time with this sixth in the series. With a nostalgic, playful nod to Jeeves and Wooster, Dolley sends his … Continue reading
Sherwood Smith specializes in fantasy, especially for young adults. She manages to tell rip-roaring adventures about young people while still tucking a few good lessons gracefully into the narrative of her stories. Whether her heroine has become a figurehead for … Continue reading
Anastasia Devlin is a virtual assistant, an invisible researcher and finder-of-all-things, known to her clients as a handle and a PO Box. She’s also the daughter of a gorgeous, dysfunctional woman of many marriages & affairs who has spent a lifetime globetrotting and possibly spying for her country. At twenty-six Ana bolted, and has been hidden from her family for four years.
Then one morning she opens her door to find her nine year old sister Elizabeth Georgiana, I.E. EG for Evil Genius. And the plot just gets more tangled and crazy from there.Continue reading
SHAMAN, by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, is a collection of tales that concern the adventures of eccentric kilt-wearing anthropologist/archaeologist/xenologist Rhys Llewellyn and his assistants Yoshi Umeki and Roderick Halfax.Continue reading
Living my entire life on or near the coast of Massachusetts, I’ve kind of taken it for granted that any walk on a beach of my home state might turn up treasures beyond a pretty scallop shell or a tumbled … Continue reading
Here is parody done right, and as a bonus, we get steampunk and a touch of Sherlock Holmes! Chris Dolley has taken the classic tales of P.G. Wodehouse and created a delightful homage to them, WHAT HO, AUTOMATON!Continue reading
In a nutshell—Lovely Chloe is trapped in a dead end existence, dating bums and working as a brand rep for a glitzy liquor distributor. Her friend and secret crush Archie is the hot bartender with a secret—he’s a sex demon.
No, really.Continue reading
If you love big historical fantasies, Irene Radford’s Pendragon novels should be on your radar. Radford has created a style that has echoes of the way her period characters would have thought and written, without interfering with the understanding of a modern audience.
One thing you can count on in this book is character change and growth.Continue reading
A Discerning Dance! Sherwood Smith has delivered a delightful “sweet Regency” novel for fans of the genre. I’d have to say that for both historical accuracy and adapting the “silver fork” genre for modern readers, Smith did a wonderful job. … Continue reading