“Blood Divine” is a Southern Gothic vampire/ghost story with a bit of a twist. Cooper has been running away from his special abilities for the past decade, trying to silence his problems by throwing himself at every boy-toy he can find. But. as so often tends to happen, his past catches up with him. As […]Read more "“Blood Divine” by Greg Howard"
A fascinating science fantasy tale about Ayn, a young intersex person (this book follows him from birth to adolescence) who is believed to be the second incarnation of his society’s great leader, and has been raised accordingly. His sheltered life is thrown into chaos by a terrorist attack, and Ayn has to flee for his […]Read more "“Shiva XIV” by Lyra Shanti"
Good Lord! Just when I think this series can’t get any goofier, it raises (or lowers) its game! This latest installment features a game full of Star Trek/Star Wars/Doctor Who/Sherlock (and was there also a passing reference to Red Dwarf?) allusions, sure to delight fans of any of those franchises. Providing you don’t mind a […]Read more "“All Men’s Space–In Space!” by CB Archer"
A rich and evocative high fantasy novel about a boy who, unlike in Faust, is always willing good but keeps doing evil. Brandye is orphaned as a baby and raised by his grandfather, one of the few who has ever ventured outside the land of Consolation. Brandye finds he doesn’t fit in amongst the others […]Read more "“The Redemption of Erath: Consolation” by Satis"
Lily is a three-time divorcee and now single mother struggling to make ends meet, who happens to witness a murder. As the story unfolds, she must stay ahead of the murderer, figure out where she stands with the undercover police officer who is protecting her, and come to terms with her flawed past and her […]Read more "“Lily” by Anna K. Payne"
It recently occurred to me that I could analyze albums as if they were lyric cycles, so I started doing so for albums I really liked. Then even more recently it occurred to me that I could post those reviews on my blog like any other review, so here’s my latest effort: As I continue […]Read more "“Eyes Open” by Snow Patrol"
One day 13-year-old Meredith runs into her arch-rival at the deli–only instead of cutting each other dead, both girls find themselves lying next to each other on the floor as the deli is robbed at gunpoint. What follows is Meredith’s attempts to make sense of what happened, and her parents’ struggles to relate to a […]Read more "“The Fall of Lisa Bellow” by Susan Perabo"
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An extremely interesting and timely read. The main character, Adam, is a young Syrian man living in Malaysia. He watches in horror as his country implodes, and has to deal both with his disagreement with the positions of his friends and family, and the racism and anti-Syrian prejudice he experiences from others. The narrative jumps […]Read more "“An Ishmael of Syria” by Asaad Almohammad"
I think that, like a lot of readers, I didn’t quite know what to make of this book. Is it a brilliant examination of sexuality and gender, or a highly disturbing portrayal of rape fantasies? The answer is probably: both. In any case, it will certainly make you think hard about sex, gender, and consent. […]Read more "“The High Couch of Silistra” by Janet Morris"