The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

Loved this book! Granted it’s not perfect – there’s a fair amount of info-dumping made palatable by the whole amnesia bit. It’s kind of a paranormal, sci-fi-ish spy thriller, with a dollop or two of humor. As the blurb says, Myfanwy wakes up with no memory  surrounded by dead bodies. She …

Bookburners: Anywhere but Here by Brian Francis Slattery

So far, Bookburners reminds me of The Librarians tv show – which is a good thing, but it doesn’t have the math/literary/science references The Librarians. What it does have is a group of non-magical people very good at what they do who go around the world collecting magical artifacts – …

Bookburners: Badge, Book, and Candle by Max Gladstone

“Badge, Book, and Candle” is the first episode in the Bookburners serial. I picked it up mostly because I enjoyed The Witch who Came in from the Cold and wanted to try another. We’ve got a basic urban fantasy set up – demons trying to break into our world, a main character who just …

The Witch Who Came in from the Cold: Season One by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Ian Tregillis, Cassandra Rose Clarke, and Michael Swanwick

The Witch Who Came in from the Cold was first published weekly on Serial Box, although I read the whole first season as a collection. That means no waiting, but I think I might subscribe for Season 2 next year and read an episode a week, since in theory that’s the …

Thursday’s Tale: King Garnet Stories

The King Garnet Stories by Marianne Parry are not traditional fairy tales, but they have that same feel – kings and queens, a touch of magic, a lesson to learn. The King Garnet Stories are fun. The first is my favorite. The King’s legs grow way to long and everyone is worried. …