Book Review: Dracul, Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker

Book Review: Dracul, Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker Fantasy/Horror: Dracul, Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker You know, I like sleeping. I like dreaming. I like pleasant dreams, with sunshine and laughing children and small animals gamboling about. Beaches are nice: warm sand and inviting waters with my wife at my side. Those are the kinds […]

In an Absent Dream, Seanan McGuire

Book Review: In an Absent Dream, Wayward Children Book 4, Seanan McGuire Fantasy: In an Absent Dream, Wayward Children Book 4, Seanan McGuire   Katherine Lundy is a quiet child who likes knowing the rules and knowing what is expected from her. That is not to say, though, that the rules and expectations of this […]

Book Review: Beneath the Sugar Sky, Seanan McGuire

Book Review: Beneath the Sugar Sky, The Wayward Children Book 3, Seanan McGuire Fantasy: Beneath the Sugar Sky, The Wayward Children Book 3, Seanan McGuire   Seanan McGuire has an extraordinary gift for springing the unexpected upon you in a way that makes you think, “No way, of course it’s that way!” So when a major character […]

Book Review: The Sixth Wicked Child, J.D. Barker

Book Review: The Sixth Wicked Child, A 4MK Thriller Book 3, J.D. Barker Thriller: The Sixth Wicked Child, A 4MK Thriller Book 3, J.D. Barker The Fourth Monkey Killer, or 4MK, has terrorized Chicago for years. Detective Sam Porter has been trying to catch him, to the point of chasing leads across the country and […]

Book Series Review: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff Vandermeer

Book Series Review: Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance, The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff Vandermeer Science Fiction: Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance, The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff Vandermeer   This trilogy is definitely not for every reader. For the right reader, though, this is one of the most interesting and complex trilogies I have read in a long time.   […]

Book Review: The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

Book Review: The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller Fantasy: The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller This book is titled, The Song of Achilles, but the main protagonist is the singer of that song, Patroclus. Patroclus does not figure prominently in the original myths, but Achilles’ grief at his demise provides the motivation for Achilles to […]

Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden

Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale, Winternight Trilogy Book 1, Katherine Arden Historical Fantasy: The Bear and the Nightingale, Winternight Trilogy Book 1, Katherine Arden I came back to The Bear and the Nightingale after reading the third book of the trilogy, The Winter of the Witch, for several reasons. I fell in love […]

Book Review: The Unkindest Tide, Seanan McGuire

Book Review: The Unkindest Tide, October Daye #13, Seanan McGuire Fantasy: The Unkindest Tide, October Daye #13, Seanan McGuire   “My family tree has a lot of thorns, and a tendency to draw blood.”   This dry observation from protagonist October “Toby” Daye could describe key plot elements of almost any of the now thirteen […]