28 Jul
“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari

“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari

In Modern Romance, comedian Aziz Ansari teams up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg for a humorous exploration of what it means to date and find love in the modern world.  In our grandparents’ era, finding “the one” wasn’t so complex.  You’d meet someone cute in your neighborhood, and before you knew it, you’d be married.  As Ansari explains, this is because at the time it wasn’t socially acceptable for women to be independent.  If you wanted out of your parents’ house, you got married, and that was that.  People were looking for a partner they could get along with well enough, and companionable […]

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20 Jul
“The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss

“The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is a story within a story.  It opens in the present (not our present, nor our world, of course), as a mechanical spider monster attacks someone outside of a local bar.  The bartender, a man named Kote, listens carefully, and we sense that there is more to him than he lets on.  Then a man called the Chronicler arrives and recognizes Kote for who he is–the legendary Kvothe, who has had a significant impact upon the world as we know it.  Chronicler convinces Kvothe to tell his story, which makes up the vast […]

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17 Jul
“The Wormwood Event” by J.M. Guillen

“The Wormwood Event” by J.M. Guillen

I discovered J.M. Guillen’s works when I stumbled upon his short stories while killing time on the internet.  I ended up killing a lot more time that day than I had planned, because the stories were quite good, and then moved on to his series of short fiction entitled The Paean of Sundered Dreams.  As I read more and more of the series, they begin to feel interconnected by common threads, despite vast differences in subject matter and genre, spanning from erotica to the zombie apocalypse.  However, each story is united by the sense that is incomplete, and by the sense […]

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15 Jul
“Rogue’s Paradise” by Jeffe Kennedy

“Rogue’s Paradise” by Jeffe Kennedy

Rogue’s Paradise is the final installment of Jeffe Kennedy’s Covenant of Thorns trilogy, which tells the story of a woman who is pulled into the land of the fae, where she finds both danger and romance.  In Rogue’s Paradise, Gwynn finally comes to terms with the fact that she’s madly in love with Rogue, and decides to give into temptation and let herself trust him.  Gwynn is pregnant, wounded, and exhausted, but together she and Rogue will soon fight their powerful nemesis, the fae queen Titania.  Titania’s evil knows no bounds, and in Rogue’s Paradise, we get to see the full extent of […]

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13 Jul
“Oathkeeper” by J.F. Lewis

“Oathkeeper” by J.F. Lewis

Oathkeeper is the second installment in J.F. Lewis’ Grudgebearer Trilogy.  Kholster was once the leader of the Aern, a slave race created by the mad sorcerer Uled in order to fight against the reptilian Zaur.  The Aern are bound by the oaths that they take, and if they break an oath, they lose the ability to communicate telepathically with other members of their race.  Because Kholster technically died as he ascended to godhood, the Aern are now released from his oath to kill all of the Elderannai, who had once enslaved the Aern.  Instead, his daughter Rae’en has taken Kholster’s place as […]

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08 Jul
“Rogue’s Possession” by Jeffe Kennedy

“Rogue’s Possession” by Jeffe Kennedy

Rogue’s Possession, the second installation in Jeffe Kennedy’s fantasy romance series Covenant of Thorns, picks up the tantalizing story of a human trapped in the land of the fae.  In the previous book, Gwynn (formerly Jennifer) was able to negotiate a deal that kept her from being killed on the spot by angry fae, and it involves having her firstborn child with the handsome but dangerous Rogue.  Gwynn realizes that something’s up with the fae wanting firstborn children, but Rogue is physically prevented from talking about their fate because of a spell that Titania, the queen bitch of the fae, […]

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06 Jul
“The Sword Woman” by Robert E. Howard

“The Sword Woman” by Robert E. Howard

A few months ago, I came across the collection The Sword Woman at a used bookstore.  I saved it for summertime to read while at the pool, because I knew it wouldn’t require that much concentration or thinking.  However, I knew I’d love it, because pulp is my guilty pleasure.  I enjoy trashy action stories featuring half-naked heroes and heroines who always manage to beat up the bad guy and save the day.  Robert E. Howard is considered to be one of the gold standards for pulpy SF/F, and The Sword Woman does not disappoint. The Sword Woman is a perfect example of the […]

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03 Jul
New Acquisitions: 7/3/2015

New Acquisitions: 7/3/2015

I know that I got a lot of new books at Book Expo, but even though it’s only been about a month since I’ve been back, I’ve managed to acquire a few more.  Clearly, I’m a book addict, and I should probably seek help. As usual, all descriptions come from Goodreads. From the kind folks at Pyr, we have Blood and Iron and Storm and Steel by John Sprunk.  I’d been eyeing Blood and Iron for some time now, because it seems to have a delightful amount of darkness and vengeance.  Here’s the synopsis of Book 1.  Doesn’t it sound awesome? Set in a richly-imagined world, this action-heavy […]

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01 Jul
“Jinn and Juice” by Nicole Peeler

“Jinn and Juice” by Nicole Peeler

Imagine a world where magical creatures are real and live among us.  We don’t see them, because they keep to themselves and try not to shatter our worldview.  These beings have their own pecking order, and even though we’re at the bottom of the chain, we could be a threat if we were to band together and try to eradicate them.  And so, they hide in the shadows and go about their business.  Now, imagine that all of that is happening in Pittsburgh. I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh was the nearest real city to my hometown.  That […]

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30 Jun
June 2015: A Month in Review

June 2015: A Month in Review

Apparently I haven’t done my usual month-in-review post since April.  Ooops.  May was crazy busy, as you can see by comparing the number of books I read/reviewed in May vs. June.  I’m also a bit behind on my Goodreads reading challenge, as my goal is to read 75 books this year, but I’ve only reviewed 28 so far.  Think I can do it? Books I Read in May Books I Read in June Blogging Plans for July So, even though I planned on having a review up before the publication date, I still haven’t finished Oathkeeper, the sequel to Grudgebearer, which I […]

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