Post number two of mini reviews in my attempt to clean up my “Currently Reading” shelf on Goodreads. This should leave me caught up. Yay!
God Save the Queen
by Kate Locke
Where I Got It: Review copy from BEA 2012
God Save the Queen is a steampunk novel set in an alternate London where Queen Victoria is undead. There are goblins, werewolves, and all sorts of things that go bump in the night. When Xandra Vardan, one of the Queen’s guards, begins to investigate her sister’s disappearance, she uncovers a conspiracy that makes her question everything that she believed in. Locke plays up the British and the supernatural elements in a manner that certainly isn’t realistic and is a bit over the top, but it makes God Save the Queen campy, and I thought it was great fun. I’m also a fan of the cute little hardcover edition; it’s small enough to fit in a purse!
The Dragon’s Path
by Daniel Abraham
Where I Got It: Purchased for a readalong
Readalong fail. The book itself was awesome, I just didn’t have the time to commit to a readalong when I read it. The prologue with the creepy spider goddess had me hooked. The characters in The Dragon’s Path were compelling, and were fleshed out rather falling on your typical good versus evil dichotomy. There’s Cithrin, an orphan who is smuggling the bank’s gold out of a city that’s about to fall, and her struggles as she comes of age and learns to fend for herself. There’s Geder, an idealistic bookish type who wants to be like his heroes, but who ends up causing catastrophe when in power. There’s a theater troupe pretending to be a caravan that gets caught up in way more than it bargained for. Lots of interesting threads come together in The Dragon’s Path, and fans of epic fantasy will love it.
Snow White, Blood Red
Edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Where I Got It: Purchased
I originally intended to review this book for RIP, I lost track of time and so the stories aren’t as fresh in my mind. Overall, I enjoyed the collection. Datlow & Windling select a variety of adult fairy tales that contain some sexual themes and elements of horror, which makes them perfect to read in the fall around Halloween. My favorite story in the collection was Patricia McKillip’s “The Snow Queen,” which explored Kay and Gerda as a modern couple estranged by conflicting lifestyles. I was also a fan of Neil Gaiman’s “Troll Bridge,” in which a boy begged the troll not to eat him, only to live a life filled with disappointment. Like any short story collection, some selections were better than others, but overall Snow White, Blood Red worked pretty well for me.