“Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening” by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Have you ever impulsively purchased a book and then been completely blown away by how mindbogglingly amazing it was? Earlier this summer I was traveling for work, and was horribly sick. In between meetings I stepped into a comic book store and saw the first issue of Monstress. The art was breathtaking, and I immediately grabbedRead more

“An Oath of Wintersteel” by JM Guillen

An Oath of Wintersteel is the latest book by evil mastermind JM Guillen, who has fast become one of my favorite authors. Guillen’s series The Paean of Sundered Dreams is a lot like Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere, in that all of his books are set in a shared multiverse despite different times, characters, planets, and even genres. TheRead more

“The Doll Collection” edited by Ellen Datlow

Dolls are a staple in horror media, and for good reason.  They’re similar enough to us that we can see ourselves in them, and yet alien enough to be unnerving.  The Doll Collection, edited by anthologist Ellen Datlow, presents seventeen short stories, each of which feature dolls.  But the dolls in this collection are not themselves soRead more

“Sabella, or The Bloodstone: A Science Fiction Vampire Novel” by Tanith Lee

Sabella is a science fiction vampire novel written by Tanith Lee.  Sabella is your stereotypical vampire: she drinks blood, is sensitive to sunlight, and is beautiful and seductive.  Much like Anne Rice’s vampires, Sabella struggles with regret because she is a predator by nature.  She doesn’t want to kill people, but finds it difficult to stopRead more

“On the Matter of the Red Hand” by J.M. Guillen

Over the past few months, I’ve been raving about a series called The Paean of Sundered Dreams, which spans a multitude of genres and tells the story of a Lovecraftian apocalypse as it impacts different worlds within a shared universe.  And within The Paean of Sundered Dreams there are a number of mini-series (micro-series? mini-series sounds tooRead more

Mini-Reviews – Scott Hawkins & Jenny Lawson

So, it’s been a while since I blogged.  The space bar on my computer was broken, and I know y’all don’t want to read anentireblogpostthatlookslikethis.  That would be painful.  Now that I’m back, I’m going to dive in with some mini-reviews of books I’ve read semi-recently but haven’t gotten a chance to write dedicated postsRead more

“Aberrant Vectors” by JM Guillen

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Aberrant Vectors is the latest release in JM Guillen’s series The Dossiers of Asset 108, a sci-fi espionage series about a cybernetically enhanced sleeper agent attempting to save the world from extradimensional tentacle monsters.  I’ve been intrigued by Guillen’s writing for a while now, because each of his stories is connected in the larger multiverse of The PaeanRead more

“The Primary Protocol” by JM Guillen

The Primary Protocol is the second book in The Dossiers of Asset 108, a series of espionage novels about a cybernetically enhanced secret agent trying to save Earth from an invasion of Lovecraftian monsters.  Once again, JM Guillen takes readers on a wild ride through multiple worlds and dimensions our bold heroes struggle to stay alive, findRead more

“Rationality Zero” by J.M. Guillen

In Rationality Zero by J.M. Guillen, James Bond meets H.P Lovecraft as a secret agent attempts to save the world from invading eldritch horrors.  (The dictionary on this computer suggests I change the word “eldritch” to “britches,” which is not at the same, although depending on whose britches could be equally as terrifying.) Michael Bishop is anRead more