“Handmaiden’s Fury” by JM Guillen

I spent most of an afternoon drawn into JM Guillen’s free short fiction over at Irrational Worlds, and was quickly hooked by the rich and evocative worlds conveyed in just a few paragraphs.  Needing even more, I decided to try the novella Handmaiden’s Fury. Handmaiden’s Fury is the story of a young priestess named Keiri. Read more

“The Black Fire Concerto” by Mike Allen

After seeing glowing reviews at The Little Red Reviewer, Lynn’s Book Blog, and Just Book Reading, I knew I had to read The Black Fire Concerto.  I’m on a book-buying hiatus until the government shutdown ends and I have a regular paycheck again, but lucky for me, it is available through the Kindle Owner’s LendingRead more

“Lucretia and the Kroons” by Victor LaValle

I received a copy of Victor LaValle’s novella Lucretia and the Kroons through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The novella is a companion prequel to LaValle’s full-length novel The Devil in Silver. Twelve-year-old Lucretia Gardner (Loochie for short) is excited at the chance to have her best friend Sunny over for a late birthdayRead more

Mini Review: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

My review of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” is a part of a mini-review series to write about books that I read while on blogging hiatus last fall.  I had originally planned to write about it during the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge. Jacob’s grandfather has always told him wild and imaginative stories.  At 16,Read more

“The Call of Cthulhu” by H. P. Lovecraft

“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” This week I chose to read “The Call of Cthulhu” by H. P. Lovecraft for Short Stories on Wednesdays, hosted by Breadcrumb Reads. I had been working my way through a collection of Lovecraft’s stories during the R.I.P. Challenge,Read more

“Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders” by Neil Gaiman

Over the past two months, I’ve been participating in a groupread of Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things,” as a part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  For those of you who haven’t been following along, this is a spoiler-free review of the book. This book was the first timeRead more

“The Lantern” by Deborah Lawrenson

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been participating in a group read of Deborah Lawrenson’s “The Lantern.”  Now that it’s ended, I’d just like to take a few moments to post a spoiler-free review of the novel, which has been compared by others to Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca.” “The Lantern” is a gothic romance setRead more

“Interview With the Vampire” by Anne Rice

  Disclaimer:  Normally, I’m not into vampire novels.  Sometimes they’re okay (if you are Robin McKinley or Elizabeth Kostova).  Sparkly vampires bother me.  This book was really big when I was in high school, but I never got around to reading it because I was too busy reading Nietzsche and various social contract theories.  WhenRead more