“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

“The Queen is Dead” by Kate Locke

The Queen is Dead is the second novel in Kate Locke’s The Immortal Empire trilogy, an urban fantasy series that reimagines the Victorian era, but with lots of undead and otherwise plagued creatures.  The protagonist, Xandra Vardan, is having a hard time dealing with the fact that she’s the queen of the goblins.  Until recently, she didn’t evenRead more

“Blood Rights” by Kristen Painter

Blood Rights by Kristen Painter is set in a futuristic world filled with vampires.  Chrysabelle is a Comarre, or, as the vampires call them, a blood whore.  Think of a skillful courtesan or geisha, trained to entertain with grace, but also bred and raised in such a way as to have the tastiest blood imaginable. Read more

Review and Giveaway: “Red Phone Box” edited by Salome Jones

Red Phone Box is one of those books that is by its very nature difficult to describe.  It began as a Kickstarter, and is composed of 58 pieces of short fiction that when read together tell a larger story.  The stories intersect with a magical red phone box. When Lisa asked me to be onRead more

“The Demon Abraxas” by Rachel Calish

Generally I steer clear of paranormal romance, but I was intrigued by The Demon Abraxas because it featured a lesbian couple.  Speculative fiction is greatly enriched by diversity, and a love story between two women who get mixed up with the supernatural seemed right up my alley. When a San Francisco businesswoman named Ana KhouryRead more

“The Dirty Streets of Heaven” by Tad Williams

I received a review copy of Tad Williams’ “The Dirty Streets of Heaven” while I was at Book Expo America.  I’m reading it as part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII event. “The Dirty Streets of Heaven” is the first book  in a new urban fantasy series that combines elements of gritty noir with theRead more

“Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman

During the past month I’ve been participating in a groupread of “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman.  This is a brief spoiler-free review for those of you who are curious about the book and haven’t read it.  For a more in-depth discussion, see: Neverwhere Readalong, Part I Neverwhere Readalong, Part II Neverwhere Groupread, The Conclusion “Neverwhere” is an urban fantasyRead more

“Moonheart” by Charles de Lint

  And, yet again, I return to Charles de Lint.  “Moonheart” is a bit different from his other novels, though, in that it is set in Ottawa rather than Newford.  There’s still a neat blend of Celtic and Native American mythology, but there is oh so much more. The story starts out when Sara Kendall,Read more