“Redder Than Blood” by Tanith Lee

Redder Than Blood is an anthology of short stories by Tanith Lee. The stories in the collection are interpretations and variations of familiar fairy tales. They have a grimdark tone that’s reminiscent of the originals, but they take some of the subtext and make it the actual text. These stories have the dark and sensual atmosphereRead 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

“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

“Legacy of Kings” by C. S. Friedman

“Legacy of Kings” is the third book in C. S. Friedman’s Magister Trilogy, which began with Feast of Souls and Wings of Wrath.  I’m going to try to be as vague and spoiler-free as I can, which is always difficult when reviewing the third book in a series. The book begins with a poetic introductionRead more

“Wings of Wrath” by C. S. Friedman

Back in September I reviewed C. S. Friedman’s “Feast of Souls,” the first book of the Magister Trilogy.  I finally read the second book! “Wings of Wrath” picks up where “Feast of Souls” left off.  The Wrath is a wall/spell separating the civilized world from the wintry north, which is where the Souleaters were banishedRead more