“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

Once Upon a Time VIII

It’s that time of year again.  Winter is over (unless we get another snowstorm on Tuesday, but I’m in denial), the allergies are starting to kick in, and pretty soon the cherry blossoms will be in bloom.  Each year to welcome the spring, Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings hosts the Once Upon a Time Challenge.Read more

“Chalice” by Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley is one of my all-time favorite authors.  I discovered her Damar stories when I was at the age where most children’s books were too juvenile and yet I wasn’t ready to jump into the world of grown-up novels.  McKinley writes books that transcend silly things like age and instead uses eloquent prose toRead more

“Winter Rose” by Patricia McKillip

“And I would never stay where I was not free; I would simply walk out the door and vanish, vows or no.” ~”Winter Rose,” by Patricia McKillip Caroline from Beauty is a Sleeping Cat recommended this book to me last year after I had reviewed McKillip’s earlier novel The Forgotten Beasts of Eld.  I’ve hadRead more