“The Pirate’s Wish” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Pirate’s Wish is the sequel to Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse.  Naji is an assassin, and he’s under a curse to protect the pirate Ananna because she accidentally saved his life while he was trying to kill her.  He feels pain any time that she’s in danger, which is pretty much all theRead more

King of Thieves Release Day Romp

This post is a part of the Release Day Romp (put on by Literati Author Services, Inc.) celebrating the release of Jane Kindred’s newest book, King of Thieves, which is the second book in the Demons of Elysium series.  Due to some issues going on in real life that I don’t want to get into here,Read more

“Necessary Errors” by Caleb Crain

Jacob Putnam is a young expat teaching English in the Czech Republic.  He went there because he was inspired by the ideas of the revolution, but he’s too late, and instead witnesses the country’s transition from socialism to capitalism. The plot of the novel isn’t exciting, but it isn’t meant to be.  It’s supposed toRead more

“The Fallen Queen” by Jane Kindred

The Fallen Queen by Jane Kindred tells the story of Grand Duchess Anazakia Helisovna, an angel whose life story parallels that of Anastasia Romanov.  Anazakia never really understood the politics of Heaven until her entire family was murdered and overthrown at the hands of Aeval, a really bitchy queen.  Anazakia alone escaped with the aidRead more

“Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx

I read Annie Proulx’s short story “Brokeback Mountain” as a part of a class that I’m taking on multicultural librarianship.  It can be found in Proulx’s anthology “Close Range:  Wyoming Stories.” When I started reading, I didn’t know entirely what to expect.  I hadn’t seen the movie before, although I had heard that it wasRead more

“The Telling” by Ursula K. Le Guin

  “The Telling” reminds me a bit of Huxley’s “Brave New World” in the sense that the characters aren’t of much importance, but rather a lens through which to view the society that the novel portrays. Sutty, the main character, is an observer from Earth (called Terra in the book) who is sent to studyRead more

“Kushiel’s Dart” by Jacqueline Carey

  Over the course of the past week, I’ve read a couple different blog posts that talk about how a lot of fantasy novels feature very traditional gender roles.  This novel, then, is something entirely different. Carey’s story is a fantasy/alternate history set in the country of Terre d’Ange, which resembles medieval France.  Terre d’AngeRead more