“Dreamer’s Pool” by Juliet Marillier

  Dreamer’s Pool is the first installment in Juliet Marillier’s newest series, Blackthorn & Grim.  The protagonist is a woman who has been imprisoned for speaking out against authority.  Fate has not been kind to her.  She’s about to be executed for standing up for what’s right, and her time in prison has made herRead 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

“The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker

  The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is the story of two mythological creatures from different walks of life who find themselves living in New York City’s immigrant neighborhoods in 1899. Chava is a golem, a creature sculpted from clay and bound to the will of her master, who had bad luck withRead more

Once Upon a Time VI

“There was one small boy who saw them pass, his nose pressed to the window glass as four, ten, twenty coyotes drifted through suburban yards, headed for some wilder place where the child longed to follow.  Later his mother would tell him it was only a dream, and he would believe her.”  ~Terri Windling, “TheRead more