Mini Reviews, Round 2

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Mini Reviews, Round 2God Save the Queen (The Immortal Empire, #1) by Kate Locke
Series: The Immortal Empire #1
Published: July 3rd 2012 by Orbit
Genres: Steampunk
Pages: 342
Format: Hardcover
Source: the publisher
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Post number two of mini reviews in my attempt to clean up my “Currently Reading” shelf on Goodreads.  This should leave me caught up.  Yay!

God Save the Queen is a steampunk novel set in an alternate London where Queen Victoria is undead.  There are goblins, werewolves, and all sorts of things that go bump in the night.  When Xandra Vardan, one of the Queen’s guards, begins to investigate her sister’s disappearance, she uncovers a conspiracy that makes her question everything that she believed in.  Locke plays up the British and the supernatural elements in a manner that certainly isn’t realistic and is a bit over the top, but it makes God Save the Queen campy, and I thought it was great fun.  I’m also a fan of the cute little hardcover edition; it’s small enough to fit in a purse!

Mini Reviews, Round 2The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin, #1) by Daniel Abraham
Series: The Dagger and the Coin #1
Published: April 7th 2011 by Orbit
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 555
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Readalong fail.  The book itself was awesome, I just didn’t have the time to commit to a readalong when I read it.  The prologue with the creepy spider goddess had me hooked.  The characters in The Dragon’s Path were compelling, and were fleshed out rather falling on your typical good versus evil dichotomy.  There’s Cithrin, an orphan who is smuggling the bank’s gold out of a city that’s about to fall, and her struggles as she comes of age and learns to fend for herself.  There’s Geder, an idealistic bookish type who wants to be like his heroes, but who ends up causing catastrophe when in power.  There’s a theater troupe pretending to be a caravan that gets caught up in way more than it bargained for.  Lots of interesting threads come together in The Dragon’s Path, and fans of epic fantasy will love it.

Mini Reviews, Round 2Snow White, Blood Red by Ellen Datlow, Terri Windling, Susan Wade, Charles de Lint, Gahan Wilson, Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, Wendy Wheeler, Kathe Koja, Gregory Frost, Elizabeth A. Lynne, Harvey Jacobs, Steve Rasnic Tem, Melanie Tem, Caroline Stevermer, Ryan Edmonds, Neil Gaiman, Leonard Rysdyk, Esther M. Friesner, Jack Dann, Jane Yolen, Patricia A. McKillip, Lisa Goldstein
Published: January 1st 1993 by Fall River Press
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 367
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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I originally intended to review this book for RIP, I lost track of time and so the stories aren’t as fresh in my mind.  Overall, I enjoyed the collection.  Datlow & Windling select a variety of adult fairy tales that contain some sexual themes and elements of horror, which makes them perfect to read in the fall around Halloween.  My favorite story in the collection was Patricia McKillip’s “The Snow Queen,” which explored Kay and Gerda as a modern couple estranged by conflicting lifestyles.  I was also a fan of Neil Gaiman’s “Troll Bridge,” in which a boy begged the troll not to eat him, only to live a life filled with disappointment.  Like any short story collection, some selections were better than others, but overall Snow White, Blood Red worked pretty well for me.

11 thoughts on “Mini Reviews, Round 2

    1. It was a great story, but like you, I just kind of fell behind. 2013 was a hectic year, and I’m hoping that 2014 will bring a bit more normalcy. I know that’s not likely, but I can dream!

    1. I adored it, and was actually rather surprised to see so many negative reviews on Goodreads. It’s the kind of book that’s meant to be fun rather than serious, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. 🙂

  1. I love the Kate Locke book covers, they are so much fun. And I enjoy it when they print the images right on the book. It is such a fun, old-school thing to do.

    Glad you were able to finally go through The Dragon’s Path. It is a very good book and surprised me in many ways. If it weren’t for Words of Radiance coming out in March I would suggest we start Once Upon a Time off with a group read of the second book. Maybe we can get to it later in the year.

    1. The Kate Locke covers remind me of my childhood Nancy Drew books that I was more than a little bit obsessed with. It’s fun to see the same style cover brought back.

      I’d be down for a groupread of the next Daniel Abraham book, although later in the year would be better. Hopefully this time I won’t fall so far behind! 🙂

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