“The Dirty Streets of Heaven” by Tad Williams

I received a review copy of Tad Williams’ “The Dirty Streets of Heaven” while I was at Book Expo America.  I’m reading it as part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII event. “The Dirty Streets of Heaven” is the first book  in a new urban fantasy series that combines elements of gritty noir with theRead more

“Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman

During the past month I’ve been participating in a groupread of “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman.  This is a brief spoiler-free review for those of you who are curious about the book and haven’t read it.  For a more in-depth discussion, see: Neverwhere Readalong, Part I Neverwhere Readalong, Part II Neverwhere Groupread, The Conclusion “Neverwhere” is an urban fantasyRead more

Neverwhere Readalong, Part I

I’ve been wanting to read one of Neil Gaiman’s novels ever since last year’s groupread of “Fragile Things.”  I had enjoyed the collection of short stories and looked forward to reading one of his longer books.  When Carl mentioned that he was hosting a groupread of “Neverwhere,” I immediately signed up. This week’s reading coversRead more

“Someplace to Be Flying” by Charles de Lint

  This is my second book for the Once Upon a Time V challenge.  The novel, like most of Charles de Lint’s, is urban fantasy set in the fictional city of Newford. In de Lint’s world, the animal people are shapeshifting spirits who have been on the earth since creation.  When Lily, a photographer, isRead more

“Forests of the Heart” by Charles de Lint

  Today I have another Charles de Lint review.  Forests of the Heart is quite possibly my favorite de Lint novel thus far. The story’s central character is Bettina, a half-Mexican half-Native American woman who is a curandera, or healer.  Bettina’s magic tells her to move from the desert that is her home to Newford.Read more

“Muse and Reverie” by Charles de Lint

This book is a collection of thirteen of Charles de Lint’s short stories.  The stories in this collection are set in the American city of Newford, which could just as easily be Pittsburgh, Boston, or even DC.  Newford is a rather ordinary city, but one where fantasy blends into reality.  There are elves, fairies, NativeRead more