Category: Fantasy

Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

If you’re a fan of gothic horror, you will love this book. I’m not a huge fan of the gothic novel, although I did enjoy Rebecca and I like seeing how other authors take on this genre. I read it mainly because it’s by…

Review: The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

I read this book for the Read Harder 2019 Challenge.  I needed an #ownvoices book set in Oceania: the #ownvoices part means by an indigenous author, and Oceania is Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific islands. The Things She’s Seen is by brother…

50 Must-Read Fantasy Books by Women

Recently, BookRiot posted this list of 50 Must-Read Fantasy Books by Women. https://bookriot.com/2019/07/25/fantasy-books-by-women/.  Like most readers, I love a good list, and I’ve read a lot of the books on this list.  If you’re a fantasy reader and you’re looking for a few good books,…

Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

July was a pretty heavy reading month, but this book was pure fun and I enjoyed every bit of it.  Moreno-Garcia’s novel is set in 1920’s Mexico, where Casiopea, a young woman in Yucatan, is struggling in her oppressive grandfather’s home.  It begins as…

Reading the Hugo Nominees: Time to Vote!

This year I read nearly all of the Hugo nominees for best novel and best novella, because my husband and I get to vote for the winners. Voting closes at the end of this month and the results will be announced at WorldCon at…

Reading the Hugo Nominees

This year my husband signed up to vote in the Hugo Awards, and together we’re reading as many of the nominees as possible.  Voting runs from May 11 to July 31, and the awards are announced in August at WorldCon in Dublin.  As described…

Review: Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

I loved this debut fantasy novel by Tasha Suri.  It’s well-written and creates a fascinating world with a terrifying villain.  It’s inspired by the Mughal Empire of India, something I knew absolutely nothing about before reading this book — which is why fiction by…

Review: The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

I loved this book, set in 18th century England, about a lonely merchant who comes upon a mermaid that changes his life.  Gowar’s debut novel is one of those rare books you can’t possibly categorize – is it historical fiction, fantasy, romance, or just…

RIP XIII: Mini-Reviews for Halloween

It’s a few weeks until Halloween, but here are some of the RIP-themed books I’ve read lately. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: I loved this book by Justina Ireland; it’s one of the rare YA fantasy novels that felt really thoughtful and raised interesting…

R.I.P. XIII: Readers Imbibing Peril

One of my favorite annual blog events is Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP.  Because let’s face it, the real world is scary enough. This event runs from September 1 to October 31, and is all about reading things that are spooky, whether they are…

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: All Systems Red, Ms. Marvel, and Labyrinth Lost

Instead of reading the series I’m already into, I started three more series last month.  All worth checking out, but at the top of my list goes this novella: All Systems Red by Martha Wells The first novella in the Murderbot series, it’s won…

Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: Two Nebula Nominees

Today’s reviews are about two books on the Nebula Award finalist list. The Nebula Awards recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Amberlough by Lara…

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