The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
First Novels / Historical Fiction / New to Me Author / Recent Release / Steampunk

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

This is a strange, complicated story, involving time and mind-reading and intricate clockwork. Pulley’s debut novel is artfully written and most importantly, the characters are well-drawn – except where they’re meant to be mysterious. I will say I struggled a bit with the last third of the book, so I can’t call it a five-star … Continue reading

Series on Sunday: Mini-reviews of series books
Dystopian / Paranormal / Part of a Series / Science Fiction

Series on Sunday: Mini-reviews of series books

Trying something new this month!  I rarely review series books, unless it’s the first in a series. So I thought I’d do a set of mini-reviews instead. (Note: minor spoilers ahead since two of these reviews are for the second book in the series.) The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon I really enjoyed this second … Continue reading

Books in Series: a Mid-Year Round-Up
Challenges / Dystopian / Fantasy / Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Part of a Series / Science Fiction / Steampunk

Books in Series: a Mid-Year Round-Up

In the last couple of months I’ve read more than series books than usual.  I don’t like reviewing series after the first book, because (1) it’s too spoilerish and (2) because series books are usually pretty fluffy and there isn’t much to say about them. I have a class ending next week and I’ve been … Continue reading

Challenges / Part of a Series / Steampunk

Review: The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

Spring-Heeled Jack is pretty much what you’d expect it to be – it’s good, fun steampunk set in an alternate version of Victorian England.  The “twist” is that it actually explains how the alternate reality came to be.  It also involves a whole cast of real-life characters, including the explorer Richard Francis Burton, the poet … Continue reading