Category: Fiction

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories — Book Review

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories — Book Review

Posted February 7, 2018 by displacedcactus in Book Reviews, Fiction, Home / 0 Comments

I’ll be perfectly honest, I put in a NetGalley request for Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories based solely on the cover. Oh, ok, maybe the comparison to Neil Gaiman helped, but mostly it was those beautiful dragonfly wings. Dreadful Young Ladies is a single-author short story collection featuring the work of Kelly Barnhill. All of the stories are of a fantastic nature, though a couple lean more literary despite the fantasy elements. The collection starts off strong with “Mrs. Sorenson and the Sasquatch.” I enjoyed the author’s voice and how the story was told through the eyes of outsiders, and […]

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Robots vs Fairies — Book Review

Robots vs Fairies — Book Review

Posted January 31, 2018 by displacedcactus in Book Reviews, Fiction, Home / 0 Comments

I’ve never one-clicked a book faster than when I found out about Robots vs Fairies. The only thing better than an anthology of stories trying to prove that either fairies or robots are the rightful masters of humanity is such an anthology that happens to feature work by some of your favorite authors and others you’ve had your eye on. I expected a delightful romp, and this book did not disappoint. It kicks things right off with an entertaining intro by editors Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. The first story, Build Me a Wonderland by Seanan McGuire, is sure to […]

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The Tea Master and the Detective — Book Review

The Tea Master and the Detective — Book Review

Posted January 17, 2018 by displacedcactus in Fiction, Home / 0 Comments

Here we go with another novella. You might ask me why I keep reading them when they’re not my favorite format, but the truth is that they’re so popular right now and so many authors are exploring such interesting ideas with them that I can’t help myself. Much like last week’s Prime Meridian, this week’s book fit pretty well into the novella format. The Tea Master and the Detective, unbeknownst to me prior to doing some research for this review, is set in a world that author Aliette de Bodard has worked in before. As such, it feels pretty well-established […]

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So I Might Be A Vampire By Rodney V. Smith [BOOK REVIEW]

So I Might Be A Vampire By Rodney V. Smith [BOOK REVIEW]

Author: Rodney V. Smith Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy Publisher: Lost Bajan Publishing Pages: 332 pages Release Date: February 13, 2018 My Rating: ♥♥♥♥ Blurb: Nobody expects to get turned into a vampire, especially a guy like Bob. Everybody hopes that if they somehow get transformed into a vampire, they will instantly become some kind of superhero vampire out of the movies. Bad news guys: not gonna happen. More likely than not, you’re gonna be one of the poor clueless bastards hanging out on Thursday nights with Bob in his vampire support group.  You may think you know what being a vampire is supposed […]

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Ask Baba Yaga — Book Review

Ask Baba Yaga — Book Review

In Slavic mythology, Baba Yaga is a witch who lives in the woods. Her home is a hut with chicken legs, and she flies around in mortar and pestle. Those who seek her aid run the risk of ending up in her cook pot. Unbeknownst to me, she also writes an advice column on Hairpin.

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