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 […]
Author: Sandra Hurst Publisher: Createspace Genre: Epic Fantasy Release date: March 17, 2017 Pages: 268 My rating: ♥♥♥♥ Blurb: A young exile, Y’keta, finds a place to belong, only to find his new home threatened by secrets from his past. If Y’keta reveals what he knows to the villagers, it will tear their history and traditions apart…but sharing his secrets may be their only hope for survival.
A Ravenous review of Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land – a thrilling tale of the tragic nature of nurture gone wrong and the girl at the heart of it.
Content warning: Discussions of attempted child molestation and stalking. I almost always feel guilty when I don’t finish a book… and I feel even more guilty when that book was a specific review request!
Have you ever heard the term “silkpunk”? I first heard it in reference to Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings, a book that unfortunately didn’t work for me. It refers to a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that imagines alternate histories and alternate worlds through the lens of Asian culture, religion, magic, and scientific advancements.
T. Kingfisher is a comfort read for me. Her stories are often retellings of fairy tales, or inspired by fairy tale tropes. Whereas in traditional tales we’re usually told that the hero or heroine is “good” and “kind-hearted” and that’s about the end of their characterization, Kingfisher has a real gift of creating these well-rounded variations on the archetypal characters, so that you genuinely care about them and want them to succeed. She creates characters who are good and kind-hearted, but they also have depth.
Call them djinn or genie, but wish-granting, lamp-bound spirits have long been a part of our cultural imagination. From I Dream of Jeannie to Disney’s Aladdin, to silly jokes about lamps found on the beach, we all grew up hearing about them. So what if you found out you had djinn heritage? The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty asks just that question. Nahri is an orphan living in Cairo. She’s survived through a combination of street smarts, wit, petty crime, and healing abilities. She doesn’t believe in magic despite her own aptitude for diagnosing and mending illness and […]