Category Archives: Reviews

Reviews of anything I feel like evaluating

Book review: Ghost Talkers, by Mary Robinette Kowal

I’m a fan of Mary Robinette Kowal. Her books are fun, too. Her latest is “Ghost Talkers”, an alternate history set in France during World War One. Ginger Stuyvesant is an American medium helping the British Army by gathering intelligence from the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Word Puppets, by Mary Robinette Kowal

Short story collections don’t get as much attention as they used to. Most writers these days make their names for their novels as few venues for short fiction survive the post-magazine era. Having just read Mary Robinette Kowal’s anthology “Word … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pretty Little Dead Girls, by Mercedes M. Yardley

If I had to summarize “Pretty Little Dead Girls” it would be one of the best books to ever survive torpedoing itself. But let me back up. “Pretty Little Dead Girls” is a novel that transcends genre. It’s horror told in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Devil’s Only Friend, by Dan Wells

“The Devil’s Only Friend” is the latest installment in Dan Wells’ John Cleaver series that began with “I Am Not a Serial Killer”, and nearly ended with “I Don’t Want to Kill You.” After several years and some other projects, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pack Dynamics, by Julie Frost

It’s become a tradition of sorts; every year at LTUE I buy a book to support a new author. This year it was Julie Frost. I met her in the dealers room where she was sitting at the WordFire Press … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Second thoughts

Spoiler Alert: If you still haven’t seen SW:TFA and don’t want it spoiled, don’t read on. I finally watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the second time, on video at home. My initial analysis remains unchanged. But I noticed … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Death of Dulgath, by Michael J. Sullivan

I spoke about this book a fair bit last year–you know, the one that was the subject of one of the top most successful Kickstarter literature campaigns ever? Well, I finally got it, and I finally got a chance to … Continue reading

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Review: Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Spoiler alert – If you’d rather not know, read no further.   I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my kids during the holiday break. They were very impressed. I was less so. I enjoyed it, certainly, but I … Continue reading

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Book review: The Tournament at Gorlan, by John Flanagan

I haven’t given any of the “Ranger’s Apprentice” books by John Flanagan its own review until now. For one, there’s a lot of them and I’m still catching up, and for another I’d likely find myself repeating myself. Instead I … Continue reading

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Book Review – Janitors: Heroes of the Dustbin, by Tyler Whitesides

The final book in Tyler Whitesides’ “Janitors” series is out. “Heroes of the Dustbin” picks up where “Strike of the Sweepers” left off, with Spencer, Daisy, Dez and gang in deep doo-doo. The witches, who they had hoped would set everything … Continue reading

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