City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

“Greatness takes time, Banu Nahida. Often the mightiest things have the humblest beginnings.” I will start off by saying I am a true lover of fantasy, and while I like the medieval England-ish trope as much as the next person, it I does get tiresome. When I discover a well-written fantasy based in a culture … Continue reading City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind by Jackson Ford

"What happened to you....what you are, you didn't chose any of it ......We may not always know the exact effect we're having on a particular situation, but I can tell you...we're making a difference." Teegan Frost is the only person in the world (or is she?) with telekinetic powers. Actually her preferred term is psychokinesis, … Continue reading The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind by Jackson Ford

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

"Men like the Prophet, who lurked and lusted after the innocent, who found joy in their pain, who brutalized and broke them down until they were nothing, exploiting those they were meant to protect. The Church, which not only excused and forgave the sins of its leaders but enabled them: with the Protocol and the … Continue reading The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

So Many Books, So Little Time

I am usually monogamous reader. Sometimes I'll read two at time, one audio book and one hard copy. I'm reading so many books right now that I'm surprised that I can keep all the plots straight. Instead of a book review I'm just gonna give a run down of what I'm reading. How To Be … Continue reading So Many Books, So Little Time

Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun By Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

"Her mother said fairy tales didn't have anything to do with the world, but Ofelia knew better. They had taught her everything about it." I love fairy tales, not the sanitized Disney versions, but real fairy tales. Gritty and raw. I'm rapidly galloping toward 49, and they still haven't lost their charm for me. I … Continue reading Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun By Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

Fair Warning by Michael Connelly

Fair Warning is the third, and most recent, installment in Michael Connelly's Jack McAvoy series. Our plucky, serial killer hunting reporter is now working at a consumer watchdog blog called Fair Warning. When a woman Jack had a one night stand with over a year ago is brutally murdered, Jack is inexplicably named a suspect. … Continue reading Fair Warning by Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow is the second book in the Jack McAvoy series by Michael Connelly, famous for his Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer books. Even though I am a huge Michael Connelly fan, I had never heard of his character, Jack McAvoy, until the newest book in the series came out this year. I'm sad that I … Continue reading The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Sympathizer is the second book I read as part of my grand lifetime goal to read all the books that have won The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction/Novel since the award was created. The Sympathizer won the award in 2016. The narrator is a Viet Cong double agent who comes to America after the fall … Continue reading The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

After reading Grady Hendrix's My Best Friends's Exorcism two years ago, I was delighted to see that Hendrix had released a new book. I suppose I may be a tad biased, because both books take place near where I grew up and currently still live. I've seen this book described as "Steel Magnolias combined with … Continue reading The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Mexican Gothic

Book cover: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Set first in Mexico City and then the mountains of Mexico in the 1950s, Mexican Gothic is a slow burn of creepiness. After receiving a troubling letter from her newlywed cousin, socialite Noemí Taboada is sent by her father to check on her cousin in High Place, a … Continue reading Mexican Gothic