Army of Brass by 21 International Authors in the Collaborative Writing Challenge

I signed on to receive an ARC of this novel because the concept intrigued me and I wanted to see how it turned out. There were some rough spots, and threads I expected to follow that vanished, but overall, the … Continue reading

Gutshot: The Catastrophe by Patricia Loofbourrow

The author of this novelette posted a teaser as part of a social media snippet challenge that offered enough to make me curious about the story. I later learned it was an origin story from The Red Dog Conspiracy, a … Continue reading

Lightweight by Kirsty McManus

I don’t recall why I picked this title in the first place–those who know me are aware I’m actively against the “thin is beautiful” pressure in modern society–but something caught my eye and I’m ever so glad it did. Lightweight … Continue reading

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Though I haven’t seen the anime in years, this has been one of my favorites from the director since the first time I saw the movie. I’ve always known, sort of in the back of my head, that it was … Continue reading

The Namarielle (Chronicles of Lashai Book 1) by Julien Jamar

This is truly an epic fantasy tale with complex characters who don’t always make the right decisions, but they usually fail for reasons we can see and sympathize with. Each of the main cast has gone against tradition in some … Continue reading

Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time by Simon Garfield

This book is one man’s fixation on time through the ages, something that neither diminishes his interesting stories and bits of time-related histories, nor prevents the discovery of fascinating notes begging to be shared. I also appreciate how the impact … Continue reading

Vulnerable by Patricia Loofbourrow

I have a soft spot for stories about people who are trying to live normal lives while the wealthy and well positioned go about rewriting the rules in their favor. Vulnerable is a short work set in the world of … Continue reading

Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

This is a complicated book full of manipulators both working toward what they believe to be good and for their own selfish purposes. There is a large cast, most of whom I’d consider unlikeable, but there is no question that … Continue reading

Secrets of Sunbeams by Valerie Comer

I read across many genres as you might have noticed if you follow my reviews, and I often determine what to read next based on my mood. With a string of cloudy days getting me down, I reached for the … Continue reading

Writers of the Future Volume 32 Edited by Dave Wolverton

Reviewing an anthology is a difficult task, and I’ll admit I dragged my feet on this one. I read it back in July of last year, but in some ways, this adds a weight to my comments based on which … Continue reading