Category: Reviews

Movie, TV, and book reviews

Twilight [Reading Challenge 2018]

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Little, Brown, and Company, 2005   [Challenge # 29: A book by someone everyone else seems to have read but you have not. ] Well, well. What to say about Stephenie Myer’s YA vampire romance Twilight that hasn’t been said before? This book was bad. Execrably, horrifyingly, stultifyingly, bad. It was …

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Children of Blood and Bone [Review]

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adepemi Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015 Tomi Adeyemi’s West African fantasy Children of Blood and Bone is one of the most talked-about YA releases of 2018, scoring the author a seven figure movie deal. Reviews have been gushing, but is it worth all the …

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda [Review]

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015   Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was one of the happiest books I’ve read this year. Recently released as a movie, it originally came out in 2015, earning a well-deserved place on YA must-read lists for …

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Albert Nobbs [Reading Challenge 2018]

Writer George Moore, by Edward Manet

Albert Nobbs by George Moore Waitingstar Publishing, New York, 2011   [Challenge # 38: A book made into a major motion picture] Finished Albert Nobbs, a book that kept me guessing until the end. I’ve wanted to read it for a while, since I’ve always liked books with gender bending, or obscurely gendered, protagonists. I …

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Antiques Swap [Reading Challenge 2018]

Antiques Swap, by Barbara ALlen

Antiques Swap by Barbara Allen Kensington Books, New York  2016   [Challenge # 48: A mystery] I never was much of a mystery reader. I did enjoy a good Nancy Drew back in the day, but post-grade school, I’ve been pretty meh on the genre. I’m not sure why. My mother was an avid fan, …

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City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas [Reading Challenge 2018]

City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas by Roger Crowley Random House Trade Paperbacks, New York 2013   [Challenge # 3: A book taking place mostly or all on the water] I was a little concerned that City of Fortune, which was a history of the city of Venice between the 11th and 16th …

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The Worm Ouroboros [Reading Challenge 2018]

The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison Ballantine Books, New York, 1967   [Challenge # 48: A high fantasy] The Worm Ouroboros is one of the great granddaddies of fantasy, sandwiched between Lord Dunsany, who was an influence, and J.R.R. Tolkien, who received its influence. As such, it’s a kind of a bridge, but one …

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The Dinosaur Lords [Review]

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán Tor Fantasy, New York, 2016   I bought this book for my cousin, thinking it was grimdark fantasy by the cover, perhaps set in some He-man barbarian milieu like Robert Adams’s Horseclans novels, but with dinos as the mounts. Before I sent to her, I thought I’d read it …

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The One Gold Slave [Reading Challenge 2018]

The One Gold Slave (Atlaind Book 1) by Christian Kennedy Waitingstar Publishing, New York, 2011   [Challenge # 5: A Free book] Ah, my first finished read of 2018, by which things are starting smashingly well. First up: A Freebie, in this case, an Amazon giveaway by the author. I knew full well what kind …

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Reading Challenge 2018

It’s January again, so it’s time for another reading challenge courtesy of Authors Water Cooler. The Challenge consists of a list of 50 categories/subjects for a book, 12 of which we can choose with the option of extra credit if we finish early. Some categories are new, some were carried over from last year. Last …

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