Category Archives: Book Reviews

SF: Desper Hollow by Elizabeth Massie

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
Just a couple of weeks ago I was talking about how a crime story fit uneasily into a second-world fantasy shell.  A country noir shell, on the other hand, is an excellent fit for any…

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Spooky Country Noir Reads

Originally posted on Hillbilly Highways:
I did not move this far north to deal with near 90 degree temps in September.  I love the fall, and that means crisp temps, college football, and . . . Halloween.  And, for me,…

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The Harp of Kings is a character-driven, Celtic fantasy

“A person can never hear too many tales.  Tales are like honey cakes.  Once you have tasted one, you want another, and another, and always more.” There is a rich vein of Celtic history and mythology that runs from The … Continue reading

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Half a King was my Introduction to Joe Abercrombie

Half a King is Joe Abercrombie’s first book marketed as Young Adult.  It was also my introduction to Abercrombie’s work.  It’s easy to see why he is so popular.  He displays an easy skill with the technical aspects, both at … Continue reading

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Thick as Thieves is Fun, Pulpy SF Crime Fiction

Thick as Thieves is a pulpy adventure SF tale about a burly soldier-turned-tavern bouncer, Brick, who makes the mistake of agreeing to a simple plan and gets involved over his head in a heist.  Although Lizzi is really telling more … Continue reading

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SF: Devil’s Call by J. Danielle Dorn

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Devil’s Call is one hell of a story, a bloody weird western propelled by protagonist Li Lian’s remarkable voice. Li Lian is the mixed race daughter from a family where witchery runs on the female…

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Like a good doggo, A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World tries too hard sometimes

When he was 13, Charlie Wilson’s (of Charlie Wilson’s war fame) neighbor killed his dog.  Wilson retaliated first by setting his garden on fire, then by driving enough voters to the polls next election to get his neighbor kicked off … Continue reading

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