Tag Archives: Urban Fantasy

Book Review: The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin is a one of those writers I know I should be reading, but I never got around to it. I tried reading The Fifth Season some time ago, but I kind of bounced off of how bleak the first few chapters were. But! I’ve finally gotten around to filling at least one gap …

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BOOK REVIEW: Idle Ingredients, by Matt Wallace

Oh, hi folks! Sorry for the radio silence recently. I’m still alive– even got my first vaccine dose the other day, so, y’know, progress? It’s just that, in the irony of quarantine, I’ve been reading less, despite having a whole mess of free time. ‘course, a lot of it comes from the myriad other distractions …

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Book Review: WebMage, by Kelly McCullough

An easy, pithy way to describe a lot of books is “GENRE + THING.” I mean, every author wants their book to stand out, so one easy way to do it is to just mash stuff together. So the Dresden Files gives us “Fantasy + Noir,” Weber’s Honor Harrington series is “Space Opera + 18th  …

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Book Review: Peace Talks, by Jim Butcher

Oh hey, I still have a blog! It’s funny, as I’ve actually read a couple of other books since my last review– I just didn’t quite feel up to writing about them. Yet, at least. Buuuut, now that I’ve finally finished this recent read, I knew I had to write up something about it. See, …

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Book Review: All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, by James Alan Gardner

You guys, that title. Even if I wasn’t already a fan of James Alan Gardner’s work via his League of Peoples series, I probably would’ve picked up All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault just based on the title alone. It’s a bit goofier than the space opera of other Gardner books I’ve read in …

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Book Review: Stiletto, by Daniel O’Malley

Daniel O’Malley’s The Rook was one of the better books I read last year– and so, I figured I’d finally get around to reading the sequel, Stiletto. Both books center on The Chequy, your typical “protect the world from secret supernatural stuff” kind of agency, a-laThe Laundry or Delta Green or whatever. Though the fun …

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Book Review: Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey

The thing about “magic school” stories is that, the majority of the time, they’re written from a student’s perspective. It makes sense, narratively– the student’s POV allows the reader to learn about the setting just as the character does, and it’s pretty easy to write a ‘one book per school year’ structure. And, y’know, there …

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Book Review: American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle

When I first saw some stuff on Tor.com about Tom Doyle’s American Craftsmen, I got it mixed up with Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops books. They’ve got similar premises: the US Government creating and establishing special forces that can use magic. It’s just that in American Craftsmen, the magic-commandos (and magic in general) is still secret. …

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Book Review: Some Girls Bite, by Chloe Neill

If there’s a dude in a trenchcoat on the cover, it’s Urban Fantasy. If there’s a lady in leather pants on the cover, it’s Paranormal Romance. Those are the rules. (That I made up). Some Girls Bite is one of those books that shows just why I made those arbitrary rules up in the first …

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Book Review: Robin Sloan’s Sourdough, or, Lois and her Adventures in the Underground Market.

Robin Sloan’s Sourdough, or, Lois and her Adventures in the Underground Market is what happens when Neil Gaiman binges a couple seasons of The Great British Baking Show. That should honestly tell you whether or not you want to read this book or not. But! Since that’d be a pretty short review, I’ll elaborate. Sourdough …

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