Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

So here we are! After all this time, I have finally read Harry Potter! Or the start of it, anyway. And what did I, the diehard Tolkien reader think? Well, honestly, that it’s a bit odd people keep comparing the two. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are completely different. Saying they’re alike isContinue reading “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

Book Review: Heart of Iron

Book: Heart of Iron by Erkaterina Sedia Genre: Steampunk/Alternate History/Fantasy Content for the Sensitive Reader: mild language, discussions of religion and historical attitudes toward race and gender, implied romantic affair, distantly depicted death of several side characters. Very acceptable for YA and most middle-grade audiences. BookmarkedOne Rating: 4/10 SPOILERS CLEARLY MARKED, read at your ownContinue reading “Book Review: Heart of Iron”

A Little Writers of the Future Update

So since last time I did a writing update on Writers of the Future stuff…books and certificates and authors ahoy! I decided to treat myself to the seven-volume package of Writers of the Future anthologies that was on sale a few months ago. They came in a big cardboard box carefully packed all snug togetherContinue reading “A Little Writers of the Future Update”

Book Review: Violins of Autumn

Book: Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley Series: (standalone) Genre: YA WWII Historical Fiction (emphasis on women in the French Resistance) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Three violent but not particularly graphic on-page deaths, amount of violence otherwise typical in WWII stories, some PG-13 and mild language scattered throughout, mild romantic themes, underage smoking andContinue reading “Book Review: Violins of Autumn”

ARC Review: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Vol. 36

Time to plunge into all things science fiction and fantasy with this year’s collection of the best of the best contest winners.
Read on for intergalactic travel, linguistic debates with squid people, fluffy deaths, and murdery time travelers.
Strangely no dragons this time around…

A Brief Book Blog Post

So a big drumroll please, because tomorrow, Writers of the Future Vol. 36 is released! And somehow I made it onto the advanced reader list for one of the biggest science fiction and fantasy anthologies of the year. One does not turn down that opportunity, however madcap the schedule. So in between the usual lifeContinue reading “A Brief Book Blog Post”

The Runaway King

Book Review No 20: The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen Series: The Ascendance Trilogy, book 2 Genre: Low Fantasy (YA/Middle Grade) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Typical level of fantasy violence/bloodshed, two characters killed in-scene, various references to devils as oaths, presence of pirates, branding irons, implied innuendo, thievery and layers of deception necessaryContinue reading “The Runaway King”

Dragonfell

Book Review No. 19: Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas Series: Standalone Genre: Children’s Fantasy (middle-grade) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Family tension, level of battle/suspense/violence typical for fantasy. Completion Date: Summer 2019 BookmarkedOne Rating: 7/10 So after falling in love with Sarah Prineas’ Magic Thief series, I had to snap up Dragonfell. I mean, seriously. Dragons.Continue reading “Dragonfell”

Tabitha Sparks: Audiobook Update

Another lovely review for Tabitha Sparks and the Door to Everywhere! This one from Sometimes Leelyn Reads: All in all, I think this was a great first novel in the Tabitha Sparks trilogy, and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series. she also said a lot of other lovely things…it wasContinue reading “Tabitha Sparks: Audiobook Update”

Camelot: A Collection of Original Arthurian Stories

Confession: I don’t think you can actually go wrong by reading short story anthologies. What I mean is this: anthologies are written by plenty of authors, so if you don’t like one story, chances are there’s another you’ll love. And I’ve always had a soft spot for Arthurian tales (who doesn’t? Swords! Magic! Code ofContinue reading “Camelot: A Collection of Original Arthurian Stories”

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