Thumbs up for The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese. Science fiction.

Near-future science fiction mystery about a missing sheep and a TV starlet who believes someone wants to kill her. And that is where I must stop, because the plot is so blindingly complicated and contains so many reveals that literally everything after that point is spoilers. But I will tell you that it is enormous fun; droll and dialogue-driven, it’s like Robert B.… >> Read more


Thumbs up for Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente. Fantasy.

The perfection of Valente’s writing reduces me to wordless sputters. Somehow she catches the rhythm of both the Old West (her Snow White is half-Cherokee, and the name’s a cruel irony) and Old World fairytales. I’d read medication warning labels if she wrote them.

Snow White rides [her pony, Charming] hard, no mistaking.

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Thumbs up for The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Fantasy.

The Thursday Next novels (of which this is the first) are some of the few books I’ve read multiple times and plan to read again. They’re so stuffed with jokes about literature and history that they stand up well to re-reading; you’re never going to remember all that, and you’ll probably get more of the references each time.… >> Read more


Thumbs down for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Young adult fantasy.

I am tempted, so very tempted, to go all teenage girl and write a review that consists of nothing but “It was ok I guess.” This book has much okay about it. The writing is okay, the characters are okay, the worldbuilding is okay, the plot was okay, the love triangle was okay.… >> Read more