Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. Fantasy.
When I first started this book I was so happy: finally, a well-written and exciting steampunk classic! But then it went on…and on…and on. It was never bad. Powers is a good writer, and a smart guy. I am deeply impressed by the way he weaves the various time streams together.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Fantasy.
This was recommended to me by someone whose taste I trust, as, firstly, a vampire book for someone who didn’t like vampire books, and, secondly, a Robin McKinley book for someone who didn’t like Robin McKinley (I’d read one of her books once and hated it. And no, it was not Deerskin).… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Green Lantern: Secret Origin by Geoff Johns. Graphic novel.
I’ve read chunks of Geoff Johns’s Green Lantern before, and some of this ground had been covered via flashbacks, but this was still a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the various plot lines that twine through the series.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Fantasy.
This is a book that raises a quandary. It is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. Each line is like poetry and there are a dozen passages I want to copy out to savor again and again. But it is also one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Good Neighbors: Kin by Holly Black.
Interesting (and short) enough to finish, but not interesting enough that I want to read the second volume to find out what happens. So, meh.
“Don’t be total clowns. You saw the vines catch her. This is the part in the movie where that guy says, ‘Zombies?
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Thumbs up for White Cat by Holly Black. Young adult fantasy.
Holly Black’s Tithe and Ironside are two of my favorite fantasies, which outweighed my hatred of novels written in the present tense just enough that I thought I would give White Cat at the very least a half-assed try. Well, on p45, after a slightly slow start, things started taking off and I whizzed through the rest.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Riddle-Master: The Complete Trilogy (containing The Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of the Sea and Fire, and Harpist in the Wind) by Patricia A. McKillip. Fantasy.
The classic “heroic” fantasy style, with wizards, kings, battles, et al, is by far my least favorite, so a book has got to be pretty fabulous to keep me reading. This is, and it did, and if you have any vague interest in fantasy at all, you should read it.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Promethea II, III, IV and V by Alan Moore. Graphic novels/fantasy.
Bless my boyfriend for giving me the first volume (my review) and my friend Charles for loaning me the rest. Promethea was not only an engrossing story but it also included the best popular explanation of ceremonial magic symbology/tarot/kabbalism I’ve ever seen. Not what I’d expect to stumble across in a graphic novel, no, but it worked!… >> Read more