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
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul DiFilippo. Fantasy.
This was a massively weird book. It’s three novellas. The first, which succeeded in grossing me out in a nonchalant manner where Coin Locker Babies tried so hard and failed, deals with the replacement of the young Queen Victoria with a look-alike newt-creature of voracious sexual appetite, while a search for the real, runaway Queen is undertaken.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Promethea, Volume I by Alan Moore. Graphic novel.
Since I’m going to ComicCon tomorrow it seems like it would behoove me to actually read some comics. My boyfriend was right: I loved this. It’s no War and Peace, but a good story starts to gel in this first volume and there are some brilliant moments (Little Red Riding Hood with a machine gun…ha!).… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis. Fantasy.
I don’t know how, but when I was reading the Greeks back in my salad days, the story of Cupid and Psyche must have passed me by. When I learned that this book was a retelling of it, I carefully avoided anything about the original so I could enjoy this in its own right.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for A Messiah at the End of Time by Michael Moorcock. Fantasy.
A bizarre, zany little trifle (The End of Time, jello dinosaurs, the Messiah who looks rather like an overgrown chicken, the Holy Grail, and oh yes, Miss Mavis Ming) with a really freaking bizarre conclusion. I have major doubts about the last six pages. The other 186, however, were great fun, and an excellent escape from the other interminable tomes I’m trudging through.… >> Read more