Book & Travel Pairing – Fantastical London

Last time I went to England I did a big literary influenced trip, so I found it easier to list literary locations I visited than to pick books for every single place. This time around I am going to actually give you some books. And while London has books aplenty to read when you are visiting, both with settings there or from there, such as Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes, anything featuring James Bond or basically any number of texts you likely read […]

All Hallow’s Read – My Picks

The All Hallow’s Read website has some great lists of recommendations broken down by various age groups for those like me who have zero experience with children but want to send something at least somewhat appropriate to a niece/nephew/friend’s kid. But what about adults? I personally haven’t read nearly as much horror as I would like, not by a long shot, but even so here are some of the books I will be giving or have considered giving this All Hallow’s Read. Trigger […]

Silence or Volumes?: A Review of Soundless by Richelle Mead

From the same wonderful author that brought us such series as Vampire Academy and Georgina Kincaid, Richelle Mead brings us Soundless, a stand alone novel with a fascinating background steeped in myth and lore. In a village atop a mountain exists a small population split mostly between the miners and the artists. The miners get precious metals from the earth to send down the line to another village in exchange for food. This is because their village is blocked off. Avalanches long ago have trapped […]

My “Currently Reading” Continuum

I am trying to keep my Currently Reading list under control. I may have mentioned before that I tend to pick up several books at once. Even when I try not to, it just somehow happens. I cleared it out as best I could before the end of last year, and then tried to only add one more at a time (the two still left were one in Swedish and a book of short stories; I figured I could have […]

A Glowing Review of Radiance by Grace Draven

Radiance by Grace Draven is the first book in the Wraith Kings series. It introduces us to a world where humans live in countries alongside a much older race of Kai, beings who live by night, possess magic, and look absolutely frightening. I admit that while there appeared to me at first a danger of too many fantasy/romance tropes, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. I read it in a single day and had few complaints overall. […]

My Top 6 Reads of 2015

I didn’t read a lot of books this year, at least not as many as I normally do, but a lot of what I did read was really good. It makes it hard to narrow down the best of the year, as my overall rating was 4/5 stars. But as I scanned through the 52 books I managed to finish, I picked out the ones that I felt I needed to share with others. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire […]

More than Craft: A Review of On Writing by Stephen King

The trouble with a book on writing, even one by a prominent author, is that it flirts with the possibility of being too analytical, or forcing grammar and formula down the reader’s throat and drowning them in all those little rules about what makes “good” writing. Many promise to make you one of those “good writers” if you heed their warnings and follow their rules, learning from their own mistakes and doing exactly as they do. It makes for a […]

Still Enchanted: A Review of The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

My first encounter with The Sword of Shannara was about thirteen years ago. Putting it in numbers seems unreal, something that takes me back to that moment as a twelve year old picking up Terry Brooks for the first time. I remember bits of the book, bits about what was happening, but what strikes me is the power with which the novel grabbed me. I was overwhelmed with the desire to read the rest of the series (and I did) […]