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Silver Light

This was really appreciated. A solid, new, take on classic mythologies without the all-too-frequent baggage of overly forced subplots. Silver Light by Matthew Cox is just about perfect. And the one imperfection is forgivable, and probably just in the eye of the...

Season of the Wind

This is the second book in the Clockwork Gods chronicles. I read it back to back with the first (Hour of Mischief), and have to say, these are a decent pair of stories. In an nutshell, the setting is a steampunk / godpunk world where there are 12 Clockwork Gods - not...

The Switch

This was just a fascinating read. It is rare to find a book where the characters, their interactions, responses, and motivations are all so simply and rightly done. There really wasn't a point where this didn't seem to work, and no point where I was just over it. This...

On The Subject Of Pride

We heard an awful lot about how hateful the white pride movement is this past weekend. And have been hearing it for at least a year, probably longer. I tend to tune it out because in my experience the people most likely to shout about the evils of white pride are the...

How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days

So there is a lot going on here. A lot. How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin' Days covers a ton of ground - from teen romance / angst to magic 101 to divorce drama to a weird latchkey kid subplot to trust...almost too much. It almost succeeds. In brief,...

The Dysfunctional Conspiracy

Here is where I make some disclaimers. I tend to, absent facts to the contrary, default to believing the police, prosecutors, etc. in matters of criminal law and so forth. So, when presented with a book whose very premise is that those same individuals not only broke...

Static Mayhem

This is the sequel to Prelude To Mayhem, and while some things in the world have changed, my mental block that insists that 'mayhem' is spelled 'meyham' persists. I blame the [spoiler] that broke the world. Neener. Really, though, this is a good follow-up to...

This Is How It Should Be

Which, yes, means it doesn't. But this is simple, and we can't seem to pull it together enough to get the simple stuff like this right. It makes me worry. I see so many examples of the kind of things that make this list feel needed every day. It is, in fact, the main...

Organic

Ah, the sequel. This is the part of a series that is tricky - balancing the need to bridge the introduction to the climax. There is a reason that one assumes a sequel will just not be as good as the original. It's hard to get that lightning in the bottle twice, after...

The Last Death Worm of the Apocalypse

With a title like that who can resist? I somewhat wish I did, but not much - this was a fun series, and a good capstone. If not satisfying. So, this is the third book in the Kelly Driscoll Series. I honestly think that Amenity Tower Series would be more accurate, as...