I need to get a disclaimer up here right now: The cover of this book possibly my favorite of all time. There’s several wonderful illustrations within, but I picked this book up and read it purely for the cover. It is aesthetically perfect to me- character art, design wise… This thing is not what I expect from a small indie press in the slightest and it is wonderful.
Oh, and the other reason I bought it is because it’s about angel spies in the cold war.
Continue reading “Dusk in Kalevia is a very solid, very obscure book”
THRIFT STORE WHY: Back-cover text. Usually I buy pulp books for their covers, but sometimes a plot sounds exactly like my jam, and I live with the boring painting on the front. It’s a well drawn bike, at least.
BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A remarkably stupid teen is surprised to find he and many of the other teens from his town are going to a luxury camp retreat for a month. Oddly, all the kids have their birthday in july… and are all 17… and are only children… and once they turn 18, they are never seen again……..
WOULD I RECC TO READ: Go for it.
Continue reading “Pulp Binge: Only Child is like an unexpectedly fun horror movie”
Hello! I’ll be doing a PULP BINGE for the next few updates, and feature more pulp in general. I have a bad habit of buying quite a bit of pulp, but I rarely read it- finally, I’m going through my backlog and slamming these guys down!
I’m a major pulp sci-fi/horror fan, so that’s mostly what you’ll be seeing here.
Pulp, if you’re not familiar, is a common name for those short, fat paperbacks that were mostly printed before the late 90s. Pulp as a genre is also notable for often being more ‘trashy’ and not as ‘refined’ as commercial fiction. Quotes because this is not necessarily true in the slightest!
THRIFT STORE WHY: The cover! It looks amazing in person, with this weird, shiny overlay (especially on the red eyes). The art is fantastic, the name is attention grabbing, and the back copy/tagline are both really fun. I’m always keen on brainwashing plots and fake-utopias.
BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A dull rebellious girl moves into a Utopian neighborhood where daily pills and radio signals make every citizen morally pure and essentially the same. Elsewhere, a semi-robot teen hallucinates for half the book.
WOULD I RECC TO READ: No. It’s fun and pulpy, but there’s a lot better of the type.
Continue reading “Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect”
A quick quick review for a bad, bad book.
Continue reading “So, the House of Small Shadows was bad”
This is my second foray into books about the fey, and even though Cruel Prince brought me a lot to complain about, it was for sure a lot more interesting and together than this was. While I’d say the book was good- specific flaws are hard- it felt like some things happened too quickly, others too slowly, and overall I just wasn’t that engaged.
Continue reading “Darkest Part of the Forest is solid, but unengaging”
Honestly, this was a good book that left me in a haze after finishing it, and I totally felt motivated to read it in one short sitting (which I did!) Hell knows the cast is full of complete assholes though, and I want to pummel all of them into the ground, especially the titular Prince Carden.
This is the only way Jude/Carden is an okay ship and if you don’t understand it, you are a better man than me.
Continue reading “I Would Like To Please Throttle The Entire Cast Of ‘The Cruel Prince’”
I don’t know quite how I feel about this. Quick review. I got an ARC for free from the author.
The short of it is this: it’s short. It’s a novella, and feels shorter than one (on my e-reader it was about 100 pages). The story itself is entirely episodic, and contains 4 short adventures. The writing flows generally well and is upbeat, ‘quirky’ and kinda funny (YMMV, it didn’t appeal to me much but was easy to read) (think like percy jackson ‘jokes and fun’ type tone).
Continue reading “Beacon is a fun, disjointed episodic adventure… until it’s not”