Category: Five stars

The Iron Flower is a lush fantasy with lovable characters and far fewer issues

The Iron Flower is a lush fantasy with lovable characters and far fewer issues

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

What a turnaround!

If you tried to tell me a month ago I’d be a certified Black Witch fan, I would have been very worried for my future. Now I sit here quite excited for the next book in the series, and quite certain it’s good to have a bit of fun.

There’s still some negatives I’ll talk about, but on the whole I had a blast. The characters grew on me. I understood the large world better. The drama and storytelling was up a notch. It’s YA, but good YA.

I even drew fanart (possibly the first ever for the poor series).

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Embers of War is a Humanist space opera with a lot to love

Embers of War is a Humanist space opera with a lot to love

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

 

I might be a little bias because I’ve met the author and he was super nice to me and welcoming when I awkwardly sat with his table at a convention. He bought me rose as part of getting the group drinks. He’s also superbly friendly on twitter!

Anyways, I mention the bias in that I am rare to give out 5 stars, and this is more of a 4.5- but a very positive experience and score overall. I just want to be nice.

I really did enjoy this book once I got into it. Yes, it took a solid 10% or 15%, but once the plot and character introductions were through, I fully enjoyed it, and am excited for the sequel. I was really worried I wouldn’t like it, either!

The downside of me enjoying this book so much in a genre I don’t really read is that this is a pretty short and to the point review. Sorry.

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Pulp binge: Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon is a cozy, comfortable book about weird times, good friends, and bad puns

Pulp binge: Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon is a cozy, comfortable book about weird times, good friends, and bad puns

★★★★★

(5 stars)

THRIFT STORE WHY: I found the cover for another book in the series (“lady slings the booze”) and was ENRAPTURED for months. I’ll post the cover below the cut, but basically: a woman stands at the bar, next to a german shepard who is sitting at the bar, wearing a suit and tie with sunglasses. Sherlock Holmes is jumping over a lamp, a robot is in the foreground, and nothing makes sense. When I found the full set for sale months later, I knew I had to read the series.

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): This section is called this as pulp is often vague or misleading about the plot, but yeah: this one is pretty straightforward. Callahan’s is a bar where anything can happen, and anyone can stop by with a story to tell. Aliens, time travelers, mutants, psychics… everyone is welcome, everyone has something to say.

WOULD I RECC TO READ: There’s one or two bits that have either not aged well or are too heavy handed, but overall, very much!

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I Would Like To Please Throttle The Entire Cast Of The Cruel Prince

I Would Like To Please Throttle The Entire Cast Of The Cruel Prince

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

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.

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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.

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The bonkers MallWorld is a hidden sci-fi gem

The bonkers MallWorld is a hidden sci-fi gem

★★★★★

(5 stars)

I stumbled on this in a second hand book store and bought it for two dollars. My life will never be the same

Mallworld is a collection of seven short stories all taking place in the same universe, a place far in the future where everyone lives in space, and there’s a shopping mall the size of a planet. You’ve never heard of it, but it’s fantastic. Weird, dark, strange, and fun.

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This isn’t really a fair review: I love Apocalypse Array and the LINK angels series so much

This isn’t really a fair review: I love Apocalypse Array and the LINK angels series so much

★★★★★

(5 stars)

(Book four, the last one. Book one, two, three).

YAAAAAAAAAAA

I just love these characters. Enough I can easily look through various narrative/writing flaws. I love em. I want more of them.

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Messiah Node continues the fantastic, character-driven LINK angel series

Messiah Node continues the fantastic, character-driven LINK angel series

★★★★★

(5 stars)

(Book three. Here is two and one.)

“CHARACTERS:

All powerful 35-year old unlucky computer hacker, my husband
Genderless polite muslim AI clone of said hacker
Satan with a bad hairstyle
Satan’s girlfriend, a cyborg former-vatican police officer turned anti-christ with an evil AI living in her robo skeleton
Michael the insane homeless Archangel who just wants the best for his bastard daughter
Zionist lesbian criminal with PTSD

How can you not have fun, honestly?”

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