Category: Review

Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect

Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect

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!

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

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.

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Darkest Part of the Forest is solid, but unengaging

Darkest Part of the Forest is solid, but unengaging

★★★☆☆

(3.5 stars)

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.

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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.

cruel prince

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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What is 27 hours but the poorly written garbage heap of the pander-tastic soul?

What is 27 hours but the poorly written garbage heap of the pander-tastic soul?

☆☆☆☆☆

(0 stars)

This grade is entirely based on the book, overlooking (most) of the colonialist controversy and all of the author-sex-abuse stuff. It’s just a shite book.

But the above is why I’m dropping it early. I meant to write a sick-ass takedown of what was a painful read, but it’s kind of relevant if it’s being taken out of print, fans are turning against it, the series is cancelled and the author has been disavowed. Kind of makes my deep literary critique pointless.

If the allegations end up false and she’s brought back to honor, maybe I’ll finish the book. I’m using this as an excuse not to.

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Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure

Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure

★★★★☆

(3.5 stars)

There’s nothing technically wrong with this book, and you’ll find I have very little to gripe about beyond my general ambivalence on the subject of boats. ‘Boat fiction’ is just something I have never been into.

I read this as part of the Sapphic book club, and as always, it’s great to read a good action-adventure lgbt genre book, especially on the tailend of the horribleness that was 27 hours (review pending).

This will be super short.

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The first half of the Magicians is really good. The second half happens, I guess

The first half of the Magicians is really good. The second half happens, I guess

★★★☆☆

3.5 stars

This book, at least the first half of it, is wondrous in it’s possibilities and killer high-knowledge based magic. Second part is eh, leading to more eh, and a pretty eh-based series. With bonus edgy whiny characters.

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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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