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”
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”
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.
Continue reading “The first half of the Magicians is really good. The second half happens, I guess”
(Book 1 review, Book 2. This is the last book in the trilogy)
Ah, Kneupper. I love this series, I really do. I was so excited for this book, even if the warning signs were all there. And it didn’t suck, really. I had fun. This has always been a guilty pleasure of mine anyways.
But you nearly had it all, you bozo.
Way to blow it.
Continue reading “Adversary would have been better if Kneupper had had the balls to kill off Jesus”
(This is about book 2 in a series. Book 1, Valhalla, can be found here.)
Not as good as I hoped, but it’s not like I can really say I’m disappointed.
Continue reading “Ragnarök is an imperfect, but interesting, follow-up to Valhalla”
(About the rating: This book gets three stars, but the rest of the series is all five stars. I’ll probably review them later, and will address why this one is much lower, but let it be known: these are good books.)
Ever since I found the wonder that was mallworld*, I’ve been really riding on that fantastical hope that mysterious second hand bookstores are going to lead me to obscure and lovable stories. I don’t really think that ideal is true or false right now- it’s just my way of saying I picked this book off the shelf for two bucks and with zero expectations.
It didn’t disappoint, only because there was nothing to be disappointed with.
Continue reading “Archangel Protocol: Sometimes, you find something unexpected(ly good)”
Night vale is a podcast whose primary purpose is, as far as I can tell, being as weird as possible. There’s a certain quality to their writing, one that with a sort of “modern gothic” vibe- in the world of Night vale, the ordinary is strange, and anything can be bizarre. I’ve never listened to Nightvale’s podcast (the main characters voice, inexplicably, grates my ears), but for a while it swept the Internet, so I consider myself fairly informed as to the basics. In 2015, Night Vale put out a novel that shared the name of the podcast: Welcome to Night Vale. Auditory distress aside, I had enough interest to pick the book up.
In hardcover, nonetheless! It’s a lovely cover, a beautiful looking book, and doesn’t require prior knowledge of the podcast to read, though some characters from the radio show do appear. The plot is promising: A Man in a Tan Jacket is appearing throughout the small desert town of Night Vale, distributing papers which only say ‘King City’, and which you are unable to get rid of. Local pawnshop owner/eternally 19-year-old Jackie is determined to figure out who he is, while PTA member Diane has to deal with her shape shifting teenage son and the sudden, many reappearances of his father.
Continue reading “Welcome to Night Vale (novel) proves you can be too weird”