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”
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”
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.
Continue reading “Ice Massacre: a perfectly enjoyable, gay boatventure”
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”
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.
Continue reading “The bonkers MallWorld is a hidden sci-fi gem”
(Book four, the last one. Book one, two, three).
I just love these characters. Enough I can easily look through various narrative/writing flaws. I love em. I want more of them.
Continue reading “This isn’t really a fair review: I love Apocalypse Array and the LINK angels series so much”
This is a simple, standalone book that is well written, enjoyable, and imaginative. Romy is a teen… alone in space!! That is really the full set up and to a degree, story. The plot takes a while to really ramp up or have a clear direction, but it’s short and fun regardless.
Continue reading “Oh hey: Loneliest girl in the universe is wonderful, with a few mundane problems”