“If we kill all the monsters, mankind will take their place.”
—The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
What is it, you think, that drives people to want to change their lives? A chance to better themselves? An opportunity to beat boredom? To gain freedom, to achieve glory, fortune, and a place in legend?
For the girls in The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke, especially its main narrator, Frey, it is really all of the above.
You may have heard of George R.R. Martin. You know, he’s that guy who wrote that obscure A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, adapted into that hidden gem premium cable television show A Game of Thrones. Yeah, that guy.
What you may not know about GRRM (as the internet affectionately deems Martin), though, is that he’s written a bunch of other books (and I’m not just talking about those other ones set in Westeros). In addition to ...
The feeling I have for 2018: it simultaneously feels like it only just started and that it has lasted more than a century. However, the fact remains that I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked and as such, I am hoping to get as much reading as possible before December 31.
I’ve already talked about some of them—The Mughal India-inspired fantasy Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri, the YA Fantasy For a Muse of Fire ...
Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne
On Sale: November 2018
Zivah and Dineas have done the impossible: they’ve successfully infiltrated the Amparan Empire’s center of power, gathered powerful intelligence about the cause of the Rosemarked plague and its weaponization, and have escaped with their lives. Under the cover of darkness and subterfuge, the pair flees from central Ampara and makes their way to Zivah’s mountain village, where both of their people—Zivah’s Dara village and Dineas’s Shidadi warrior tribe—await.
Getting home is just ...
For fuck’s sake, these humans are always in the way, trying to save me from stuff.
Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
In this new episode of The Continued Adventures of Murderbot: CLOSURE! Dr Mensah! EMOTIONS! Conspiracies! Action! Friendship! MORE EMOTIONS! The fourth—AND FINAL! WOE IS ME—entry in Martha Wells’ series of novellas, Exit Strategy follows Rogue Protocol, Artificial Condition and All Systems Red, all of which I have enthusiastically reviewed here. The series stars Murderbot, a self-hacked SecUnit whose ...
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
Release date: November 2018
“Our bodies are not ornaments, they are instruments.”
In the world of Honoku, there are humans and there are yokai. Crafted with magical abilities and bearing fanciful, wild physical features such as scaled or transparent flesh, the yokai are powerful and feared by humankind. And so, to combat their fear, humans have outlawed the yokai and enslaved them with magics of their own, thanks to the power of ...
Halloween is just around the corner and I have an unexpected novel to suggest as a Halloween read. As a fairytale retelling, it is not a horror novel per se. It doesn’t have ghosts, or ghouls, or serial killers, or zombies.
No, Damsel by Elana K. Arnold has a different kind of horror. Something more insidious, more unsettling. Something that will stay longer, haunting your dreams. (Trigger warning: sexual assault.)
Once upon a time there was the hero, the handsome ...
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
Release date: October 2018
Some people were matches, a bit of light and no heat. And some were furnaces, all heat but little light. And then, once in a blue moon, there was a bonfire, something so hot and bright you couldn't stand too near without burning.
Marcella Morgan is tired of being taken for granted.
She loved her husband—truly loved him. Ever since they first met at college, Marcella and Marcus were ...