Haute couture, hot jewels, a hot setting and great chemistry make this zany mystery an absolute winner in my book. Even if you aren’t an animal lover, if you love cozies Cat Got Your Diamonds is certain to delight - especially if you enjoy old-style screwball comedies. Lacy is wonderfully odd, energetically throwing herself into her pet couture business and later her murder investigation. The antics of the highly competitive New Orleans socialites, all devoted to their respective animal causes is a hoot - dancing Shih-Tzus, piano playing chickens, llamas in leg warmers and much more. And as for romance - wooh, the chemistry between Lacy and Detective Jack Oliver is tremendous even without a kiss in sight.
Lacy loves her pet boutique/bakery Furry Godmother. But everything is threatened when the glitter gun she used to distract an invader becomes a...
by David Alexander Robertson | illustrated by GMB Chomichuk
Portage & Main Press
Comics & Graphics Novels, Teens & YA
Pub Date 31 Dec 2016
Absolutely unforgettable! Will I See? addresses the topic of violence against women with beauty and power. The black and white images are realistic, but there is also a dreamlike quality to them. Swaths of red add a dramatic flair, implying violence and death. Will I See? has a strong emotional affect and is best suited for teens and older readers.
May, a young teenage girl meets up with a cat who helps her to find various keepsakes. With each item, readers are shown what happened to the previous owner. In each instance, a violent crime was committed against a young native woman. May's kookum (grandmother) fashions these into a necklace for her to wear and warns her that her youth doesn't protect her from being taken. Young native women are disappearing. When May faces danger she must rely on her o...
I remember reading cyberpunk in my youth - stories of tomorrows where technology is an integral part of life, but that life is far from utopian. Strange technologies, dystopian societies and alienated individuals were all a part of visions that stirred the imagination. Cyberpunk didn't really disappear. Instead it transformed. The future is now. Technology is omnipresent, and it is impossible to imagine life without the connectivity of cell phones, tablets, and wifi.
Cyber World provides a tantalizing glimpse of the worlds that could be through a variety of stories from the world's most talented authors. From gene and body modifications to artificial brains sold through rakuten and Amazon, worlds of data to a country of no people, this anthology hosts a tremendous array of post-cyberpunk works. The tomorrows of yesterday have led to today.
As urban fantasies go, Hidden Blade falls in the middle - decently written, a decent story with fairly interesting characters. I wouldn't call it excellent or groundbreaking, but it does successfully introduce the main series characters, provides some insight into their nature, and leaves the door wide open for future novels - exactly what a first novel is intended to do. I would be willing to try a future novel to see if the series kicks in to higher gear, but I am not at the edge of my seat hungering for the next installment.
Soul Eater uses Egyptian mythology as its foundation, with the gods living and plotting in New York. Ace's job is to clean up messes in order to prevent the public from discovering the existence of gods and demons. Ace is cursed, in servitude to the fickle and devious Osiris (Ozzie) and his wife Isis. When his ex wife, the goddess Bast comes to...
Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
By Ken Liu
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Pub Date 01 November 2016
Invisible Planets is an incredible collection of science fiction stories from mainland China. Each of the stories is a gem, multifaceted, beautiful and utterly unique. What you perceive depends on the angle from which you look at it. So many wondrous places and amazing characters. What all of the stories have in common is their ability to enthrall the reader and excite the imagination.
If you enjoy short science fiction, this is an anthology that you must add to your collection. You won't be disappointed by the quality and the variety of the pieces included. The opportunity to explore the perceptions of writers long unavailable to the English speaking public is an added bonus.
I received a copy of Invisible Planets from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Cute but unexceptional, Boy Meets Witch is a fun but forgettable read. This novel definitely falls in the romantic fantasy category. It is not graphic, unlike many in the genre, so it should be fine for teens.
Harper Adams is a witch in hiding. Her father, an evangelical preacher, first used her as a faith healer, then kept her prisoner in the basement after a tragic fire cost many of his followers their lives and lost him his fortune. The rescue and healing of the cat (who unfortunately turns out to be one of the villains in the piece) puts her at odds with the town veterinarian (aka the love interest). Soon there is chemistry, but his atheism and her spirituality and abilities put the two at odds. Her abilities also stir up more than a little controversy in the town.
On the whole Boy Meets Witch is a decent story. It has its awkward m...
The Winterlings flows smoothly, more like poetry than prose. It isn't a gothic in the traditional sense, but like in gothics women and the conception of femininity play a central role.
This is a novel that will definitely appeal more to an academic audience than the general public.
The story centers around two sisters who return to the Spanish village where they once lived with their grandfather. After a youth spent in exile, their return revives the old fears, superstitions and resentments that led to their grandfather's murder during the Spanish civil war. Like the characters in a morality play, each resident is distinctly human, but has a grotesque almost absurd aspect. The life of the village and the interactions of its residents is juxtaposed against the glory of the cinema. Both sisters love film and yearn to escape, to become someone e...
Yancy Lazarus is many things - wisecracking bluesman, wanderer, gambler, fixer. Sure he can do magic, but that doesn't mean he has an easy time staying out of trouble. Trouble normally finds him, and this time it has come en masse. Between rival gangs each believing he is responsible for the slaughter of members and their families and hyena faced Rakshasas hunting him down (not even mentioning the crazed sorcerer behind it all) Yancy is in it hip deep.
Strange Magic is witty, irreverent, and a hell of a lot of fun. It is difficult to say which is more entertaining, the action or Yancy's running commentary. Both contribute to making Strange Magic a great book. If you enjoy the Dresden Files or Simon R Green's books, you will like James A Hunter's style. Strange Magic is the first Yancy Lazarus novel and I am looking forward to readin...
The Lost Child of Lychford is a good short fantasy novel, but it assumes that readers are already familiar with the main characters and their role in protecting the village. You will still enjoy the novel if you jump straight in, but you may want to consider reading Witches of Lychford first.
Christmas is approaching, along with all that entails. As Reverend, Lizzie is busy with preparations for services, not to mention a wedding scheduled for Christmas Eve. When an apparition of a young boy appears to Lizzie, she is baffled. Is he a ghost, a warning, or something else? Something is coming and the witches of Lychford stand in the way.
It is no surprise that Paul Cornell has written for television. The Lost Child of Lychford is compact. The action moves at a fast pace and the story arc is a perfect fit for the length. Like baby bear's porridge, The Lost Child of Lyc...
I've always liked Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly novels, so I was happy to have an opportunity to review the graphic novel version of Grave Surprise. It exceeded my expectations. The character designs accurately and appealingly depict the central characters, they captured aspects of their personalities through a wide variety of facial expressions and body language. The artwork is vivid and color is used well, with flashbacks in monochrome and the present action in vivid colors. The story is well suited to the graphic format.
Harper Connelly has a bond with the dead - she can identify bodies and how they died. She uses her talent to find missing people, to help families find closure. When a professor tests her ability in a historic graveyard with his class, no one expects Harper to discover a much more recent body...