Capricorn – Peter Edwards (Review)

31botxiWVML._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Recently, I read Peter Edward’s first book, January. At the time, I was under the impression that it was a collection of short horror stories. It turned out not to be – instead, it was a collection of bizarre and charming vignettes.

I enjoyed January, so I got the second book, Capricorn, under the impression that it was a similar collection of interesting and non-threatening short stories. That also turned out not to be true, and now I feel like a double idiot. Continue reading “Capricorn – Peter Edwards (Review)”

January – Peter Edwards (Review)

317R5rel76LI was clearly confused when I bought this book. I thought it was filled with short horror stories, but the reality is very different.

The stories in January are very short – each one less than a page long, and each page has an illustration in addition to the text. But they aren’t horror. Instead, they’re puns. Each story is a snapshot from the lives of bizarre re-occurring characters, and each one builds to a pun.  Continue reading “January – Peter Edwards (Review)”

Three parts dead – Max Gladstone (Review)

three parts dead max gladstoneKos Everburning is the god of Alt Coulumb. Faith flows from his people to him, and in return Kos keeps the city heated and defended, keeps lights on and transport running. His power is linked through magical contracts to the defense of other nations, his body acting as a source of, and a conduit for, unimaginable power. Without Kos, the people of Alt Coulumb would suffer, and treasure fleets would be vulnerable to pirates. Everything would fall apart.

Kos has just died. Continue reading “Three parts dead – Max Gladstone (Review)”

Stalker – Lars Kepler (Review)

51fPJZKNKIL._SY346_A video is sent to the National Crime Investigation Department in Stockholm. It shows a normal woman in her own home, doing nothing very exciting. By the time the police identify her, she’s dead. More victims are found, and it becomes clear that the killer is not going to stop. Each video sent to the police means another butchered woman.

Margot Silverman is tasked with catching the killer. Heavily pregnant, she’s determined to solve the case before going on leave. Erik Maria Bark is a hypnotist who thinks the crimes may be linked to a case he worked on years ago. And everyone thought Joona Linna was dead.  Continue reading “Stalker – Lars Kepler (Review)”

Thaumatology 101 – Niall Teasdale (Review)

T101I was warned off from Thaumatology 101 before I started reading it. Reviews are rather mixed – some people think it’s a fun and flirty urban fantasy romp, and some people think it’s objectionable smut about unrealistic cardboard characters.

I thought the massively polarised reviews were fascinating. Normally there’s majority agreement on whether a book is urban fantasy or paranormal romance, and similar agreement on whether it is worth reading.

Ceridwyn Brent is a magical research assistant who can’t do magic. She’s also the heir to a wizard mansion, protected by burning tattoos and with a half-succubus for a housemate. She starts of her series with the kind of assests and confidants that it takes most urban fantasy protagonists at least a trilogy to acquire. Continue reading “Thaumatology 101 – Niall Teasdale (Review)”

A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs – Andrew Kozma (Review)

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The full title of this book is A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs and Other Stories, but that seemed like too long a title for this blog post. There are four stories in total, and they are all independent, very different in settings and ideas.

A lonely tourist visits a city built by giant slugs. A prisoner contemplates the different kinds of possible escape. A man waits to be asked a question. People search for each other in a world of possibilities.

Continue reading “A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs – Andrew Kozma (Review)”

The Paper Magician Series – Charlie N. Holmberg (Review)

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Ceony Twill wants to be a smelter – a magician bonded to metal. She wants to enchant bullets and send railway lines across the country. She doesn’t want to be a paper magician, sending letters and making decorations for children’s parties.

But she doesn’t get the chance to pick her material. Faced with the option of no magic or paper magic, Ceony reluctantly begins her studies with the eccentric Emery Thane. Soon, she starts to find that both her instructor and paper magic are far more interesting than she first assumed. Continue reading “The Paper Magician Series – Charlie N. Holmberg (Review)”