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Joe Abercrombie Dishes Out Magic, Betrayal, and Dark Adventure

– Posted in: Fantasy Book Reviews
Joe Abercrombie dishes out magic, dark adventure, and lots of fun. Half a King book review

After seeing and hearing Joe Abercrombie’s name all over the Internet, I decided to read one of his books. I had no plan. I chose the first book on my Kindle search, Half a King. I didn’t realize it was a YA book until I started reading, which was fine. I love YA books. Wow, [...]

Ready for Adventure? Grab Your Pith Helmet

– Posted in: Fantasy Book Reviews
Ready for Adventure? Don miss this one: Three Great Lies

Vanessa Maclellan's debut novel Three Great Lies is a fun romp into ancient Egypt or what ancient Egypt would be if the gods and the children of gods walked the streets. Magical Thebes, here we come. If you like paranormal novels with a romantic subplot, portals into other worlds, and Egyptian myths, you’ll enjoy this [...]

“Kindred”: A Time Travel Book That Will Grab Your Heart

– Posted in: Science Fiction Book Reviews
"Kindred": A Time Travel Book That Grabs Your Heart

All book lovers do this crazy thing. Because they love books and stories, they have a ton of books they haven't gotten around to reading. I've had Kindred by Octavia E. Butler for ages, years. Not reading Kindred as soon as I bought it was a big mistake. It turns out I love this book. [...]

A Strange Magical World: Magic from Man-Made Material

– Posted in: Fantasy Book Reviews
Book Review: The Paper Magician: A world where magic comes from man-made material and paper can be dangerous

The premise of The Paper Magician is that magic comes from man-made materials. I found this fascinating, and I bought the book because I was curious to find out exactly how debut author Charlie N. Holmberg would make magic from paper. So, I bought the first two books. I'll review the second one in another [...]

“Whose Body” by Dorothy L. Sayers

– Posted in: Fiction Book Reviews
One of the earliest female mystery writers. Whose Body?: a British Cozy.

"Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957) was a British playwright, scholar, and acclaimed author of mysteries, best known for her books starring the gentleman sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. While working as an advertising copywriter, Sayers began writing Whose Body? (1923), the first Wimsey mystery, followed by ten sequels and several short stories. Sayers set the Wimsey novels [...]

Los Angeles: Frontier Pueblo to Modern Metropolis

– Posted in: Non-Fiction Book Reviews
The Fragmented Metropolis an engaging history of Los Angeles 1850 to 1930.

El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (The Town of Our Lady the Queen of Angels) I'm currently writing a novel set in 1890 Los Angeles and reading The Fragmented Metropolis: Los Angeles, 1850-1930 was part of my research. I'd planned on read up to the 1900s, but found the book engaging and finished [...]