I went into The Witness for the Dead with a full heart and high hopes. I reread The Goblin Emperor before diving in, and I was primed for the continuation of those warm, optimistic feelings. Sadly, it did not capture that same spirit. … More The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison
Highlighting each of the 2021 Nebula Award Finalists in the Short Story category. … More Nebula Award Finalists – Last Day to Vote!
Josh Malerman does an excellent job at developing creepy, uncanny atmospheres. The House at the Bottom of a Lake excels at just that. Although I found the characters a bit flat and difficult to become invested in, I was thoroughly drawn in by their exploration of the strange, underwater house they discover. Locked doors, strange noises, and clothes floating through the water where no current should be all come together to create a read that will keep you on edge. … More A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman
Just a couple weeks ago, Will Wight released the latest book in the Cradle series, Bloodline! Given that the Cradle series is growing longer and longer, I thought I might help the good folks out who don’t want to reread all the books every single time a new one drops.
To that end, I’ve written summaries of each of the Cradle novels to date! … More Complete Book Summaries of Will Wight’s Cradle Series
Melancholy and compelling, Caroline Hardaker has captured the narrow wistfulness of self-inflicted isolation. As we draw ourselves away from the world, tuck ourselves into the warmth of our four encroaching walls, it becomes harder and harder to connect with anything and anyone that exists outside ourselves. We chain our doors, check the locks, and keep ourselves in as much as we keep others out. While this is not a book about pandemics, or plagues, or even about quarantines, it nevertheless manages to invoke a sense of catharsis in relation to current events. … More Composite Creatures by Caroline Hardaker
It is 7 p.m. on a snowy January evening, and Penny is a 13-year-old who likes fruity lip balms, wears leggings, and notices everything, like how she’s expected to wash the dishes but her older brother is excused to finish his homework. … More Advanced Word Problems in Portal Math by Aimee Picchi
I know the question you’re all going to be asking: is it derivative? Is it like Eragon? Will I be drowning in tropes and predictable plots? The short answer is… sometimes. The longer answer, of course, has a bit more nuance to it. … More To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
Hello all! Today on Facebook, Will Wight announced the release date of the newest novel in the Cradle series, Bloodline. It’s coming in just two weeks on April 6th! As you may or may not know, I’ve been working on summaries for each of the Cradle novels in anticipation of Bloodline’s release. Well, Will Wight … More Bloodline by Will Wight Releases April 6th! Summaries of Previous Books to Catch You Up.
133 Poisonwood Avenue would be stronger if it was a killer house. There is an estate at 35 Silver Street that annihilated a family back in the 1800s and its roof has never sprung a leak since. In 2007 it still had the power to trap a bickering couple in an endless hedge maze that was physically only three hundred square feet. 35 Silver Street is a show-off. … More Open House on Haunted Hill by John Wiswell
Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This is a collaborative series started by That Artsy Reader Girl, which has a new prompt for discussion and review each week. Today, we’re chatting about books written before I was born. These can be books I’ve read, books I mean to read, or just some books that I think are interesting. … More Top Ten Tuesday: Books Written Before I Was Born