It’s All Greek to Me: Misreading THE SCORPIO RACES

“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.” (The Scorpio Races, 1) Going into a book “blind” is a fun experience. It’s a mystery between two covers, wrapped up in countless words and pages. One is unbiased, unhindered neither by hype — for good or ill — nor by “buzzwords” […]

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In the Shadow of ‘The Ring’

Unpopular opinion alert: I’m not the biggest fan of Tolkien — specifically, of The Lord of the Rings. I know this is essentially heresy to admit to the teeming hordes of guys and gals who, like me, adore the fantasy genre. But, alas, ’tis true that I am not on the side of Mr. J.R.R. […]

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Review: The Progeny

The Progeny by Tosca Lee My rating: 2 of 5 stars **Thank you to Howard Books for providing me a digital ARC of the novel via NetGalley for the purpose of review** Okay, I hate to make comparative reviews, but we need to talk about The Da Vinci Code. It’s difficult for any author nowadays […]

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Review: The Immortals

**Nota bene: This review has been truncated due to spoilers. You can find the entire, spoiler-ridden review on Goodreads.** The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is very very hard for me to write. Had you asked me up to a certain point what I would have rated this […]

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The Challenge Demands Satisfaction

“My honour has been pissed upon. And I demand satisfaction.” (Golden Son, 104) Someone once told me that every fight sequence should tell a story, that there should be a point to the fight beyond it just being “cool.” As a girl who prides herself on preferring action to romance, I love fight sequences in […]

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The Curse of Knowledge

Originally posted on backroomwhispering.com on January 30th, 2016 A COMPANION TO TBT EPISODE 05 In our most recent episode of The Book Table (TBT), we discussed Stormdancer, the first novel in the Lotus War trilogy by Australian writer, Jay Kristoff. Marketed as a Japanese-inspired steampunk series featuring what Patrick Rothfuss called “a strong female protagonist” in his […]

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Backroom Whispering Blog

Hey all! Just a quick note that I’ve got some posts over on the blog that I run for Backroom Whispering Productions. Over there, we write pieces related predominantly to science fiction and fantasy, but also on writing processes and other fun, creative things. I have written two posts thus far, one dealing with writing characters […]

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Review: Alive

Alive by Scott Sigler My rating: 4 of 5 stars Definitely not what I expected — if I could best “elevator pitch” this book, it would be a science-fiction/dystopian Lord of the Flies. And that doesn’t even come close to describing this book. I went into this book blind, which is what I highly recommend […]

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MadReviews

Hello, beloved internet, and welcome to my little blog. Here you will find reviews great and small on just a small fraction of the books that I read and things that I watch. I am a “jack of all trades” and “master of none” kind of media enthusiast: if it grips me, I don’t care within […]

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Review: Frozen Tides

Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars **Despite the fact I won this as a first reads giveaway from Goodreads, I never received a copy of the book. Thankfully, my local library had an ebook version, and that is what I read.** Frozen Tides is a much more plot-driven novel than […]

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