Legends & Lattes – Cozy Fantasy At Its Finest

Once in a while, a book comes along that doesn’t burden itself with the lofty expectations that so often run rampant through the fantasy genre. These books don’t require vast, epic worlds or heartbreaking stories. Instead, they’re content to revel in the warmth of friendship and love and Travis Baldree’s Legends & Lattes is my…

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The Boy With Fire – Slow Burn

I love discovering hidden gems on Goodreads. It has got to be a top-five all-time emotional rush. This is how I stumbled upon The Boy with Fire by Aparna Verma, one of the best books I’ve found organically in a long time. Complete with an original story, compelling characters, and a devastatingly gorgeous setting, The…

Sisters of the Forsaken Stars – The Nuns Are Back In Space

Back in the olden times of just over two years ago, I read Sisters of the Vast Black, a charming novella about a small convent of nuns in outer space. Lina Rather’s debut in the novella scene captured my imagination and heart and left me wanting more. Fortunately, Rather has decided to continue the story of…

Stars and Bones – Missing The Marrow For The Bones

Last year I read Light Chaser, a collaboration between Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell, and it birthed a desire to give Powell a deeper look. Having read a lot of Hamilton, my sense was that Powel’s work added a bit of blood to the sprawling imagination Hamilton usually provides. Instead of going with…

Field Agent Training: Interacting With Non-SFF Readers

There is no wrong way to read (mostly), and any reading is good reading. People should feel free to spend their time the way they please, but sometimes talking to nonreaders can be frustrating.  That’s where we come in. Welcome, agent, to non-reader interaction training. As a field agent in the Quill To Live SFF…

Age Of Ash – Heat Like A Sleeping Volcano

Reviewing a first Abraham book is always a challenging prospect. Looking back at A Shadow in Summer and The Dragon’s Path, both were clearly designed as foundational books that are heavily expanded on in the sequels. Though I was lukewarm in my reception of both those series beginnings when I read them, I ended up liking…

Sandman Volume Two: The Doll’s House – Enter Night

Welcome back to the land of dreams, ruled by the aloof and mysterious Morpheus. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series once again impresses and delights in volume two, grounding the ongoing story of Morpheus and his macabre cadre in the goings-on of our own world. To marvelous effect, The Doll’s House intertwines a litany of narratives, forming…