Nona The Ninth – Frustrating Regression

I find myself in a difficult position when it comes to picking a score for today’s book. Nona The Ninth, the third book in The Locked Tomb series by Tamsyn Muir, has a complicated existence. On the one hand, Muir is one of the most talented authors around right now. Her incredible prose and outstanding…

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy – Somehow Making Undertaking Sexy And Fun

I am not sure who the target audience is for The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy, but I think most readers would have a good time. As long as you are interested in part of the bizarre mix of contents that Megan Bannen has stuffed inside its pages you will have a ton of fun.…

High Times in the Low Parliament – It’s Raining Women

High Times in the Low Parliament, by Kelly Robson, is a strange and horny novella with a memorable title and an even more memorable cover. Unfortunately, the interior of this story is less memorable than the exterior, unless you are really craving a lukewarm erotica about a scribe who can’t keep it in her pants…

The Bruising of Qilwa – More Than Meets The Eye

The Bruising of Qilwa, a novella by Naseem Jamnia, is a short story about being trans, immigration, belonging, and how plague/tragedy can change reality for many people. The story is entertaining, heartfelt, and it brings some nice representation to a genre that could always use more. However, while it is both cute and fun it…

The Grief Of Stones – Witness For Next Month

There is this weird aura around The Grief of Stones. It is being marketed as “Katherine Addison returns to the world of The Goblin Emperor with a direct sequel to The Witness For The Dead…” but I don’t understand why The Goblin Emperor is being brought up when this book has almost nothing to do…

Locklands – The End Of The World As We Know It

Locklands, the final piece of the Founders trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett, is a story both worthy of discussion and hard to talk about. It is the last step in an increasingly complicated dance that Bennett has been leading and it ends with a beautiful flourish. Unfortunately, I can’t talk about the plot of this…