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Book Review: All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen


459 pp.

The very basic summary of this novel’s plot is “Steampunk Twelfth Night set at a school for (mad) scientists.”  Our Heroine is a young woman named Viola who desperately wants to attend Illyria, which is one of the very best schools for aspiring young scientists. Unfortunately, girls are not allowed to attend Illyria as this is the Victorian Era.

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Book Review: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

St. Martin’s Press
307 pp.

In Second Grave on the Left, Our Heroine Charley continues to search for Reyes while trying to solve a missing person case complicated by a string of murders. (Reyes does not want to be found, Charley does not care.) There is also a lot of family drama, multiple threats to Charley, and a ghost in the trunk of her best friend’s car. If that wasn’t enough, something is also going on with Charley’s father, something involving a criminal who blames him for a personal tragedy. Continue reading

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Book Review: One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire–Review

354 pp.

One Salt Sea opens with Toby getting schooled in swordsmanship by her liege lord Sylvester. While Toby gets run ragged, we get caught up on what’s been happening since just after the ending of the previous book. Toby is trying to settle into her new role as Countess of Goldengreen. She is also talked into taking Quentin on as her squire. (She is extremely reluctant to do this. She does not feel that she has what it takes to be a mentor and given her track record, she is understandably worried she might accidentally get him killed. Everyone else feels the exact opposite, which is to say that she will be able to teach Quentin how to not get himself killed.) Continue reading

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Dark Descendant, by Jenna Black

Pocket Books
325 pp.

Dark DescendantDark Descendant is one of several books I have seen recently which involves people who are descended from various pantheons of deities. (God children may be thenew vampires and werewolves.) In this book, Our Heroine, a private investigator named Nikki Glass discovers that she is one of the very rare descendants ofArtemis, the goddess of the hunt. Shortly after discovering this, she is drawn into a conflict between two different groups of god-descended humans, the Olympians, who have been attempting to kill off all the non-Greek descendants for centuries, and a group led by a man named Anderson, which is in directopposition to them.

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Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

374 pp.

Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate)In Changeless, Our Heroine is rudely awakened by her husband who rushes off without telling her what’s going on,which is quite a lot. The pack regiment is currently camped out on the front lawn, Alexia is once more being accused of random acts of exorcism and soul sucking while dodging mysterious assassins. Then Lord Maccon rushes off to Scotland todeal with a situation involving his former pack. To make things more interesting, the commander of the regiment is a insufferable twit, her best friend is having romantic adventures, one of her sisters is visiting and there is a hatter who is a mad scientist.

Not knowing what else to do and having a sincere desire to find out what the heckis going on, Alexia goes after her husband. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Three, Yana Toboso

Kuroshitsuji Volume Three, Yana Toboso


Black Butler, Vol. 3
Available on Amazon

We open up with a flash back and some introductions. It turns out that Madame Red has some very intense issues centered on Ciel’s dad Vincent. She had a crush on him, and he helped her get over her dislike of her very flashy red hair. She has even more issues centered on her sister, who is the one who married Vincent and still more issues centered on Ciel. Continue reading

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Tiassa by Steven Brust

335 pp.

Tiassa (Vlad)
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Tiassa takes place from multiple viewpoints and within a broad timeline. At the center of the story is a silver tiassa, a figurine with great and mysterious powers that had been created by a goddess. Aliera’s time and space travelling (technically paradoxical) daughter Devera steals (okay, borrows) the object and leaves it with whomever she feels needs it the most. The tiassa has an agenda of its own however and almost has as many adventures as the people (particularly Vlad) that come into contact with it.

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