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The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman (Berkley, Oct. 7th, 2014)-I know what you’re thinking (or might be thinking): ugh, vampires, soooo done to death (sorry about that). But bear with me, here. We’re talking about Christopher Buehlman, author of Those Across the River, The Necromancer’s House, and Between Two Fires. This man has a very solid history of excellence, so when I saw that The Lesser Dead was a vampire … Continue reading

We Are Not Good People by Jeff Somers

We Are Not Good People by Jeff Somers

We Are Not Good People by Jeff Somers (Gallery, Oct 7th, 2014)-Warning: I reviewed Trickster a while back, and this is the coverage of book 2 in the Ustari series, which is included in one volume here with Trickster, so there are inevitable spoilers for the first book. If you’re not caught up, feel free to catch my Trickster review. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk! I was blown away … Continue reading

The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker #12) by John Connolly

The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker #12) by John Connolly

The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly (Emily Bestler, Oct 28th, 2014)-Prosperous, Maine is an interesting little town. The name is a perfect fit, because for ages, they’ve been a town of prosper, and tolerance, and general well-being, and if their little church, the Congregation of Adam Before Eve & Eve Before Adam (brought brick by brick from Northumbria, in England), is a little odd, well, there are always odd … Continue reading

Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock #8) by Faith Hunter

Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock #8) by Faith Hunter

Broken Soul by Faith Hunter (Roc, Oct. 7,2014)-No spoilers for this one, but may be inevitable spoilers for previous books. Oh Jane. We’re on book 8 and you haven’t let me down yet. It’s time for another shindig (sort of) and Leo, Master of New Orleans has of course asked Jane to handle the security. This time it’s a delegation of Eurovamps that want to test Leo’s weaknesses and hope … Continue reading

The White Van by Patrick Hoffman

The White Van by Patrick Hoffman

The White Van by Patrick Hoffman (Grove/Atlantic, Sept. 2014)-Emily Rosario is 31 years old, and addicted to crack. When she meets a Russian man in a bar and he invites her back to his hotel, ostensibly to take drugs, she goes with him. It isn’t smart and she knows it isn’t, but her habit won’t let her say no. Soon she realizes drugs aren’t the only thing on the menu. … Continue reading

Jumper and Reflex by Steven Gould

Jumper and Reflex by Steven Gould

A very good friend of mine calls what I did this weekend a book binge, so here’s my quick takes on Jumper and Reflex by Steven Gould. I’m halfway through Impulse, and Exo will immediately follow, so stay tuned! If you haven’t read the series, there are some inevitable minor spoilers, so be warned. JUMPER-Looking for pure escapist fun? Jumper, and its sequels, have got you more than covered. 17 … Continue reading

The Day of Atonement by David Liss

The Day of Atonement by David Liss

The Day of Atonement by David Liss (Random House, Sept. 23,2014)-Sebastião Raposa was only a boy when he was forced to flee Lisbon after his family was taken away by the Inquisition. It’s now 10 years later, and he’s returned to Portugal under the name of Sebastian Foxx, and in the guise of an English businessman. Business isn’t his real priority in Portugal, however. In fact, all these years he’s … Continue reading

The Distance by Helen Giltrow

The Distance by Helen Giltrow

The Distance by Helen Giltrow (Doubleday, Sept 9, 2014)-Karla is really Charlotte Alton, but Charlotte is really Karla. Confused? Don’t be. Charlotte Alton is a socialite, known for belonging to the most sparkling circles of London, confident and beautiful. Karla is a woman who gets things done using subterfuge and tradecraft, helping to cover the tracks of criminals and acting as a resource in bringing down those that would do … Continue reading

Double Feature: Those Across the River and The Necromancer’s House

Double Feature: Those Across the River and The Necromancer’s House

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman (Ace, Sept. 2011)-When Frank Nichols and his wife Dora move into his aunt’s house in rural Whitbrow, Georgia, they’re eager for a fresh start. Frank plans to write a book about the nearby Savoyard Plantation, which belonged to his great-grandfather, and Dora will teach at the local school. They quickly settle into the rhythm of small town life and find the people to … Continue reading

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf, Sept 9th, 2014)-Station Eleven takes place, mostly, in Year Twenty, which is, appropriately, 20 years after 99% of the world’s population is obliterated by a swift killer called the Georgia Flu. The comment is made by one character that it’s kind of a lovely name (after the Georgia of Eurasia, it’s origin), for something that kills so quickly and ruthlessly, roughly 48 … Continue reading

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