Review of The Steel Seraglio by Mike, Linda, and Louise Carey

The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey. ★★★★1/2 Occasionally I’ll come across a book that’ll have me saying, “Yes, THIS is what I want from the fantasy genre.” The Steel Seraglio is one such book. When a violent coup shakes the city of Bessa, the sultan’s 365 concubines find themselves in the hands of a…

Review of The Golden Yarn by Cornelia Funke

The Golden Yarn by Cornelia Funke.  ★★★★ The Golden Yarn is the third book in the highly enjoyable Mirrorworld series by Cornelia Funke. The prior books are Reckless and Fearless, and I recommend reading them prior to The Golden Yarn. I really loved Fearless when I read it a couple of years ago, and I think my expectations for The Golden Yarn were possibly too high. Not…

Review of Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. ★★★★★ Through the Woods is a hauntingly beautiful collection of five short stories told through Emily Carroll’s stunning artwork. I borrowed a copy from a friend, but this is the sort of book that I desperately want to go out and get my own copy of so that I can cherish it…

Review of The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett

The Last Hero written by Terry Pratchett, illustrated by Paul Kidby. ★★★★ The Last Hero is a shorter, illustrated Discworld book. It’s short enough that you can probably read it in one sitting (I did). Do you need to have read prior Discworld books? It would probably help if you’re familiar with the characters, but I don’t think…

Review of In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente

In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★★★ Catherynne M. Valente’s In the Night Garden is practically indescribable. It is a beautiful, wondrous book and undoubtedly one of the best I will read all year. In the garden of a palace, there lives a cast out girl who says she has stories written upon her eyelids. Most of…

Review of A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. ★★1/2 In short, there were not enough dragons. The basic premise of this book is that it is the memoir of an early adventure of a naturalist famed for her study of dragons, Lady Isabella Trent. Thus it includes asides by Isabella and references…

Review of the Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke. ★★★1/2 Like all short story collections, The Ladies of Grace Adieu is a mixed bag. While it does not have any truly horrible stories, there are some that are mediocre (along with some rather wonderful ones.) These stories are set in the same world of Jonathan Strange and Mr…