Review of Bookburners: “Homecoming” by Brian Francis Slattery

  Bookburners: “Homecoming by Brian Francis Slattery. Season Three: Episode 9. This episode manages to combine some character development for Menchú with some serious plot development. Team Three has been planning. Almost every incident with Hannah has involved her using a really old magical item. So why not look into old magic to figure out where…

Review of Bookburners: “Making Amends” by Mur Lafferty

Bookburners: “Making Amends” by Mur Lafferty. Season Three: Episode 8. Well, this episode was full of surprises. Liam, who’s still recovering from demonic possession, decides that he needs to apologize to the people he’s harmed. Mostly, this involves his ex-girlfriends. As backup, Menchú suggests that Sal and Grace go along with him. More time for team…

Review of Bookburners: “Cracks in the World” by Margaret Dunlap

Bookburners: “Cracks in the World” by Margaret Dunlap. Season Three: Episode 7. After last week’s episode, “Cracks in the World” can’t really compare. Also I’m still struggling with how to talk about Bookburners without spoilers. Let’s just say that Tom has resurfaced again and that Team Three has headed to Seattle to reclaim something he has in his…

Review of Bookburners: Oracle Bones by Max Gladstone

Bookburners: “Oracle Bones” by Max Gladstone. Season Three: Episode 6. I really loved this episode. How could I not? It focused on two of my favorite characters, Grace and Menchú. Grace and Menchú have been asked to return to China by the mysterious branch of the Chinese government that deals with magic. They’ve found an ancient building…

Review of Bookburners: “Time Capsule” by Mur Lafferty

Bookburners: “Time Capsule” by Mur Lafferty. Season Three: Episode 5. This week’s Bookburners was a lot of fun! First off, the Orb is pulsing. There’s not a current magical threat, but something is coming. And Menchú thinks he knows who is behind it all… Meanwhile, Sal’s got a problem of her own. Her parents are visiting Rome. She…

Review of Bookburners: “All in a Day’s Work” by Brian Frances Slattery

Bookburners: “All in a Day’s Work” by Brian Francis Slattery. Season Three: Episode 4. It’s getting to the point where it’s hard to avoid some spoilers for season two and some prior episodes. Just read with caution, all right? Ashanti’s decided to test the limits in this newest episode of Bookburners, the serialized urban fantasy series…

Review of Bookburners: “Hard Bargain” by Andrea Phillips

Bookburners: “Hard Bargain” by Andrea Phillips. Season Three: Episode 3. The annual invitation to the Market Arcanum has arrived, but Ashanti’s still barred from fieldwork. With Liam and Menchú still recovering from last episode, it’s up to Sal to represent Team Three. Only, she won’t be going alone. Fox assigns Grace to join her. “Hard Bargain” feels…

Review of Bookburners: “Faces of the Beast” by Margaret Dunlap

Bookburners: “Faces of the Beast” by Margaret Dunlap. Season Three: Episode 2. The Orb has flared yet again… but it’s showing signs of magical activity in two different locations: the sea off of New Zealand and a small town in Spain. Team Three’s splitting up to deal with the new threat, with Liam and Father Menchú heading…

Review of Bookburners: Bubbles of Earth by Max Gladstone

Bookburners: “Bubbles of Earth” by Max Gladstone. Season Three: Episode 1. That high school art history class pays off, with the new Bookburners episode taking us to the Lascaux caves! It appears there’s a considerable time gap since the end of season two, but I’m not sure by how much. At least six months. Maybe a year?…

Review of Bookburners: The Complete Season Two

Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Brian Francis Slattery, Andrea Phillips, Mur Lafferty, and Amal El-Mohtar. ★★★★ I’ve finally caught up with season two of Bookburners! This urban fantasy series by Max Gladstone is a Serial Box story. Serial Box creates serial fiction akin to television seasons. Various different “episodes” make up seasons. Each episode has it’s own…

Review of The Witch Who Came in from the Cold: Season One

The Witch Who Came in from the Cold by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis, Michael Swanwick.★★★★ The Witch Who Came in from the Cold mixes Cold War intrigue with urban fantasy to create a fantastic and original story. Before I say anything else, I should note that The Witch Who Came in from the…

Review of Bookburners: Season One

Bookburners created by Max Gladstone. ★★★★ Bookburners is a new story from Serial Box, a service that aims to bring the serial story into the 21st century. Thus Bookburners is really a collection of sixteen “episodes,” each with its own plot arc, akin to a TV series. Sal Brooks is an ordinary New York City detective with a younger brother who…