Rewriting the Script: Musketeer Space, by Tansy Rayner Roberts

This month’s feature post is a bit different from previous ones. Rather than a straight-up review or an author guest post or interview, I’m going to simply let my inner fangirl out to play (in the best, non-ranty way!). Because if anything is worth a few hundred words of Squee, I think this is. Join me!

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Review: The Fisherman’s Net, by Laura Lam

Fisherman's Net

Series: Pantomime/Vestigial Tales | Genre: Fantasy | Format: Kindle | Publisher: Penglass Publishing (Laura Lam) | Publication date: 1st July 2014 | My rating: 5/5

Untold centuries ago, the Archipelago was ruled by the Alder—mysterious beings who vanished, leaving behind only scattered artefacts of unknown power, called Vestige. Sometimes, a person will be lucky or unlucky enough to discover that each piece of Vestige has its own tale to tell…

The Fisherman’s Net

A humble fisherman in a village of the coast of the island of Linde buys a trinket at the market, which he discovers is Vestige. The poor man soon becomes the best fisherman in the village and marvels at his newfound wealth. One day, he ensnares a most unusual catch: a Chimaera sea maiden that isn’t meant to exist. And he’s not sure if he can let her go.

The second of Laura Lam’s Vestigial Tales short stories is considerably shorter than the first (The Snake Charm), but is just as well-told.

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Review: The Child Eater, by Rachel Pollack

Child Eater

Format: Hardcover (ARC) | Genre: Fantasy | Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books | Publication date: July 3rd 2014 | My rating: 5/5

TWO BOYS, WORLDS AND CENTURIES APART

In a time of magic, a penniless boy named Matyas runs away to the Academy of Wizards to pursue his dream – to discover the secret of flying. Along the way he will become the greatest Master of his age, only to lose everything.

In the modern day, Simon Wisdom struggles to hide his psychic abilities while his father Jack lives in fear that those powers will destroy his son. But nothing can stop Simon from hearing the cries of dead children pleading for his help.

Matyas and Simon will never meet. But they are bound together, for only their combined strength can hope to overcome the monster that haunts existence itself – the Child Eater.

Sometimes I think fantasy novels are like summer movies. Larger than life, full of spectacle and character chemistry and humour. Unabashed romps that seem to last no time at all and leave you thoroughly excited. Sometimes, though, they’re more like the kind of thing you enjoy on your own, curled up somewhere cosy and quiet with your tea (or coffee, I’m not judging) and a whole night of nothing else happening to enjoy it in. Both types are equally awesome, if you ask me. The Child Eater is the second kind of awesome. So much so, in fact, that I’ve been thinking on it for a few days and it’s still hard to come up with such a book I’ve enjoyed more.

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1939 Retro Hugos: Review Lineup

Call me old fashioned, but I’m quite excited about going to this LonCon 3 event (among others!), and while I may not have time to round up and review everything on both Hugo ballots for this year, I’ve decided to take a look at one Retro ballot that particularly interests me – the shortlist for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form).

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Review: Devourer of Souls, by Kevin Lucia

Devourer of Souls

Format: eARC | Genre: Horror, supernatural | Publisher: Ragnarok Publications | Publication date: June 30th 2014 | My rating: 4/5

Sôphân

An ancient game of chance and Fate. One boy’s smoldering hate, another boy’s need to make things right, and a father’s ghosts of Vietnam past. These are the key players in this latest tale of revenge and reparation performed on the stage of the strange Adirondack town of Clifton Heights, NY.

The Man In Yellow

Tahawus is a small, isolated Adirondack town just north of Clifton Heights. A quiet place filled with simple people of an ardent faith, nothing much ever happens there…until the man in yellow comes calling. He knows your worst nightmares, and he can offer your fondest wish. All you need is faith…and a mouth from which to scream.

Being a long-time fan of Stephen King, I found it pretty hard to resist agreeing to review this book after I read that blurb, up there. Creepy horror in a small town has ticked my boxes since I was a teenager being seriously freaked out by It (and I suspect that explains a thing or two), so this was a bit of a no-brainer…

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