Tuesday Teaser: The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Oof! The next couple of days will be seriously crazy as I prepare for LonCon 3, but here’s my weekly teaser – in which the holiday reads continue to feature! This week it’s a bit of a classic…

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Review: Bad Mojo by Shane Berryhill

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Series: Zora Banks #1

Genre: Dark fantasy

This edition: ebook

Publisher: Ragnarok Publications

Publication date: July 28th 2014

Source: publisher – review copy

My rating: 3/5

Shane Berryhill’s first dark adult fantasy is the story of Zora Banks–a beautiful, Southern conjure woman of mixed race–as told through the eyes of her partner, Ash Owens, a pretty boy-redneck cursed with a monstrous alter ego.

When Tennessee State Representative Jack Walker hires Ash to find his missing, drug-addicted wife, Ash finds himself at odds with Chattanooga’s various underworld gangs–both the living and the unliving–as he and Zora become embroiled in a far-reaching occult organization’s grab for ultimate power.

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Review: Our Lady of the Streets, by Tom Pollock

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Series: The Skyscraper Throne Trilogy #3 | Genre: Urban fantasy, YA | This edition: Hardcover | Source: Publisher (review copy) | Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books | Publication date: 7th August 2014  | My rating: 5/5

IMPORTANT NOTE! The synopsis for this book, as well as my review, will contain certain series spoilers. If you haven’t yet gotten as far as this book, you may want to read it first…

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Tuesday Teaser: Cross Stitch, by Diana Gabaldon

Tuesday Teaser is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

I’m still a little fussy about the rather glaring title difference between this UK version of Diana Gabaldon’s first Outlander book and the US version, so with the exception of ‘formal’ use (see this blog post title) I’ll probably just refer to it as Outlander. I suspect it’s the more recognisable title…

Anyway! As you may have guessed, said book is the subject of today’s Teaser! (So much for waiting until I was on holiday…)

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Guest Post & Spotlight: Emma Jane Holloway, author of The Baskerville Affair Trilogy

Welcome! Today I’m turning the blog over to a guest, one Emma Jane Holloway, whose steampunk trilogy The Baskerville Affair is about to land in the UK! See below the cut for her post, and some tasty info on her books…

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Teaser Tuesday: Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

It’s back! Since my thoughts have started to turn toward that old monster, the Holiday Reading List, I decided that a good point to return to this weekly meme after its recent ARC-induced hiatus would be with one of the books I plan to endure a flight with! Enter one Seanan McGuire…

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Review: The Apex Book of World SF 3

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Editor: Lavie Tidhar | Format: eARC | Publisher: Apex Book Company | Publication date: June 30th | My rating: 4/5

These stories run the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. Some are translations (from German, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swedish), and some were written in English. The authors herein come from Asia and Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their stories are all wondrous and wonderful, and showcase the vitality and diversity that can be found in the field. They are a conversation, by voices that should be heard.

My appreciation for short fiction has been growing pretty steadily lately, and a lot of that is down to the work being published by Apex. Whether in their monthly magazine or in these anthologies, I’ve yet to find a real dud anywhere. In some cases, I’ve even found stories that I’ve fallen in love with. One of them was in this book. Below the cut, I’ll highlight a few stories from this anthology that have stood out in my mind.

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