I suppose after Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, I shouldn’t be surprised…
Ravaged by the Nazi Secret Service during World War II, Romanian resistance forces turn to one of their leaders, Professor Van Helsing for any way out. To fight these monstrous forces, Van Helsing raises a legendary monster from centuries of slumber… Prince Dracula himself.
Once he was the ruler of Transylvania. Prince Vlad Dracul, is, above all else, a patriot. He proves more than willing to once again drive out his country’s invaders. Upshot: No one minds if he drinks all the German blood he desires.
– Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan
Book Review: Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy
Oh man, canaries. Hang on to your perches, this is gonna be one of those books. The premise: Half-Irish, half-Cherokee Joanne Walker has just discovered she’s a shaman and that the Wild Hunt has gone rogue and is about to destroy the world. New and old world myths mix. Chaos is unleashed. I was ready and eager to fall in love.
And yet. And yet.
What a mixed bag.
Here’s the good, the bad, and the stuff in between:
The good: An exciting beginning! It’s not every book that starts off on a plane, followed with a race across town in a cab, only to face off against a knife wielding unknown.
The bad: We need to retire the let’s-sit-in-a-diner-and-TALK trope for good. This is the third urban fantasy book in a row to do so, and every single time I am brain-crushingly bored. Continue reading
I come with bowed head and outstretched arms to lay my blurb upon the sacrificial alter that is Pitch Slaps.
I know it’s too long but I can’t figure out what would be best to remove. It is my first time, you know. I would really appreciate your help, even if you tear into it like a 4 year old’s Christmas present from Santa.
Thanks for your consideration.
Of course! It will be our feathery pleasure. But first, the blurb:
The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy
“I was mad because I said words they did not wish to hear, because they could not control me, they could not drag me along like a tethered dog. And so they said I was mad.”
When Elizabeth, an archaeologist with a track record of making incredible discoveries, looks at a historic site, she sees not just the ruins, but the ghosts of the people and civilizations that once existed there. It’s a gift she’s learned to live with, and keeps secret lest it gets her labeled crazy and thrown out of academia and into a hospital. But her simple archaeological routine is shattered when, during an investigation of ancient Mayan ruins, the shadow of a long-dead priestess sees Liz and speaks to her…and Liz’ daughter arrives out of the blue, mourning her father’s death and hoping to reconnect with her mother. Continue reading
Each year, I enter the goodreads reading challenge, with the goal of reading 100 books. This year, I’m gonna add a twist to it. My goal will be to read everything on the science fiction Locus Award list, from 1978 to 2016. Bold books are those I’ve read previously.
Locus Award-Winning Books:
- 1978 Gateway by Frederik Pohl
- 1980 Titan by John Varley
- 1981 The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
- 1982 The Many Coloured Land by Julian May
- 1983 Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov (Except I have no memory of it. Will reread!)
- 1984 Startide Rising by David Brin
- 1985 The Integral Trees by Larry Niven
- 1986 The Postman by David Brin
- 1987 Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
- 1988 The Uplift War by David Brin
- 1989 Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
- 1990 Hyperion by Dan Simmons
- 1991 The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
- 1992 Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
- 1993 Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (Such a good book!)
- 1994 Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
- 1995 Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
- 1996 The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
- 1997 Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
- 1998 The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
- 1999 To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
- 2000 Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
- 2001 The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin
- 2002 Passage by Connie Willis
- 2003 The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
- 2004 Ilium by Dan Simmons
- 2005 The Baroque Cycle (i.e. Quicksilver; The Confusion; The System of the World) by Neal Stephenson
- 2006 Accelerando by Charles Stross
- 2007 Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
- 2008 The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
- 2009 Anathem by Neal Stephenson
- 2010 Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
- 2011 Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
- 2012 Embassytown by China Miéville
- 2013 Redshirts by John Scalzi
- 2014 Abaddon’s Gate by James S. A. Corey
- 2015 Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
- 2016 Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
My first pick from the list is Redshirts by John Scalzi – it’s on my shelf and ready to be read.
Onward and upward!
Sweet Silver Blues by Glen Cook
This is the blurb that caught my eye earlier this month. I’ve definitely heard about Cook’s Black Company series, but what’s this? Detective Noir set in a fantasy world? A hard boiled private eye human in a world of gnomes? Alright, count me in.
It helped that a couple reviews compared this series to Jim Butcher’s Dresden books; some even said this is much better. So, no choice but to read and see, amirite? Continue reading