Disclaimer: I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In The Ghost Club, William Meikle does something quite audacious. He presents a collection of ghostly short stories attributed to several Victorian authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Anton Chekhov, Helena P. Blavatsky, and Henry James. Some of the hauntings in this collection are subtle, while others have high body counts. Continue reading
When we last left Don Juan, he was fighting for the Russian army. Now what happens? Continue reading
“The earth is good at healing itself. This wound will scab over quickly in geologic terms.”
The Fifth Season takes place in a world prone to periodic disasters called fifth seasons. Every once in a while, there’s a civilization destroying natural disaster and things get all post-apocalyptic for a time before life settles back down again and things get back to normal. This is a pretty brutal story featuring the deaths of children and large scale disasters, so be warned. Continue reading
When we last left off, Don Juan and his friend John Johnson had just joined the Russian army to fight against the Turks in The Battle of Ismail. Let’s see how this turns out. Continue reading
When we last left Don Juan he was in a Turkish harem disguised as a maid. The sultan’s wife, Gulbeyaz, was about to kill him for sleeping with Dudu. So what happens next?
War! Continue reading
So first off, The Beautiful Ones wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought Silvia Moreno-Garcia was a horror writer. Doing a quick online check, I see that she’s written a previous book featuring vampires and has been involved in several Lovecraftian anthologies, so I think I’m right about her horror roots. This book, however, isn’t horror. It’s a romance. Continue reading
When we last left Don Juan, he’d been sold into slavery and taken to Constantinople to be the plaything of the Sultan’s wife, Gulbeyaz. But right when she’s about to insist he sleep with her, her husband The Sultan arrives. Continue reading
“Just one cage finding another. Maybe wider. Maybe bigger. Still cage. All of it. With horizons for bars.”
The Familiar, Volume 4 takes place between August and September 2014. All of the different characters in The Familiar are really starting to come together. Luther and Ozgur see each other at the gun range. Jingjing and Xanther just barely miss each other at the airport. Luther sells drugs to Jingjing. Continue reading
Byron starts Canto 5 by telling us of the dangers of writing love poetry: “Even Petrarch’s self, if judged with due severity,/Is the Platonic pimp of all posterity.” (Canto V, 1) I’d never thought of it like that, but I think he’s right. Love poems (or today’s equivalent–love songs) help facilitate hooking up. To prevent this from happening, Byron assures us that he himself will always attach a good moral message to his poems. Yeah, I’m sure that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Continue reading
When we last left Don Juan, he and his lover Haidee were having a party to celebrate the death of her slave-trader father Lambro. However, it turns out Lambro isn’t as dead as they had thought. Before we get back to the action, though, Byron starts off by telling us why he jokes around so much: Continue reading