review: the lazarus gate

The Lazarus Gate by Mark A. Latham (2015) While haunting the science fiction/fantasy section of the bookstore a couple of weekends ago, I picked up the second book in this series--The Iscariot Sanction--and was intrigued enough to seek out the first book, The Lazarus Gate.  This year has been about completing and catching up on... Continue Reading →

from the memoirs of sherlock holmes – part two

The “Gloria Scott” (1893) In my opinion, “The ‘Gloria Scott’” is a must read story within the Holmes canon.  Several things make this story remarkable.  First, it is a framed narrative that contains another framed narrative.  If you have read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, you’ll be familiar with that narrative structure.  The primary, or first frame,... Continue Reading →

review: destined for an early grave

Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost (2009) Destined for an Early Grave is the fourth book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series featuring Cat and Bones as the protagonists.  I’m going to do my best not to spoil too much of what happens in this book, but if you haven’t read the first... Continue Reading →

review: playback

Playback by Raymond Chandler (1958) Playback is the final novel in Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe series that was completed before his death in 1959.  Although this book is the last in a series, each of the books mostly stands alone so there’s no reason to warn you about spoilers.  One thing that happens at the... Continue Reading →

review: one with you

Note: One With You is the fifth and final book in Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series.  If you have not read the first four books in this series, there will be spoilers below. One With You by Sylvia Day (2016) One of the reading goals I set for myself for 2016 was to finish some series... Continue Reading →

review: hunted

Hunted by Kevin Hearne (2013) Hunted is the sixth book in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles series, which features Atticus O’Sullivan, a two-thousand year old Druid.  If you haven’t yet discovered this series, I highly recommend it.  The first book in the series is Hounded.  There are spoilers below for readers who have not completed... Continue Reading →

review: the long goodbye

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler (1953) The Long Goodbye is the sixth novel in Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled detective fiction series featuring the iconic Philip Marlowe.  This book has been on my to-read list for a long time.  It’s been nearly three years since I read the previous book in this series, The Little Sister,... Continue Reading →

review: white night

Note: This is the ninth book in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.  Spoilers will inevitably follow.  You may want to look away now if you haven’t read the first eight books in this series. White Night by Jim Butcher (2007) Well hello, Harry Dresden! It’s been a long time but I have not... Continue Reading →

review: kiss of a demon king

Kiss of a Demon King (2009) by Kresley Cole Kiss of a Demon King is the sixth book in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series.  For the most part, these books can stand alone, so no need to worry about spoilers. This book features Rydstrom Woede (the fallen demon king of Rothkalina) and Sabine, Queen... Continue Reading →

review: hard love

Note:  This is the final book in Meredith Wild’s Hacker series.  If you haven’t read the other books in this series, there will be spoilers ahead. Hard Love by Meredith Wild (2015) We have now come to the end.  Hard Love, the fifth and final book in Meredith Wild’s Hacker series, spends part of its... Continue Reading →

review: one foot in the grave

One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (2008) One Foot in the Grave is the second book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series.  It’s official. Catherine “Cat” Crawfield is now part of my favorite first-person narrators in an urban fantasy series (if you haven’t been paying attention, she joins Harry Dresden and Atticus O'Sullivan... Continue Reading →

review: untouchable

Untouchable* by Kresley Cole (2009) *This full-length novel is the featured story within Deep Kiss of Winter, a collection of two books by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter. Untouchable is book seven in Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series.  In many ways, it is the final chapter in the part of the series that focuses... Continue Reading →

review: twice tempted

Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (2013) Twice Tempted is the second book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series.  These books need to be read in order, so start with the first book, Once Burned.  By way of a quick, spoiler-free introduction to this series, the female protagonist is Leila Dalton, a woman who was struck... Continue Reading →

review: deadly descendant

Deadly Descendant by Jenna Black (2012) Deadly Descendant is the second book in Jenna Black’s Nikki Glass/Immortal Huntress urban fantasy series.  I recommend reading these books in order, starting with the first in the series, Dark Descendant.  I’ll do my best not to spoil things that happen in the first book, but beware that spoilers... Continue Reading →

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