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On the Power of Witch Women

“a Witch is born out of the true hungers of her time (…) I am a child of the poisonous wind that copulated with the River on an oil-slick, garbage infested midnight. I turn about on my own parentage. I inoculate against those very biles that brought me to light. I am a serum born … Continue reading

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I’ll admit I’m not usually that in to contemporary stories. I typically gravitate towards historical, or otherworldly fictions, perhaps because the distant setting provides another element of escape to a supernatural story. In fact, when I picked up The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, I thought it was a historical novel, hah. I was … Continue reading

Happy All Hallows’ Eve!

Happy All Hallows’ Eve!

Halloween: A Romaunt by Arthur Cleveland Coxe “Tis the night—the night Of the grave’s delight, And the warlocks are at their play; Ye think that without, The wild winds shout, But no, it is they—it is they!” Have a wonderful Samhain, when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest!

Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Ironskin by Tina Connolly crept under my skin and sent a chill to my bones. It had all the ingredients of a traditional, spine tingling gothic novel, but with sensational new twists that made it something fresh and unexpected. The story opens right after a Great War has been fought against the fey, a haunting … Continue reading

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Wow. This book. was. wonderful. Epic, really. I  found a used (and signed!) copy of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, while I was trading in a bunch of dusty tomes at Half Price Books. In the back of my mind, I remembered that there was a lot of buzz when it was released in … Continue reading

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey was a beautifully crafted tale that melds fantasy and historical fiction, a combination I’d love to read more often. I was certainly intrigued with the description of this book: “Jane Austen + Magic” but my attention was held by the heroine and her singular presence. Jane Ellsworth, … Continue reading