Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

When your god dies, it’s time to call in a Craftswoman or Craftsman to resurrect what they can – and find out who murdered him.  Fantastic world-building and compelling characters make for a great start to a new series!


Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

A refreshing change from the usual vampire novels. This is a much darker and edgier version, and very well-written. But be forewarned: this book will leave you with a near-obsessive desire to get your hands on some fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls. Try to read in the vicinity of a bakery, if possible.


Girl Power Comics! Codename: Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi

Girl Power Comics! Codename: Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi

Minako is an everyday 13 year old middle school student when one day a talking cat named Artemis tells her about her about her magical power to transform into Sailor V and about her mission to protect Earth from the Dark Agency. A precursor to Sailor Moon, Codename Sailor V introduced the world to Naoko […]


Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

“Aidan Lockwood feels like he’s been asleep, with each day as hazy and unremarkable as the one before it. When is former best friend, Jarrod, moves back to town suddenly the veil begins to lift. What Aiden discovers is that his life is haunted by the stories and magic of his family.” So, this book […]


The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

The Devil You Know by Mike Carey

From the author of “The Girl With All The Gifts” and “Constantine.” Felix Castor sees dead people…but then again, so does everyone else in this particularly hard-boiled version of a modern, haunted London. The difference is, Felix is an exorcist, and he can banish troublesome ghosts…unless he runs across a spirit too strong for him, […]


The Reader by Traci Chee

The Reader by Traci Chee

It’s all about who has the power; the power of words, power of magic, power of story and power of free will. The many threads that make this tale weave in and out of the past, present and future which all exist simultaneously in The Book. Sefia flees with her aunt when her father is […]


The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey et al.

The Steel Seraglio by Mike Carey et al.

The story of what happens to a deposed sultan’s harem of 365 women, told in a style that intersperses the histories of the women with the “present day” action, reminiscent of 1000 Arabian Nights.  It’s an exciting adventure tale on the one hand, but it also explores deeper issues like the power of ideas (even […]


The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

The first book in McKinley’s Damar series. Despite the dragon on the cover, this story subverts as many fantasy tropes as it upholds…the heroine’s chief weapon is hard work, not magic. Her horse is white because it is old and lame, and no one in her kingdom particularly appreciates her heroics. It’s a beautiful story […]


A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay

A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my favorite fantasy authors. He is a poet in his spare time, and his novels show it. The writing is lyrical but never fussy, and most of his books of fantasy have a solid basis in historical fact. In this case, “A Song For Arbonne” is based in a […]


Redshirts by John Scalzi

Redshirts by John Scalzi

In this satire based on the original Star Trek series, an ensign is thrilled to be assigned to the Universal Union Starship Intrepid…until he notices that someone dies horribly on every away mission, and that someone is usually the new guy. A band of “new guys” join together in an attempt to solve the mystery […]