Not So Much, Said the Cat 

Not So Much, Said the Cat by Micheal Swanwick 
☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

There is no such thing as time. There’s only the accumulation of consequences.

This was a compilation of short stories. Which I dislike because it’s hard for me to get into them since they are short and to the point. And don’t offer much in the way of development. I read a few which were okay but for the most part, skimmed through it. 

Also, there wasn’t any cats in this book.*disappointed*
If your a fan, then go for it. 

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Goldenhand

Goldenhand by Garth Nix (#4)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

‘The library is very old, and deep, and contains many things that have been put away for good reason. Creatures, dangerous knowledge, artifacts made not wisely, but too well…books that should not be opened without proper preperation, some books that should never be open at all.’

This is the 4th installment of the Abhorsen trilogy, which I had no idea that it was that. I thought it was another Clariel, which was actually leading up to this one. Go figure, I’ve been sitting on this for weeks. 

This book picks up 6 months or so after Abhorsen  ends and we find Lireal adjusting to life without the Dispreputable Dog and learning to be Abhorsen alongside Sabriel. When Sabriel goes on vacation with her husband, things start moving under way and Lireal finds herself connected to Nick from Across the Wall and having to fight down the greater dead, ending Chlorr of the Mask once and for all and discovering what Nick is after his run in with Orannis. 

Overall, I LOVE this series and it is one of my favorites. Especially regarding the universe in which it is located. It also contains one of my all time favorite literary libraries. The only thing I disliked about this book was that each chapter swapped between 2 different characters and it was hard to follow sometimes. 

But still, a highly anticipated suprise sequel. 😀 Reminds me I need to go back and read Abhorsen again since it’s been about 6 years or so. Highly recommend this series.

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Once Upon a Rhyme 

Once Upon a Rhyme by Jack Heckel (#1)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2017

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy

In every fairy tale, there is a point in the telling when the fire dies down low and the dark of the night grows deeper and the children gather closer together and the storyteller lowers his voice and whispers, ‘Now, dear ones, this is the scary part.’ And then, inevitably, into the story steps the villian, and whether an evil queen or twisted stepmother or foul beast, the listener begins to doubt, maybe the hero doesn’t make it, maybe there’s no happily ever after.

I picked this one up on sale and am glad I did. 

Written in the humorous tones of Terry Pratchett, what if Fairy Tales were real? And what happens after the dragon is slain and the Princess saved? Willam Pickett finds himself in such a situation after his scarecrow accidentally impale the dragon, thus killing it. He tells his sister that the rumors are true and sets out to save the Princess from her slumber in the dragons lair. And what follows is a humorous adventures that combines all the elements of classic fairy tales. 

I loved this book and look forward to reading the next one. It was funny. I loved Prince Charming and his egotistical self and the strong women characters found in Elizabeth and Rapunzel. It was an interesting take on classics well known. Which in my opinion, is hard to pull off.

I highly recommend this series. 🙂

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Warlock Holmes

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning (#1)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

The fundemental basis of scientific thought is that an unobserved truth that undermines one’s understanding is yet the truth. If the observation is not flawed, one’s previous understanding must be. To the open mind, this is not a crisis: it is an oppurtunity  to form a new, more perfect understanding of the world. Did I ever abandon science for a belief in magic as some people accuse? Never. Rather, I included magic in my understanding of the physical phenomena that shape our world. Science is a path to knowledge- one that must include and explain every observable fact, embracing and rejecting none.

As most of you know, I am a raging Sherlock/Doyle fan girl. Sherlock Holmes was my Mr. Darcy growing up. It made for quite a few cold winter nights being swept away into the fantastic mind of one Sherlock Holmes. I came across this at random and am glad that I did.

Warlock Holmes is and idiot with supernatural ability. Doctor John H. Watson, fresh from being wounded in the Afghan war, uses his power of deduction and common sense to help Warlock with mysterious, supernatural cases. Assisted by Lestrade, a tiny brooding Romanian vampire and Throg, a troll like ogre, the game is afoot. Kinda. If only Moriarty would stop possessing Warlock to interject random soothsaying. Or if Watson can find where Warlock hid the piece of his gun. 

This book was right up my alley. It was brilliant and fun and written in the tone of classic Doyle, but with supernatural bits and having the unexplainable explained. I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next. It was built by a series of cases (per tradition) vs being one big story and many of the cases were familiar but used alternate means for the who-dun-it bit. And Watson was a strong lead which is unusual in these spin off tropes.

Highly recommend this book. Especially if you need a laugh.

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The Fall of the House of Cabal 

The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan L Howard  (#5)
☆☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

‘Minty, I’ve been alive and I’ve been dead. Being alive is better, believe me. When you return to life, you won’t remember any of this, but perhaps you’ll remember this much. To have a good life. It’s brief. It’s often troublesome but it’s a great deal better than the alternative. We’re all in the grave, we poor creatures. Make what you can of those years when the spark is in you.’

~Horst to Minty the ghost

All the tears. Hats off to Mr Howard at so thouroughly concluding the series and tying loose ends, so much to that I haven’t been this satisfied since Deathly Hollows

This one picks up right where the last one let’s off. Finally, the conclusion we’ve been waiting for as Johannes journey comes to an end. His quest is at the tips of his fingertips. But first, he needs a little help from his friends. Joined again by Horst, his thrice dead Vampire Brother; Ms Barrow, The Great Detective, and a few new faces, the Brothers Cabal face down their greatest nightmare in all the relms. The Red Queen. And search for the cure for death. Zombies, alternate universes, sexy spider lady, a ghost witch and a young ghost name Minty, are all wonderful additions to the series.

 
I absolutely ADORE this series as a whole. It’s funny, wordy, the author breaks the 4th wall continuously, and its absolutely hilarious, it gets my pick for series of the year. The last book was published in September. SERIOUSLY. YOU NEED TO READ THIS.

 
I will now sate my appetite with beautiful fan art and the novellas.

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Heartless

Heartless by Gail Carriger (#4)
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

Serious brain candy this is. I did like this one quite a bit and I’m intent on finishing all serials by the end of the year. 

A very very pregnant Alexia is told that she has to give her baby up for adoption to appease the vampires. So pulls a couple strings and makes a plan for her good Rouge vampire friend, Alkemeda, to take her baby under his wing. And then she buys the house next door. 

Mystery is, per usual, afoot. This one focuses alot on the vampire hive and Alexia’s role as a Souless. 

I’d say give this a shot because it IS A fun read and doesn’t require alot of thought process.

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The Invisible Library 

The Invisible Library by Geniveve Cogman
☆☆☆☆/5

THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016

Genre: Scifi/Fantasy 

To serve the Library, I would work with murderers, or thieves, or revolutionaries, or traitors, or anyone who will give me what I need…I am sealed to the Library. I can make my own choices to some extent, but at the end of the day, bringing back the book the library wants is my duty and my honor and that’s all there is to it.

I stumbled across this one at random. If you liked Jurisfiction in the Thursday Next series, this is definetly up your alley. Books. About books. 

This is a debut novel where our MC works for the Library. A secret, indemensional place that houses literature from everywhere. Parallel universes and what not. MC (I’ve forgotten her name) gets paired up with a young newcomer fresh out of training to go into one of these world’s to fetch an original copy of Grimms Fairy Tales. The world is filled with chaos and mystery is afoot.

I was seriously blown away by this one and pawned it off on my roomie who is almost done with the second one now. 😄

So if you like books about books…

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