Gil’s All Fright Diner—Now Serving Eldritch Abominations

Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez book cover
Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez

Gil’s All Fright Diner is a comedic horror young adult novel by A. Lee Martinez.

1—Characters

Gil’s All Fright Diner has some great characters, starting with Duke and Earl, a werewolf and a vampire respectively. They’re just passing through when they get hired by Loretta to protect her diner. Then Earl meets a ghost in the cemetery across the street and they start up a romance. Then there’s Tammy, the jailbait sorceress and Chad her dupe boyfriend/acolyte. Continue reading “Gil’s All Fright Diner—Now Serving Eldritch Abominations”

Sharp—Mental Monsters

Sharp by Alex Hughes book cover
Sharp by Alex Hughes

Sharp, by Alex Hughes, is the second in the Mindspace Investigations series. This time sees Adam investigating the murder of an old student of his who’s mind he’d burned out while high.

1—Playing With Power

Adam is a curious mix of powerful and powerless. He’s a level eight telepath but with little control over his life and even less over his addiction. He’s self-destructive and hanging onto a scrap of self-worth by his fingertips. Fortunately, Adam doesn’t whine very much, especially as this book is told from his first person point of view. Continue reading “Sharp—Mental Monsters”

The Librarians Season Three—Chaotic Fun

The Librarians Season Three
The Librarians Season 3

I am still in love with The Librarians. It’s still fun and clever, with just the right amount of drama. This season the Librarians face off against Apep, the incarnation of evil and chaos, as well as a government agency who’s found out about and distrusts the Library.

1—Fast Paced

At just ten episodes per season, The Librarians keeps a tight pace. While about half the episodes in season three at first glance seem divorced from the overarching plot, there’s always something that ties into the fate of the world. There’s twists too, like Colonel Baird being an unknowing sleeper agent, but not too many for the time frame of the season. Continue reading “The Librarians Season Three—Chaotic Fun”

Unbound—The World Changes

Unbound by Jim C. Hines book cover
Unbound by Jim C. Hines

Unbound is the third in the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines. Isaac Vainio, the character from who’s first person point of view the stories are told, has been stripped of his magic. Which is a problem because he needs to rescue his student from being possessed by a centuries-dead woman who wants to take over the world.

1—Character Problems

In this book even more than the others we get to see Isaac’s ingenuity, and without his magic, he needs every scrap of it. It was fun to watch him problem solve even as I grieved with him for his loss. Speaking of grief, a major character dies—I won’t say which one, only that the consequences are far-reaching. And speaking of fun, Ponce de Leon is back. And you won’t believe what Lena’s done with her tree. Continue reading “Unbound—The World Changes”

Rogue One—Putting the War in Star Wars

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story
Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Rogue One is the story of Jyn Erso and her at-first reluctant mission to steal the plans to the Death Star.

1—A War Movie

Rogue One reads more like a WWII movie than heist movie. There’s war room scenes, and spies, and factions, and betrayal. And of course the kill ‘em all aspect. I have to say, I was expecting Jen to be a last survivor right up until the end, and was pleasantly surprised when that wasn’t the case.

The themes of hope and sacrifice are well done. Continue reading “Rogue One—Putting the War in Star Wars”

Codex Born—Magic Runs Amok

Codex Born by Jim C. Hines book cover
Codex Born by Jim C. Hines

Codex Born, by Jim C. Hines, is the second in the Magic Ex Libris series. Libriomancy, the primary magic in the book, is still thrilling. What reader doesn’t love the idea of being able to reach into a book a pull something out?

1—Fast Paced

The plot kicks off quickly and doesn’t let up. We get to see Isaac in a little bit of downtime but not much before he’s whisked off to investigate the murder of a wendigo. This in turn leads to a madman with an army of nigh-unstoppable metal bugs and a secret society that’s been hiding from the Porters for centuries. Continue reading “Codex Born—Magic Runs Amok”

In Shining Armor—In Which Someone Pisses John Off Worse Than Usual

In Shining Armor by Elliott James book cover
In Shining Armor by Elliott James

The fourth in the Pax Arcana series by Elliott James, In Shining Armor follows werewolf and sort-of-ex-knight John Charming as he tries to rescue his goddaughter Constance.

1—The Worldbuilding Continues

We delve deeper into the politics, particularly inter-Templar politics, and the politics between the Round Table—John’s werewolf pack—and the Templars. And of course as the person these two worlds intersect in, a lot of the pressure falls on John to fix things before they blow up. Continue reading “In Shining Armor—In Which Someone Pisses John Off Worse Than Usual”

Fearless—Supernatural Fight Night

Fearless by Elliott James book cover
Fearless by Elliott James

Fearless is the third in the Pax Arcana series by Elliott James and it holds up well. This time John Charming, former Knight Templar and current werewolf, is trying to rescue a psychic boy from being sacrificed by his grandfather, a powerful cunning man with designs on godhood.

1—A Plethora of Supernatural Creatures

Previous Pax Arcana books have focused more tightly on a small number of supernatural creatures. But with more than half the book centering around an underground fight club we get to meet all kinds of creatures—a siren, an aswang, a jinn, and all kinds of Japanese monsters like a kitsune, and animated skeletons, and an oni, and a woman with living hair. Continue reading “Fearless—Supernatural Fight Night”