Gil’s All Fright Diner is a comedic horror young adult novel by A. Lee Martinez.
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, 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”→
I am still in lovewith 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.
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 is the third in the Magic Ex Librisseries 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.
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 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.
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?
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”→
Fearless is the third in the Pax Arcanaseries 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”→