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reviewed Bookshops & Bonedust by Travis Baldree (Legends & Lattes, #2)

Travis Baldree: Bookshops & Bonedust (Hardcover, 2023, Pan Macmillan) 4 stars

Viv’s career with the renowned mercenary company Rackam’s Ravens isn’t going as planned. Wounded during …

Cozy and sweet and I wish I could live there

5 stars

Sometimes you need something cozy and heartwarming where a dwarf and an orc can fall in love over pastries and 'moist' books. These books are the literary equivalent of a comfortable chair in front of a cheerful fire with a good story in your hand and a mug of coffee and some sweet treat on the table beside you while a pleasant rain tinkles to the ground outside. Cozy and warm and lovely.

Of course, now I need to immediately re-read Legends and Lattes.

Seanan McGuire: Aftermarket Afterlife (2024, DAW) 4 stars

Mary Dunlavy didn’t intend to become a professional babysitter. Of course, she didn’t intend to …

Best Babysitter Ghost

4 stars

I wish I had a babysitter like Mary Dunlavy. But what can I say, it's a Seanan McGuire Incryptid Novel, there's never been one that I didn't love, and I loved this one. It did, however, absolutely break my heart. The stakes are high and the consequences terrible in this one.

Stephanie Burgis: Claws and Contrivances (2023, Five Fathoms Press) 4 stars

More Adorable Dragons, More Magic

4 stars

I adored the incredibly distracted scholar, Mr. Aubrey, when I read Scales and Sensibility, so it's little wonder that this book, with both protagonists more appealing to my tastes. Rose was easy to identify with, as we share a number of traits, not the least a tendency to take care of everyone else while forgetting to take care of ourselves. A fun read.

Stephanie Burgis: Scales and Sensibility (2022, Bryant Street Publishing) 4 stars

Just the Regency Romance I Needed

3 stars

This was incredibly cute and a fun read. Of course, I'm a sucker for anything with a cute magical pet in it, and our two protagonists were lovely, but I think my favorite character in the book was the poor scholarly Mr. Aubrey, beset on all sides by people insisting on him participating in society, the horror! (I have often felt the same, Mr. Aubrey.) So, since it seems he's one of the protagonists in the sequel, I may jump right on in there for my next read.

Cherie Dimaline: VenCo (Hardcover, 2023, HarperCollins Publishers) 3 stars

Lucky St. James, a Métis millennial living with her cantankerous but loving grandmother Stella, is …

A fun adventure and poignant story

3 stars

I enjoyed this story, especially the character of Stella who, in personality reminded me of my mother, but her alzheimers/dementia symptoms brought to mind my grandmother. The story itself is very well researched when it comes to the history and regional magical practices, respecting multiple forms of spirituality and bringing it all together into a whole. It was a fun read, but the author still has a bit of room to grow as a storyteller. I look forward to seeing more from her in the future. I definitely recommend this book, though I don't think it quite deserves four stars.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Mexican Gothic (Hardcover, 2020, Del Rey) 4 stars

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes this reimagining of the classic …

Terrifying in an all too real way

5 stars

This is objectively the better "fungus manipulates people" book, the more literary one, and I love it but I don't see it being a book that I pick up over and over again to read in the way Kingfisher's could be. Perhaps because the real monsters in the story are the people, and they're a very real sort of monster that we're dealing with in the world today.

That said, it is very much worth at least one read, and is an excellent novel filled with suspense and gothic horror.

T. Kingfisher: What Moves the Dead (Hardcover, 2022, Tor Nightfire) 4 stars

From T. Kingfisher, the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones, comes What Moves the Dead, …

Atmospheric and Terrifying

5 stars

Without being too spoilery, I never, when I started reading this book, thought I would finish it feeling pity for a fungus, but here we are.

I love Poe, and Usher is one of my favorite stories of his, and this retelling is absolutely masterful. The descriptions of the grounds and house are atmospheric and almost dripping with dread, which fills every page from page one and grows slowly, but incessantly, until you reach the end.

Alison Goodman, Alison Goodman: The Benevolent Society of Ill-Mannered Ladies (EBook, 2023, Berkley) 4 stars

A high society amateur detective at the heart of Regency London uses her wits and …

Fun and Sweet

4 stars

I am, I admit, a devoted Austenite. So a mystery wrapped in a comedy of manners wrapped in more modern ideas would of course be right for my interests. And as a 40-something-year-old unmarried woman in a world that continues to consider a woman's worth to be entirely wrapped up in whether she's a mother, I found a lot to identify with in our regency-era heroines here.

The romantic angle was transparent from the start - the moment we met the man I knew, yep, this is our romantic lead. And the mysteries were not terribly puzzling to figure out. But, I enjoyed going on these adventures with these ladies and I am already anticipating the next book. Predictable doesn't have to be bad. It was a fun comfort read, which is a good thing these days. I heartily recommend it.

Anney Reese, Samantha McVey: Stuff Mom Never Told You (2023, Flatiron Books) 4 stars

A Necessary Read.

4 stars

This is a book I could have written. I honestly think this is a book that most of the women I know could have written. It spoke to so much of my own experience and the experiences of other women around me. I wish I could put it into the hands of a lot of men I know and tell them to read this and actually have them absorb it rather than just getting angry and defensive.

Much of the history discussed I already knew - but then I specifically focused a lot of my education on Women's and Gender Studies for obvious reasons. But there were also stories and histories I didn't know, new things to learn.

It's told in much the same conversational tone as the podcast, which likely makes it much more approachable, but I do wish there had been more detail in places. Of course, "enough …

Terry Pratchett: Reaper Man (Paperback, 2005, Corgi) 4 stars

What Can The Harvest Hope For?

5 stars

Reaper Man was the first Discworld novel I ever read, and one of the ones I have read the most often, but I haven't read it since either my mother or Sir Pterry died.

It was good to read it again, after having known the grief of losing mom. Comforting. Such insight into death, and Death, and what it means to know that life has to come to an end. This remains one of my favorite Discworld Novels, and it is unquestionably one of the most profound.

But Terry always delivered even the hard lessons with a nice dose of laughter.

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