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B. Zelkovich

Joined 3 months, 2 weeks ago

B. Zelkovich writes Speculative Fiction, anything from dragon hunting and space whales to demon-dealing and ghost tales. She likes to explore human emotions in very inhuman situations. When she isn’t escaping through her imagination, she escapes into the wonders of the Pacific Northwest with her spouse and their four-legged son, Simon.

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2024 Reading Goal

11% complete! B. Zelkovich has read 6 of 52 books.

V. E. Schwab, Enid Balám: ExtraOrdinary (2021, Titan Books Limited) 4 stars

Review of 'ExtraOrdinary' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

The bulk of this book was rehashing what happens in Vicious, which would be fine, except I didn't really like the art style. Bodies had strange proportions and while I don't picture things very clearly when I read prose, that is DEFINITELY not how I envisioned Victor Vale. Charlotte's story was quite good, and I liked the foreshadowing her power provides for the rest of the series, but ultimately, this is a pretty skippable side-step in the Villains series.

James O'Barr: The Crow (Hardcover, 2003, Dragonfly Productions) 4 stars

Review of 'The Crow' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This was absolutely violent and bloody, chaotic and beautiful. The narrative is loosely stitched between intense, gory action and soft, interstitial memories. It's different than the movie, but so much is the same that it makes me appreciate the film even more. It's brilliantly adapted.

V. E. Schwab: Fragile Threads of Power (2023, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

Review of 'Fragile Threads of Power' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I KNEW IT! I'm not gonna spoil it, but I knew it and I'm mad because I kept second guessing myself. AHEM.

ANYWAY, I loved this book. It's slow, meandering, and does so much to set up the next couple of books. It's different in a lot of ways from the first trilogy, mainly because it has to tell the story of the present AND the past seven years, for two worlds and like, six people. It's winding and wandering, and left me wondering in all the best ways.

Now I have to settle in to wait for the next heart wrenching visit to Red London.

Review of 'How Far the Light Reaches' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This was an astonishingly beautiful book. Imbler doesn't shy away from difficult and very personal topics, and yet I found so much of it to be SO relatable. They narrate the audiobook, which I think very much made it all the more resonant. Although, they did mention illustrations that I missed out on, so even more reason to buy a physical copy! This book is profound, and uses marine biology to tell visceral, beautiful, deeply personal stories in a way that felt especially impactful to me.

I loved it, obvy.

Mark Dawidziak: Mystery of Mysteries (2023, St. Martin's Press) 5 stars

Review of 'Mystery of Mysteries' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I found this to be illuminating on so many aspects of Poe's life. An interesting listen that works hard not to speculate and declare, but to acknowledge the facts and errors of the "case" of Poe's life and the many interpretations thereof. It left me with a much clearer (and more accurate) sense of the man.