Today I have a cover reveal for you from Claudie Arseneault, an…
Today I have a cover reveal for you from Claudie Arseneault, an amazing Quebecois author (and friend!) who writes super fun LGBTQ+ fantasy and sci-fi with way too many characters in them. Ahem, who said that. 😉 If you like sprawling networks of diverse characters with all manner of complex relationships, you will really like Claudie’s work.
But… onto the (long awaited) cover of City of Strife, the first in Claudie’s new series!
I haven’t done one of these in a while – it’s long…
I haven’t done one of these in a while – it’s long overdue! I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels recently, trying to get a head start on my overly optimistic 2017 Goodreads reading goal, which is 150 books this year. Despite this, I’m already seven books behind, haha. So clearly the graphic novels aren’t really helping me very much.
Anyway, I have fallen instantly in love with Lumberjanes. It’s like if Night Vale had a summer camp. And it has a diverse cast of characters, including an adorable f/f couple, (possibly?) a trans girl (two? trans girls? I’m not done with the series so I’m not 100% on this yet), casual mention of a girl with two dads, and several POC. It’s also just hilarious fun, with dinosaurs who steal glasses, possessed boy scouts, shapeshifters, etc. There’s body diversity, a cute femme girl who is physically the strongest… It is just 1000000 good things in one adorable package, and you need to read it. Now.
It has been far too long since I’ve done a roundup of…
It has been far too long since I’ve done a roundup of my favorite stories. I actually haven’t posted book reviews here since January. (Yikes!) To make up for lost time, I’ve broken up the books I’ve read since January into categories/themes, and will be posting the highlights – my most favorite books I’ve read this year – in bunches.
Today’s category is… Romance Shorts!
All of these books are romance, and all of them probably qualify as novellas or even longish short stories rather than novels. I absolutely loved them, and hope you will, too.
The first Awesome Book You Should Be Reading of 2016 is the…
The first Awesome Book You Should Be Reading of 2016 is the phenomenal YA science fiction book Fourth World by the lovely Lyssa Chiavari. As happens with me, I am least eloquent when talking about books I really, really loved. What usually comes out is just a bunch of high-pitched squealing. But I will try to write a real, actual review. 😉
This book takes on so many awesome things at once – colonies on Mars, dystopian governments, an almost entirely-POC cast, space archaeology, time travel, LGBT characters – that you worry, at first, that it’s taken on too much. Maybe this is just too many cool things in one book, it’ll turn out to be all gimmicks and no substance.
I have four for you this month… and hope you like them as much as I did!
Video Game – Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars (Steam)
I grew up playing King’s Quest and other such point-and-click adventure games. Back in the 90s, my family would spin the couch around to face my Dad’s computer and me and my brother would take turns sitting in my Dad’s lap and getting to “drive” the game, or we’d sit on the couch shouting out the answers to puzzles and munching popcorn while my mom worked on various craft projects.
Broken Sword is a game from that era, and I’m amazed I’d never played it before. Steam has the Director’s Cut – an up-to-date version with better graphics that’s compatible with modern computers.
It’s a murder mystery that starts in Paris with an international assassin who dresses up like clowns and mimes to kill his victims, and winds through Ireland, Syria, and Spain as you find historical clues and run from a conspiracy.
I am a huge fan of R. Cooper, and have read (almost)…
I am a huge fan of R. Cooper, and have read (almost) everything she’s written. If you have any interest in feelsy love stories between two guys (often with supernatural stuff going on), you need to read basically everything she has ever written.
But let’s talk about Firebird.
This book is a TREASURE. It is the crowning jewel in R. Cooper’s already stunning array of amazing books, and I am just… “book hangover” does not begin to cover it.
Firebird is told in a series of short stories, all in the same world as Cooper’s other “Beings in Love” books.
Cooper is the absolute queen of the “mutual pining” story. All of her characters are distinct, complex people with their own personalities, and yet she weaves them together with their perfect counterpart, in an brilliant, entertaining story like absolute magic. Every time.
The Ghost Dragon’s Daughter is incredible. The story immediately pulls you into…
The Ghost Dragon’s Daughter is incredible. The story immediately pulls you into a world so rich you can taste it. Every page is packed with worldbuilding, atmosphere, and personality. Not a word is wasted.
And the world is awesome. If I’m not mistaken, it is Chinese-inspired, and weaves an urban city and a magical world together into something so very, very fun to read. Math-based magic. Girls creating a magical robotic translation machine. The struggles of modern urban life (debt, mass transit, scraping by ’til payday) in a magical world where demons patrol the streets at night and every person has a spiritual companion animal that they can talk to in their thoughts.
And did I mention the majority of the characters in it are queer?