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Review of The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

| August 7, 2019

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this time for a non-speculative fiction book! The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar is a historical fiction book about the women pilots of the WASPs during World War II. It’s a wonderful look at a little-known piece of history, with compelling characters and excellent writing. If […]

Review of Claiming T-Mo by Eugen Bacon

| July 31, 2019

I’ve been a reading machine lately, and my first of several reviews is up at MSJ today! Claiming T-Mo is a wonderful speculative fiction, multi-generational novel involving otherworldly beings and family relationships. You can read my review here or check out the book (out on August 13) here!

Review of The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

| July 10, 2019

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is up, today for a wonderful noir detective story with imaginary friends, called The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes. If this sounds like a weird mashup of genres, I can assure you that it both is, and that it is also SO perfect. The book is filled with imaginative characters […]

Review of Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks

| June 19, 2019

My newest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal. Today, I’m reviewing Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks, which is the sequel collection to Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures, which I reviewed back in January. Wireless is three more stories featuring the same characters as Murder on the Titania, and they […]

Review of Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan

| May 15, 2019

I’ve got another review up at Mad Scientist Journal this week because I’ve been tearing through books lately. Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water is a brilliant queer psychic thriller by Vylar Kaftan. I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but I really loved it. The characterization and language use are both wonderful, worth […]

Review of The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum by Cynthia Ward

| May 8, 2019

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is now live, this one for a sequel to a book I reviewed earlier. The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum is the second in Cynthia Ward’s series of novellas about Lucy Harker, the dhampir daughter of Mina (Murray) Harker and Dracula. It’s a fun bit of alternate history with literary […]

Review of Gunsmoke and Dragonfire

| April 17, 2019

This week, I’ve reviewed an anthology of westerns mashed up with fantasy and sci-fi, with a hefty dose of steampunk! You can check out my review of Gunsmoke and Dragonfire, edited by Diane Morrison, and containing 25 stories, at Mad Scientist Journal!

Review of The Traveling Triple-C Incorporeal Circus by Alanna McFall

| March 20, 2019

My latest review is now up at Mad Scientist Journal, for Alanna McFall’s The Traveling Triple-C Incorporeal Circus, a road trip story that combines the absurd and the everyday. Written with a deft hand, it’s a great story that will make you laugh but might also make you cry! If you’re interested in checking it out, the […]

Review of Broken Metropolis edited by dave ring

| February 27, 2019

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, for an anthology of stories with queer protagonists called Broken Metropolis. Within, you’ll find 10 short pieces ranging all over the urban fantasy landscape. A number of the stories feature some wonderful magical realism, while others involve clearly supernatural creatures. You can read my review here, or […]

Review of Magic or Die by J. P. Jackson

| January 23, 2019

My newest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal for Magic or Die by J. P. Jackson. It’s a fast-paced urban fantasy book with evil corporations, power magic users, and queer romance. It’s the first in a series, and after reading this one, I’m chomping at the bit for the next one, in part because of the agonizing […]