Friday Review: Mother of Winter (Dawarth #4) by Barbara Hambly

My rating: 4 of 5 starsThis fourth installment of Hambly's Darwath series takes place five years after the defeat of the Dark Lord. The inhabitants of Darwath have rallied around the ancient Keep of Dare, battling increasing cold and longer winters in their attempt to survive. Now, a fungus-like growth, named slunch, is spreading across … Continue reading Friday Review: Mother of Winter (Dawarth #4) by Barbara Hambly

Friday Review: The Grail Conspiracy (Cotten Stone #1) by Lynn Sholes

My rating: 3 of 5 starsTV journalist Cotten Stone is on assignment in the Middle East when she is dumped on the side of the road by her driver. Trying to find help, she stumbles on an archeological dig that uncovers the Holy Grail. When Dr. Gabriel Archer, the discoverer of the relic is murdered, … Continue reading Friday Review: The Grail Conspiracy (Cotten Stone #1) by Lynn Sholes

Friday Review: Victories Greater Than Death (Unstoppable #1) by Charlie Jane Anders

My rating: 3 of 5 starsTina is a teenage girl. living a teenage girl's life. She goes to school, she has a best friend, and lives with her mother. Except all of that is a cover. She is actually the clone of a heroic alien soldier. She carries inside her a beacon that will alert … Continue reading Friday Review: Victories Greater Than Death (Unstoppable #1) by Charlie Jane Anders

Wednesday Writer: Is Reading Fiction Bad?

I know- it says reading, not writing. But, as writers, we should also be readers, and I saw a thing recently on the internet (of all places!) that made me think a little. The person posting said (and I am paraphrasing here) that if you are reading a lot of fiction, you are wasting precious … Continue reading Wednesday Writer: Is Reading Fiction Bad?

Friday Review: The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, Ellen Dalow and Terri Windling, Editors

My rating: 4 of 5 starsThe Green Man is a mythic figure that recurs in many different forms in many different folklores. He goes by many names, but he is the embodiment of Nature and its power. In this anthology, Datlow and Windling have gathered some of the best fantasy writers of the day to … Continue reading Friday Review: The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, Ellen Dalow and Terri Windling, Editors

Friday Review: Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi

My rating: 4 of 5 starsJohn Perry just turned 75, so he did what any self-respecting 75-year-old would: he visited his wife's grave, and joined the army. Technically, he joined the Colonial Defense Force (CDF). In this Earth future universe, the CDF doesn't want young, inexperienced recruits. They want those with the knowledge, experience, and … Continue reading Friday Review: Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War #1) by John Scalzi