Friday Review: The Tempered Steel of Antiquity Grey by Shawn Speakman

My rating: 4 of 5 starsAntiquity's family name has been removed and the remaining members designated "Grey", meaning that in their past involvement in the war against invaders, her family's misdeeds have made them outcasts. Antiquity is searching for scrap metal to help her family survive when she stumbles on a functional battle mech buried … Continue reading Friday Review: The Tempered Steel of Antiquity Grey by Shawn Speakman

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

Friday Review: Child of Light (Child of Light #1) by Terry Brooks

My rating: 3 of 5 starsAuris is nineteen, and has been living in an Orc prison since she was fifteen. She has very little memory of her life before the prison, and knows that as bad as the children's prison life of slavery and abuse is, the adult prison she is headed for will be … Continue reading Friday Review: Child of Light (Child of Light #1) by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: Street Freaks by Terry Brooks

My rating: 4 of 5 starsAshton Collins is a somewhat sheltered teen living with his father, a corporate engineer, in the future megacity of Los Angeles. Home alone with just the household robot servants, Ashton receives a cryptic message from his father urging him to get out of the house, go to the dangerous Red … Continue reading Friday Review: Street Freaks by Terry Brooks

Friday Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

My rating: 4 of 5 starsSeptember is twelve, lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and is a typical kid, until her father leaves to go off to war and her mother goes to work. September is bored, unhappy, and looking for something, but she's not exactly sure what. And then, one day, the Green Wind arrives at … Continue reading Friday Review: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

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 (Late) Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

My rating: 3¬†of 5 stars In this final installment of the Divergent trilogy, Tris and Tobias (Four to the Dauntless) and their group of friends venture out of the dystopian Chicago that has been their world for all of their lives. They finally discover the truth behind the faction experiment, and must decide where their … Continue reading Friday (Late) Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Monday Musings: So, This is January, Right?

I am sitting here in my living room, with windows open and the outdoor temperature is 65 degrees F. I checked the calendar. Yep, it's January 11. We were supposed to have rain along with the warm temps, but that seems to have passed us by in favor of sun and clouds. It is supposed … Continue reading Monday Musings: So, This is January, Right?

Monday Musings: Knee Bummer and NaNoWriMo Progress

I have been having a bit of trouble with my knee lately. It started a few weeks ago, but we were having a full week of rain at the time, so I wrote it off to arthritis acheys. Then, the weather turned cold and I thought: Yeah, well that's what happens when the joints get … Continue reading Monday Musings: Knee Bummer and NaNoWriMo Progress

Monday Musings: NaNoWriMo is Upon Us

Oh, yes, the annual frenzy of National Novel Writing Month has begun. Yes, I am participating this year, but not for writing a novel. I am using this month to keep me focused on developing an idea I had for a YA fantasy. There will be writing done. There has already been some. But I … Continue reading Monday Musings: NaNoWriMo is Upon Us