Reading Diary #02: WebGenii's Reads

This is WebGenii, with an installment from my "Reading Diary". So what have I been reading lately?   [Read more...]

Reading Diary #01: WebGenii's Reads

This is WebGenii, with an installment from my “Reading Diary”. For those of you who’ve been listening to Cover to Cover for a while, it should come as no surprise that I read many more books than I actually review. But even if I don’t review a book, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it. It probably meant that I just ran out of time.   [Read more...]

Dual Review: "Twelve", "Thirteen Years Later" by Jasper Kent

Before I start reviewing “Twelve” and "Thirteen Years Later" I have to go on a rant, a rant about books with serial killers. The success of "The Silence of the Lambs" has meant a huge number of books featuring serial killers. I find the popularity of serial killer characters unnerving and annoying. Unnerving, because this hero worship of insane killers, is well unnerving.   [Read more...]

Review: "Steampunk" edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant

I do enjoy a good short story anthology and Steampunk really fits the bill. It offers 14 terrific stories all in the Steampunk genre (although some of them are pretty loosely connected -- I'm looking at you Garth Nix!). And the quality of the stories are uniformly good.   [Read more...]

Review: "7th Sigma" by Steven Gould

I have to admit that I didn't buy 7th Sigma because of the excerpt called "Bugs in the Arroyo" that you can find for free on the Tor website. I bought it because of Summer's love for Steven Gould's Jumper. I've never read Jumper, but Summer's enthusiasm for Gould is contagious.   [Read more...]

Review: "Heart's Blood" by Juliet Marillier

In Heart's Blood Ms. Marillier has created believable characters, both living and dead who grow and change through the book. Far from being a knock-off, the story and style stand out nicely on their own. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to discover her work.   [Read more...]

Review: "The Goddess Test" by Aimée Carter

What I didn't expect was to be reaching for a tissue in the first twenty pages. Ms. Carter nicely sidesteps the whole unequal romance trope by placing the emotional center of the novel in the relationship between our heroine Kate and her mother Diana. Kate's frantic grief over her mother's looming death drives the plot and gives more weight to the story than a YA romance would normally command.   [Read more...]

Review: "The Enterprise of Death" by Jesse Bullington

The Enterprise of Death really broke my normal reading rules. You see, normally if I stop reading a book that's it -- Game Over. I just don't pick books back up and continue them. I did put The Enterprise of Death down several times, because it was just too intense for me. And, at one point I stopped reading it for a couple of weeks while I went on to other books

But I kept coming back to The Enterprise of Death, because I just had to find out what happened to the characters.   [Read more...]

Review: "Coronets and Steel" by Sherwood Smith

The setup for Coronets and Steel reminds me irresistibly of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Glenraven. Tho' to be honest. I think this is a better book with more realistic characters. And that is saying a lot when the plot involves identical cousins, magic, kidnappings, royalty, mysterious middle European countries and much daring do and plot twists.   [Read more...]

Review: "Enclave" by Ann Aguirre

I was given a promotional copy of Enclave. It is the first book in a proposed series. Enclave deals with the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse in a world where those people who are trying to maintain civilization are all very young with a life expectancy of only their early twenties.   [Read more...]

Review: "Red Glove" by Holly Black

Red Glove is promoted as a YA novel, although I'd put it more at the 18 year old to adult end of the spectrum than the 13-16 year old range. If your kids are old enough to watch the "Sopranos" or "The Riches" and they like those shows, then this is the right book. Much like those shows, Red Glove contrasts the supposed glamour of a criminal lifestyle with the pain it causes our hero. A younger reader might only see the glamour and magic and miss the misery.   [Read more...]

Review: Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede

Thirteenth Child is a YA novel and in this novel Patricia C Wrede crafts a story that may remind you of Orson Scott Card's "Seventh Son" series. In this case, the hero is a young girl named "Eff" coming to grips with her magical heritage.   [Read more...]

Review: Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

A steampunk-mystery-romance (it certainly spans multiple genres); Phoenix Rising is a light-hearted confection of a novel. The novel features the pairing of Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books* leading to the duo of Books and Braun. The book opens by introducing us to Eliza Braun as she rescues Wellington Books from the villains who have […]

Review: The Prisoner

Let me adjust my tin foil hat. I think I need it after mainlining Daniel Suarez's Daemon and Freedom, followed by Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and finally finishing with Carlos Cortes's The Prisoner. I’m reviewing The Prisoner by Carlos Cortes. Published by Spectra in October 2009. Amazon Canada has it listed for $9.89. If there […]

Review: Troubled Waters

This is a review of Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn. The trade paperback was published by Ace in October 2010. Amazon Canada has it listed for $19.53. This review is based on an early ARC of the book. I plunged right into  Troubled Waters and when I finished it, I started all over again and re-read […]

Review: Finding the Way and Other Tales of Valdemar

This is a Review of "Finding the Way: and Other Stories of Valdemar". Edited by Mercedes Lackey. This review is based on an ARC. "Finding the Way" was released in December. Chapters Canada has it listed at $9.99. Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books are the reader's equivalent of coming home after a long day; putting on […]