The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell Iorich (Vlad Taltos #12) by Steven Brust Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) by Rachel Hartman The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1) by Myke Cole
The thing about fairy tales is, they are NOT NICE. So when people wish for a fairy-tale ending, are they wishing for all the pain that comes before? And when a fairy tale ending wishes for YOU… run.
I normally avoid Smurfettes – The First & Only Woman (TM) To Do The Job – I’d like to think that we as a society have gotten past that point, even if The Glass Ceiling (TM) is still a real thing. (https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.ph…) But – horse racing! with magic horses! On a rocky island, is it … More The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
What lovely, lovely prose. About 2 chapters in, I thought the poetry of words sounded familiar, and indeed Kij Johnson wrote this most excellent debut novel: The Fox Woman and this excellent short: Ponies. Opening scene: Women’s college, a student has run off with a boy. But not just any boy, he’s a Dreamer and … More The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
Two young foxes watch an semi-abandoned country house. His Lordship fails at the capital and retires to said country house. Her Ladyship dutifully follows her husband, even though a strange thing happened to her at this very country house. The countryside. Where things are not entirely civilized. The young fox falls in love with His … More The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
Jack and Jill went up the hill and who prepared water for their baths? Twin sisters Jack and Jill. One is pretty, one is a tomboy, but they are identical – how can one be less pretty than the other? Their parents did it to them. And they’re going to learn how to fix it. … More Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Did you know the word Salary comes from the time when Roman soldiers were actually paid in salt? It’s much more common these days… Shakespeare + Fairy tale “Cap of Rushes:” “How much do you love me, my dear?” “Why,” she says, “I love you as fresh meat loves salt” View all my reviews