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Songs of Love and Death

Truth be told, I mostly got my copy of Songs of Love and Death because it features a story by Linnea Sinclair, an auto-buy author for me. There are stories by a lot of other authors in it that I admire or have heard good things about, so that was an added inducement. All in all it proved a very good ...

B
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

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Every year around this time I start to feel the pressure to find a good book club read. After over thirteen years in the same book club, I’ve already chosen most of my old favorites, so I start mining the shelves for something new and interesting. I picked up The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane b ...

C
A Wild Light

Somewhere, buried amidst the magical events and lyrical descriptions and world-building and death and destruction, A Wild Light has a good story and a compelling heroine. The trouble was, I had to dig waaaaaay too deep to even recognize that they exist. Maxine Kiss is a woman wi ...

B-
Death's Excellent Vacation

Anthology
When I first read the title, it immediately evoked an image of Terry Pratchett's Death wearing board shorts and flip flops, a towel flung over his scythe - so how could I not read the anthology? The fact that most of the authors were unknown to me was an added bonus, and was hoping for triply fun, ...

C
Ravished by a Highlander

Ravished by a Highlander begins very auspiciously: It is set in 1685 Scotland, and appears to feature actual history in an historical romance. Glory be. Then I read about the heroine’s hourglass nose, and I cracked up. That killed it. Davina Montgomery’s true identity coul ...

B-
In the Warrior's Bed

Though I fall for the Scottish romance trap all the time, I usually end up disappointed – pessimistic of me, I know. However, In the Warrior’s Bed was worth my precious reading time with its authentic Scottish feel and the hero’s unrelenting pursuit of the heroine. Bronwyn McQuade is the la ...

B-
Strange Brew

Anthology
Strange Brew is an anthology of paranormal stories that center around witchcraft. Since I’m a big fan of lengthy, detailed stories, I didn’t have very high expectations when I realized that the average story in this compilation was 40 pages long. But this collection was surprisingly interestin ...

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Cracks in My Foundation

This recent collection of stories and essays by Marian Keyes epitomizes my favorite aspect of her writing: her ability to take any situation, from the most mundane to the most depressing, and point out even the smallest kernels of humor. She always manages to do it in an appealing way, so that the r ...

B-
Girl Boy Etc

Anthology
Please forgive the choppiness of this review's appearance - it appears as it does to take advantage of our database The Red Dress Ink imprint seems to be expanding its parameters. Instead of Chick Lit, Girl Boy Etc is Michael Weinreb's collection of short stories told from a male perspective, and th ...

B+
Bonnie and Clyde: A Love Story

Bonnie and Clyde is a very frank and vivid account of the Depression Era's most notorious couple. Its beautiful, magical prose clearly evokes the desperation felt the world over following the economy's collapse, a time that saw "bankers leaping from the tenth story to go splat against pavements, onc ...