Fiction: Mile High Murder (A Hannah Ives Mystery) by Marcia Talley was a contemporary mystery centered around two women who take a fact-finding trip to Colorado to look at the marijuana industry, in preparation for creating legislation for Maryland. I was mildly entertained. The first person protagonist is an older woman, which was nice, but […]
Fiction: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch had some resolutions happen in the series! I shall not spoil which ones. The plot raised some new questions in Peter Grant’s quest to understand how magic works, because it’s always much more complicated than it appears. As usual, I loved the neep about how to facilitate the use […]
Fiction: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse is post-apocalyptic dark fantasy/horror set in Dinetah, a Navajo nation that survives ecological disaster but has problems with monsters and supernatural creatures of the sort that want to kill and eat humans. The protagonist, Maggie, manifested clan powers after a traumatic event and was trained as a monster-slayer […]
Nonfiction: Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction by John Rieder is highly recommended if if you’re at all interested in the subject. This book helped me make/clarify a plethora of mental connections between colonialism and Social Darwinism and racism and various types of early science fiction, from “undiscovered lands” adventures like H. Rider Haggard […]
I’m finally caught up!!! Fiction: Mind Magic (Lupi Book 12) by Eileen Wilks introduces a new character, a teenager named Demi who has Asperger’s. She was involved in an illegal government project to boost the power of Gifted kids until she figured out the leader, Mr. Smith, was not to be trusted. Her plotline eventually […]
Terrific essay from Foz Meadows on The Truth Of Wolves, Or: The Alpha Problem. I think/have thought about some of the issues she raises quite a lot, but not as insightfully. Below are some of my own posts relating to shapeshifters in romance and urban fantasy. Paranormal Allegories. Romancing the Beast. Paranormal Appropriation.
The Next Wave in Paranormal Romance. In my humble opinion. Ahem. I revisit The Mark of Merlin by Anne McCaffrey. Robyn Carr’s My Kind of Christmas came out at the end of October, despite being about Christmas in the town of Virgin River. Beneath the Abbey Wall by A.D. Scott, a mystery set in 1950s […]
This cover proves that the Paranormal Romance subgenre started earlier than we thought it did. Behold the Parrot Shifter.
I did a “Fresh Meat” feature at Heroes and Heartbreakers this week on Eve Silver’s Body of Sin. No, not body part of sin. Though that would have been funny. Also, Lynn Spencer at the All About Romance blog read The Moonlight Mistress. Overall, she liked it! My 5 Tips for Writing Erotica post is […]
If you missed it on Wednesday, I have a new post on Heroes and Heartbreakers: “If You Build It, They Will Come: Worldbuilding in Urban Fantasy.” My other posts at Heroes and Heartbreakers.