ELOM – The Review

After a brief discussion at Dragon-Con with William Drinkard, the author of Elom, I had been eagerly awaiting my copy for weeks. When I had the opportunity to interview Drinkard at length, the feeling only intensified. Needless to say, when that small brown package finally arrived I ripped off the wrapper and dove right in. And as it turned out, all that anticipation was wrong – because it wasn’t nearly strong enough!!

Elom is one of those books that invitingly waggles it’s pages at you from across the room – “Pick me up,…

The White Plague by Frank Herbert – Book Review

Imagine a world just like the one we’re living in right now, with one small difference – there are no women left in it. This is the premise of Frank Herbert’s White Plague. The story begins with brilliant scientist John O’Neill, who is happily enjoying his success with his loving wife and son by his side. Then the IRA plants a random bomb, just their way of getting the world’s attention, and everything changes.

O’Neill loses his family, and it hardens him. He decides that all those responsible should suffer the way he suffers,…

daughter of the forest

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – Book Review

This is the beginning of THE BEST fantasy trilogy I’ve ever read, hands down. The tale begins with young Sorcha, the only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Her father also has six sons, and their life at Sevenwaters is truly a blessed one for the beloved ruling family. But all that changes when the widower Colum becomes enamored of an evil sorceress. Seeking to eliminate any competition for her own child to ascend the throne, the witch turns the other boys into swans. Her mistake comes of allowing Sorcha the seeming luxury of running away. But Ireland is a land full of mystery and magic, and the Old Ones see something special in Sorcha…


Trial of Flowers by Jay Lake – Book Review 

Prothro – “None may say later I stood in your way. You see, Lord Mayor, I shall grant you this scrying, from nothing more than my own good sense. You won’t rule two weeks, and will fall of no deed of mine. His Magnificence won’t long outlast you. There’s more afoot than you know, and dangers coming you cannot imagine.”
Lord Mayor Imago – “I watched those black dogs tearing at the people of this city. I can imagine much.”
Prothro – “Not enough.”This book starts off, like many, leaving the reader a little confused. Numerous people (and I use the term “people” loosely) take turns narrating, and though we always know just who is speaking to us in the story,…

Dark Harvest

Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge – Book Review

So how do you make horror fun without losing the scare factor?   Just ask Norman Partridge, because he’s found the answer in his latest book, Dark Harvest.     This Bram Stoker award winning little gem of a book reads like a campfire tale. It’s the type of thing where you sit down in the morning to read a few chapters over a cup of coffee, then you suddenly realize that it’s sunset already and your wicked little trip has come to an end. It’s the tale of a macabre tradition in a sleepy mid-western town. You know the one – all the teenage boys are starved and imprisoned for the five days leading up to Halloween; then they’re sent out hungry and wild-eyed to find and kill a candy-filled scarecrow with a giant pumpkin for a head…

Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen – Book Review

 “I’m sorry if I was oblique. Let me try to summarize things in a more concise manner. You need the Imaginarium Geographica to avert whatever disaster is looming on the world at large. You are the caretaker of the Geographica. You lost the Geographica. Ergo, you and everyone you know, love, care about, or exchange pleasantries with as you gather your […]

Harry Potter 7 – Worth the wait??

SPOILER FREE!! Surprisingly, I am forced to answer with a firm “yes.” Having very nearly died of boredom while slogging through the last two books – Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince – I was oh-so-pleasantly surprised when I got to this one. Though it’s every bit as long as those two were, it doesn’t have the un-necessary filler that those two seemed to suffer from. Nearly every page is packed with action and glorious plot, and the way past events are referenced makes it clear that this book was planned out from the very beginning. JK Rowling has redeemed herself in my eyes…

Jim Henson’s Return to Labyrinth – Book Review

Being as I am a self-proclaimed “bookophile,” I have decided that the first step to recovery is to admit I have a problem. I will stay up late at night, no matter what time I have to get up in the morning, just to get to that elusive next page. I have so far never […]

Renfield Slave of Dracula – Book Review

Pegasus Girl BOOK REVIEW:Feb 05, 2007 Renfield Slave of Dracula “Mr. Renfield, your family – and you yourself – have been assured that there’s nothing to fear from me or from anyone else at Rushbrook House [Insane Asylum]. Why do you flee?” [Dr. Seward] Under the dripping brows, the muck-plastered hair, the dark blue gaze […]