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Reading Reality · 9m ago

Review: The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

My Review: Originally, The Night Ocean was a short story written by Robert H. Barlow and H.P. Lovecraft. Mostly by Barlow. However, this version of The Night Ocean is ostensibly, although not actually ABOUT Barlow and Lovecraft. It’s a Russian nestin...
Reading Reality · 1d ago

Review: A Twisted Vengeance by Candace Robb

My Review: In yesterday’s review, I noted that one of the things that historical mysteries often have in common is that they are set in times of great political upheaval. And so it proves with A Twisted Vengeance, the second book in Candace Robb’s Ka...
Reading Reality · 2d ago

Review: A Cruel Necessity by L.C. Tyler

My Review: I picked this one up out of simple curiosity – it refers to itself as the “first” John Grey historical mystery, and that caught my attention. Because Diana Gabaldon has written a series of historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey from...
Reading Reality · 3d ago

Review: The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis

My Review: The Guns Above is an absolutely fantastic steampunk/Military SF action adventure story. This is one of those stories where it’s science fiction mostly because it isn’t anything else. The only SFnal element is the “not our world” setting an...
Reading Reality · 3d ago

The Sunday Post AKA What’s on my (Mostly Virtual) Nightstand 5-21-16

I feel like this is a draft even though I’m publishing it. I am SO not sure about the end ...
Reading Reality · 4d ago

Stacking the Shelves (236)

Today’s monster Stacking the Shelves brought to you (and me) by the release of the 2017 Hu...
Reading Reality · 6d ago

Review: The Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson

My Review: Fiction may be the lie that tells the truth, but sometimes that truism runs headlong into another, the one that goes, “The truth is not only stranger than we imagine, it’s stranger than we CAN imagine.” Fiction has to actually feel plausib...
Reading Reality · 6d ago

Review: The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris

My Review: I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Nanny Arrangement. As much as I love the friends-to-lovers trope, there are a whole lot of other factors in this story that generally drive me crazy, and certainly did this time. And I liked the da...
Reading Reality · 1W ago

Review: The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle

My Review: I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. It was an interesting set up to a slightly off-beat Sherlock Holmes read-alike, with an even more eccentric Holmes and a female Watson who is not a doctor. On the one hand, their respective ecce...
Reading Reality · 1W ago

Review: The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer

My Review: The Scribe of Siena is a time-travel whodunnit, or possibly howdunnit, wrapped inside a romance, and filled with plenty of scrumptious details on life in Medieval Italy, just before it all went pear-shaped. Beatrice Trovato begins the stor...