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by Michael on Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest [4.5/5] Eden Moore sees ghosts, and not just any ghosts either. She sees the spirits of three sisters who were killed long ago by her great-grandfather, a sorko (African sorcerer) who now has designs on her. This wonderful piece of Southern gothic horror is Cherie Priest‘s debut novel, […]

Four and Twenty Blackbirds

by Jennifer on Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Usually I stress over these book reviews and try so hard to get them just right. Those who have known me for a while may recall a convention (it might have been spread over several) where I was conflicted over what I perceived as a separation between being a literary agent by profession and being […]

Paper Mage

by Michael on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Paper Mage by Leah R. Cutter [2.5/5] In ancient China, Xiao Yen, a young woman who has been trained as a paper mage, leaves her village and family to escort two foreigners on a journey across the Middle Kingdom. It comes as no surprise that she encounters many obstacles during the trip, or that she […]

The Codex Alera

by Michael on Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher [4/5] This is the first book in Jim Butcher’s The Codex Alera series, and it’s a fine start. Anyone who’s familiar with Butcher’s Dresden Files won’t be surprised that Jim can write good action scenes, and his general style of writing works well with the swords- and-horses (as he […]

Twenty-six books

by Michael on Monday, March 6th, 2006

As anyone who has been following this blog for any length of time has probably long since realized, I don’t do a very good job of keeping up with posting reviews of the books I read. This evening I looked at the size of the pile of books that I’d planned to review and realized […]