Rec a Series: The Dresden Files

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. This month, I’m stepping away from romance and into straight urban fantasy. The setting is present day with all the good and bad that entails. The main character? Well, he just happens to be the only wizard listed in the yellow pages. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Dresden Files”

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Banned Books Week: 2016

I usually keep a better watch on the date so it sneaked up on little cat paws this year. It’s Banned Books Weeks, that week we mock other people’s attempts to dictate morality celebrate the freedom to read whatever the fuck we want. There’s a list of the most challenged books of the prior year (or decade, or all time), generally via a school board or library. Below are links and lists and opinion and all that rot. Stop here if you want to avoid all that foolishness. Continue reading “Banned Books Week: 2016”

Rec a Series: The Owen Archer Mysteries

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. Here’s a genre I haven’t recommended yet: Mystery! And not just any mystery series. Nope, this one is set in England during the 14th century, during the Hundred Year’s War and just after the ravages of the Black Death. The lead detective is a Welshman, Owen Archer, so named for his skill with the bow during the war. An injury costing him his eye sends him back to England to learn a new role: spymaster for the Archbishop of York. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Owen Archer Mysteries”

Rec a Series: London Steampunk

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. I’ve bounced around quite a bit on these series—romance, fantasy, paranormal—and this one is no different. We’re diving into romantic speculative fiction of an historical nature. Steampunk! Airships, automatons, Victorian fashions, vampires, werewolves…wait…what? This time, I’m rec’ing the London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster. Continue reading “Rec a Series: London Steampunk”

Rec a Series: The Codex Alera

Rec a Series is a monthly post highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. Last month, I recommended a newer urban fantasy/paranormal romance series set in an alternate dimension. This month, while wandering around AnomalyCon and with Emerald City ComicCon looming on the horizon, I’ll stick with pure fantasy. Let’s talk about the bet that became a best-selling series. Continue reading “Rec a Series: The Codex Alera”

Rec a Series – The Elemental Mysteries

Monthly series recommendations from my favorite reads.

Rec a Series will be a monthly post, each highlighting one of my favorite series, past or present. They aren’t reviews, per se, as I’ll only cover those series I’m nutty about or would recommend without reservation. I’ll try to include links to ALL THE THINGS to current series, but if I forget it’s a good bet that Amazon carries the books since I (now) exclusively read e-books. Older series may not cooperate—they could be out of print, not have digital formats available, etc. I guess we’ll see when we get there. Continue reading “Rec a Series – The Elemental Mysteries”

Monday Mumbles: That First Book

What’s the first book you remember reading? Not the ones you know you read, or ones you know your parents read to you (if they did), but the first book you actually remember reading. Do you remember, still, a section, a snippet of dialogue or narrative, just the cover? Did that book influence your future preferences? It’s Monday, let’s mumble on about that first book. Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: That First Book”