After the cerebral and chilling tour through the vampiric dark side, I’m sticking with even more urban fantasy. This time, my friend and writing critique partner Patricia A. Jackson has served up what appears to be some tasty four horsemen kind of mayhem.
Now that P.I. Alexander Southerland has solved another mystery, I decided to go dark. Recommended by Douglas Lumsden, the author of said P.I. stories, I discovered The Long Nights. Atmospheric, twisted and compelling (although in need of a line editor), this story definitely has my attention.
Time to get back to Yerba City and the fantastic urban noir that is Alexander Southerland, P.I. written by Douglas Lumsden!
After a quick jaunt through the frigid cold of Titanshade, I’m back in Janloon and all the epic goodness that is Fonda Lee’s Jade series!
Still reeling from the emotional brilliance crafted by the incredibly talented Fonda Lee, I chose to move to Dan Stout’s phenomenal buddy-cop urban fantasy world of Titanshade as a palette cleanser. I actually met Dan in a critique group. He made a guest appearance, and was gracious with his insightful commentary about chapter 1 of The Devil’s Share! Just an all-around great guy, and a gifted writer. I’ll be flip-flopping between his series and Fonda Lee’s trilogy for the foreseeable future.
I have heard so much about this series that I had to dive into it. And five chapters in, all I can say is the hype doesn’t do it justice. I wish I could write like this!
With the “epic” recounting of a “slain” dragon out of the way, I’m back to Douglas Lumsden’s urban fantasy about a hard-boiled detective and the crazy cases he takes on!
However, I did finish Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (delightful, intriguing, but not nearly as good as The Martian), and now I’ve moved back to some fantasy with THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF. I’ve read lots of good pub for this one, and I’m hopeful that my enjoyment of the first few paragraphs from the sample chapter I downloaded don’t taper off as the book continues. We shall see!
After finishing the delightfully fun Gideon the Ninth, I’ve moved on to The Hotel at the End of Time, by Canadian indie author Michael James. An off-beat romp of an adventure full of pop culture quips, people with unusual powers, and quirky humor that is a hallmark of this author. Oh, and let’s not forget the terribly mysterious Hotel itself! A recommended read for anyone who likes their parallel universe stories with just the right amount of snark and goofiness.
So, what do I enjoy reading?
Glad you asked!
I mainly read science fantasy, high fantasy, crime / police procedurals, and urban fantasy. Favorite traditional authors include (in no particular order) George R.R. Martin, Terry Brooks, Michael Connelly, Jim Butcher, Michael Moorcock, Weiss and Hickman, Eddings and, of course, Tolkien.
Then tack on some great indie authors, including Peter James Martin, A.R. Pearson, Zack Brooks, Leigh Grissom, Nicholas Eames and Deck Matthews.
With today’s book market chock full of new and innovative storytellers, my TBR pile fills up quickly. Right now, I’m on GIDEON THE NINTH, a fantastically woven tale of science fantasy that is equal parts delicious and profane. Tamsyn Muir’s prose is brilliant. Her words flow and wander. Every sentence is thick with imagery, emotion and grit. I’m constantly amazed by each successive chapter, and I was hooked from the start.
While I do write reviews for the books I read, they’re typically short and sweet. I’m not much of a reviewer, but you never know what might happen down the road.