Tag Archives: Reviews

Review: The Fury of Blacky Jaguar by Angel Luis Colón (5/5)

Great New Voice in Crime Fiction Let me start with a confession: I love the Singles series from One Eye Press. At less than $3 ($4 here in Canada) for Kindlegadget version, they offer a lot of hardboiled bang for very little buck. Thing is, the paperbacks are gorgeous, so I kick in the additional $4 […]

Review: Known Devil by Justin Gustainis (4/5)

A Fresh Take on a Favourite Genre I have to admit that I was a little hesitant to read this. I typically don’t jump in part way through a series. More importantly, I have read a lot of supernatural crime in the past year and didn’t want something that would feel stale. I was, however, […]

Review: The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig (4.75/5)

A (Brief) Moment of Doubt Maybe it’s me. Maybe it was the timing of reading The Cormorant shortly after having the first pages of my Work In Progress brutally critiqued. Whatever the cause, my initial reaction to the first pages of this book was disappointment. I understand why Wendig starts out with an Interlude (which […]

Review: Ninja vs Pirate Featuring Zombies (4/5) and Zombie vs Fairy Featuring Albinos by James Marshall (4/5)

One Fucked-up Book I bought NVPFZ on a whim as part of the first order I ever placed with ChiZine Publications. Look at the title and tell me how could I not. Some time later, an award-winning writer/editor/publisher told me that it was “one fucked-up book.” He meant, and I interpreted, this as a GoodThing(tm). […]

id est quod est et me beatum facit

I just read sj’s (aka @popqueenie) not-quite-celebratory blog-i-versary post: I’m Willing to Bet That We’ve Still Got Nothing In Common Go ahead. Read it now. I’ll wait. Much of what she wrote hit me smack in the ballsack, although I disagree that we’ve got nothing in common. She must be the only other person on […]

Review: The Big Reap by Chris F. Holm (5/5)

My name is Cheffo and I’m a Holm-a-holic I didn’t mean for this to happen. Hell, a year ago I didn’t know who Chris F. Holm was. Somebody, somewhere in the Twittersphere posted something about some war between the covers of Dead Harvest and Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds. Curious to see what could possibly compare to […]

Review: The Cambodian Book of the Dead by Tom Vater (3.5/5)

Really Liked It. Wanted To Absolutely Love It. I am equally ignorant of and intrigued by things Cambodian. I imagine it to be a perfect setting for storytelling: full of ghosts, mystery and profound sadness. Reading TCBOTD took me back to the first time I watched the movie adaptation of Christopher Koch’s The Year Of […]

Review: The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig (4.5/5)

A Rollicking, Riotous Rampage The Blue Blazes is the most fun I have had in years. I love Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series and love that it is more urban than fantasy. I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find the same grit and edge amidst the fantastical elements of an underworld lying […]

Review: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (5/5)

You are going to read this book. Everybody who has read Lauren Beukes is going to read The Shining Girls. Everybody who knows somebody who has read Lauren Beukes is going to read The Shining Girls. LAUREN BEUKES IS GOING TO RULE THE WORLD!!! Maybe I slipped a bit of tongue in the old cheek […]

Review: Goldenland Past Dark by Chandler Klang Smith (4/5)

Beautiful Prose I was introduced to Chandler Klang Smith by an interview she did with Writer’s Digest. She suggested that “a novel is a fractal”. The recovering mathematician in me found the idea intriguing and elegant, so I posted a rather detailed response in the comments. Sadly, that response vanished into the bowels of the […]

Review: Wounded Prey by Sean Lynch (4.5/5)

Needs Warning Labels Wounded Prey should come with warning labels: Danger: Very dark places ahead Don’t start reading on a weekday I knew that I wanted to read this book, but I didn’t expect that it would be so very, very good. After a long day of work and a longer evening of homework (long […]

Review: Dead Harvest (4.5/5) and The Wrong Goodbye by Chris F. Holm (4/5)

Never judge a book by its cover … … unless it is part of Chris F. Holm’s The Collector series. The titles summon memories of classic hard-boiled noir in apparent homage to Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest and Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. [The 3rd installment, The Big Reap provides a similar tip of the hat […]