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Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chockshi

This is the second Pandava book. Miss Adventure saw it sitting on the library shelf and snapped it up.

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 365 pages of story, 381 pages with glossary

Setting: various locations in the Overworld, soon after the events of Aru Shah and the End of Time

Summary: Short version: The pandavas must recover Kamadeva’s stolen bow and arrow Continue reading

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The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

Illustration by Odera Igbokwe. Follow the link to the story at Fireside Magazine

I recently saw a post about the nominees for the 2019 Locus Award. One of the Locus Awards is given for short stories. I checked and can access all of the nominees, so I thought I’d read and review them all. Since they’re awarded in June, I might even get them all reviewed before I find out who the winner is. Maybe. Anyways, here’s my first review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Short Story Awards.

Published: February, 2018 in Fireside Magazine

Genre: urban historical fiction

Setting: a United States with mythological creatures and magic, around the Revolutionary War time (late 1700s)

Summary: Short version: The person’s story behind each tooth George Washington acquires Continue reading

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The Guitar Hero by Maria Haskins

This was in a podcast I listened to this week. I enjoyed the story and thought I’d share, since I’m not currently reading a short story collection.

Published: Spring 2018 in Kaliedotrope, and reprinted as an audio story at Podcastle in April, 2019. Follow either link to read the story

Genre: urban fantasy

Setting: backstage to a concert, present day

Summary: Short version: Jackie and Alice exorcise a genie from a famous rock guitarist Continue reading

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The Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes

It’s another Rick Riordan Presents book, this time about Mayan mythology. Miss Adventure started it and said it was worth reading. (I should have waited to see if she finished it to decide whether or not to read it, but oh well.)

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 431 pages

Setting: New Mexico and California, as well as Mayan divine realms, present day

Summary: Short version: Zane has three days to save the world from a Mayan god Continue reading

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Micah by Laurell K. Hamilton

It’s #13 in the Anita Blake series and I read it back closer to when it came out. I found a copy at the used book store and was happy to add it to my collection (this was when I was still reading the series).

Published: 2006

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 245 pages

Setting: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2000s

Summary: Short version: Zombie raising and sex with Micah Continue reading

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

This is the first book in the Great Library series. It came to my attention in a post on The Hub about books set in libraries (I’m a sucker for that subgenre – that and books about books). Miss Adventure picked up the second book in the series at our library, and I convinced her to request the first one.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA urban fantasy/alternate history

Font: Bembo

Length: 351 pages

Setting: mostly parts of England and Alexandria, an alternate version of the present

Summary: Short version: The Library of Alexandria is all-powerful and Jess learns that leads to corruption Continue reading

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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Back in 2008, I heard Charlaine Harris was writing rural fantasy (as opposed to urban fantasy – set in the backwoods of Louisiana). She writes in a similar vein to Laurell K. Hamilton (who is a favorite) so I picked up the book when I saw it.

Published: 2001

Genre: rural fantasy

Length: 312 pages

Setting: rural Louisiana, present day to the writing

Summary: Short version: Sookie starts a relationship with a vampire and foils a murderer Continue reading

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