Book Reviews

The Little Mushroom: Judgement Day, by Shisi

Rating at a Glance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Oh boy you guys- So I ordered this book on an impulsive whim one sleep deprived and slow evening at work. Here’s what I thought I was going to get; a sweet, sentient mushroom gains the ability to take on a human form through the absorption of human DNA. He leaves his home in the wilds behind and enters modern society, where he has to learn all about what it means to be human, while falling in love with a stoic but ultimately sweet military figure.

And I mean, I wasn’t wrong…

I also didn’t have the full picture.

This book is sci-fi, dystopian, post-apocalyptic chaos. There are grisly deaths, attempted rape, and mass bombings, all while being surrounded by a hostile natural world that is constantly attempting to wipe out the remains of humanity. There is very little joy in this story, and isn’t my usual choice of book… but… but…

I loved it. Read on to find out why.

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Wolfsong by T. J. Klune

Rating a Glance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wolfsong by T. J. Klune is a masterpiece- written four years before the release of The House in the Cerulean Sea, this lyrical, moving, beautiful story had me smiling, laughing, and occasionally full on weeping with the aching sadness of it all. While it feels too early to proclaim a favorite book for 2022 (and The Hourglass Throne isn’t even out yet), I know without a doubt that it will certainly be in the top three, and that I will continue to reread it in the future, revisiting it’s softness and brutality, it’s wonderful characters and the small town they live in.

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The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

Rating at a Glance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Darkness Outside us by Eliot Schrefer is an intense story of survival, trust, and facing the unknown. It ripped my heart out and then shoved it back into place with enough force to leave me an emotional wreck for a day after. At times humorous, other times bleak, but always heartfelt and human, this is a story of surviving against the odds, and finding love and letting it make you better then you were before.

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The Forever Sea, by Joshua Philip Pullman

Rating at a Glance

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Enter a world where ships are fueled by the bones of their dead captains, and sail over an endless, grassy plain. A world full of sailors and song, great beauty, and a terrible, encroaching disaster await. The Forever Sea is billed as eco-fantasy, an examination of our own follies with nature set in a fantastical world full of mystery and monsters. We join Kindred Greyreach, Keeper of the Flame and granddaughter of one of the most famous and mad ship’s captains every to dock at the city of Arcadia. Kindred’s grandmother, known only as the Marchess, has disappeared, walked off the edge of her own ship and into the sea itself, the endless, undulating and seeming bottomless sea of grass and flower. What follows is the story of Kindred’s search for answers, why did her grandmother walk into the sea, and what waited below for her when she did?

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One Last Stop, by Casey McQuiston

Rating at a Glance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

August Landers is lost- not literally, of course, but a wanderer, someone who’s looking for the right place and the right time to find herself. Raised in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by a mother who’s focus has constantly been on something else, August doesn’t know where she belongs. She finds herself in New York City, friendless, jobless, and with no place to live. But all that is about to change; New York is a city full of surprises, from secret service elevators to you’re neighbor being a drag queen, not to mention a mysterious and irresistible girl on the subway who may or may not be a time hopping anomaly…

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Many Mini-Reviews: The March/April 2021 Edition

Hello everyone! It’s time for another round of short reviews from my back log of books! I’m pleased to report that I’m well on the way of meeting my reading goal for the year, and am pretty close to surpassing last years number. I have yet to find a book that has swept me off my feet this year- but that’s OK, I’ve still got The Hour Glass Throne by K. D. Edwards and One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston on the way, so I know those five star reads are on their way.

Under the cut we’ve science fiction space romps, President Obama being super wordy, creeping cats and food critics. Have you read any of these titles? Check them out and let me know what you thought about them in the comments!

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The Awakening, by Nora Roberts

Rating at a Glance…

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Breen Kelly is two years into a teaching career she hates, burdened with student debt, panic attacks, and a mother who is hyper critical and determined to convince her only child that she is mediocre at best; lacking the intelligence, wit, or appearance to be anything more than “average”, and even that is a stretch.
But Breen’s life is about to change- a surprising revelation leads her to abandon her old self and go in search of who she truly is. First stop? Ireland, where her father was born and where he returned to years ago when she was only a child. She’s looking for clues, hints, anything that will help her understand the man she loved so much, and why he disappeared. But what she finds there is so much more than she could have ever hoped, or even rationally expected. Breen Kelly is waking, and when she does, she’ll find the world to be a different place then the one she thought she knew.

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Persephone Station, by Stina Leicht

Rating at a Glance…

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A backwater planet in the middle of nowhere is about to be the starting point for a conflict that involves a convoluted cast of characters. From crime lords to government officials, with a handful of mercenaries, aliens, and hyper-intelligent AI’s thrown into the mix. This is the story of a rag-tag bunch of honorable killers, intent on saving the day, getting paid, and maybe doing the right things along the way. The cast is heavy on female and non-binary leads, the romance is non existent, and the pacing tight, but did it live up to what is was compared to? Read on to find out!

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Many Mini Reviews: February 2021 Edition

Hello all you beautiful people! It’s time for another edition of Many-Mini-Reviews, where I take a look back at all the books I read but didn’t post a long review for in February. Under the cut we’ve got a mixed bag of nonfiction (featuring IBS riddles White House staffers), novellas, graphic novels, and more- featuring the works of Martha Wells, Emily Tesh, and Nghi Vo.

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