Mini Review: Undercover by Tamsyn Muir

It’s not my norm to review a single short story on the blog, but there are exceptions to be made. I’m an absolute down to clown for anything Tamsyn Muir writes. So a new short story where it’s a guard and their charge with some strange tension and more genre mashing is not going without…

Review: Loki by Melvin Burgess

***Content warnings for death, torture, murder, homophobia, transphobia, rape, dismemberment, bestiality (kind of?) and blood*** I love Norse myths. This year I’ve definitely been making an effort to seek retellings of these out. One of my favourites from this year so far, The Witch’s Heart, follows Angrboda who rarely gets an outing despite being the…

Review: Jingo by Terry Pratchett

**Content warnings for war, racism and mentions of genocide.** Welcome back to the Discworld Project! Was going to include a line about reviews coming back as well but considering this year, you all know the drill by now. So as we know, I love Sir Terry Pratchett. I love The Watch. Sam Vimes is up…

Review: What Moves the Dead by T.Kingfisher

***Content warnings body horror, death of a parent and siblings, misgendering, mentions of war, famine and PTSD*** Think it’s safe to call T.Kingfisher one of my auto buy authors now. I literally bought this and read it in the same week. That is fairly unheard of when one has shelves as full as mine. But…

Reading Goal Check In and Life Update

So I was doing these quarterly, but we literally have two months left in 2022 (jfc) so lets just do this as a check in! As you can see, I have completed my reading goal for this year! Which felt very rewarding. Because of that I wanted to just reflect on my smaller (for me,…

Review: A Dowry of Blood by S.T Gibson (2022 pub)

**Content warnings from authors website; Emotional, verbal & physical intimate partner abuse and gaslighting, Sexual assault mentioned, Depression & mania, Self-harm, Alcohol consumption, Drug use mentioned, Blood & gore depiction and body horror, Drowning mentioned, Murder, War themes, Famine and plague** Eagle eyed readers (or my partner who never stopped hearing about it) will remember…

Review: Priest of Gallows by Peter McLean

**Content warnings for graphic torture, accounts of sexual assault, physical assault, drugging, forced sedation, addiction, paedophilia, chattel slavery, cannibalism, self immolation, homophobia, sexism, PTSD and alcoholism.** Possible spoilers for book one and two in the series. Ever feel scared to start the next book in a series? Like legit knowing that it’s one of your…

Review: A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy Lin

**Content warnings for death of a parent, mentions of dying and illness, war, poverty, starvation, beatings, corporal punishment, poison and allusions to torture.** I know the saying is to not judge books by their covers, but this is one where you can definitely make the exception. Now as shallow as that could be (and why…

September Wrap Up

In my usual delayed fashion, today on the blog I’m going to be wrapping up what was somehow September. I’ve been away from the blog for a bit so this is a nice point to check in. I’ve made no secret that this year has been a bit of a struggle for me mental health…

Review: A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

**Content warnings for homophobia, sexism, mental abuse, mentions of child neglect, blood letting, self harm, assault, racism and mentions forcible drugging.** Fantasies of manners. You know me if you read this blog frequently, I do love them. I am still woefully behind on Gail Carriger’s work but my chosen reads have always been interesting and…