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REVIEW: Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

In an isolated castle deep in the Austrian forest, Laura leads a solitary life with only her ailing father for company. Until one moonlit night, a horse-drawn carriage crashes into view, carrying an unexpected guest – the beautiful Carmilla. So begins a feverish friendship between Laura and her mysterious, entrancing companion. But as Carmilla becomes … Continue reading REVIEW: Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

REVIEW: Vlad by Carlos Fuentes

Where, Carlos Fuentes asks, is a modern-day vampire to roost? Why not Mexico City, populated by ten million blood sausages (that is, people), and a police force who won't mind a few disappearances? "Vlad" is Vlad the Impaler, of course, whose mythic cruelty was an inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. In this sly sequel, Vlad … Continue reading REVIEW: Vlad by Carlos Fuentes

REVIEW: Dynasty of Ghosts by PL Nunn

Illya has always been different - fey, quiet, and cursed with the ability to see the lingering spirits of the dead. A younger son of a younger son from a backwater mountain province, he is a nobody in the king's army until he comes to the notice of the Prince Knight himself, the spoiled, stubborn … Continue reading REVIEW: Dynasty of Ghosts by PL Nunn

REVIEW: Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect … Continue reading REVIEW: Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts

REVIEW: Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

As the novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born. He stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that form Gormenghast Castle. Meanwhile, far away and in the kitchen, a servant named Steerpike escapes his drudgework and begins an auspicious ascent to power.Inside of Gormenghast, all events are predetermined … Continue reading REVIEW: Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

REVIEW: Joseph and his Brothers by Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann regarded his monumental retelling of the biblical story of Joseph as his magnum opus. He conceived of the four parts–The Stories of Jacob, Young Joseph, Joseph in Egypt, and Joseph the Provider–as a unified narrative, a “mythological novel” of Joseph’s fall into slavery and his rise to be lord over Egypt. Deploying lavish, … Continue reading REVIEW: Joseph and his Brothers by Thomas Mann

REVIEW: Mandy and the Tentacle Monster by Bebe Harper

Mandy is abducted by aliens and kept as a pet. These aliens seem nice enough, but she needs to figure out how to communicate with them and get back to Earth. Her alien captor finds everything about his new pet adorable, from her tiny toes to her blunted claws to her shiny mane. He will … Continue reading REVIEW: Mandy and the Tentacle Monster by Bebe Harper

REVIEW: I Married a Lizardman by Regine Abel

As a third daughter on the farming colony of Meterion, Susan’s future prospects aren’t too promising. A pretty face, top-notch skills, and hard work mean nothing if your dowry doesn’t include fertile lands. With her twenty-fifth birthday approaching, and no suitors even remotely sniffing in her general direction, Susan will be forced to leave the … Continue reading REVIEW: I Married a Lizardman by Regine Abel

REVIEW: Fear by Kathryn Anne Kingsley

My whole life has been defined by fear. It's what's driven everything I've ever done. It's why I'm a firefighter. It's why I sneak into abandoned buildings. It's why I drive a motorcycle way too fast. Some people might call me reckless, but when I find myself on the edge of disaster, heart pumping, filled … Continue reading REVIEW: Fear by Kathryn Anne Kingsley