Category: Urban Fantasy

  • Hell Bent – by Leigh Bardugo

    Finally, time to talk about Hell Bent! It’s been more than a month since I’ve read it, actually – right after finishing Ninth House I couldn’t exactly restrain myself – but I was waiting for some certain book club discussion before making my review public. But now, the fated day has come.

  • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? – by N.K. Jemisin

    If you know me, odds are you know how much I love N.K. Jemisin: I have read and enjoyed all her novels and some of her shorter works, and whatever she publishes is on my auto-buy list. So, why hadn’t I read this specific book yet? Perhaps because, in general, I am not always the greatest fan of short story collections; I must say, however, that this one ended up being a very satisfying read. Not that I expected anything less.

  • The Changeling – by Victor LaValle

    As I mentioned, this book has been lying in my stash for a while. All this time, I thought I had at least a vague idea of what I could expect from it – but as soon as I started it, I realised I was in uncharted territory. So I just went and enjoyed the ride, allowing myself to be surprised at every page.

  • The Black God’s Drums – by P. Djèlí Clark

    If you follow this blog you’re already familiar with P. Djèlí Clark, author of the Dead Djinn universe. This time I decided to read one of his other works; a novella that is similarly set in an alternate history where folk myths are real, but has its own distinctive setting, as well as a language that fits it.

  • Ninth House – by Leigh Bardugo

    After realising that long-awaited Hell Bent, second book of the Alex Stern series, had now been published, I decided to re-read (or re-listen) the first volume before diving into its continuation. I remember enjoying Ninth House the first time I read it, even though with some reservations, and going back to its horrifically magical Yale proved to be an intense but captivating journey.

  • The World We Make – by N.K. Jemisin

    Just as planned! Soon after publishing my post about The City We Became, I got my copy of The World We Make and proceeded to read it with voracious excitement. Did it satisfy all my hopes, curiosities, cravings? We’ll talk about it in a second, although my unrestained enthusiasm is probably a spoiler in itself.

  • The City We Became – by N.K. Jemisin

    I first read The City We Became one year ago. Nor really surprisingly, I loved it: even though on surface the topic didn’t look like something I would normally enjoy, and even if some elements indeed elicited my irresistible desire to nitpick, Jemisin’s writing managed once again to carry me away, building a captivating story around an admittedly bizzare premise.

  • Brown Girl In The Ring – by Nalo Hopkinson

    I must confess a pet peeve of mine – I can’t suffer when someone says that fantasy is “all the same” because it can’t help but repeat the same tired myths and tropes. I mean, if one’s knowledge is limited to a list of Tolkien knockoffs, maybe they shouldn’t speak for an entire genre that, […]

  • Two Truths And A Lie – by Sarah Pinsker

    Here’s something I stumbled upon while casually browsing for some shorter fiction to read in one sitting. It’s a surreal story that starts out like a more sophisticated creepypasta and, for a chilling second, makes you question you perception of reality.