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Jo Thomas

The Booklikes home of Jo Thomas / Journeymouse, sff author and editor - along with a few other less polite descriptions!

Review
4 Stars
Short review of Ashael Rising
Ashael Rising (The Vessel of KalaDene Book 1) - Shona Kinsella

This is a strong debut fantasy novel and the start of a new series. Kinsella has a sparse writing style that will not satisfy anyone who's after a wordy Hardy or Tolkien-alike and allows the more foolish of us to make some assumptions about this new universe. However, the prose flowed well enough to get me over my initial, jaded assumptions and it is most definitely worth the time. This is not just a faux-medieval fantasy, but a stone-age people dealing with a much more advanced group of returning oppressors - who may be significantly beyond medieval if the series follows the potential "sword and planet" route rather than appearance of "sword and sorcery". Better still, the heroine turns out to be the shaman who rescues herself rather than the princess who waits in the castle.

(In the interests of transparency: I was given a review pdf by the author in exchange for an honest review.)

Short review of Asian Monsters
Asian Monsters (Fox Spirit Books of Monsters) (Volume 3) - CY Yan, Benjamin Chee, Eliza Chan, Sunil Patel, Margret Helgadottir,  Fran Terminiello, Vajra Chandrasekera, Eeleen Lee, Eve Shi, Xia Jia, Usman T. Malik, Isabel Yap, Yukimi Ogawa, Aliette de Bodard, Ken Liu

A fantastic first step into Asian mythology and folklore (I say as someone with no clue about the stories of the various cultures under the "Asian" umbrella). All the stories have a certain surreal, dream-like quality in common and one or two require time to digest and absorb before moving on to the next one but I enjoyed every single one.

Review
5 Stars
A Quick Review of Breed
Breed - K T Davies

A fast paced romp of through a fantasy adventure that twists tropes beautifully.

Review
3 Stars
A Quick Review of Drive
Drive - Mark West

Very well written but almost traumatically dark and horrific.

Review
3.5 Stars
A Quick Review of Count Brass
Hawkmoon: Count Brass - Michael Moorcock

I enjoyed the writing but I suspect three stories are a little dated now - but I see why I enjoyed them when I was just getting into sff!

Review
3.5 Stars
A Quick Review of Long Hidden
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History -  'Christi,  'Kima Jones',  'Benjamin Parzybok',  'Michael Janairo',  'Jamey Hatley',  'Robert William Iveniuk',  'L.S. Johnson',  'Claire Humphrey',  'Meg Jayanth',  'Rion Amilcar Scott',  'Sunny Moraine',  'S Lynn',  'Tananarive Due',  'Thoraiya Dyer', 'Sofia Samatar'

A strong collection of hidden histories, full of magic and myth that doesn't always get seen. Not every story was pleasing or easy to read but the collection was more worth the time to read.

Review
3 Stars
Quick review of Ordinary
Ordinary - Rob Williams, D'Israeli

Interesting and quite well done. I have some problems with the world view but I think they're probably a function of the point of view character than the creators' values.

Source: http://booklikes.com/ordinary-rob-williams-d-israeli/book,10766780
Review
4 Stars
Quick review of Wolfsbane
Wolfsbane - Patricia Briggs

The second book in a series - and I haven't read the first, so pleasantly surprised to find it readable and easy to get into without having read the first one.

Source: http://booklikes.com/wolfsbane-patricia-briggs/book,6103323
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'Got rid of the creepy crawly, but no luck yet, sir, on your entrapment,' she murmured, 'But tomorrow's another day.'

part of today's #AmReading from Wolfsbane by Patricia Briggs, P119

Source: http://booklikes.com/wolfsbane-patricia-briggs/book,6103323
Review
4 Stars
Quick review of The Seventh Miss Hatfield
The Seventh Miss Hatfield - Anna Caltabiano

Interesting. Quite old fashioned and gentle but by no means a piece of fluff because of that. When I wasn't in the right mood for it, it was difficult to keep going but when I was, the pages just flew by.

Review
3 Stars
Quick review of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith

While I found the mash-up amusing, the insertions got more surreal (okay, make that unintentionally clumsy but knowingly ridiculous) as things went on. About halfway through the book I developed an urge to abandon in and go back to the original - and it's now next on my TBR pile.

Source: http://booklikes.com/pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies-seth-grahame-smith/book,5113741
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Yes, you know enough of my temper to believe me capable of that. After abusing you so abominably to your face, I could have no scruple in beheading any number of your relations.

part of today's #AmReading from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, P299

Source: http://booklikes.com/pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies-seth-grahame-smith/book,5113741
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It is impossible that he should still love me, unless, by kicking him into the mantelpiece during our battle in Hunsford, I affected some severe change in his countenance.

part of today's #AmReading from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, P204

Source: http://booklikes.com/pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies-seth-grahame-smith/book,5113741
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Oh! what hours of mountaintop sparring we shall spend! How many bucks we shall fell with nothing more than our daggers and swiftness of foot! Oh! How we will please Buddha by communing with the earth!

part of today's #AmReading from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, P119

Source: http://booklikes.com/pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies-seth-grahame-smith/book,5113741
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She meant to follow this proud Mr. Darcy outside and open his throat.

part of today's #AmReading from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, P14

Review
4.5 Stars
A Short Review of The Red Knight
The Red Knight - K.T. Davies

An epic fantasy that's dark without losing life's humorous moments or becoming unbearably grim. However, the last few chapters did have me crying.

Source: http://booklikes.com/the-red-knight-k-t-davies/book,9381627