Weather is the second book I’m reviewing for Amber Books, and I’m noticing a trend here: powerful pictures selected with care and paired with bite-sized, relevant information. It’s a format I appreciate, because it avoids infodumping on the reader - I’m a big fan of minimalism, you know. Teach me things without overwhelming me, just like Robert is doing here.
Urban Fantasy is my favorite genre ever. Seriously, read my bio and you'll find out how much I love its tropes, how curious I am to see mythological creatures interact with the modern world. Cue NetGalley, and me browsing for some new UF to read. When I found Bottle Demon, I wasn't sure reading it was a good idea, mainly because it is the sixth installment of an ongoing series and I was afraid I would not be able to understand what was going on. I asked for an ARC anyway and I am so glad I did it! I'll tell you why in a heartbeat, but let me show you the cover first.
I love to read short stories. There was a time when my morning routine consisted in waking up, making a cup of tea and sitting at the small table I had in the kitchen with my pc open on the Daily Science Fiction to read the short story of the day. It's a memory buried in the past now (kids, you know the deal), but I still try to read short stories whenever I can. So when Anomalies & Curiosities came out, I just knew I had to read it. First, I knew some of the authors from a previous Quill & Crow anthology (poetry this time); second, horror short stories with anatomy and medicine as a theme? I was sold. And was I beyond ecstatic when the publishing house reached out to ask me to review it? Yes, yes and yes.
It took me a little while to organize my thoughts about Bison, a book I picked from Edelweiss. I was expecting photography with some info, and I got the reverse, a ton of info with some pictures. Chase and Audrey said, surprise! 😀
The concept behind BB is awesome. Exploring abandoned places, documenting their history, the state of disrepair they’re in while trying to capture a glimpse of their old splendor? It pushes all my buttons. In a good way.
The last time I read a horror book I was a 16 years old wandering alone in Barcelona. I carried three things back home from that vacation: a beautiful dog who's been the love of my life for a very long time, an insane passion for anything created by Gaudí, and the idea that I would never read another horror story ever again. Fast-forward to 20 years later, I'm on Twitter and everyone is raging about how good Ghost River is, and I can't help but be curious about it.
The main theme is nature, the backdrop is (for the most part) the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, but there are various pictures taken elsewhere in the world. Iceland, Italian Dolomites, Scotland, Croatia - they all merge in a beautiful way. I checked the actual locations after I was done reading, that’s how I know; without it, I could have sworn they all came from the same park. The word ‘seamless’ was invented for TJB.
I believe in happy endings, I do. Even when things get dire, there's the incurably optimistic part of me that trusts it's all for the best. Call it wishful thinking, call it magical thinking, but I need to believe everything will be okay in the end. This might explain my love for romance novels: happy … Continue reading Men Are Frogs – Saranna DeWylde
Jamie, your prose and pacing are impeccable. Not a misplaced comma, a wrong word, info are doled out in precise, even amounts. Technically speaking, RH is perfect. It’s a relief for weary eyes ❤
When Alexander contacted me and asked me to review River Queens, my first reaction was ‘Uh. But I don’t know anything about boats!’. No, that’s a lie. My first reaction was ‘Yay, new book!’, the blink-blink omg how am I supposed to review this one when I know, like, zilch about boats? came next. 320 pages and some time later, I’m glad I didn’t let that detail put a damper on my enthusiasm. RQ is a pretty cool memoir 😀