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Review: “Goblin Quest,” Jim C. Hines

Pros: Love the story of Jig! Cons: Beginning stumbles Rating: 4 out of 5 Goblin Quest, by Jim C. Hines (author of the awesome Princess Novels and the magnificent Magic Ex Libris series), is about a goblin named Jig. Poor

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Review: “Clean Sweep,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Creative and fascinating Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Clean Sweep, the first book in a new series, reminds me superficially of Tanya Huff’s Keeper series. Dina runs a bed and breakfast that caters to unusual

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Review: “Ch05en: Episode 1,” William Dickstein

Pros: Fun little story Cons: A bit confusing in places Rating: 3 out of 5 William Dickstein’s Ch05en: Episode 1 is about a pizza delivery guy named Frank. His father runs a pizza business, and his mother is a supervillain.

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Review: “H.G. Wells, Secret Agent,” Alex Shvartsman

Pros: Fun, silly light reading material Cons: Fairly reader-dependent Rating: 3 out of 5 In Alex Shvartsman’s H. G. Wells, Secret Agent, it’s an alternate history spy-vs-spy world, where all the truly brilliant inventors work for one government or another.

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Review: “Legs!”, Kayla Jones

Pros: Entertaining tale of the werespider Cons: A couple of things that seem unexplained Rating: 3.5 out of 5 We’ve all felt it before: that little tickle on your arm, the one that you almost scratch as an itch until

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Review: “Rarity from the Hollow,” Robert Eggleton

Pros: It’s unique! Cons: Confusion Rating: 4 out of 5 NOTE: Review book provided by publisher/author   Rarity From the Hollow, by Robert Eggleton, is a bizarre and unique tale. It involves a gigantic alien mall, telepathic roaches, a ghost

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Review: “That Risen Snow,” Rob E. Boley

Pros: Really drew me in! Cons: Mild confusions Rating: 4 out of 5   Rob Boley’s That Risen Snow: A Scary Tale of Snow White and Zombies (The Scary Tales Book 1) is a roller coaster ride of zombies, unrequited

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Review: “The Killer Wore Leather,” Laura Antoniou

Pros: So much better than the last mystery I read that tackled a sex-related subculture Cons: Too many characters to keep track of. Rating: 4.5 out of 5   First, per FCC guidelines I should note that this book was

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Review: “Crime Stories,” J.A. Konrath

Pros: Entertaining Cons: Sense of humor is a thing of individual taste Rating: 3 out of 5   J.A. Konrath’s Crime Stories is a collection of 21 stories and essays. Some are mysteries or crime stories of one type or

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Excerpt review: “The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse,” Lauren Wilson

Pros: Fun reading; great info Cons: Couldn’t review the full book for you Rating: A provisional 4 out of 5 Excerpt provided free by publisher.   The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide

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