No full reviews, because I just haven’t had time. But here are a few quick plugs for neat books.
The Devil You Know is the second book in Kit Rocha’s “Mercenary Librarians” series. It’s post-apocalyptic super-soldier librarians and their allies, with plenty of action and a great dollop of romance and explicit sex. It’s funny, whimsical, dark, optimistic, creative, terrifying, and uplifting. This is a definite 5 out of 5. Can’t wait for book three!
The anthology Giving the Devil His Due: Special Edition is a collection of stories about revenge against those who abuse women. Very narrow focus, but if you’re in the mood for it, it’s great. Just note that of course there’s depiction of abuse. I give this one a 4 out of 5. (IMO most anthologies end up with a 4/5 because not every story is likely to appeal to any given reader.)
Stephen Graham Jones’s My Heart Is a Chainsaw is over-the-top in a surprisingly affecting way. Jade is obsessed with horror tropes, and becomes convinced a “final girl” has come to town and a slasher plot is about to take off. She may well be my favorite main character ever. An easy 5 out of 5.
Luke Walker’s The Nameless is a great conclusion to his wild horror series in which the Old Gods come to Earth… and then we see what happens next! I really enjoyed this unusual tale; it’s probably a 4.5 out of 5.
I highly recommend all four of these books–definitely check them out!