Early August Reviews (2023)


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News and Events

We're back! Taking July off from posting reviews let me reassess the schedule now that I've gotten through the backlog of reviews I generated in 2022. The new plan is to post two main reviews a week (on Sundays and Wednesdays), with occasional Friday posts for DNFs, blog posts, etc.

Recent Reviews

IF I SEE YOU AGAIN TOMORROW by Robbie Couch is Speculative Fiction, with queer character(s), marketed as Young Adult. Clark has relived the same Monday 309 times, then on day 310 something completely unexpected happens. Told in First Person with Single POV.0

IN WHICH A DEMON KING DOES NOT HAVE A ROMANTIC INTEREST IN HIS HUMAN GARDENER by Aurora Lee Thornton, book 1 of Demon King is Fantasy/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. The demon king finds a human who has secretly been taking care of the garden and gets him set up officially, all while explaining to the curious nobles that he is not romantically interested in the human. Told in Third Person with Dual POVs.

IN WHICH A DEMON KING HAS A REALIZATION AND ATTEMPTS TO COURT HIS HUMAN GARDENER by Aurora Lee Thornton, book 2 of Demon King is Fantasy/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. The demon king realizes he does have a crush on the human gardener and looks into courting rituals. Told in Third Person with Dual POVs.

COULROTOPIA by Matt Doyle is Horror, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. A robot clown circus turns horrific when a programming error makes them try to murder everyone. Told in Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

Reviews forthcoming for SURREALITY by Matt Doyle and SLEEP NO MORE by Seanan McGuire.


I had a few books I quit early on:

  • SING ME TO SLEEP by Gabi Burton

  • THE HOB'S BARGAIN by Patricia Briggs

  • A BROKEN BLADE by Melissa Blair

  • THE IMMEASURABLE DEPTH OF YOU by Maria Ingrande Mora

I wrote a formal DNF review for FORGED BY BLOOD by Ehigbor Okosun.

No Review (Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, etc.)

I read THE BLACK COUNT by Tom Reiss, a biography of the father of Alexandre Dumas (the novelist)... Alexandre Dumas (the general). Not to be confused with the son/grandson, Alexandre Dumas (the playright).

Rereads and Older Reviews

I'm re-reading the Murderbot series in preparation for the newest book, coming out later this year.

Current Reads

I'm currently reading two different books by Martha Wells, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION from the Murderbot series, and her new stand-alone fantasy book, WITCH KING. I'm also reading ARCs of THE TAINTED CUP by Robert Jackson Bennett, THE SPIRIT BEARS ITS TEETH by Andrew Joseph White, and WAKE THE DEAD by Sophie Whittemore (this one is published already, I was just slow to get to it).

I'm also paused a little ways into JADE LEGACY by Fonda Lee. I'm having trouble because of how realistically the traumatic brain injury is portrayed, since I previously had one it's difficult for me.

In Case You Missed It

This time last year I read THE INTUITIONIST by Colson Whitehead, a mystery involving an elevator inspector.

Pluggables and Podcast News

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The 2023 prompts are now available from the annual reading challenge! It runs from January 1st to December 31st this year. Find info and links here.

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