Early October Reviews (2023)


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Notable OCTOBER Releases:

  • THE DEAD TAKE THE A TRAIN by Richard Kadrey and Cassandra Khaw (October 3rd)

  • LAST TO LEAVE THE ROOM by Caitlin Starling (October 10th) ARC Review

  • SOUL JAR by Annie Carl (October 17th)

  • UNDER THE SMOKESTREWN SKY by A. Deborah Baker (October 10th)

  • THE INNOCENT SLEEP by Seanan McGuire (October 24th) ARC Review

Recent Reviews

SALT MAGIC, SKIN MAGIC by Lee Welch is Fantasy/Historical/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father's estate for a year, compelled to remain in a way that feels almost like magic, something he doesn't think exists. Told in First Person with Dual POVs.

AN UNNATURAL VICE by K.J. Charles, book 2 of Sins of the Cities is Historical/Mystery/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Nathaniel is a journalist and atheist, finding himself falling for Justin, a spiritualist. Told in Third Person with Dual POVs.

TALES OF MUNDANE MAGIC, VOLUME FOUR by Shaina Krevat is Fantasy, with queer character(s), marketed as Young Adult. Bridget and Gertie have a disagreement over how they think about magic. Told in Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

AN UNSUITABLE HEIR by K.J. Charles, book 3 of Sins of the Cities is Historical/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Pen doesn't want anything to do with the fortune to which he's apparently heir. Told in Third Person with Dual POVs.

Reviews forthcoming for THE ARCHIVE UNDYING by Emma Mieko Candon and NEVER A HERO by Vanessa Len.


  • STARTER VILLAIN by Jon Scalzi has too contemporary of a setting for me, though I did enjoy the writing style.

I wrote a formal DNF review for THE TAINTED CUP by Robert Jackson Bennett (ARC).

No Review (Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, etc.)

I enjoyed THE ELEMENT OF FIRE and THE DEATH OF THE NECROMANCER (like if the crew from Leverage were trying to stop a murderous necromancer) by Martha Wells.

I also finished reading DRAGON WING by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

Current Reads

Dracula Daily is in the final stretch but it's not quite over yet!

I'm paused in three books, OCEAN'S ECHO by Everina Maxwell (re-read), FEVERED STAR by Rebecca Roanhorse, and IMMORTAL LONGINGS by Chloe Gong. I think I should only have one physical book pending at a time, since if I get too many I tend to not make progress on any of them. Ebooks and audiobooks are easier for me to juggle.

I'm also reading a nonfiction book about a UFO cult in the 1950's and what happened when the prophecy that aliens would pick them up didn't come true. It's a fascinating topic and a book that's highly recommended in this sphere. The book is WHEN PROPHECY FAILS: A SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDY OF A MODERN GROUP THAT PREDICTED THE DESCTRUCTION OF THE WORLD. In this case, "Modern" refers to the 1950's when the group's prophecy occurs and the book was published shortly thereafter.

In Case You Missed It

This time last year I read IRON AND MAGIC by Ilona Andrews, the first book of a spinoff series from the Kate Daniels books.

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