Mid March Reviews (2024)


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My goal of reading more indie books is going very well, and the corresponding reviews are starting to come out. I highly recommend Indie Story Geek if you're trying to read more indie books and don't know where to start.

News and Events

I track upcoming book releases by authors we've previously covered on a shareable google calendar.

Notable March Releases:

  • Aftermarket Afterlife by Seanan McGuire

  • Saint, Sorrow, Sinner by Freydís Moon

  • The Poisons We Drink by Bethany Baptiste

  • These Fragile Graces, This Fugitive Heart by Izzy Wasserstein

  • Those Beyond the Wall by Micaiah Johnson

  • The Woods All Black by Lee Mandelo

  • Icarus by K. Ancrum

Signal Boost

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Recent Reviews

A CASE OF MADNESS by Yvonne Knop is Mystery/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Andrew is a Sherlock Holmes scholar who begins hallucinating Holmes after losing his job. Told in First Person with Single POV.

AFTERMARKET AFTERLIFE by Seanan McGuire, book 13 of Incryptid is Fantasy, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Mary Dunlavy has been a babysiting ghost since she died as a teenager. With the crossroads removed and Alice returning with Thomas, things are about to change. Told in First Person with Single POV.

THESE FRAGILE GRACES, THIS FUGITIVE HEART by Izzy Wasserstein is Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Thriller, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Dora returns to her former commune when her ex-girlfriend is murdered, but things get complicated when a pre-transition clone shows up. Told in First Person with Single POV.

KNIGHT OF FLAMES by A.K. Faulkner, book 2 of Inheritance is Fantasy/Romance, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. Quentin and Laurence go up against a psychic who can control people with his voice. Told in Third Person with Dual POVs.

THE BEAST OF LOUGHBY ISLAND by Matt Doyle is Horror, with queer character(s), marketed as Adult. A werewolf-like creature stalks the residents of a small island as they try to figure out what's killing them in the night. Told in Third Person with Ensemble POVs.

ANCILLARY MERCY by Ann Leckie, book 3 of Imperial Radch is Sci-Fi marketed as Adult. Breq returns to the Station to try and fix things. Told in First Person with Single POV.

Reviews forthcoming for THOSE BEYOND THE WALL by Micaiah Johnson and SOULTAMING THE SERPENT by Tar Atore.


I tried several things outside of my comfort zone and some of them didn't work for me.


  • SALT KISS by Sierra Simone

  • THE WAY OF UNITY by Sarah K. Balstrup

  • THE BRIAR CROWN by Helen Rygh-Pedersen

  • VEIL US IN GOLD by Shepard DiStasio

Rereads and Older Reviews

Despite only originally reading them earlier this year and not yet having all the reviews published, the Inheritance series by A.K. Faulkner is so good that I'm now just one book shy of a complete re-read.

Current Reads

I'm in the middle of re-reading RUNES OF FALL by A.K. Faulkner. I'm also partway through a few new books, A CROWN SO CURSED by L.L. McKinney, THE WINGS OF ASHTAROTH by Steve Hugh Westenra, and MOONSTORM by Yoon Ha Lee.

In Case You Missed It

This time last year I read DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS by Sue Lynn Tan, the start of the very excellent Celestial Kingdom Duology.

Pluggables and Podcast News

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Speaking of Bookshop, I've put together top picks lists for 2021 onwards. Books are included based on the year they were published, so occasionally older lists might get new titles. To be in the Top Picks list a book needs to get a five-star rating from me, and be published in the year of the list. You can find the 2024 list here.

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