Mythical Creatures

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones

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Right in the middle of a Miyazaki movie binge, one of my friends announced an exciting factoid: the movie we had just finished watching was originally a book. Surprised by this revelation, I asked where I could find it, to which she said, “Right here.” Like magic, she produced a tattered book with the words “Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne ... Read More »

Half-Off Ragnarok (InCryptid #3) by Seanan McGuire

When I first met Seanan McGuire at New York Comic-Con 2010, I hadn’t read any of her books. But after a conversation with her in the mad rush that is a signing line, I knew that I would enjoy her books. But I couldn’t anticipate just how much. Today, she is one of my most-favorite authors, and I blame her ... Read More »

Midnight Blue-Light Special (InCryptid #2) by Seanan McGuire

When someone asks me to recommend an urban fantasy to them, there are a couple of authors that automatically spring to mind. Seanan McGuire is one of them. For those of you who’ve been around here for awhile, it’s been pretty abundantly clear from my reviews of McGuire’s Toby Daye novels that I adore her writing. And how that particular ... Read More »

Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne by David Gaider

Dragon Age gamers and fans, like myself, were pleased to hear about the arrival of tie-in novels by Dragon Age Lead Writer David Gaider. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent just playing the Dragon Age games. The plot of the game is one of my favorite fantasies. So more Dragon Age? Yes, please! Gaider’s first novel, Dragon ... Read More »

The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Rucker Eddison

Do you miss the days when fantasy epics were like mythological stories? Are your heroes lacking a certain fanciful prose reminiscent of Charlemagne, Achilles, or Thor? Has the recent trend of non-poetic prose left you longing for the good old days? Well have no fear, for Eric Rucker Eddison’s The Worm Ouroboros is available at your nearest bookstore. Published in ... Read More »

The Rook (The Chequy Files #1) by Daniel O’Malley

Once again, I was perusing the fantasy section when, out the corner of my eye, I spotted a weird little book. On the cover I saw no swarthy ax wielding barbarians or calligraphic titles but a simple red, black, and white color scheme. The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley, written in bold, white Arial font, was the title of this oddly ... Read More »

Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles #6) by Kevin Hearne

The latest installment in Kevin Hearne’s bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles picks up where the fifth book, Trapped, left off: with Atticus, a two thousand-year-old Druid, fleeing for his life across Europe. Having pissed off both the Greek and Roman pantheons and with all of the paths off the material plane closed to them, Atticus, his trusty wolfhound, Oberon, and his ... Read More »

The Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker

From the mind of Helene Wecker comes her debut novel, The Golem and the Jinni. Set in 1899 New York City, the story follows the lives of Chava, a female golem, and Ahmad, a male Jinni, as they try to co-exist with the local immigrant communities. The story is one of self-discovery and soul-searching as these two non-humans strive to ... Read More »

The Golden City (Golden City #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney

Historical fiction has slowly been on the rise—well, within the demographics of my reading material, anyway. There’s just something about a story that integrates fantasy with the history of our world that appeals to me—when it’s done well. And J. Kathleen Cheney’s debut novel, The Golden City, does it exceptionally well. Set in Portugal at the turn of the twentieth ... Read More »

Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire

In this seventh installment of Seanan McGuire’s bestselling urban fantasy series, October “Toby” Daye is finally getting her life in gear. She’s doing her job, her squire’s training is progressing, and she has a boyfriend in the local King of Cats, Tybalt. However, it’s not all green fields and rosebuds in Toby’s life. When the local changeling population begins to ... Read More »