The Witch’s Boy

After breaking from my fantasy funk with The Girl Who Drank the Moon, I jumped immediately into a book published earlier by the same author: The Witch’s Boy. I think if I had read this one first, I would have had a higher opinion of it.  It’s not as polished, surreal, and beautiful as The…

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

This book.  You guys… this book.  This brilliant, beautiful, delightful, heart-breaking, gloriously wonderful book! That’s me now.  Two days ago, I’d never heard of the author prior to reading this selection, and at a glance I thought, “Eh, I’ll try it – but it sounds awfully kiddy to me.” Not that there’s anything wrong with…

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2)

I wavered here.  I loved The Fifth Season, but this installment was paced quite differently: the story moved quickly, but it didn’t have the same frantic, desperate scramble as its predecessor, and, in the end, our primary protagonist from Book 1 seemed to have come to a halt while the tale, her tale, flowed rapidly…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8)

I love Harry Potter.  I mean… all things – all things – Harry Potter.  I love ’em.  I wanted to go to Hogwarts… Okay, who am I kidding, I want to go to Hogwarts (though now I’m afraid I’m more along the lines of teaching a class than taking one – sign me up for…

The Swallow’s Tower (The Witcher #4)

If you’re unfamiliar with the Witcher series of books (I’m assuming most people are now at least passingly familiar with the highly successful series of video games), then there are two things you need to be aware of before you dive in headfirst:  (a) the books spawned the video games, the latter of which take…

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1)

As a huge fan of N.K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy, I had massively high hopes for her new series, The Broken Earth… and unlike previous moments of excitedly high expectations that set the bar impossibly high for following novels, Jemisin in no way disappointed or fell short. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Author:…

Arkham Horror

Are you feeling good about yourself?  Do you think you’re on top of the world?  Is everything coming up roses?  Are you pissing off everyone around you with your happy go-lucky attitude and optimistic outlook on life? Then Arkham Horror is for you!  Because nothing takes the wind out of over-puffed sails like spending four…

A Touch of Evil

Neither myself nor the Bruddha had ever played this particular game before, though he is a fan of Fortune & Glory, a Flying Frog game which I have not yet had the pleasure of trying out.  The Manimal was a bit leery, as he felt the packaging and the inclusion of a CD to add…

City of Blades (Divine Cities #2)

I read City of Stairs last year and was absolutely blown away by the story, character development, complex world-building, and underlying theme – not to mention the author’s writing style.  When the sequel, City of Blades, was announced, you’d better believe I was all over it. City of Blades (Divine Cities #2) Author: Robert Jackson…

Knock-Knock

I actually feel guilty giving this one this sort of score, since it’s (a) an indie game that was funded on Kickstarter and (b) this is the first less-than-good score I’ve dished out for a game.  It’s not a horrible game. In fact, it’s quite visually engaging… I guess that’s my problem with it, in…

Sirena

The legend of Sirena as told by Daddoo: “Back when the Spanish were still all over the island, there was a girl who lived near where the Hagåtña River meets the ocean.  This girl loved the water more than anything else, more than food, more than her family, more than anything, and she would swim…

The Multiplication Situation

I am surrounded by babies.  I’m at the age now where every time I turn around, a friend of mine seems to have popped out a kid.  And that’s fine for them, but now that they all have children – with the last hold-out being the Manimal’s besty who now has a little girl of…