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Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw features Dr. Greta Helsing, a descendent of monster hunters. Instead of hunting monsters she now practices medicine for monsters. The nature of her practice, based in modern-day London, must remain secret so her patients can remain safe. That balance is threatened when a group of monks starts targeting supernatural creatures, as well as the good doctor herself. It’s up to Greta and her friends to stop the group before London falls to its knees.

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Posted by on September 12, 2017 in Author: Vivian Shaw, Fantasy


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Reaper by Katrina Monroe


REAPER is Katrina Monroe’s debut novel from Melange Books. I reviewed an advanced digital book.

This fast-paced urban fantasy follows Oz, a recently-deceased writer who serves in the Department of Creative Death and Ironic Punishment writing deaths for others. He counts his days on a seemingly endless kitten calendar until one day, he’s freed from his desk. Well, sort of. Oz is being sent on a new mission on Earth. His job is to accompany and learn from Bard, a Reaper, as he bears away souls of the newly dead. Sounds easy enough.

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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Author: Katrina Monroe, Fantasy


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The Gates by John Connolly

The Gates is suspense writer John Connolly’s first foray into young adult fiction writing. While his previous entry The Book of Lost Things featured a young adult, that book’s overall tone is far too dark for the category. The Gates, on the other hand, is an effervescent romp that combines science, religion, urban fantasy, and a generous helping of humor. It reminds me of Good Omens (by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman), without the heavy satire. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Author: John Connolly, Fantasy, Young Adult


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From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

From Dead to Worse takes place a short time after All Together Dead. Sookie and the vampire community are dealing with the fallout from the Pyramid of Gizeh bombing. In its wake, Quinn is missing, and more than one more is out to kill Sookie.

The opening chapters finds Sookie as an impromptu bride’s maid, but the main purpose of this sequence is to position Bill as trying to win back Sookie’s hand, introduce Niall Brigand (Sookie’s great-grandfather), and set up the Las Vegas vampire king’s coup in the wake of the Gizeh tragedy.

As I sit here writing this review, I ask myself “did I actually read this?” Everything seems to blur together in a plotty hodgepodge and I find myself unable to care about what did or did not happen in this book. I long for the days of Dead Until Dark, and I am unlikely to read anymore Sookie novels. They’ve become too bloated and soapy, with meandering plots and too many long-lost relatives. True Blood, on the other hand, I’ll continue to watch, until it becomes equally nonsensical.


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True Blood Blog-Along: Season 3, Episode 12: Evil Is Going On

We’re at the end of our summer blog-along series with True Blood. The season finale starts at 9. We’ve got our hankies and our stakes ready. Who will survive and who will perish?

Two weeks ago: Eric hatches a plan to defeat Russell, Sookie is horrible at reading Bill’s eye-blinks, Lafayette has a fright, Arlene communes with nature, Hoyt and Jessica get back together, and so do Tara and Sam. All the dominoes are in place. Read the rest of this entry »


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True Blood Blog-Along: Season 3, Episode 11: Fresh Blood

Last week: Sookeh learns she is a faerie and therefore has delicious blood, Eric continues to play all sides, Crystal reveals her true self, Sam muses on his own dark past, and Tara is (probably) out for blood.

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True Blood Blog-Along: Season 3, Episode 10: I Smell A Rat

Last week: Russell shakes up the newsdesk, Eric plots revenge, Sookie gets close to finding out who (and what) she is, Jason stakes a vamp, and Lafayette and Jesus canoodle.

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