by M. C. Joudrey

Excellent, occasionally lyrical prose, but the narrator does something I found difficult to deal with: he sets up far too many questions in that 31-page opener without giving the reader any answers. It became irritating and I stopped trusting the narrator/writer to close the loop on any […]



by Richard Ford Burley

Mouse is a book that is never quite what it appears to be. The novel opens on a young autistic boy, the titular Mouse, attending middle school. I tend to read books without having examined the back matter, so my first impression of the book was that […]

In Dreaming Bound

In Dreaming Bound (Palace of Dreams Book 2)

by J. Kathleen Cheney

This is a sequel to Cheney’s Dreaming Death, reviewed here, and set in the same world as the series that contains Oathbreaker, Original, and Overseer (all also reviewed by A&A). I’ve made no bones about the fact that I’m a […]

Review: The Vessel of Ra

The Vessel of Ra (Klaereon Scroll, Book 1)

by  Catherine Schaff-Stump

The book, set in the 1800s, starts with a nice young man, Carlo, a hidden descendant of the Italian renaissance’s famed evil Borgia family, rescuing Lucy Klaereon who tries to drown herself in a Venice canal rather than allow herself to […]

Review: Dreaming Death

by J. Kathleen Cheney

When I first opened up this ebook I didn’t realize that it was written in the same world as Cheney’s trilogy that started with Oathbreaker, a series that I loved. Once I realized that this was in the same world I got really excited. I loved that series. And […]

Review: Challenge Accepted

Edited by Stephanie Barr

I’m not just an editor; I’m also an author who has an invisible disability, a dyslexia when typing that is so severe that the only way I could become a writer is if I had dictation software, because something is not wired right between my brain and my fingers. […]

Review: Swords, Sorcery, & Self-Rescuing Damsels

Swords, Sorcery and Self-Rescuing Damsels

Edited by Lee French and Sarah Craft (Clockwork Dragon)

How could I resist looking at a volume with a title like this one? The collection stays pretty true to its theme, showing a range of different styles and talents.

The first story, “The Falconer’s Apprentice” by Jodi […]

Review: The Sparrow in Hiding

The Sparrow in Hiding

by J. Kathleen Cheney

This is a great little book. It says something about Cheney’s skill as a writer that I chose to something new of hers when I was very upset about something in real life, so I was looking for a […]

Review: Southern Bound

Southern Bound (Max Porter Mysteries 1)

by Stuart Jaffe


You just know it’s going to be a paranormal mystery by the fedora-wearing gumshoe/detective with the glowing eyes on the cover.

Max Porter and his wife Sandra have left a dismal economy and unemployment in Michigan for a […]

Review: Divinity & the Python

Divinity & the Python

by Bonnie Randall


Understand, Tarot is not my thing; in fact, it’s against my religion. It’s therefore astounding that I simply could not put Divinity & the Python down.

I will admit that the Tarot is a wonderful device for foreshadowing, misdirection, theme, […]