Music of Sacred Lakes

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"Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings In the ruins of her ice water mansion". -Gordon Lightfoot, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

“Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the ruins of her ice water mansion,
Old Michigan steams like a young man’s dreams,
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.”
-Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”

While Laura K. Cowan’s Music of Sacred Lakes doesn’t actually make mention of Lightfoot’s iconic song, I think that it is a fitting introduction to her novel, not only because it is literally music of the lake, but because like Music of Sacred Lakes, the song is lyrical with just a touch of the Gothic. Continue reading

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YA, Take Two: Or, Feminist Griping

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Apocalypse

This cover makes me want to scale buildings and jump into hay bales…

Undeterred by last week’s foray into YA fiction, I chose to review Apocalypse, the first novel in Kyle West’s Wasteland Chronicles.  Set in the Nevada Desert in 2060, this series follows a premise similar to that of the Fallout franchise, with the last remnants of humanity pocketed away into underground vaults bunkers or living as scavengers in small towns.  Lest you think that the Wasteland Chronicles are a rip off of Fallout, I will remind you that Fallout is inspired by the earlier Wasteland games.  Whether West chose this title in homage or not, I can not say, but rest assured this book is not some half-hearted attempt at copyright infringement, and the dangers Alex faces are far more brutal than radiation. Continue reading

Less Romance, More Sci-Fi, Please.

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As you might have guessed by the cover, things haven't been going particularly well for Kaitlyn lately...

As you might have guessed by the cover, things haven’t been going particularly well for Kaitlyn lately…

This week’s self-pub novel is a YA sci-fi romance, featuring a young android with “feelings”.  Written by globe-trotting author Julia Crane, Freak of Nature is a bit light on the sci-fi elements for my tastes, but should appeal to teens looking to read a romance rather than a piece of hardcore science fiction. Continue reading

An American Abroad

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I definitely judged this book by its beautiful cover.

I definitely judged this book by its beautiful cover.

Kay Bratt’s Red Skies is a difficult book to review; while I enjoyed the story, I felt that was constantly running up against Bratt’s writing style. My first thought was that Bratt had forgone a necessary step in the editing process, but this novel does have a copy editor credited. Maybe I harbour some hidden resentment towards Bratt for misidentifying Anne of Green Gables American?  In any case, this is a literary fiction piece that comes close, but doesn’t quite hit its mark. Continue reading

Myth Tracking With Loki

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Yes, those are dinosaurs.  Yes, they do feature in the novel.

Yes, those are dinosaurs. Yes, they do feature in the novel.

This week I decided to go with something more akin to my usual reading preferences and picked up C. Gockel’s Wolves, the first novel in a series entitled I Bring the Fire.  The novel follows the Norse God of Mischief as he attempts to be reunited with his sons, Valli and Nari.  As the first book in a five part series, Wolves does an excellent job of setting up both the characters’ back story (which unsurprisingly draws on a series of different myths) and the general feel of the different realms. Continue reading

In Which Anne Discovers She may be a Harsher Reviewer Than She Assumed…

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The undead wear Prada.

The undead wear Prada.

It was my intention to start things off with a nice, light hearted self-pub book with a nice, light hearted review.  To this end, I selected something that was highly rated on Amazon and Goodreads: Fashionably Dead, a supernatural romance with several sequels, all of which were supposedly original and witty.  Now, perhaps my mistake was choosing a book outside of my go-to genres.  I’ve read supernatural romance in the past, but it’s hardly my genre of choice.  Regardless, I’d been reading a lot of fantasy, sci-fi, and classics lately and thought a little romance might be an amusing segue. Continue reading