Monthly Archives March 2020

Bingo Mini-Reviews: Row 4!

Without further fuss, here’s the fourth row of Bingo mini reviews! You can read my reviews for row 1 here, row 2 here, and row 3 here.

Any r/fantasy Book Club Book of the Month or Read-Along

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw

Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing, #1)

Hard Mode: Unfortunately no; I was unable to participate in the discussion this time

I originally read Strange Practice for the Vampires square, but I decided to use it for this one instead. Strange Practice stars Greta Helsing, a medical doctor in London who has an unusual discipline: healing the city’s undead. But when a mysterious cult starts causing mayhem, Greta gets pulled into an conspiracy that may be over her head. This book had a gothy sort of feeling without being truly scary, and I loved the mythology around the undead and the demons and the evil cultists...

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Book Bingo Mini-Reviews: Row 3

Welcome to the third row of Bingo wrap up! You can read my mini-reviews for the first row here and the second row here.

Second Chance

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

Hard Mode: n/a (no hard mode for this square)

It’s kind of embarrassing to admit I’d never read LOTR all the way through before now. Of course I liked the movies in high school, but who didn’t? The Hobbit was one of my favorite books in college. In grad school, I even went so far as to read the Silmarillion and enjoyed it. I probably have read Fellowship of the Ring a half a dozen times over the years, but every time I try to read the rest of the books, I end up putting it down somewhere in the middle of the Two Towers. I felt like a sham, a fake, a poser. But no longer...

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Book Bingo Mini-Reviews: Row 2

Hello again! Returning today with mini reviews of the second row of my r/fantasy book bingo card. For those just joining in, you can read my mini-reviews of the first row here.

Novel Featuring Vampires

Fat Vampire by Johnny B Truant

Fat Vampire (Fat Vampire, #1)

Hard Mode: Yes. The main character is a vampire. A fat one, even.

I’m not saying I picked this one up entirely because of the title, but yes, okay, I picked this one up entirely because of the title...

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Book Bingo Mini-Reviews: Row 1

r/fantasy book bingo is almost over for the year, so I thought it would be fun to do a quick recap of all the books I read for the card since last April. This year’s bingo introduced me to a lot of really great books I might not have read otherwise. To prevent overwhelming you all with a tl;dr of mini-reviews, I’ll be posting these one Bingo Row at a time, probably about once a day or every couple days as time allows.

Small-Scale/Slice of Life Fantasy

The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

The Infinite Noise (The Bright Sessions #1)

Hard mode: yes, this book is not, in fact, Record of a Spaceborn Few

Anyone who knows me knows that a book featuring a jock/nerd romance is an instant buy for me, especially if they are queer. I was therefore extremely excited to read this book...

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