Knight’s Curse, by Karen Duvall

From the back cover: Orphan. Crusader. Angel. Thief. A skilled knife fighter since the age of nine, Chalice knows what it’s like to live life on the edge—precariously balanced between the dark and the light. But the time has come to choose. The evil sorcerer who kidnapped her over a decade ago requires her superhuman […]

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Bloodlands, by Christine Cody

My husband won this for me in a drawing at the Ace/Roc presentation at Renovation (World SF Convention in Reno). The front tagline: They called it the New Badlands—Until the vampire came… That was interesting, until I turned it over and read the top blurb. “A great, edgy, fresh twist on paranormal romance. Brilliant!” by […]

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Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia

When I returned from my palate-cleansing reading jag, this book was on the top of my SF/F reading pile. I’d ordered this book after reading an interview with Larry Correia, and his description of having an average accountant as his protagonist intrigued me. Funny—if I’d picked this book from the shelf, I probably wouldn’t have […]

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Retribution and Chosen, by Jeanne Stein

I just finished Retribution (#5) and Chosen (#6) in the Anna Strong Vampire Novels by Jeanne Stein. I admit I haven’t had time to read The Watcher (#3) and Legacy (#4), but one of my hobbies is to skip parts of series anyway. This helps me see whether a writer provides enough backstory and drops […]

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The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, by Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo is a fairly new Colorado author. I think it was the 2006 Pikes Peak Writers (PPW) conference where Editor Diana Gill said the opening lines of his book were so great that she had to read it and eventually make an offer to a first-time novelist: “I don’t like what Operation Iraqi Freedom […]

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Storm Front & Proven Guilty, by Jim Butcher

With the advent of SciFi channel’s “The Dresden Files,” I thought I’d get familiar with Jim Butcher’s books. I always wanted to read some of his work, since the Harry Dresden series had always looked intriguing to me. However, I was faced with a series of eight books (or nine, depending upon when White Night […]

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A Fistful of Charms, by Kim Harrison

I got a strange look from the cashier at The Tattered Cover in Denver when I bought A Fistful of Charms — probably because I’d just made a pest of myself so I could find Robert Wilson’s Hugo-award-winning Spin. The bookstore had shelved Harrison’s book under horror and they don’t expect the same readership for […]

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