Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Prince” – Book Review

After I read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (who also penned the Mortal Instruments books), I knew I had to continue the journey. I just had to find out more about Tessa and her mysterious ability to change into anyone, living or dead, just by holding something he or she owned. And what was the origin of […]

Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Angel” Review

If you are familiar with the author Cassandra Clare, it probably isn’t because of Clockwork Angel or the rest of the Infernal Devices trilogy. She is best known in literary circles as the author of the hit YA series, Mortal Instruments. The first book, City of Bones, was made into a movie called Mortal Instruments: […]

The Iron Jackal – Book Review

This tale is all about the good ship Ketty Jay and its captain, Frey, but the story is told through the eyes of the entire crew as they take turns enriching the story with their insights and foibles. It all starts when this rag-tag band is enlisted by Frey’s “its complicated,” Trinica the pirate queen, to […]

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack – Book Review

The year is 1861, but the world is filled with things that should not yet have come to pass. Flying armchairs (called rotochairs) help the populace get around and the postal system is composed of foul-mouthed parakeets that have been genetically designed to deliver messages. Queen Victoria was a but a brief blip on the […]

Monique Martin’s “Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery”

“Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery” is, as the title implies, a time travel story of intrigue.  It is also a romance involving Professor of the Occult, Simon Cross, and his lovely assistant Elizabeth.  While being wise in dark mysteries of the occult, Professor Cross is a rather inept student of the art of […]

“The Other Log of Phileas Fogg” – Book Review

I expected this story to be written like a series of journal entries, but rather it is through the lens of an “expert” interpreting a secret journal and often “correcting” Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days as much as adding missing pieces. But, one thing Farmer does do is give Fogg his missing back-story. According […]

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