Review: Queen Of The Slayers By Nancy Holder


SUNNYDALE WAS ONLY THE WARM-UP…

NO VACATION. NO BENEFITS. AND THE ONLY RETIREMENT IS AN EARLY DEATH. THIS BOOK SHOULD LIKEWISE BE PUT OUT OF ITS MISERY.

 

Book CoverQueen Of The Slayers
(Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

Nancy Holder

Genre: Media Tie-in, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: Paperback, 392 Pages
Date: 30th June 2014 (First Published 2009)

ISBN-10: 1500369489
ISBN-13: 978-1500369484

 
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It has been mentioned in a previous book review that media tie-in novels have a poor reputation, and that this negative perception is well earned. There’s no need to repeat, here, the various reasons for this; it is enough to state that everything wrong with media tie-in novels is present in Queen Of The Slayers―a hopelessly irredeemable Buffy The Vampire Slayer novel. As a result, this review will likely be very short given that this book has practically nothing going for it.

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Review: Club Dead By Charlaine Harris


SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLUBBED TO DEATH

A BOOK EVERY BIT AS VAPID AND VACUOUS AS ITS SIMPLE-MINDED PROTAGONIST

 

Book CoverClub Dead
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 3)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 0575117044
ISBN-13: 978-0575117044

 
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From the outset, Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries has been a series that is best approached as a guilty pleasure of the “so bad it’s good” variety; for most readers this is the only hope of getting any enjoyment from reading the books. But even the adoption of this mindset is not enough to make book three, Club Dead, anything other than an awful read.

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Quote: Guilty Pleasures, “Graves Are For The Living…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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Graves are for the living, not the dead. It gives us something to concentrate on instead of the fact that our loved one is rotting under the ground.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Guilty Pleasures

 
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Review: God’s War By Kameron Hurley


A NEW BREED OF (ANTI) HEROINE HAS ARRIVED

ASS-KICKING, HEAD CHOPPING WOMAN RE-WRITES THE CONVENTIONS OF A GENRE AS SHE UNDERTAKES A MISSION SHE CAN’T REFUSE

 

Book CoverGod’s War
(Bel Dame Apocrypha, Book 1)

Kameron Hurley

Genre: Science Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: Paperback, 432 Pages
Date: 16th January 2014 (First Published 2010)

ISBN-10: 0091952786
ISBN-13: 978-0091952785

 
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Part science fiction, part urban fantasy, God’s War is a rather difficult novel to nail down, due in no small part to its inherent contradictions. For example, certain facets of the book are incredibly original and unique, yet the plot progresses in a very predictable manner; there is little, if anything, within the run-of-the-mill narrative that will take you by surprise. Also, several interesting characters are introduced throughout the story, yet interesting never translates into memorable; you’ll have a hard time remembering any names once you’ve finished reading the book. It is a novel that is rather good at setting up expectations, but not so good at meeting them.

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Review: Bitten By Kelley Armstrong


IT TOOK A SECOND TO CHANGE ELENA’S LIFE…

FEW READERS WILL ESCAPE THE SENSE OF DEJA VU. YES, YOU’VE READ THIS STORY NUMEROUS TIMES BEFORE

 

Book CoverBitten
(The Women Of The Otherworld, Book 1)

Kelley Armstrong

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 464 Pages
Date: 6th May 2010 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 1841499188
ISBN-13: 978-1841499185

 
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When Kelley Armstrong’s debut novel, Bitten, was first published in 2001 the urban fantasy genre was still very much in its infancy, hence the book didn’t need to do much to stand out; Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series was more or less the only high profile competition. As the market was not yet as saturated as it is today the tropes that readers now come to expect of the genre had not been established. One obvious benefit of this circumstance is that readers at the time would more than likely not have viewed the story as lacking in originality. Sixteen years later, however, anyone reading the book for the first won’t be able to escape the feeling they’ve read it all before.

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In Coming: Brand New Releases For March (2016)


WHAT’S ON THIS MONTHS RELEASE SCHEDULE?

Take a gander at some of the most noteworthy book releases for the third month of 2016.

 

This month there are over thirty new titles vying for the attention of genre fans. These include a few first instalments of new book series as well as a several sequels to ongoing series. Which of these offerings will succeed in persuading you to add them to your reading lists this March?

Note:
Based primarily on UK publication dates.

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Quote: Full Moon Rising, “…Not A Snowflake’s Chance In Hell.”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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If I had a talent I could claim, it would be as a finder of trouble. Which is undoubtedly what I’d find by sticking my nose where it had no right to be. But would I let a thought of trouble stop me? Not a snowflake’s chance in hell.

Keri Arthur
Full Moon Rising

 
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Review: Gameboard Of The Gods By Richelle Mead


GODS WALK AMONG US, WE ARE THEIR PAWNS

BEHIND A SERIES OF RITUALISTIC MURDERS LIES A HIDDEN REALITY A KICK-ASS HEROINE ISN’T READY TO BELIEVE

 

Book CoverGameboard Of The Gods
(Age Of X, Book 1)

Richelle Mead

Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Penguin
Format: Paperback, 464 Pages
Date: 6th June 2013

ISBN-10: 140591355X
ISBN-13: 978-1405913553

 
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For almost a decade author Richelle Mead has been one of the most popular voices of the urban fantasy scene; writing a number of successful books in more than one series, for both the young adult audience as wells as adult readers. With the very noticeable shift towards dystopian stories in the mass market publishing sphere, kick-started by the success and popularity of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, it was perhaps inevitable that Mead would follow the trend and throw her hat into the dystopia ring.

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In Coming: Brand New Releases For January (2016)


WHAT’S ON THIS MONTHS RELEASE SCHEDULE?

A new year is upon us. Take a gander at some of the most noteworthy major book releases for the first month of 2016.

 

This month there are almost thirty new titles vying for the attention of genre fans. These include several first instalments of new book series as well as a few sequels to ongoing series. As many of the bigger, established names of fantasy and science fiction won’t be releasing new books till much later in the year, it gives mid-tier and up and coming writers an opportunity grab the limelight. So who will succeed in getting their books onto your reading lists this January?

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Based on UK publication dates.

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Review: Living Dead In Dallas By Charlaine Harris


IT’S JUST HER MIND THEY WANT TO USE. HONEST!

THWARTING HATE GROUPS AND SOLVING MURDERS IS ALL IN A COUPLE OF DAYS WORK FOR ACCIDENTAL SLEUTH, SOOKIE STACKHOUSE

 

Book CoverLiving Dead In Dallas
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 2)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2001)

ISBN-10: 0575117036
ISBN-13: 978-0575117037

 
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While a part of me would ideally love for every book I read to be an unforgettable, life defining masterpiece, I realise that this is not a realistic expectation. There are times when I simply have to let myself enjoy a book for what it is. Reading a Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris is always one of those occasions. Living Dead In Dallas, the second instalment of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, much like its predecessor, Dead Until Dark, is at best a disposable guilty pleasure. Much, if not all, of the enjoyment to be derived from it is the result of how eye-rollingly cringe-worthy, and hilariously funny the story is. Whether or not that is by design is hard to tell. But I’ll give the author the benefit of the doubt.

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