Review – Blood and Bone

Blood and Bone (Malazan Empire #5)Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont
Synopsis from GoodReads:
In the western sky the bright emerald banner of the Visitor descends like a portent of annihilation. On the continent of Jacuruku, the Thaumaturgs have mounted yet another expedition to tame the neighboring wild jungle. Yet this is no normal wilderness. It is called Himatan, and it is said to be half of the spirit-realm and half of the earth. And it is said to be ruled by a powerful entity whom some name the Queen of Witches, and some a goddess: the ancient Ardata. Saeng grew up knowing only the rule of the magus Thaumaturgs — but it was the voices out of that land’s forgotten past that she listened to. And when her rulers mount an invasion of the neighboring jungle, those voices send her and her brother on a desperate mission.

To the south, the desert tribes are united by the arrival of a foreign warleader, a veteran commander in battered ashen mail whom his men call, the Grey Ghost. This warleader takes the tribes on a raid like none other, deep into the heart of Thaumaturg lands. While word comes to K’azz, and mercenary company the Crimson Guard, of a contract in Jacuruku. And their employer… none other than Ardata herself.

Continue reading

WWW Wednesday – 6/21

Haha. Hi. It’s been a while.  My life has been rough which is no excuse.  Hopefully I won’t fall off the face of the planet again.  And with that out of the way…

IMG_1384-0

It’s WWW Wednesday, a weekly reading meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.  To participate, answer the three w’s and link up with Sam’s masterpost.  No blog?  Leave your answers in the comments section.

The three w’s are:
What are you currently reading?
What have you recently finished?
What will you read next?

Continue reading

Review – Fuddy Meers

Fuddy MeersFuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Claire has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate. Her chipper husband comes in with a cup of coffee, explains her condition, hands her a book filled with all sorts of essential information, and he disappears into the shower. A limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask, pops out from under her bed and claims to be her brother, there to save her. Claire’s info book is quickly discarded, and she’s hustled off to the country-house of her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish. Claire’s journey gets even more complicated when a dimwitted thug with a foul-mouthed hand puppet pops up at a window, and her driven husband and perpetually stoned son show up with a claustrophobic lady-cop that they’ve kidnapped. Every twist and turn in this funhouse plot bring Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she’d forgotten. It’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life. This poignant and brutal new comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters.

Continue reading

Review – Fuddy Meers, a play

ET

Yes, yes, I know: this is a book blog.  But every so often, books and theater overlap.  Namely when a script becomes a stage production.

Now, I read a lot of scripts for my theatrical work and a lot of them I don’t feel comfortable reviewing for a lot of reasons (listed over at my book review for Fuddy Meers).  But I had nothing to do with this stage production and I was able to get my hands on a script.  So, I’ve decided to do a review of the production I saw, quite as if I’m reviewing the movie form of a book.

This probably won’t happen too often as usually I only get to read a script if I’m also working on a show, and I don’t feel it’s fair to post a review of that.  But, again, I didn’t have anything to do with this production, so no guilt.

For those of you in southeast Michigan, you too can see this awesome production at Monster Box Theatre in Waterford (click the link for tickets and info).

Production review under the cut.

Continue reading

Review – Neverwhere

NeverwhereNeverwhere (Author’s Preferred Edition) by Neil Gaiman
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

Continue reading

Review – Six Wakes

Six WakesSix Wakes by Mur Lafferty
Synopsis from GoodReads:
A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer — before they kill again.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.
Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently…

Continue reading