Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2014) A man visits his childhood home after many years away. His old house is gone but the farm at the end of the road is still there along with its pond.Continue reading “Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane”

Review: Two Plays for Voices (repost from GoodReads, 2016)

Two Plays for Voices by Neil GaimanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This full cast audio CD includes 2 short stories previously published in Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions. There are some gruesome bits in both stories, but I didn’t find them gratuitous. The highlight is definitely “Murder Mysteries” which I think isContinue reading “Review: Two Plays for Voices (repost from GoodReads, 2016)”

Review: The House on the Borderland

The House on the Borderland by William Hope HodgsonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars The House on the Borderland was first published in 1908. This is my entry for the Novella category in the Back to the Classics challenge. According to GoodReads it is 156 pages, under the 250 page limit for the category. ItContinue reading “Review: The House on the Borderland”

Review: Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio HearnMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), also known as Koizumi Yakumo after gaining Japanese citizenship, was best known for his books about Japan. He was born in Greece and raised in England, and moved to Japan in 1890. Kwaidan is a bookContinue reading “Review: Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things”

Mini-reviews for comics: Monstress Vol. 3 + House of Whispers #1

I don’t think I will manage to write longer reviews for either of these, so I have decided to review them together. Both of these comics are fantasy with elements of horror. Monstress is definitely the darker of the two, but if you have read the previous volumes you already know that. Monstress Vol. 3Continue reading “Mini-reviews for comics: Monstress Vol. 3 + House of Whispers #1”

24 in 48 challenge!: Your Favorite Series post

The current challenge for the 24 in 48 readathon is to post about your favorite series. So… one of my favorite series, which I reviewed before I started a blog, is The Sandman comics series, by Neil Gaiman. It tells the story of Dream of the Endless (aka Morpheus) who rules over the realm ofContinue reading “24 in 48 challenge!: Your Favorite Series post”

Review: Her Body and Other Parties

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria MachadoMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a collection of supernatural stories about women and their bodies. My favorite was definitely The Husband Stitch, which retells the urban legend of the Green Ribbon. Podcastle did an excellent podcast version of this one:… In the beginning,Continue reading “Review: Her Body and Other Parties”

Review: Tales of Moonlight and Rain

Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Ueda AkinariMy rating: 4 of 5 stars A wonderful collection of strange and elegant stories from 18th century Japan. The title (“Ugetsu Monogatari,” or “Rain-Moon Tales”) alludes to the beig that mysterious beings appear on cloudy, rainy nights and in mornings with a lingering moon. These nine stories areContinue reading “Review: Tales of Moonlight and Rain”

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Reviews on this blog: I posted reviews for On Bullshit  and The Red Tree (also posted on GoodReads). Last week was Horror Week on the GoodReads blog, which posted this list: The 50 Most Popular Horror Novels on GoodReads (the list also includes some short story collections) I’ve read:  CoralineContinue reading “The Sunday Post”

Review: The Red Tree

The Red Tree by Caitlín R. KiernanMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve been meaning to try a book by and this was the one OverDrive had. The Red Tree is an epistolary novel about a writer with a who rents an old farmhouse near an ancient red oak tree. She ends up committing suicide,Continue reading “Review: The Red Tree”


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