Review: “And Now For Something Completely Different” (Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story) by Jodi Taylor

and now for something completely differentI love when stories are exactly what they say on the tin, but when the St. Mary’s crew is involved, you know it’s still going to outrageous. The Christmas story for 2018 features very little Christmas and a lot of planetary-hopping shenanigans. As someone who follows the current research into getting the first human to Mars, this story made for an excellent holiday gift to myself. Continue reading

Review: “A Questionable Client” (Kate Daniels #0.5) by Ilona Andrews

questionable clientThis short story takes place prior to any of the novels in the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series. However, reading this story after reading at least the first novel, Magic Bites, works best.

“A Questionable Client” tells the story of how Kate first meets one of her informational contacts, a shape-shifter called Saiman. He’s kind of a dick, but he’s a loveable dick. It also shows the very unglamorous side of her mercenary career.

One of my favorite aspects of this entire series is the use of unfamiliar monsters from mythology. This is used to excellent effect here, especially in regards to the plot’s climax. Continue reading

Review: “Marine Biology” (San Andreas Shifters short story) by G.L. Carriger

Marine BiologyCute story that was short and sweet. I’m not a huge fan of the “insta-love” trope in romances, but you can hand-wave it away here as a werewolf mating thing. Getting some background into the characters that I adore in The Sumage Solution was nice, however.

The plot aspect of this story felt a bit rushed, but that’s the curse of the short story. The resolution was unexpected and quite humorous.

Carriger is definitely finding her stride with these characters and their voices here, but it’s still a fun read if you enjoy the main series.  Continue reading