Category Archives: AU

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Timekeeper is a slow burn story set in an intriguing alternative universe world. Author Sim explores some interesting concepts but the book is somewhat let down by an underwritten romance and lack of impetus. But there is a nice mystery … Continue reading

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Wynonna Earp Volume 1 by Beau Smith

Enjoyment of this graphic novel will likely come down to whether or not you’ve watched the sci fi television series upon which this is based. If you have, you’re invested in the characters and so the extra stories are mindless … Continue reading

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The Timeseer’s Gambit by Kate McIntyre

With The Timeseer’s Gambit, McIntyre delves further into her distinct characters and their unique world. While we learn more about Chris, Olivia, and especially the dark truths about the spiritbinders, there is also another series of murders to solve in … Continue reading

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The Interminables by Paige Orwin

This book is a textbook case of how a cover can be completely misleading. What looks like a quirky, children’s type of tale is actually a dark, depressive, but beautifully imagined urban fantasy/alternate universe. Our protagonists are battle weary, suffering … Continue reading

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Zero World by Jason M. Hough

What you’ll find in a Hough book is a sprawling, sometimes meandering, tour de force of action, everyman characters, and very big ideas. While sometimes it works better than other times, it is always an entertaining ride. With Zero World, … Continue reading

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Lumiere by Jacqueline E Garlick

Lumiere is a book of contradictions: at once both wonderfully imagined but also frustratingly cliched, with very unique characters who unfortunately act like romance novel stereotypes. In the end, what we have is a book that is all surface gloss: … Continue reading

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My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi

My Hero Academia is a title aimed squarely at tweens in Japan (e.g., Yigi Oh, Pokemon, Dragonball Z, etc.). The art and dialogue are exuberant and very consistently over-the-top. But at heart, it is a riff on American comic superheroes … Continue reading

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