A Little Something to Ease Re-Entry

Everyone seems to be recovering from yesterday’s festivities, so I ducked over to lend a hand with some new reviews for you.

Let’s start out with the next installment in Leona Wisoker’s Children of the Desert, Bells of the Kingdom. Brace yourself — it’s strong stuff.

Next, from the world of the Northern Kingdom and the desert lords, we travel to medieval Japan, with Richard Parks’ story collection Yamdada Monogatari: Demon Hunter, tales of oni and samurai and other neat things.

And speaking of demons and such, you think your job is a pain? You ought to see what happens to the heroine in Cathy Yardley’s Temping is Hell.

We seem to have settled solidly in the realm of supernatural nasties this morning. Here’s another, Kathleen Tierney’s Blood Oranges — how does anyone manage to become both a werewolf and a vampire? It can happen, believe me.

And now for something completely different — a haunted hospital. (Actually, that makes a weird sort of sense, doesn’t it?) There’s a mystery at the core of this one, too — “this one” being Dusty Rainbolt’s Death Under the Crescent Moon.

The supernatural seems to be everywhere this morning, even in “intelligence” agencies. Take a peek at our reaction to Charles Stross’ The Apocalypse Code to see what kind of national security they’re worried about.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, how about Eight Million Gods? That’s the title of Wen Spencer’s latest book, and it looks like that might be a conservative estimate.

That’s it for today. I’ve got to be heading back over to the Sleeping Hedgehog to feed the critters — I wonder if they like leftover corned beef and cabbage?

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