Viola Carr: The Diabolical Ms. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the creation long ago of Robert Louis Stevenson, has been a rich trope in fiction in all forms from print and graphic novels to television series and movies alike. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was first made into a film in 1908, with a database search . . . → Read More: Viola Carr: The Diabolical Ms. Hyde

Literary Matters: Genevieve Cogman: The Invisible Library

What kind of person is equipped to writ a novel including alternate universes, steampunk, magic — and librarians? Well, let Cat Eldridge give you a clue:

[Genevieve Cogman’s] bio from the back of this novel is illuminating: ‘Genevieve Cogman started on Tolkien and Sherlock Holmes at an early age, and has never looked back. But . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: Genevieve Cogman: The Invisible Library

Cherie Priest: Jacaranda

Jacaranda, the most recent entry in Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century alternate history, reads like a movie. This isn’t a bad thing, per se. What it does mean, though, is that the beats of the story come in precise and familiar places, and that fans of the people-getting-picked-off-in-a-spooky-location cinematic subgenre are probably going to spot both . . . → Read More: Cherie Priest: Jacaranda

Literary Matters: It’s Been a Nasty Winter

For some of us, at least. Fortunately, some hardy souls have managed to defy the elements and send in some new reviews, so let’s take a look.

First, Death’s Apprentice from K. W. Jeter and Gareth Jefferson Jones, featuring, among other things, a killer for hire to works for the Devil.

Next up, from steampunk . . . → Read More: Literary Matters: It’s Been a Nasty Winter

James P. Blaylock: Homunculus

Something to remember before diving into steampunk legend James P. Blaylock’s seminal genre piece Homunculus, is that Blaylock’s work is not cute. At first glance, of course, it looks cute, what with all the bumbling and the over-the-top Britishness of it all and the never-ending stream of elements that are simply fun.

But even at . . . → Read More: James P. Blaylock: Homunculus