Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley by Lord Dunsany

3 stars.

Imagine if Don Quixote actually got to live a grand romance, with his trusty, comical manservant and won his fair lady for this story. This is probably what Don Quixote imagined for himself when he set out on his adventures. There’s some humor with the sidekick but it’s done straight. It’s a bit too dense for something that should have a whimsical treatment, but some might enjoy its richness.



Review: The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft

3 out of 5 stars

I can see why H.P. Lovecraft is a master of cosmic horror. I’d admire his creativity if he didn’t have to pay for it with night terrors according to his biography. Though a modern writer would have to describe the horrors his characters face in this modern day and age and the trope of them becoming too incoherent to describe what it is happening wouldn’t work if the story was published nowadays.

Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

5 stars

Roar works as not only good YA but a good fantasy in general. A Princess is born into an elite line of magic practitioners but has to work to earn her magic instead of being a chosen one who has things happen too easily for her. At first she assumes this is a personal task but, later realizes the future of her land hinges on the success of her personal quest. I look forward to the further books in the series which is the highest compliment you can give to the first book in an epic fantasy.