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review 2019-01-20 00:39
The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis - My Thoughts
The Guns Above - Robyn Bennis

So this was #4 of my Christmas books and while I did enjoy my read, I had been hoping for much more.  All the buzz on my social media was lauding the book to the skies as the best thing ever!  And so great to have a female main protagonist in a steampunk airship military fantasy book.  Well... yeah... okay... but it wasn't that great, folks. 

I liked it because the dialogue was witty, the characters fun and quite honestly, I'm a bit of an easy sell for a book about a tight group of soldiers/adventurers/scoundrels/whatevers fighting the odds, so to speak. 

Now, while I liked the characters, I sure would have liked more about them, what brought them to the point where they are in the story, what formed them, the whys of them, all that stuff.  Especially Josette, the female captain and Bernat - Bernie, the foppish spy/aristocrat/ne'er do well.  I loved their banter - I'm told it's rather Pratchett-esque, but having only read one Prachett book (aside from Good Omens), I can't say with any kind of certainty if that's right or not. 

There was a lot, an awful lot of battle narrative and even more description of the details of the airship. I mean... tons of details into all the nooks and crannies.  I would much rather have learned more about the characters and the society and the actual world of the story than all that minute stuff about the ship. 

So yeah, I don't get all the glowing blah-blah I read from people whose opinions I respect.  Just because the MC is a woman?  I mean, even that HUGE plot point is barely discussed or examined - far better we learn about fictitious airship mechanics.  I think we should be far past celebrations just because a woman leads a military/steampunk adventure fantasy.

So the book had great bones, but the meat of it was sadly lacking for me.  I'll check out the second book when it comes out, I'm sure, if only to see if there's more meat, so to speak. 

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review 2019-01-08 03:56
Flora's Fury - Ysabeau S. Wilce
Flora's Fury - Ysabeau S. Wilce

  Watching Flora in adulthood is fascinating: it feels a bit like watching a child grow up. Flora Segunda was inventive and fun and a bit like watching Hermione get the lead role. I particularly enjoyed the world -building, but also the way each book 's focus shifts as Flora grows up. 

 

Vague discomfort with the way indigenous cultures are treated, but no fully formed opinions yet. Maybe later.

 

Library copy

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-12-27 04:25
Remainder of Steampunk Red Riding Hood Series by Melanie Karsak
Alphas and Airships: A Steampunk Fairy Tale (Steampunk Red Riding Hood Book 2) - Melanie Karsak
Bitches and Brawlers: A Steampunk Fairy Tale (Steampunk Red Riding Hood Book 4) - Melanie Karsak
Howls and Hallows: A Steampunk Fairy Tale (Steampunk Red Riding Hood Book 5) - Melanie Karsak

The continuing adventures of "Little Red" in Melanie Karsak's steampunk fairytale world.  These stories are entertaining and fun to read, the characters are delightful and the world building imaginative.  And there are non-sparkling warewolves and other critters.

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Steampunk Red Riding Hood Series by Melanie Karsak

1.  Wolves and Daggers
2.  Alphas and Airships
3.  Peppermint and Pentacles
4.  Bitches and Brawlers
5.  Howls and Hallows.

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review 2018-12-24 03:57
Wolves and Daggers by Melanie Karsak
Wolves and Daggers: A Steampunk Fairy Tale - Melanie Karsak

Wolves and Daggers is a beautifully retold, short steampunk retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.  I love the author's steampunk fairytale world and her characters. 

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review 2018-12-11 04:32
Beauty and Beastly by Melanie Karsak
Beauty and Beastly: Steampunk Beauty and the Beast (Steampunk Fairy Tales) - Melanie Karsak

A beautifully written steampunk retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

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