Bound to End Badly, written by R. L. Tiochta, is a superb example of dark romantic comedy. Set in Derby (UK), and follows Peter and Maze as they stumble through the dating scene and ever so slowly towards each other. Tiochta gives us alternating glimpses into the lives of Peter and Maze, where something isn't quite right... and not just because there's a serial killer on the loose.
For a story… Read More Reviewed by: Morgan Hobbes Reviewed on: 26th of November, 2021
One Must Tell the Bees, by J. Lawrence Matthews, tells the story of a very young Sherlock Holmes before he was Sherlock. His brother Mycroft uses his influence to get young Holmes into a job in America. What follows is an exceptionally well-told tale weaved together with a history lesson around the end of the American civil war, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the capture of John Wilkes Booth.
The… Read More Reviewed by: Morgan Hobbes Reviewed on: 24th of November, 2021
This far into the Hard Luck Hank series, it's hard to review without feeling like I'm repeating myself. As always, time has moved on, and Belvaille has changed once again. The nobles are (mostly) gone, and the remaining inhabitants are scratching out a living in any way they can. Life in the Post Colmarian Confederation Colmarian Confederation (yes, that's the title of confederation now) is hard. New laws are being… Read More Reviewed by: Morgan Hobbes Reviewed on: 19th of November, 2021
Continuing my journey of the Hard Luck Hank series in audiobook, next up was Stank Delicious. Each book in the series reinvents the world of Hank just a little. In this case, everything has moved on a few years since the events of the previous books. Nobles are bedded in even deeper into Belvaille, and Hank is scratching out a living once more as a go-between.
Cliston, Hank's Dredel Led butler,… Read More Reviewed by: Morgan Hobbes Reviewed on: 14th of November, 2021
With a style reminiscent of classic cinematic British romps, Let the Swine Go Forth by Auriel Roe ably carries on that tradition. A story of a rather hapless headmaster in a (very) foreign land, leading a group of teachers that embody the seven deadly sins. Starting a new international school in a country run by a ruthless dictator... things were never going to be easy.
Tristram Randolph takes the role of… Read More Reviewed by: Morgan Hobbes Reviewed on: 9th of November, 2021
I picked up Sweep - The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier for a couple of reasons. One, the story sounded REALLY good, and two, I was looking for something that might appeal to my kids. The story of a chimney sweep and her golem set in London in the 1800s sounded too good to pass by, so I grabbed it and plugged in my earbuds.
The… Read More Reviewed by: Morgan Hobbes Reviewed on: 8th of November, 2021
Monster is the second book by A. Lee Martinez I've purchased in a few months, and I suspect I'll have more in my collection before long. In the mood for something monstery, I jumped into this Scooby-Doo style adventure where magic and monsters are real. Just most people don't tend to notice them.
Judy is working the late shift at an out-of-the-way convenience store when a yeti appears in the freezer… Read More Reviewed by: Morgan Hobbes Reviewed on: 5th of November, 2021
The Prince Has No Pants, written by Matthew Howry, has been sitting in my list of audiobooks to buy eventually for a while now, and when it came up in the 2-for-1 sale on Audible, I grabbed it plus a bunch of others I'd been mulling over. The premise is right smack in the types of books I've been enjoying recently, and after listening to it, I'm hoping to hear… Read More Reviewed by: Morgan Hobbes Reviewed on: 1st of November, 2021
Much like the first books in the series, book 3 of the 24/7 Demon Mart, Angel Trouble by D.M. Guay, hardly pauses for a breath as Lloyd, DeeDee, and Kevin careen from one insane catastrophe to another. Massive props to the narrator too, who had to pronounce Zackumzaphielhermesiappotholonian multiple times.
At least Guay cut him some slack and let the fallen Angel of Death (well, one of them) have a… Read More Reviewed by: Morgan Hobbes Reviewed on: 30th of October, 2021
After finishing book 3, it was straight onto book 4 of the Hard Luck Hank series - Suck My Cosmos. Belvaille has moved on yet again and is now moving towards an aristocracy. Hank only manages to still live there because he's the oldest living continuous citizen and the toffs seem to enjoy that.
Assisted by the universes most sought-after butler, a Dredel Led (robot) named Cliston, Hank finds his… Read More Reviewed by: Morgan Hobbes Reviewed on: 25th of October, 2021