Nefertiti’s Heart by A.W. Exley Review

Ever since I did my research about Egyptomania I have been dying to get my hands on some Steampunk fiction that played with this topic. When I fired up my Kindle, I found lots of great Steampunk books out there to download. Unfortunately, they didn’t all hold my interest. Nefertiti’s Heart was the first one I actually finished, and I certainly plan to seek out more books by A. W. Exley. It was equal parts romance and mystery, and was a fun way to pass the time. The story centers on Cara, a woman who has been running from her past for the last seven years. When … Continue reading Nefertiti’s Heart by A.W. Exley Review

Synopsis: Alistair Pennington’s Ab-natural Inconvenience by Tim & Kathy Hunt

What’s the Book About? Alistair Pennington was an English gentleman who had rejected his father’s idea of “normal” and run off to the colonies to become an Ab-natural Ethologist; one who studies the ghosts of animals. A situation arises in … Continue reading Synopsis: Alistair Pennington’s Ab-natural Inconvenience by Tim & Kathy Hunt

Owl Dance by David Lee Summers Review

I married into a very interesting family. Most of them are Mennonites (though not as Amish as you might think), but a few of them are Baha’i. If you aren’t familiar, this faith is largely based on peaceful coexistence and equality. I’d never encountered a Baha’i character in literature before. But Owl Dance features a main character who brings her belief system to the rugged Southern US when she leaves Persia. Fatemeh, and her strange propensity for talking to and understanding owls, play a major role in the fate of the entire world in this weird West Steampunk tale. When she arrives in Socorro, New Mexico, … Continue reading Owl Dance by David Lee Summers Review

Soulless by Gail Carriger Review

Gail Carriger asks and answers an interesting question in her Parasol Protectorate series: “What if the supernatural was integrated into every day life?” Against the backdrop of Victorian London, the acerbic “spinster,” Alexia Tarrabotti, finds herself in a world that has done just that. Vampires and werewolves are fully integrated into society, with some even acting as agents and advisers to the crown. The supernatural set all have an overabundance of “soul” which allows them to survive the transition to immortal. Alexia, however, was born without any “soul” at all, which means her touch mitigates the abilities of others. When science meets the supernatural, our heroine finds herself in … Continue reading Soulless by Gail Carriger Review