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Review - Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 31, 2017

Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs

Volume 5 of Offbeat Crimes

Time once again to check in on the offers of the 77th precinct in this fifth installent of the Offbeat Crimes. The focus this time around remains on Officer Alex Wolf and his new boyfriend, Animal Control Officer Jason Chen. The squad is still dealing with the fallout from their last encounter with the strange feral dust bunny creatures and the increasing suspicion that someone is targeting the officers with black magic. To compound the team's woes, the activity has come to the attention of the state paranormal agency, a group that considers the officers of the 77th as sub-normal rejects. More...

Review - Feral Dust Bunnies by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 25, 2017

Feral Dust Bunnies

Volume 4 of Offbeat Crimes

This fourth book of the Offbeat Crimes series puts the focus on Wolf, the 77th precinct's not-werewolf. Although raised by humans, Wolf still has a hard time understanding the subtilties of the world he was thrust into, especially relationships. He is effectively pansexual. Like most canids, Wolf follows his nose, and animal control officer Jason Chen smells good enough to make Wolf forget how to human. The two are thrown together frequently on Wolf's current case, which involves the discovery of several desiccated small animals around town. Their only clue to the mystery is the lone survivor: a small kitten that seems to have imprinted on Wolf. More...

Review - Skim Blood & Savage Verse by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on May 23, 2017

Skim Blood & Savage Verse

Volume 3 of Offbeat Crimes

The latest installment of the Offbeat Crimes series switches the focus from Kyle and Kash to the squad's dysfunctional vampire Carrington. ‘Carr’ has a history of rather unfortunate choices in boyfriends, which in large part is how he got to be a vampire that can't stomach whole human blood. In his latest case, Carr learns that words can hurt you, at least when they take physical form and are hurled at you with great force by possessed books. More...

Review - Love for the Cold-Blooded, or The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 02, 2016

Love for the Cold-Blooded, or The Part-Time Evil Minion's Guide to Accidentally Dating a Superhero

It's a not-so-guilty not-so-secret that I have a penchant for quirky titles. It probably started with Dwarf Rapes Nun; Flees in UFO/a Novel of Journalism, and then there was The Aerodynamics of Pork, which introduced me to a writer who went on to give us several more great reads. So, it was almost a given that I would read “Love for the Cold-Blooded…” even before knowing what it was about. Fortunately, my little weakness didn't let me down. More...

Review - The Cat Wore Electric Goggles by Ian Hutson

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 03, 2015

The Cat Wore Electric Goggles

If P.G. Wodehouse and Douglas Adams had a love child, the result would probably be Ian Hutson. This collection of twelve short stories combines the whimsical humor of both authors, the science fiction bent of Adams and the nostalgia for an earlier era of Wodehouse.

The title story, The Cat Wore Electric Goggles, is a tale of the exploration of a mysterious planet. Although set in the future, the technology has a decidedly 1960s feel to it. It's not exactly steampunk, but the effect is very similar. Add to that the distinctly British humor with which the entire story is told and you have a rather delicious little confection. More...

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