While I haven't been writing here, my columns at Kirkus have continued.
Here's a list:
- On The True Adventures of Nicolò Zen: "Some will like the throwback feel to more old school children’s adventure stories, while others will miss the immediacy, the passion and the heart of more modern fare."
- Two (count 'em!) round-ups of Valentine's recommendations. (But love stories are great regardless of the time of year.)
- On Liv, Forever: "Mystery-wise, if you’ve seen Reptile Boy from the second season of Buffy, you’ll have figured it all out before you even read the first page. (Well, minus the giant snake thing.)"
- On The Glass Casket: "The storyline was compelling, interesting and jaw-droppingly, gorily surprising—excellent enough to make the book work all on its own, what with nods to Red Riding Hood, chapter headings pulled from Tarot cards, superb atmosphere and a well-argued-on-both-sides debate about folk beliefs versus scientific inquiry—but more importantly (at least in my view), the relationships between the characters were complex, believable and emotionally honest."
- On The Falconer: "She fights alongside an emotionally aloof faery dude who is graced with Otherworldly Beauty, a Deep, Long-Held Sadness and a Bad Attitude, and she can’t decide if she wants to punch him or kiss him. Check! Check! Check! Check! Check!"
- A round-up of books set in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. (Although there is very little actual Mardi Gras action in the books!)
Phew. Looking that over, I guess I did slightly more in February than I was giving myself credit for.