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Top 10 Fantasy Novels of 2015?

After looking at last year’s top mysteries, it’s time to check out which fantasy novels were the most popular in 2015.  The following list includes a mix of high fantasy and urban/paranormal fantasy titles, all of which are shelved in the Fantasy section at the library where I work.  Based on circulation figures, these were the… Read More ›

Live Read: That Thing at the Zoo

Today, The Poisoned Martini is reading James R. Tuck’s novella, That Thing at the Zoo. Monster slayer Deacon Chalk faces an unknown assailant or “whatever is leaving the Atlanta Zoo’s most dangerous predators bloodless, skinned, and hanging high in treetops.”  Now with the zoo in lockdown, Deacon and a handful of zoo staffers must survive… Read More ›

Top 10 Fantasy Novels in 2014?

Reflecting on last year’s top mysteries made me curious to take a look at the fantasy novels of 2014.  What were the most popular?  Perhaps you may be surprised to learn that #1 was published over a decade ago! Now, this top 10 list includes a mix of high fantasy and urban/paranormal fantasy titles, all… Read More ›

Frozen

“In winter all this pleasure came to an end, for the windows were sometimes quite frozen over.  But then they would warm copper pennies on the stove and hold the warm pennies against the frozen pane.  Soon a little round peephole would appear, and through these holes beamed the soft bright eyes of a little… Read More ›

5 Thrillers for Halloween

Recently I put together a short list of recommended books for a “book beat” article I contribute to a local newspaper, The Eagle Bulletin.  Appearing in the October 22, 2014 issue, the selected books appeared under the banner of “Some New and Well-Respected Horror Reads for Halloween.”  Though not the title I’d originally chosen for… Read More ›

Discord’s Apple

Evie Walker’s father has long held a secret that she is aware of, but doesn’t understand.  In the storeroom beneath her family home in a small Colorado town, a myriad of objects lay waiting to be claimed or kept from falling into the wrong hands.  Glass slippers, a golden fleece, Excalibur… Now Evie’s father is… Read More ›

18 Reads for Halloween

Recommended Reads: 18 Reads for Halloween Discover new authors (or revisit old favorites) with The Poisoned Martini ‘s Recommended Reads.  Perhaps these suggested titles will expand your reading list. *** With Halloween approaching, now is the perfect time to settle in with a gothic or terror-inducing read.  These chilling stories may make you think twice about… Read More ›

D’Aulaires’ Norse Myths

Early in the morning of time there was no sand, no grass, no lapping wave.  There was no earth, no sun, no moon, no stars.  There was Niflheim, a waste of frozen fog, and Muspelheim, a place of raging flame.  And in between the fog and fire was a gaping pit–Ginungagap. Thus begins the creation… Read More ›

Hounded

Centuries ago, the druid Siodhachan Ó Suileabháin fled a battle between gods and carried away the powerful and dangerous sword, Fragarach, capable of killing the gods themselves.  He angered the Celtic god of love, Aenghus Óg, who longs to take back the sword and kill the druid who took it. In Tempe, Arizona, a handsome, seemingly… Read More ›

Dead Things

More horror than urban paranormal, Dead Things is a very dark tale about the price of going home again. Eric Carter has spent 15 years on the road trying to escape his past.  A mobster of the magic-wielding sort, Jean Boudreau killed Eric’s parents, and in revenge, Eric killed him.  Boudreau’s second-in-command, Ben Duncan, forced Eric to… Read More ›

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