W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada

"A Fantastical Librarian"
Top Reviewer Ranking: 767
Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (568 of 658)
In My Own Words:
I'm a mom, a wife, a librarian, but I've been a reader the longest.



Top Reviewer Ranking: 767 - Total Helpful Votes: 568 of 658
Irregularity by Tiffani Angus
Irregularity by Tiffani Angus
Reading Irregularity, Jurassic London's sixth full-length anthology and the second edited solo by Jared Shurin, was a strange reading experience, as I've read a lot of seventeenth and eighteenth century literature at university. Much of that was in the Penguin Classic editions (the ones with a black spine and a red bar at the top) and while the cover is in no way reminiscent of those, the font used for Irregularity really resembles the look of those editions. Add to that the fact that a lot of the stories are written in the same language and with the same sensibility as those classics and for a moment it seemed as if I'd traveled back in time to my student days. Thankfully, reading… Read more
The Illusionists (Fearsome Dreamer) by Laure Eve
The Illusionists is Laure Eve's second novel in the Fearsome Dreamer sequence. While I really enjoyed Fearsome Dreamer, I did have some niggles with it, mostly to do with pacing and structure. In The Illusionists these problems have all been ironed out and the book is a far smoother read and the story is still as interesting and complex as Eve's debut. As an added bonus, the protagonists are easier to relate to as well, having lost some of their rougher edges.

The focus of the The Illusionists' narrative was far more on Rue, rather than White who I felt loomed larger in the previous book. While there are still chapters from White's, Wren's and Frith's viewpoints, Rue is very much… Read more
The Godless by Ben Peek
The Godless by Ben Peek
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ben Peek's The Godless is one of this summer's big titles. And from the moment I learned about this title when Tor UK asked for feedback on the cover design I knew I wanted to read this book and find out more about its protagonist Ayae. Meanwhile I've been reading numerous interviews and guest posts with and by the author and his views on diversity only made me more excited to read the book.

Peek certainly delivered on his promise of diversity with all of his protagonists being people of colour. In fact, so many character descriptions included references to skin colour, that I found myself actually noticing and finding it jarring, until I realised that most of the times I felt… Read more