HOT SAUCE REVIEWS
Serving good old-fashioned tough love reviews of books (mostly romance novels), movies and music since 1999.
Dead but Dreaming is an entertaining anthology – solid stories, without any duds to mar the ultimate Dark Ones experience. Cthulhu would be so proud.
“Your Planet Needs You!” says Dave Reay. A nice sentiment, but asking kids to get Mum and Dad to move to a house with wind turbines? Yes, that will work.
A Walk Among the Tombstones is an entertaining stop-those-serial-killers movie. It won’t blow anyone’s mind or change the world, but it does its job well.
Our charming heroine gets an upgrade from Slave Girl to Barbarian’s Concubine, getting into trouble because she can’t keep them together for even a second.
Slave Girl, the start of an erotic series set in a time when Romans and Franks are big boys with bigger swords, does exactly what it set out to do. Nice.
Without any doubt, Small Creatures/Wide Field is the most entertainingly bizarre acid trip of a gamebook that isn’t a gamebook I’ve ever come across.
Lotus Blooming doesn’t seem that hot today, but at least it has a story to fill the space between the boink scenes. Not much, but it’s there, nonetheless.
Gossamer Wing: amateur romance novel hour. The heroine is not even close to being the capable spy she is said to be, and it’s downhill from there.
How cute, it’s LFO. Wait, these guys are called MKTO instead. Let’s hope they last longer than those fair-weather beach bums.
There are two interesting characters here that don’t play exactly by the rules, but One of a Kind is set back by some tepid and bland narrative.
5 Oogies: Excellent
4 Oogies: Good
3 Oogies: Okay
2 Oogies: Oh dear
1 Oogie: Oh god
- Dead But Dreaming, edited by Kevin Ross and Keith Herber
- Your Planet Needs You! by Dave Reay
- A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
- Barbarian’s Concubine by Lisa Cach
- Slave Girl by Lisa Cach
- Small Creatures/Wide Field by John Mortara
- Lotus Blooming by Lorie O’Clare
- Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden
- MKTO by MKTO
- One of a Kind by Michelle Monkou
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