Review: Beauty, Glory, Thrift by Alison Tam

This is the first story in the Gods and Monsters season from the Booksmugglers, and it is a wonderful offering. I’ve just finished reading it – a quietly beautiful story about the goddess Thrift, who makes a bargain with a thief in order to leave the temple where she waits with her bickering sisters.

The writing is deceptively simple, and the relationship between Thrift and the thief develops slowly. I enjoyed the attention to detail in Thrift’s point of view; the way she experienced things without being corporeal. And it was a pleasing journey, with a few surprises along the way. A lovely little tale; a bit sad and a bit happy. Recommended.


Beauty, Glory, Thrift by Alison TamPublished 6/13/2017 I am Thrift and I want to leave this place, and see the far ends of the universe, and never spend another moment in stasis ever again. Take my hand and bring me with you… On a lost planet in the depths of space, goddess-sisters Beauty, Glory and…

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Short review: Superior by Jessica Lack

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Hello! So this is one of the BookSmugglers superhero stories, but for some reason wordpress is not letting me share their original wordpress post as I have been doing with the others (which is sad)(also, anyone know why this might be?) so I’m just putting a link here to where you can read it for free on their blog. Obviously if you can afford the eBook, do buy it because supporting independent book publishers is good! And you will get a few extra things, like the author Q and A. Here it is:

Now, this one I really want in hardcopy. Because, although I can and do read long stories on a screen it is a bit challenging and I really really want a copy that I can read again and again, maybe in the middle of the night, definitely on the bus and just about everywhere really.

This is a lovely story, with a good sense of humour and wonderful narration, that plays on all sorts of superhero tropes very effectively. The perspective is also great – superheroing from the intern’s point of view, including boring kidnappings, a worried mum and no small amount of danger and dullness. Sometimes, the danger and the dullness happen at the same time.

I’m finding it hard to review without spoiling it, so I’ll just say that this is a warm, very real feeling (despite all the superheroes) story that made me cry, laugh and smile. Definitely worth reading (I know I’m going to be re-reading it later), and a great addition to the YA QUILTBAG romance arena (arena is not the right word, is it? I can’t think of the right word. Canon?)

Note: I also got to meet the BookSmugglers last weekend! I think I managed to speak coherently… Photos to follow 🙂


Kid Dark Against The Machine by Tansy Rayner Roberts — The Book Smugglers

I’ve only just had time to read this, and what a read! Set in the same world as Cookie Cutter Superhero (also a fantastic read) this story blew me away. Funny and touching by turns, it’s a lovely exploration of sidekicks and heroes. Definitely worth your time, especially if you’ve ever wondered about what happens to the ridiculously young superhero sidekicks.

Kid Dark Against The Machine by Tansy Rayner RobertsPublished 06/14/2016 | 10,331 Words From the award-winning author of Cookie Cutter Superhero comes a brand new story about sidekicks, supervillains and saving the world Back when he was called something else, Griff knew everything about superheroes, sidekicks and the mysterious machine responsible for creating them. Now,…

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