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May
17

Review: How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall

Review: How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall How To Bang A Billionaire Author: Alexis Hall Reviewer: B. Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Beginning with an enigmatic and somewhat dark farewell, How to Bang a Billionaire explores the inception of the “arrangementship” between Arden St. Ives, imminent graduate of Oxford University, and Caspian Hart, billionaire, immovable personality, and magnet to Arden’s desires. Both men are contradictions—Arden for being completely undone by his own honesty while trying to be someone else, and Caspian for only coming off as “monstrous” while acting on his determination not to be a monster. This would be enough of a puzzle to draw me in, regardless, but there are many other things...
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Oct
10

Blog Tour + Review: Pansies by Alexis Hall

Blog Tour + Review: Pansies by Alexis Hall Pansies Author: Alexis Hall Reviewer: B. Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: As has been the case with every story I’ve read by Alexis Hall, I find myself unable to write this review without a great deal of regard and admiration for both story and author. Mr. Hall is as thorough in Pansies as ever, writing in layers that are at once complex, philosophical, and literary, yet which are presented through the reassuring familiarity of sensation, sound, and color. I don’t think that there is a single, exclusionary truth within the narrative, but, rather, a unique kind of acceptance that is difficult to explain. I don’t believe it’s exactly...
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Aug
31

Review + Blog Tour: Looking for Group by Alexis Hall

Review + Blog Tour: Looking for Group by Alexis Hall Looking for Group Author: Alexis Hall Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Beginning with what is essentially a “job listing” in a fictional MMO, Looking for Group is one of the most unique and fun stories about falling in love that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a very long time. Told exclusively from Drew’s perspective, it’s a noteworthy lesson, not only about accepting others for who they are, but being honest with ourselves, as well. There’s actually much more to it than that, but it’s better to just read it firsthand. One of the most fascinating things about Looking for Group is what felt like...
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Jun
17

Review: For Real by Alexis Hall

Review: For Real by Alexis Hall For Real Author: Alexis Hall Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Though he’s young, Toby Finch knows exactly who he is, even if he doesn’t know where he’s going. His desires have never been so much imagination as they are instinct, and he can see no reason why he should wait another twenty years to pursue them. His biggest problem is that he’s a nineteen-year-old Dom with a very specific idea of the kind of sub he needs. But, who would ever take a “kid” like him seriously? For Laurence Dalziel, the BDSM scene hasn’t held any meaning in years. Seeing the same faces, playing the same...
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Feb
23

Review: Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

Review: Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall Waiting for the Flood Author: Alexis Hall Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Once again, Mr. Hall has written something I absolutely love. Recounting the story of Edwin Tulley, collector and conservator of rare books and ephemera, Waiting for the Flood is a stand alone story and the second in the Spires universe, and, unsurprisingly at this point, I was just as taken with it as I have been Mr. Hall’s other books. It is a tale of final goodbyes and new beginnings, and remembering that it’s okay to want someone, and then be loved right back. Edwin is remarkable, at least in part, because he is...
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Jan
5

Review + Giveaway: Liberty and Other Stories by Alexis Hall

Review + Giveaway: Liberty and Other Stories by Alexis Hall Liberty and Other Stories Author: Alexis Hall Reviewer: B. Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Liberty and Other Stories is a remarkable telling of the various backgrounds and evolutions of the crew of the Shadowless (Byron Kae’s aethership), who were introduced to us in Prosperity. Through Piccadilly, Mr. Hall gave us expertly delivered teases and glimpses into their respective pasts, which were just enough to make me insanely curious about how they all came to be in the skytown in the first place. This assortment of hearsay, correspondence, and recollections provides some of those answers. As usual, Mr. Hall has proven himself to be an exceptional writer, bedecking the...
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Oct
27

Review: Prosperity by Alexis Hall

Review: Prosperity by Alexis Hall Prosperity Author: Alexis Hall Reviewer: B. Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: I’m beginning to believe that Alexis Hall is incapable of writing anything that isn’t completely wonderful in some way or other. Or in many ways, as is the case in Prosperity. As an ardent fan of most everything Steampunk, as well as having thoroughly enjoyed the author’s other works I’ve read to date, I was excited about this title even before I was offered the chance to review it. That it exceeded all my expectations was an added bonus, and being able to lose myself so fully in the narrative was a rare delight. While the gist...
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Oct
27

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Prosperity by Alexis Hall

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Prosperity by Alexis Hall From the Author: Hello, and welcome to the Prosperity Blog Tour, celebrating Riptide Publishing’s release of Prosperity. Thank you so much to That’s What I’m Talking About for hosting me. And, to you, dear reader, for stopping by. I’m trying something a little different with this blog tour. I would very much like to invite you to join me over on Facebook at the Steampunk Flashgroup. A flashgroup is sort of a Facebook pop up shop. It’s a short-term group that will be active for the length of the Prosperity blog tour. I’ll be over there all week, and a little bit after, talking about the book, giving away many,...
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Jun
19

Review: Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall

Review: Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall Shadows & Dreams Author: Alexis Hall Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Kate’s back! I liked her a great deal while reading the first story in the series, Iron & Velvet, but she’s even better this time around. Having survived (barely) the perils of her last case, during which she did, indeed, get the girl, she’s just been hired to find the missing brother of a former fling. Of course, nothing in Kate’s world is ever simple, and she’s soon embroiled in a war between nearly all the supernatural beings in the city and a crazed vampire queen who wants to kill everything in sight. One thing...
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Jun
19

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall

Book Spotlight + Giveaway: Shadows & Dreams by Alexis Hall Hello, and welcome to my second ever blog tour, celebrating Riptide Publishing’s release of Shadows & Dreams, the sequel to Iron & Velvet. Yay!  Thank you so much to That’s What I’m Talking About for hosting me. And, to you, dear reader, for stopping by. If you’d like to come with me and keep me company on my virtual wanderings, you can find a full listing of when and where I am. There’s also some kind of contest type thing happening.  I had a bit of trouble choosing a prize for this one because most of the things Kate likes (booze, cigarettes, knives, women) are illegal to ship internationally....
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