Author Archives: Barbara Howe

Have His Carcase

What would you do if you came across the body of a man with his throat cut, so recently dead that the still-liquid blood is running in a glistening stream down the side of the rock he is lying on? … Continue reading

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Léon and Louise

Category: Historical fiction Audience: Adults and older teens. A little mild sex and impersonal violence. Léon and Louise, by Alex Capus, is a charming love story, but is not a formulaic romance. The book spans decades and two wars, and … Continue reading

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A Short Rant About ‘Home’

I recently started reading a book where the otherwise fine opening scene was marred, for me, by one little detail: the narrator kept referring to the place she lived as a treehome. This irritated me for a couple of reasons. … Continue reading

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Cunning Devil

Category: Urban fantasy Audience: Adults and late teens. Gory violence but no sex. Ozzy Turner is a man you don’t want to cross. He is a cunning man, aka white witch; a magic user specialising in breaking curses and finding … Continue reading

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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Categories: Fantasy, historical fiction. Audience: Anyone who has the patience to read it. No sex or bad language, the barest hint of romance, and minimal violence. Imagine a world where a human raised by fairies rules three kingdoms: one in … Continue reading

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Engine of Lies preorder offer

Engine of Lies, the second book in my Reforging series, can be preordered now through the publisher: https://ifwgaustralia.com/2018/04/21/preorder-offer-engine-of-lies-by-barbara-howe/ The offer ends 30 June 2018. He never promised happily ever after, but Lucinda is still dismayed by how quickly reality intrudes on … Continue reading

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The Traitor and the Thief

Category: Fantasy / steampunk Audience: Pre-teens and teens primarily, but a fun, light read for adults, too. Minimal violence and no sex or foul language. In The Traitor and the Thief, Gareth Ward’s debut novel, a fourteen-year-old boy named Sin … Continue reading

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Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body

Category: Hard Science Fiction/ Mystery Audience: Suitable for teens and up. No sex and minimal implied violence. In Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body by New Zealand-born author Simon Petrie, hard science fiction intersects with another of my … Continue reading

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ConClave3

ConClave3, New Zealand’s 39th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, was held this past weekend in Auckland. I did not, as I had hoped, win a Sir Julius Vogel award for either Best New Talent or Best Youth Novel (for … Continue reading

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Engine of Lies

He never promised happily ever after, but Lucinda is still dismayed by how quickly reality intrudes on her fairy tale. Assassination attempts and lightning strikes disturb her honeymoon, but the return home brings no peace of mind. When the discovery … Continue reading

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