2014 modern fantasy/romance. Jade Crow runs a comics-and-games shop in
Wylde, Idaho, where lots of magical creatures congregate. She's hiding
from someone. But she isn't going to be able to stay hidden.
2016 fantasy romance, shoujo manga continuation in 12 episodes as well
as an OVA that bridges the two series:
"Snow White with the Red Hair". Shirayuki the herbalist continues to
develop her low-key romance with Prince Zen.
2016 SF/mystery; fifty-third (roughly) of J. D. Robb's In Death
series. Dennis Mira went to confront his cousin Edward over plans to
sell the family house, but found him tied up in a chair; then someone
knocked Dennis on the head. Now Edward's missing. Fortunately Dennis
is married to Charlotte Mira, police profiler and friend of Lieutenant
2013 science fiction/romance. Finn is a robot who looks and acts
human; he arrives in young Cat Novak's life as her tutor, and stays as
the years pass.
2015 SF/mystery novella; fifty-second (roughly) of J. D. Robb's In
Death series, published as part of Down the Rabbit Hole, a
multi-author anthology of stories loosely inspired by Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland. Apparently Darlene Fitzwilliams fatally
stabbed her brother, then jumped off his fifty-second floor balcony.
But there's no sign that she was the sort of person who'd do that.
2015 SF/mystery; fifty-first (roughly) of J. D. Robb's In Death
series. Two serial killers have crossed the USA and landed in New
York; Lieutenant Eve Dallas tracks them down.
2015 romantic comedy, shoujo manga adaptation in 24 episodes:
"My Love Story". Gōda Takeo is a huge guy, clueless but with a good
heart; when he saves Yamato Rinko from a groper on the train, they
fall in love.
2015 fantasy romance, shoujo manga adaptation in 12 episodes:
"Snow White with the Red Hair". Shirayuki the herbalist flees the
unwelcome attentions of the prince of her country, only to meet Zen,
the junior prince of the next realm over.
2015 contemporary romance, light novel adaptation, 12 episodes:
AniDB. Sequel to
2013's Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru - My
Teenage RomCom SNAFU. Cynical loner high school kid and the rest of
the Volunteer Club continue to try to help other people and work out
their own problems.
2014 SF/mystery; forty-ninth (roughly) of J. D. Robb's In Death
series. Just before Christmas, a personal trainer is found in his
home, with a nasty head wound and a knife in his chest. He seems to
have been a thoroughly nasty person, but for Eve Dallas the homicide
cop's job is still the job.
2008 steampunk fantasy romance. Taya is an icarus, one of the couriers
who strap on wings and buoyant metal to carry messages and small
packages across the mountainside city of Ondinium. But a mid-air
rescue brings her to the attention of the city's leaders.
2014, dir. Lynn Shelton, Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz;
Megan is approaching thirty, but her career and personality more or
less went on hold when she left high school ten years ago. One night,
as she's fleeing from an unwanted marriage proposal and other
complications, some high-school kids ask her to buy them beer, and she
gets on with Annika better than with her own peers. Things move on
from there. vt Say When in the UK and Ireland.
2015 SF/mystery; fiftieth (roughly) of J. D. Robb's In Death
series. At the end of 2060, Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas comes up
against a new threat: a murderer who's such a fan that he's killing
people who've offended Dallas. And there are a lot of them.
2008 SF/romance, second in the Grimspace series. In the previous book,
Sirantha Jax was instrumental in bringing down the evil corporation
that ran everything. But nature abhors a power vacuum.
2008 SF/romance. Sirantha Jax is a jumper, one of the rare humans who
can navigate FTL ships through grimspace. But her ship crashed, her
pilot/lover died (along with everyone else on board), and she may be
2014 SF; sequel to Honour's Knight. With most of the powers in the
known universe arrayed against her, Devi is still infected with the
virus that could solve everything (or bring it all crashing down).
2014 SF; sequel to Fortune's Pawn. Devi is now security chief on the
tramp space-freighter she signed on with, but clearly something very
strange is going on.
1998, dir. Peter Howitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah:
A woman just fired from her job does, or does not, catch a particular
Underground train, and does, or does not, catch her boyfriend in bed
with another woman; her life diverges from that point, and we see both
2012, dir. Lorene Scafaria, Steve Carell, Keira Knightley:
The world will be hit by an asteroid in three weeks, and there's
nothing more that can be done about it. Dodge and his neighbour Penny
set out to get him to his high school sweetheart, and her to her
family in England.
Self-published industrial fantasy romance. The relict of a bishop
inherits her mother's great airship, and tries to avoid becoming the
mistress of the Emperor.
2014, 12 episodes:
known as The Kawai Complex Guide to Manners and Hostel Behavior.
Romantic comedy; high school boy lives in boarding-house with a
variety of Characters, one of whom is a cute female bookworm.
2013, "Dabba", dir. Ritesh Batra, Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur:
An old-fashioned epistolary romance, conducted via notes passed in a
lunchbox. Plot discussion, which may be considered to include
In the late 1850s, Ellen Paget is employed as a governess in Paris.
2010, dir. Stephen Frears, Gemma Arterton, Luke Evans:
Tamara Drewe, formerly the ugly duckling and now a glamorous
journalist, returns to the village where she grew up… and everything
2012, dir. Colin Trevorrow, Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass:
A journalist and two interns, trying for a human-interest story,
interview a man who's placed an advertisement for a companion in time
Concealed in Death is the forty-eighth story of J. D. Robb's In
Death series, and a huge improvement on its immediate predecessor
Thankless in Death. It drops many of the science-fictional trappings
of the setting to deliver a powerful and well-told story.
First of a projected trilogy. I learned about it from a half-chapter
free sample in the back of Ancillary Justice.
I picked up this collection of novellas for the Robb story, as I was
clearly intended to. All the stories here are loosely based on, or
more properly inspired by, fairy stories (something of a coincidence
given the Elemental Masters series I've also been reading).
Thankless in Death is the forty-sixth of J. D. Robb's In Death
series. It's also, for me, the first disappointment.