Laurie Thayer began writing in the first grade, producing her first short story with construction paper and Crayolas.

From there, she progressed to short stories and novels. Her first novel, an abyssmal thing modeled on the Chronicles of Narnia, was soundly and thankfully rejected many years ago by the Avon Flare Young Adult Novel competition. Laurie had been caught by the writing bug, though, and continues to submit fiction, despite editors' attempts to quell her ambitions by drowning her in rejection slips. It was her wonderful creative writing professor who advised her to begin writing reviews, and so she did, joining the staff of Rambles.NET shortly after its creation.

Laurie has a bachelors degree in French, which she can no longer speak, and has recently earned a master of arts in liberal studies, with a concentration in Celtic studies, of which she is rather proud.

Raised neither by wolves nor by apes, Laurie is nevertheless a member of a pack that includes two dogs of questionable ancestry, two cats who run the universe and a husband who remains nameless.

Reviews by Laurie include:


Amy & Robin
Little Did I Know

Diane Arkenstone & Misha Segal
Christmas Healing, Vol. 1

Ronald Bourgeois
Le Long Retour

Bryan Bowers
Friend for Life

Brobdingnagian Bards
Gullible's Travels

Your Backyard

Making Waves

Wings of Wisdom

Carbon Leaf
Ether-Electrified Porch Music

Celtic Elvis
Hard to Be Real

Merry Citoli

Donal Clancy
Close to Home

Francie Conway with The Works
The Green Album

Contented Minds

Cheri Dale, with Helene Attia
A Garden of Songs for the Magical Child


Linda Draper
Traces Of

The Dubliners

Heaven's Dust

David Elias
Lost in the Green

Emerald Rose
Bending Tradition


John Fluker
J is for Joy

Trip to the Moon

Gaia Consort
Secret Voices

Melissa Gibson
In Your Corner

Jenny Goodspeed
Under the Ash Tree

Christina Harrison
Mrs. Paterson's Daughter: Memoirs of a Glasgow Bairn

Frankie Hart & the FarAway Ensemble

Matt & Shannon Heaton
Blue Skies Above

Priscilla Hernandez
Ancient Shadows: The Ghost & the Fairy

Barby Holder
Haunt Me Forever

Hollyfield & Spruill
Blue and Green

The Sound of Iona

Seamus Kennedy
Seamus Kennedy in Concert
Seamus Kennedy Live!

Kill Devil Hills

Shandy Lawson
Devils & Crows

Michael J. Lewis
Film Music

Night Passage: Invocations for the Journey

Rachel Loshak

Ishbel MacAskill
Essentially Ishbel

The Mortal Moon

Lydia McCauley
Sabbath Day's Journey

John McCormick
Between Our Hearts

Loreena McKennitt
To Drive the Cold Winter Away
The Mask and Mirror

Mediaeval Baebes
The Rose

La Nef
Perceval: The Quest for the Grail, Vols. 1-2

Siobhán O'Brien
Songs I Grew Up To

Odgers & Simmonds
Baby Fishlips

Unborn Star

Maurice Poirier
Behind a Voice

Pyrates Royale
Black Jack (2007)

In the Beauty of the Day

Selia Qynn
The Moon & Me
The Surreal Life Adventures of Stella Quest


Mae Robertson
Stone by Stone
Sweet Dreams of Home, with Eric Garrison

Kevin Rowsome
The Rowsome Tradition

Chandrakant Sardeshmukh
Celebration 80th Birthday

Steve Schuch & the Night Heron Consort
Crossing the Waters

Elaine Silver
Faerie Goddess

Derek Swain
Simple Things

Swill & the Swaggerband
The Day After

June Tabor
Rosa Mundi

Tam Lin
Back on the Road Again

Third Planet
Third Planet

Kathryn Tickell & Ensemble Mystical
Ensemble Mystical

Sue Trainor
In a Closeup

Zoe Vandermeer
Zoe's Musical Fairy Tale: Upon a Time

various artists
Arabic Groove
Celtic Mist
Ceol Na Pioba - Piob Mhor
Love Songs of the World
The Rough Guide to Sufi Music
The Rough Guide to the Music of Cape Verde
We Are Each Other's Angels

Benjy Wertheimer & Michael Mandrell
Notes from Celtistan

Richard Thomas Wright & Cathryn Wellner
Rough But Honest Miner


C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
Captive Moon

Michael Adams
Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon

Bryan W. Alaspa
Ghosts of St. Louis

Alan Alda
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed & Other Things I've Learned

Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites

Kelley Armstrong

Dan Asfar
Ghost Hunters of America: Real Stories of Paranormal Investigators

Robert Asprin
Another Fine Myth/Myth Conceptions
Hit or Myth/Myth Directions

Sean Astin, with Joe Layden
There & Back Again: An Actor's Tale

Steve Aylett

Len Bailey

Robert Baird
Diverse Druids

K.A. Bedford
Orbital Burn

Nigel Bennett & P.N. Elrod
Keeper of the King

Vanora Bennett
Portrait of an Unknown Woman

Amber Benson & Christopher Golden
Ghosts of Albion: Initiation

Linda Berdoll
Mr Darcy Takes a Wife

Anne Bishop
Dreams Made Flesh

Jenna Black
Watchers in the Night

Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Voices of Vision: Creators of Fantasy & Science Fiction Speak

Richard Bowes
Minions of the Moon

C. Alan Bradley & William A.S. Sargeant
Ms. Holmes of Baker Street: The Truth about Sherlock

Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Clingfire Trilogy #1: The Fall of Neskaya, with Deborah J. Ross
The Clingfire Trilogy #2: Zandru's Forge, with Deborah J. Ross
The Clingfire Trilogy #3: A Flame in Hali, with Deborah J. Ross
Heritage & Exile
  (omnibus: The Heritage of Hastur, Sharra's Exile )

William Brandt
The Book of the Film of the Story of My Life

Noel-Anne Brennan
The Blood of the Land

Sybil G. Brinton
Old Friends & New Fancies: The Imaginary Sequel to the Novels of Jane Austen

Ian Brodie
Cameras in Narnia: How The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe Came to Life

Terry Brooks
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
The Sword of Shannara

N.M. Browne
Warriors of Alavna
Warriors of Camlann

Steven Brust
The Book of Athyra
  (omnibus: Athyra, Orca)

Emma Bull
Shadow Unit: Season One
War for the Oaks

Mayra Calvani & Anne K. Edwards
The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing

Rufus C. Camphausen
Return of the Tribal: A Celebration of Body Adornment

Mark C. Carnes, editor
Novel History: Historians & Novelists Confront America's Past

Humphrey Carpenter
Tolkien: A Biography

Angela Carter
The Bloody Chamber

Jay Caselberg
Metal Sky

Shanna Caughey, editor
Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth & Religion in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles

Karen Chance
Claimed by Shadow
Touch the Dark

Dan Chernenko
The Scepter of Mercy #2: The Chernagor Pirates

Ted Chiang
The Merchant & the Alchemist's Gate

Jim Cline
A Small Percentage

Molly Cochran & Warren Murphy
The Forever King

Joni B. Cole & B.K. Rakhra, editors
Water Cooler Diaries: Women Across America Share Their Day at Work

Susan Cooper
Dawn of Fear

Donn Cortez, with Leah Wilson, editors
Investigating CSI: Inside the Crime Labs of Las Vegas, Miami & New York

John Crowley
The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines

Jennifer Crusie, editor
Flirting With Pride & Prejudice: Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece

Marianne Curley
The Named

Cecilia Dart-Thornton
The Bitterbynde #3: The Battle of Evernight

Ellen Datlow, editor
Vanishing Acts

Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, editors
Salon Fantastique

Charles de Lint
The Harp of the Grey Rose
The Riddle of the Wren

Ria Dimitra
The Visconti Devils

Julia Donaldson
The Giants & the Joneses

Sara Douglass

Emily Drake
The Magickers #4: The Gate of Bones

Dave Duncan
The Alchemist's Apprentice
Children of Chaos
The Jaguar Knights

David Anthony Durham
The War with the Mein #1: Acacia

David Eddings
The Belgariad

David & Leigh Eddings
The Rivan Codex

Rosemary Edghill
Bell, Book, and Murder

Kate Elliott
Crossroads #1: Spirit Gate
The Gathering Storm

P.N. Elrod & Roxanne Conrad, editors
Stepping Through the Stargate: Science, Archaeology & the Military in Stargate SG-1

S.L. Farrell
The Cloudmages #2: Mage of Clouds

Mick Farren
The Time of Feasting

Jasper Fforde
The Eyre Affair

Jude Fisher
Fool's Gold #1: Sorcery Rising
Fool's Gold #3: The Rose of the World
Sorcery Rising

Sheree Fitch
The Gravesavers

Bret M. Funk
Path of Glory

Alton Gansky
The Incumbent

Isabel Glass
Daughter of Exile

Amanda Grange
Mr. Darcy's Diary

Cheryl Gray
Barefootin': A Caribbean Tale of the Paranormal

Liz Greene & Juliet Sharman-Burke
The Mythic Journey: The Meaning of Myth as a Guide for Life

Douglas Gresham
Jack's Life: The Life Story of C.S. Lewis

Shannon Hale
Enna Burning
The Goose Girl

Byron Hansen & Dennis Meier
The Science Club Kids & the Fabulous Phrenosan Wormhole Device

Jason Hightman
The Saint of Dragons

Mary Hoffman
Stravaganza: City of Masks
Stravaganza: City of Stars

Robert Holdstock
The Hollowing

David Holland
Murcheston: The Wolf's Tale

Mitch Horowitz
Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

Tanya Huff
Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light
Stealing Magic

Marie Jakober
The Black Chalice
Even the Stones

Kij Johnson
The Fox Woman

Diana Wynne Jones
Witch Week

Frewin Jones
The Faerie Path #3: The Sorcerer King

Guy Gavriel Kay
The Fionavar Tapestry
The Last Light of the Sun

Jill Kelly
Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to Arthurian Fulfillment

Stuart Kelly
The Book of Lost Books

Patricia Kennealy
Strange Days: My Life With & Without Jim Morrison

Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
The Deer's Cry

Eily Kilgannon
Myths & Magic of the Yeats Country

Stephen King
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Robert Kroese
Mercury Falls

Katherine Kurtz, editor
Deryni Tales

Mercedes Lackey
Brightly Burning
Burning Water
The Fire Rose
The Gates of Sleep
Jinx High
Mapping the World of Harry Potter
Phoenix & Ashes
Sacred Ground
Take a Thief

Ann Lawrence
Do You Believe?

Paul Levinson
The Plot to Save Socrates

Dave Marinaccio
All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek

Maxine McArthur
Less Than Human

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Scout's Progress

Beverly & David Lewis

Reyna Thera Lorele
The Archer King

Janet Lunn
Twin Spell

Juliet Marillier
Daughter of the Forest

Louise Marley
The Child Goddess

George R.R. Martin, editor
Wild Card #18: Inside Straight

Caitlin Matthews
King Arthur & the Goddess of the Land: The Divine Feminine in the Maginogion

Julian May
The Boreal Moon Tale #2: Ironcrown Moon

Anne McCaffrey
Black Horses for the King

Anne McCaffrey & Todd McCaffrey
Dragon's Fire

Leslie J. McClinton
Dinner With Da Vinci: The Road Royale Through Rebirth

Patricia A. McKillip
Od Magic
The Riddle-Master of Hed trilogy
The Tower at Stony Wood

Sean McMullen

Edward Mendelson
The Things That Matter: What 7 Classic Novels Have to Say about the Stages of Life

Sarah Micklem

Ron Miller
Bradamant: The Iron Tempest

Richard J. Moll
Before Malory: Reading Arthur in Late Medieval England

Sarah Monette
The Virtu

Elizabeth Moon
Engaging the Enemy

Natasha Mostert

Yxta Maya Murray
Red Lion #2: The King's Gold

Till Noever

Andre Norton
Three Hands for Scorpio

Andre Norton & Jean Rabe
Return to Quag Keep

Jody Lynn Nye
Medicine Show

Maggie O'Farrell
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Susan Overfield
Saturday Dogs ... & the owners they trained

Tamora Pierce
Song of the Lioness #1: Alanna, the First Adventure
Song of the Lioness #2: In the Hand of the Goddess

Christopher Priest
The Prestige

Charlene M. Proctor
Let Your Goddess Grow: 7 Spiritual Lessons on Female Power & Positive Thinking

Irene Radford
Merlin's Descendants #4: Guardian of the Promise
Merlin's Descendants #5: Guardian of the Freedom

Gwinevere Rain
Moonbeams & Shooting Stars

Melanie Rawn

Melanie Rehak
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew & the Women Who Created Her

Mickey Zucker Reichert
The Return of Nightfall

Anita Renfroe
If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother

Anne Rice
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

Jennifer Roberson

R. Garcia y Robertson

Sharron Rose
The Path of the Priestess: A Guidebook for Awakening the Divine Feminine

Will Shetterly

Jenna Solitaire
Daughter of Destiny #3: Keeper of the Flames
Daughter of Destiny #4: Keeper of the Earth

James B. South, editor
Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Philosophy: Fear & Trembling in Sunnydale

Vila SpiderHawk
Hidden Passages: Tales to Honor the Crones

Ellen Steiber
A Rumor of Gems

Cecilia Tan, editor
Sex in the System

G.P. Taylor
The DoppleGanger Chronicles #1: The First Escape

Edrick Thay
Premonitions & Psychic Warnings: Real Stories of Haunting Predictions

Diane Tobin, Gary A. Tobin & Scott Rubin
In Every Tongue: The Racial & Ethnic Diversity of the Jewish People

Keith Topping
Slayer: The Last Days of Sunnydale, An Unofficial & Unauthorised Guide to the Final Season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Never Drank the Kool-Aid

Chris Turner
Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Defined a Generation

Barry Vann
Rediscovering the South's Celtic Heritage

S.L. Viehl

Richard Voss & Laurence Traiger
O'Carolan's Tunes for Piano

E.J. Wagner
The Science of Sherlock Holmes

Saskia Walker
Unveiling the Sorceress

Penny Warner
The Official Nancy Drew Handbook

J. Robert Whittle
Lizzie: Lethal Innocence
Lizzie's Secret Angels

Rhonda V. Wilcox & David Lavery, editors
Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Lynda Williams & Alison Sinclair
Throne Price

Elizabeth R. Wollheim & Sheila E. Gilbert, editors
30th Anniversary DAW: Fantasy

N. Lee Wood
Master of None

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Borne in Blood
Roman Dusk

Glenn Yeffeth, editor
The War of the Worlds: Fresh Perspectives on the H.G. Wells Classic

Rebecca York, Susan Kearney & Jeanie London
Midnight Magic

Ravi Zacharias
Jesus Among Other Gods

Diana S. Zimmerman
The Calabiyau Chronicles #1: Kandide & the Secret of the Mists

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Note from the Underground

Guy Gavriel Kay, author: making other worlds


A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Live

Dark Crystal

The Doors


The Muppet Christmas Carol

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Pirates of Penzance

Practical Magic

Red Sonja

Ringers: Lord of the Fans

The Santa Clause