March 1st 2011 07:33 am

February’s Reads

Winter should mean sitting in the comfy chair, maybe in front of a toasty space heater under a warm blanket, and reading the time away.  The problem with this particular bout of fibromyalgia, all I feel like doing is sitting in the other comfy chair (which, by the way, isn’t always comfy) and watching Star Trek.  Good grief.  I’m embarrassed to say I spent  far more time watching Star Trek: The Next Generation than I did reading.

Coyote: A Novel of Interstellar Exploration by Allen Steele:  John Scalzi merely mentioned this author/series and I figured if John Scalzi likes the book… and I like John Scalzi’s books… then there’s a good chance I would like the book.  Ah ha!  I was correct in my assumption!  It’s a good, solid science fiction story with political intrigue; good, bad and ugly interpersonal relationships; and a writing style that doesn’t let you put the book down.  Well, unless you have to actually work or are depressed and just want to watch some ST:TNG, which is in no way the book’s fault.  And I plan to read the other books in the Coyote series.

Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson:  This is from my latest batch of books from Booksfree.  I was updating my queue there, and there were a number of recommendations they presented.  You know… “Hey, we’ve noticed all the books you’ve borrowed from us and think you’d like all of these.”  So I added a few to my queue… this was one of them.  It’s an urban fantasy novel with witches, werewolves and vampires.  The unusual thing about it?  It’s not set in the Pacific Northwest!  Nope  Watch out Ohio… not only do you have John Scalzi, you now have Supernaturals.  (No one has yet been able to prove that John Scalzi isn’t one of them, by the way.)  The bottom line is: if you like urban fantasy, you’ll probably like this book.

Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison: I had Booksfree send me this one because I totally love her Hallows series.  This is geared more for the young adult reader, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t it enjoy it too.  I sure did!  In fact, I now need to read the next book in the series.

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