July 4th 2011 10:56 am

July’s Reads

Continuing my obsession with re-watching science fiction shows, I finished Stargate: Atlantis and started in on Stargate: Universe.  I’m up to season four in Star Trek: Deep Space 9.  I’d be farther along if I didn’t have to wait for the Netflix discs… DS9 probably won’t be out for streaming until October, at which point I will be done, done, done with that particular series.  Also, I reconnected with a whole bunch of my roleplaying buddies from CompuServe so… yeah, I spent more time writing than reading this month.

Fatal Circle by Linda Robertson: This is the third book in the Persephone Alcmedi series, wherein she makes great strides in taking up the mantle of the Lustrata. The Fairies are still out to get her… and the vampire Menessos. It’s up to Persephone, as Lustrata, to bring balance back to the world. The book left plenty of loose ends to address in another book, but not so many that I’d feel extraordinarily angry with Robertson if she didn’t write another one (though I hope she does). If you’re a fan of urban fantasy, read this series! (I’ll bet I said that before, didn’t I?)

Unseen by Rachel Caine: I have been remiss in not mentioning the Outcast Season series by Caine.  This is the third book in the series (the first two being Undone and Unknown).  This series is a tangent or companion series to the Weather Warden series.  The star of this series is Cassiel, a former Djinn, who’s been confined to human form by Ashan, leader of the Old Djinn.  Her mission — destroy all of humanity.  It’s too bad Ashan didn’t take into account the fact that turning Cassiel into a human would slowly infuse her with human compassion.  While Joanne Baldwin and others in her series are sometimes mentioned in passing, this series is all about Cassiel’s struggle to accept being human, and to find some other way than total annihilation of the human race to eliminate the evil that threatens to destroy humans, Djinn and the Mother herself.  An excellent series, and you don’t even have to have read any of the Weather Warden books to understand who the players are… another, interestingly, this book ends at a point that’s right about at the middle of the latest Weather Warden book.  Sadly, based on what appears to be her publishing schedule for this series, I’m going to have to wait another six months to read the next one.  Bummer.

Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne: The third (and, I hope, not last) book in the Iron Druid Chronicles has our Druidic hero traveling with a group of unlikely companions all bent on revenge, and killing the Norse thunder god, Thor. Given the stories they tell, Thor clearing deserves whatever he gets. The Morrigan is again predicting doom, but when isn’t she? Other recent events and their consequences are starting to catch up to Atticus, and he’s going to have to relocate once the adventure to thrash Thor has been completed.

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