July 1st 2011

June’s Reads

So, I finished Stargate: SG-1… and there are no more episodes of House or The Big Bang Theory or Castle to be watched.  Of course, I’m now watching Stargate: Atlantis and Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (and in regards to that show, I’m still trying to remember why I thought it was so good… because season 1 has not been great).  Anyway, I also read!  And it looks like everything stayed in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Supernatural category this month… definitely reflecting what I was watching on the boob tube.

One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde: Jasper Fforde has probably got the most twisted imagination of any author I’ve read. This is his latest in the Bookworld series, in which the written Thursday Next is having difficulties with her co-characters and understudy, and the “real” Thursday Next appears to be… missing. Despite having only 30 minutes for reading at lunchtime during the summer months, and all sorts of obligations, and the Stargate/Star Trek addiction of mine, I polished this one off in about four days.  If I had had the chance, I’d have sat down and read it all in a single day!  I highly recommend you read this one (and it’s possible, I think, to read this without having read the other Bookworld books… but they’re all so good, you really do want to read them all).

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne: What’s not to love about a 2,000+ year old Irish Druid who looks like a college student, has fantastic Celtic knotwork tattoos, and chats telepathically with his Irish wolfhound?  Back in May, one of my favorite authors, John Scalzi, highlighted this book on his blog.  I found the premise and Hearne’s thought process intriguing, so I downloaded the story to my Kindle and finally got around to reading it this month.  It’s probably a good thing I waited a bit because know I want to read the rest of the series… the second book only became available this month, and the third will be out July 7.  Hearne tells an interesting story and sets just the right tone so that it really isn’t all that unbelievable that there’s a 2,000+ year old Druid living in Tempe, Arizona.  It’s not your typical urban fantasy novel, and I highly recommend it.  I just downloaded the second book, and pre-ordered the third!

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris: In this book, the eleventh in the Sookie Stackhouse series (on which the HBO series True Blue is loosely based), Sookie is once again at the center of mayhem.  The Regent of Louisiana is making life difficult for Eric and his vampires, Sookie learns a lot more about her fae side of the family, misfortune seems to be following Sam around, Debbie Pelt’s crazy sister wants Sookie very dead, and on top of it all, Sookie is hosting Tara’s baby shower.  If you’re a fan of the books, you’ll most definitely want to read this one, too.  If everything you know about Bon Temps you learned on HBO, this will confuse you to know end.  That said, read the whole series.  The books and TV show take different paths, but both are very good.  Oooh, that reminds me… better set up the DVR to record True Blood!

Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne: As I said above, I loved the first birth in the series so darn much, I immediately went back to Amazon and downloaded the second book to my Kindle (the third should be ready for download next week). We continue to follow Atticus O’Sullivan in his adventures in Tempe. Some rather nasty, badass witches have come to town, trying to horn in on the local coven’s territory. Not only that, but some Bacchants have come down from Vegas, a fallen angel is snacking on high school students, and a couple of ancient Celtic goddesses are making life more than a litter interesting for our hero. I must say that one of my favorite characters in the book is Oberon, Atticus’ Irish Wolfhound.

A Memory of Wind by Rachel Swirsky: This is a Tor.com original short (well, short-ish) story. Most of us know the story of Helen of Troy. She left her husband, Menelaus, and went with Paris to Troy. Menelaus, Agamemnon and Odysseus decide to fetch her back, but apparently Artemis is keeping their ships in port because she’s ticked off about something. She says she’ll let the winds blow again so the ships can set sail, under the condition that Agamemnon sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to her. And, being a man, he does. This is Iphingenia’s tale, told as her memories fade and she becomes the wind.

Overtime by Charlie Stross: Another Tor.com original short story! This one is a little creepy, a little bizarre and a little bit funny. Possibly even more than just a little bit funny.  I haven’t read much by Stross, but based on this little story, I’m definitely going to find more of his works!

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September 12th 2010

Update

Bad, bad, bad.  Look how long it’s been since I’ve updated.  Eleven friggin’ months.  And the books I’ve read since then!  Holy moly!  Here they are (at least the ones I remembered to record), pretty much in the order in which I read them.  I’d say read them all (except for the ones noted as not worth the time)!  Most are mystery or science fiction or urban fantasy, with a few other categories thrown in for variety.  Like spice.

Wolf Hunting by Jane Lindskold
Wolf’s Blood by Jan Lindskold
A Grave Talent by Laurie R. King
125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson (highly recommended)
To Play the Fool by Laurie R. King
Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn
The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu
Night Work by Laurie R. King
The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu
Mermaid’s Madness by Jim C. Hines
Promises in Death by J. D. Robb
Queen of Dragons by Shana Abé
The Dream Thief by Shana Abé
The Godmother by Carrie Adams
But I Trusted You by Ann Rule
Death by Inferior Design by Leslie Caine
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Saint City Sinners by Lilith Saintcrow
Power Play by Joseph Finder
Run for Your Life by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Hand of Evil by J. A. Vance
The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine
Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine
False Premises by Leslie Caine
Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton (highly recommended)
Death by Inferior Design by Leslie Caine
Manor of Death by Leslie Caine
Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child
Killed by Clutter by Leslie Caine
Fatal Feng Shui by Leslie Caine
Creative Paint Workshop by Ann Baldwin
The Last Pope by Luis Miguel Rocha
B is for Burglar by Sue Grafton (as you will see, I’m rereading this series)
Learning to Stand by Claudia Hall Christian (highly recommended, as are her other books)
C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
D is for Deadbeat by Sue Grafton
Justice Denied by J. A. Vance
Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
Poisoned by Gilt by Leslie Caine
To Hell and Back by Lilith Saintcrow
Blood Sins by Kay Hooper
Guilty as Sin by Tami Hoag
Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
The Creative Edge by Mary Todd Beam
E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
F is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton
G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton
I is for Innocent by Sue Grafton
J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton
K is for Killer by Sue Grafton
L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton
M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
N is for Noose by Sue Grafton
O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
Mark of the Demon Diana Rowland
Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
First Family by David Baldacci
Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
P is for Peril by Sue Grafton
Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
S is for Silence by Sue Grafton
T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton
Partnership by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball
Poison Sleep by T. A. Pratt
The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (if you like True Blood, you should read her books!)
You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
The First 48 by Tim Green
Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister
Stone Kiss by Faye Kellerman
Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith (American history + vampires = WIN)
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
Almost Dead by Lisa Jackson
The Camel Club by David Baldacci
Holy Smokes by Katie MacAlister
Black Blade Blues by J. A. Pitts (excellent!)
Fatal Cure by Robin Cook (don’t bother)
U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
18 Seconds by George D. Shuman
Lords of Corruption by Kyle Mills (good,  but not as good as his previous books)
The Final Planet by Andrew M. Greeley
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
Fantasy in Death by J. D. Robb
Intervention by Robin Cook (his worse ever – DO NOT READ)
The Arraignment by Steve Martini

I have this plan to update more regularly.  If I commit to once a month, I might just be able to do it.  I guess we’ll find out, won’t we?

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