May 1st 2011

April’s Reads

More House marathons and I also added a Castle marathon this month, but also remembering to read more at lunchtime.

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter: This is Slaughter’s first book in the Grant County series.  I’d already read the last book in the series (Beyond Reach), but since I read it so long ago, I barely remembered any of the characters.  (But I have NOT forgotten what bad, bad thing Slaughter did in the final book).  This is another one of those books I picked up at the library because it was similar to something else I’d read.  I’d actually completely forgotten that I’d already read a book by Slaughter until I was about half-way through the book and some of the people were seeming somewhat familiar.  It’s definitely worth the read.  As in the last book, the crimes are twisty, the good guys are good, the bad guys are bad… but unlike the final book, there are a number of characters who are neutral, and who could go either way.  Now I feel like I need to read the four other books in this series to find out whether some of these neutral people turn out to be bad guys or good guys.

Space (Creative Painting Series) by Gemma Guasch and Josep Asunción: I really thought I was going to love this book.  I requested it from the library because I thought it might help me paint better paintings.  But what I figured out is that this is a great book if you’re planning out your paintings before you painting.  Or, heck, if you’re planning out your paintings as your painting them.  But I don’t plan anything when I paint.  It’s all kind of go-with-the-flow and very emotional.  So, this book (even though it had a small, very interesting section on abstract paintings) wasn’t as helpful to me as I’d hope.  My disappointment in the book, however, shouldn’t dissuade anyone from reading it.  There is a lot of very, very good technical information packed in there.

The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison: This is Harrison’s sixth book in The Hollows series, in which Rachel is once again fighting bad guys with her partners Jenks and Ivy.  Of course, there are the usual cast of demons, as well.  In this book, a Rachel also has a family reunion and learns some rather interesting family secrets.  If you’ve been following this series (and I’m sure I mentioned that you should), this book reveals more clues about Rachel’s affinity for demon magic.

White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison:  The seventh book in The Hollows series brings in a new type of character… a banshee.  Oooh, and banshees are not nice at all.  Also, we finally find out who killed Kisten back in book five, and there are some new and interesting people to populate Rachel’s world.

Queen’s Own FBI Trilogy by Mark Phillips: A zany pulp fiction series about telepaths, teleporters, and spies, and the FBI agent caught up in the middle of it all.  The three stories were each a heck of a lot of fun, and appear to be available only on the Kindle (or for Kindle apps on the myriad devices that support them).  Definitely worth the read… highly amusing!

A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen W. Hawking:  Thought I’d read a serious book for a change, and was absolutely thrilled to have finally read Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.  He explains complex ideas in the field of theoretical physics in a way that anyone can understand.  I didn’t have to try to refresh my memory of calculus or even the high school physics class I took forever ago.  This book is education, entertaining and exceptionally well-written.  Everyone should read this one!

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March 1st 2011

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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September 29th 2008

For A Few Demons More

Ho boy.  Rachel is in all kinds of trouble in this book.  A demon with Alzheimer’s shows up.  She’s got another demon owing her a favor, which is definitely not as good as it sounds (and it doesn’t sound good).  And good ol’ Al shows up again.

There’s more than the usual angst between her and Ivy.  Jenks is his usual pixie self (but I’m worried about Matalina).  Ceri gets scary.  (Ha ha!)

Oh… and the Focus?  Yeah.  Interlanders have figured out it wasn’t destroyed and Weres are being murdered (covered up to look like suicide).  Wanna know who’s killing them?  (Nah, I’m not telling.)

Trent is going to get married to that nasty Ellsabeth woman.  What a creep.

Piscary is out of jail.  Not good.  But it works out in the end.

And Harrison killed off one of my favorite characters!  Yo, there’d better be a damn good reason for that and I’ll be waiting on the next book to discover that reason (because the one you garner from this book is a little on the lame side… in my opinion).

Yes, one last thing… don’t go down that same road Laurell K. Hamilton is going down.  Sex is not a necessary part of the book, ok?  It’s distracting and breaks the flow of the book.  Thank you.

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August 13th 2007

A Fistful of Charms

Lawsy, lawsy, lawsy! I registered nearly 200 books on Bookcrossing this weekend, then donated them all to the Schenectady County Public Library. I suspect most of them will show up in their next book sale. Wherever they wind up (on a shelf or at the book sale) is good… people will have access to them. And that’s the whole point.

My goal is to release at least a dozen books for every one that comes into the house… at least until I reach equilibrium. Yeesh, have I got books! This is not as easy as it sounds because books sneak into the house. I’m sure they have little teensy feet like Ballycumber, the Bookcrossing mascot. They climb in windows when no one is looking. It’s the only way to explain the plethora of books that threaten to take over my living space. (Books are one of the reasons why I need such a huge house.)

A Fistful of CharmsReading the latest Kim Harrison book, A Fistful of Charms, that I received Saturday from Booksfree is the Netflix of books. Sure, I could get books at the library instead of paying to have them mailed to my house. But I never seem to get to the library. There’s a branch right up the street from my soon-to-be-ex-job, but do I ever stop in after work? No… I just want to get home. There’s a branch next to the bank branch I generally visit, and less than a block from my chiropractor. Do I ever stop in over there? No. Sheesh. Maybe I need a note in my car to remind me.

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