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text 2018-02-12 08:28
Reading progress update: I've read 7%. - one chapter in and already happy
Frost Burned - Patricia Briggs,Lorelei King

After deciding to DNF "Need To Know", which I'd been looking forward to enough to pre-order, I needed something to remind me how much fun reading can be.


It's mid-February. The sky is pregnant with grey snow that turns to rain when I drop 200m down the hill to the lakeside. The noon-time temperature is just above freezing. I have proposals to write in my deliberately small and dark office. 


So, before I start my day, I decided to spend some time with Mercy Thompson over in Washington State. It's Thanksgiving there, so the weather's no better but within a single chapter, I've been transported from here to somewhere where all I have to do is relax and admire how skillfully Patricia Briggs re-immerses me into Mercy's world through the mundane activity of Black Friday shopping and then blows everything apart, leaving me keen to know what happens next.


Better yet, I was able to get this book in the audible version (books 2-6 aren't available as audiobooks in Switzerland) so I can let Lorelei King lay the whole thing out for me as I walk beneath slowly brightening sky to get a café creme and a couple of croissants for breakfast.


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review 2018-02-10 15:46
"River Marked - Mercedes Thompson #6" by Patricia Briggs
River Marked - Patricia Briggs

At the start of "River Marked", I found myself smiling. I was glad to be back in Mercy's company and pleased that she has been granted some happiness.  Patricia Briggs writes in a way that makes me feel that I'm going, if not home, then at least back to a favourite place when I open a Mercedes Thompson book. That's a rare gift.


Mercy is getting married. Honest. Any day soon. If she can survive her mother's plan-everything-down-to-the-last-second approach. As the wedding plans devolved into chaos my smile broadened. This felt warm and real.


When the Fae offered a fancy mobile home for Mercy's honeymoon and a free stay at a perfect spot, I grinned harder, knowing that bad things were bound to follow.


The honeymoon takes place on the Columbia River, near Horsethief Lake Park in Washington and the Bad Thing is drawn from Native American traditions and is a lot scarier than the vampires and most of the Fae we've met so far. This monster is hunger incarnate and people are its favourite prey.



(]Horsethief Falls Pictograph: She Who Watches. East gorge. WA. Angie Moore. 1M "She Who Watches"Pectroglph)


I liked the way this story uses Mercy's Native American heritage and of course, her Walker/Coyote nature to give her a better understanding of herself without getting all soppy about it and without sentimentalising Native American Myths.


There were clever links to the pictographs in the Park and the scene in the local standing stones was very well done. I loved the fact that Mercy's magical nature meant she could see things the young shaman-in-training wanted to believe in but had not yet managed to see.


This time, even though Adam is at her side, it is Mercy who must save the day. She gets help from some surprising places, including meeting with Coyote himself. Patricia Briggs manages to balance, magic, myth, murderous violence with humour and compassion in a way I find very pleasing.


The book also moves Mercy on. It gives her happiness and security and demonstrates her strength while still showing her as vulnerable. The letter Mercy wrote to Adam, to be opened if she didn't survive her encounter with the Big Bad, summed her up perfectly.



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text 2018-02-02 01:28
Reading progress update: I've read 0 out of 368 pages.
Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs

Just when I start telling all of you how good I'm feeling, fever. Thank God for the Libby app. I got the audiobook from the library. Will start tomorrow. This crazy ass weather needs to go! I am so tired of being sick!!! I'm going to start living in my bedroom and be fed through the cat door.


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text 2018-02-01 21:07
February TBR
Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs
The Twilight Swimmer - A.C. Kavich
The Blood of Olympus - Rick Riordan
Nevernight - Jay Kristoff
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman

I managed to complete my entire January TBR and then some. But that doesn't mean I am going to get too cocky on my abilities. So I am still keeping my list manageable, and if I overshoot, that's just gravy. Finally going to finish the Heroes of Olympus series so I can move on the Magnus Chase or Apollo. And my copy of Nevernight is signed, so that's cool. I love collecting autographs.



For surviving the flu, my husband bought me this gorgeous Princess Skystar. Other than this, nothing much is happening. I am out of physical therapy and feeling very good about my hip and back. They said I had progressed in leaps and bounds. I was also ridiculously flexible in most respects, to the amusement of my therapist. I could bend ways they couldn't. It sort of became a competition. I will miss those people.


Also, this is a potoo. You're welcome.


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review 2018-01-03 16:27
"Silver Borne - Mercy Thompson #5" by Patricia Briggs
Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs

"Silver Borne" delivers roughly the same mix of contents as the previous books in the series but with a rounding out of how the power of the pack works through the Alpha and a deeper look at the world of the fae. There is a fun addition of a TV Reality Show Werewolf Bounty Hunter and complications coming from having one of the main characters surrender himself to his wolf.


I liked the way that the conflict in the Pack was confronted and resolved but I thought the struggle with the Fae enemy lacked a credible level of violence.


Perhaps it was because I read "Silver Borne" in the same month that I read "Bone Crossed" but it seemed to me that this series is starting to repeat itself. It's hard to see a real story arc. I'm becoming aware that even when the Big Bad uses mind control to enslave people, the sense of abuse is muted and the sharp edges of evil have been rounded off for my safety.


"Silver Borne" was entertaining and well written but I'm hoping that the series as a whole will find a direction to go in that avoids repetition and enables Mercy to find true strength and independence.

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