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review 2018-12-18 15:16
Moon Called / Patricia Briggs
Moon Called - Patricia Briggs

Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water...

 

I’m not sure why this is a more difficult Christmas season than usual, but it is.  I’m having a hard time motivating myself to do anything besides the basics:  go to work, cook enough to survive, clean when I have to.  I didn’t even set up a Christmas tree this year—and I’ve done that continuously since 1996.  Plus I’ve found myself reluctant to read new books and I’ve gone on quite a binge of re-reading old favourites. 

 

This one I am justifying to myself as a re-read in anticipation of the 11th book of the series coming out next May.  I’m just having a wander down memory lane, since this is one of the books that got me hooked on the urban fantasy genre.

 

I’d forgotten how quickly Briggs developed the plot in this first novel—the reader plummets into convoluted politics of various species, equally twisty personal relationships, plus lots & lots of details that set up the Mercy universe.  I was enthralled during that first encounter and have been happily sharing Briggs’ world since 2015. 

 

I was somewhat startled to realize that Mercy was already crushing on Adam, right from the beginning!  Somehow, in my mind, the triangle between her, Adam, and Samuel started with the two men on more or less equal footing.  This is changing my view of Mercy—I like her better for knowing her own desires and not letting Samuel interfere (too much).

 

I really like Briggs’ depiction of the Fae and her version of vampires.  I’m still very glad I started reading this genre and I look forward to many more urban fantasy adventures in 2019.

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text 2018-12-15 20:24
24 Festive Tasks - The Points...So Far
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
Princess Elizabeth's Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
Love's Unfading Light: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 1) - Melissa Jagears,Naomi Rawlings,Roseanna White
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America - Michael Eric Dyson
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore
Amelia: An Autumn Bride - Hildie McQueen
Star Dust (Fly Me to the Moon, Book One) - Genevieve Turner,Emma Barry

This is my collection of points for the game. Links back to tasks, will update with links to book reviews once they are written.

 

 Current Points Collected: 41

 

Door 1: 3 tasks (3 pts) + read The Soldier's Secrets (1 pt) = 4pts

Door 2: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Princess Elizabeth's Spy (1pt) = 3pts

Door 3: 3 tasks (3pts) + read The Gentleman's Game (1pt) = 4pts

Door 4: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Love's Unfading Light (1pt) = 3pts

Door 5: 1 task (1pt) + read A Moveable Feast (1pt) = 2 pts

Door 6: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Tears We Cannot Stop (1pt) = 3pts

Door 7: 2 tasks (2pts) + read Radium Girls (1pt) = 3pts

Door 8: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 9: 4 tasks (4pts) + read Amelia: An Autumn Bride (1pt) = 5 pts

Door 10: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 11: 1 task (1pt) + read Star Dust (1pt) = 2 pts

Door 12: 1 task (1pt) +

Door 13: 2 tasks (2pts) + 

Door 14: 0 tasks (0pt) +

Door 15: 2 tasks (2pts) +

Door 16: 3 tasks (3pts) + currently reading The Swan

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review 2018-12-14 17:55
Charming Christmas story
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015-) #37 - Brandon Montclare,Gustavo Duarte,Natacha Bustos

It doesn't pretend to be anything other than a Christmas story, but that's alright: I choose to buy and read this, because I love these characters. 

 

I love how much Lunella cares so much for her friends in this issue.   It was just really nice to see how much she'll sacrifice for them, because they mean that much to her.

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review 2018-12-14 17:42
Fun!
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015-) #36 - Brandon Montclare,Natacha Bustos

Again, continues to be warm and funny, and I can see why Scholastic does so well with the graphic novels.   (Which is the saving grace for this series for those asking why this was still going.   It doesn't sell well enough month by month but does sell well in graphic novel format.)

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review 2018-12-14 17:36
This continues to be charming, heartwarming, and fantastic
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015-) #35 - Brandon Montclare,Natacha Bustos

And I love, love, love it.   So much fun.  Moon Girl continues to be a charming mixture of exasperated by a world who doesn't understand her, and determined to do good for everyone around her anyway.

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