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review 2019-09-05 23:46
Discount Armageddon / Seanan McGuire
Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night...

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity—and humanity from them.

Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right?

It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed.

To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...

 

I read this book to fill the Cryptozoologist square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.

Hail! Cake and cheese for all sapient rodents!

I still love this silly little series and the Aeslin mice. Verity Price may not be the world’s sharpest detective and Domenic De Luca may not be the most desireable romantic partner for her, but the mice fix everything with their charming presence throughout the book.

My memory is obviously not what it used to be, because I had completely forgotten the book’s opening, in which the mice feature prominently. Somehow, I didn’t think they appeared until Verity’s adventures in the Big Apple. I also had forgotten the significance of cake and cheese even in this very first book. Once again, I thought that the emphasis on these two foodstuffs came in later books. They were probably overshadowed in my memory by the whole take-out chicken scene! Showing that it does pay to re-read your favourites.

I still enjoy this series, featuring a manic family of ardent cryptozoologists and their crazy adventures, featuring any mythical beastie that you can think of and some which the author must have made up (like the Aeslin mice). I love the snark, the cute, and the smart. Each book is a lovely little vacation from reality.

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review 2019-03-27 15:13
Living Dead in Dallas / Charlaine Harris
Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris

Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed, and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).
The point is: they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges - and soon Sookie's in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed.
But that's easier said than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly...

 

2019 Re-Read

Just as telepath Sookie enjoys resting her mind around Vampire Bill, whose thoughts she can’t hear, I enjoy resting myself in this series that I’ve read and enjoyed before.

I find myself really curious about Charlaine Harris’ writing practices—did she have this series planned out well in advance or did she just sit down at her desk each day to see where the characters took her? Maybe a hybrid somewhere in between? I feel like the general arc of the story must have been laid out in advance, but then some characters (the maenad, for example) just seem to appear without warning or explanation.

But Harris delivers some on-the-nose commentary about American society, despite the supernatural elements. Take for example the lawyer Hugo that Sookie is teamed-up with to investigate the Fellowship of the Sun:

I could tell Hugo was convinced that he would get to walk back up these stairs: after all, he was a civilized person. These were all civilized people.

Hugo really couldn't imagine that anything irreparable could happen to him, because he was a middle-class white American with a college education, as were all the people on the stairs with us.

I had no such conviction. I was not a wholly civilized person.


I’ve made assumptions like this—that life is safe and that bad things won’t happen. It’s these little observations that make this series more than just fluff. Just as Agatha Christie’s Jane Marple could gauge people from her village experience, Sookie has good psychological experience from being a woman, a telepath, and a bar maid in a small town. It’s true what they say, that everybody knows your business in a small town and this gives anyone who is paying attention a chance to educate themselves in the field of human behaviour!

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review 2018-03-01 21:40
Tigana / Guy Gavriel Kay
Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay

Tigana is the magical story of a beleaguered country struggling to be free. It is the tale of a people so cursed by the dark sorceries of the tyrant king Brandin that even the very name of their once beautiful home cannot be spoken or remembered. But years after their homeland’s devastation, a handful of men and women set in motion a dangerous crusade—to overthrow their conquerors and bring back to the world the lost brightness of an obliterated name: Tigana.

Against the magnificently realized background of a world both sensuous and brutal, this masterful epic of a passionate people pursuing their dream is breathtaking in its vision. A spellbinding novel in which myth comes alive and magic reaches out to touch you.

 

Those of you who read my reviews regularly know that Guy Gavriel Kay can do no wrong in my eyes. I adore his novels and this one is no exception. The bonus this time? I met Mr. Kay at a convention last August and I can now hear his voice in my head, reading the novel to me (he has a very nice voice).

Tigana is a kingdom under a curse: the people were conquered and the name of their country can no longer be heard or remembered (except by those who lived through the conquest). When a former citizen says “Tigana,” others hear only a garble or an empty spot. Can those who remember find a way to break the curse and restore Tigana to its former glory? Their lives get braided together in some convoluted and heartbreaking ways.

As with any sweeping tale like this one, there are casualties along the way, some expected, some surprising. The ending was a bit messy, something I appreciate in a book, as I find that real life endings are rarely neat. I read most of the novel on a long plane flight and it was the perfect distraction—I was able to submerge in this fantasy world and ignore the passage of time.

Book 271 of my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project

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text 2018-02-02 01:00
January Books

I had a ridiculously good month with 42 books read for January. I got to 5 of the 12 books from 2017 that I really wanted to read, but hadn't gotten to last year. For new 2018 books I was highly anticipating, I read 2 of the 7 that were out in January. I loved the majority of the books I read with an average score of 3.9 stars.

 

22 of my books were YA. 11 were graphic novels. My most-read genres were fantasy, romance, and contemporary.

 

My favorite books were The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black and Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills. My least favorite was Vanilla - Billy Merrell.

 

5 Stars

Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman Roomies - Christina Lauren We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Saga Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan  The Cruel Prince - Holly Black  Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm  Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills  

 

4.5 Stars

Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  The Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

 

4 Stars

You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) - Alec Baldwin,Kurt Andersen  The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  American Street - Ibi Zoboi  The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  Secret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  The Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  Giant Days Vol. 5 - John Allison,Max Sarin  

Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake  Frostblood (The Frostblood Saga) - Elly Blake  Empress of a Thousand Skies - Rhoda Belleza  Animosity Volume 2 - Marguerite Bennett,Mike Marts  City of Saints & Thieves - Natalie C. Anderson  Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse - James Breakwell  Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca - G. Willow Wilson  

Fireblood (The Frostblood Saga) - Elly Blake  Girl of Nightmares - Kendare Blake  The Duchess Deal - Tessa Dare  The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen  

 

3.5 Stars

Morrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson Batwoman Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death (Rebirth) - Marguerite Bennett,James IV Tynion,Steve Epting  Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm - Marco Checchetto,Lee Garbett,Szymon Kudranski,Al Ewing,Jason Aaron,Simone Bianchi  Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages - Melissa de la Cruz 

 

3 Stars

Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) - Jason Reynolds,Kadir Nelson Snow Falling - Jane Gloriana Villanueva  Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  Disney Manga: Descendants The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 1 (Disney Descendants: The Rotten to the Core Trilogy) - Jason Muell  Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  Disney Manga: Descendants The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 2 - Jason Muell  

 

2.5 Stars

Generations - Marvel Comics  

 

2 Stars

Vanilla - Billy Merrell 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 9
  • Female: 30
  • Male/Female Mix: 3

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 25
  • Audio: 17

 

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text 2018-01-31 21:12
Monthly Run Down - January 2018

Books I Read:

 

Jake Understood - 4 Stars -

 

Higher Is Waiting  - 3.75 Stars - Book Bingo: A Celebrity Memoir

 

The Magic Misfits - 4 Stars - Book Bingo: A Current Bestselling Children’s Book

 

Fifth Grave Past the Light - 4 Stars - A re-read. I’m loving re-exploring this series

 

Cherish Hard - 4 Stars -

 

New Year’s Eve - 4 Stars - A lovely little short.

 

Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian - 3.5 Stars - Starts off slow, takes a bit to get used to the authors writing/thinking style

 

Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up - 3.5 Stars - I would love her to write a follow up in a few years.

 

The Beautiful Ashes - 4 Stars - Can’t wait til February first so I can read the next installment.




DNF:

 

Judgment Road - More pressing pause than DNF



Currently Reading:

 

Collision Point - Slow but steady? Learning a new world is always the roughest time for me with a book

 

Year to Date Totals:

 

January: 9 books

 

2018: 9 books

 



 

 

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