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review 2017-07-18 06:31
Blood Trail (Victoria Nelson, #2) - Tanya Huff

From the blurb:

 

"For centuries, the werewolves of Toronto have managed to live in peace and tranquility, hidden quietly away on their London, Ontario farm. But now, someone has learned their secret—and is systematically massacring this ancient race.

The only one they can turn to is Henry Fitzroy, Toronto-based vampire and writer of bodice rippers. Forced to hide from the light of day, Henry can’t hunt the killer alone, so he turns to Vicki Nelson for help. As they race against time to stop the murderer, they begin to fear that their combined talents may not be enough to prevent him from completing his deadly plan.
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This is an entertaining, fun, action-packed, mystery-thriller-urban fantasy novel with strong characters and a decent plot.

 

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review 2017-07-17 09:15
Besieged (The Iron Druid Chronicles) by Kevin Hearne
Besieged - Kevin Hearne

This is a collection of short stories in the Iron Druid universe.  I found most of the stories to be rather bland - same stuff, different day.  There were one or two stories that were different, but most were of the all-powerful druid killing the bad guy variety.  In short, an ok read but I know the author can do better and I wonder if he hasn't got bored with this story.

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review 2017-07-13 19:06
Blood Price by Tanya Huff
Blood Price - Tanya Huff

From the blurb:

 

"Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that are now plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki is forced to renew her tempestuous relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci, to stop these forces of dark magic—along with another, unexpected ally…

Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his long life how to blend with humans, how to deny the call for blood in his veins. Without him, Vicki and Mike would not survive the ancient force of chaos that has been unleashed upon the world—but in doing so, his identity may be exposed, and his life forfeit.
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I picked this up as something lighter to read than a science book.  Blood Price is a humorous an entertaining urban fantasy novel that somehow manages to be different despite the vampires and demons.  The characters are well written with strong personalities and the plot is decent.  It's nice to read an urban fantasy novel that doesn't revolve around sex and love triangles. 

 

Apparently there is a TV series based on this set of books as well.  I might have to track it down.

 

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review 2017-07-10 06:50
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian (Mass Market MTI): A Novel - Andy Weir

I originally bought this book for my husband, and then ended up reading it myself.  My husband enjoyed the book enough to ask if the author had written anything else (this doesn't happen very often). 

 

I found this book to be an enjoyable, action packed, fast moving and funny novel about the adventures of astronaut Mark Watney accidentally left on Mars.  The mechanical details were a bit above my head (i.e. can't tell how accurate they are), but I loved the botany and science details.  Too bad my potatoes never grow as well as Watneys!

 

As far as I can remember (I was "reading another book while "watching" the movie), the book is a bit different than the movie, but not too much.

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-06 13:17
Bookburners (Bookburners #1.1-1.16) by Max Gladstone
Bookburners - Max Gladstone,Margaret Dunlap,Mur Lafferty,Brian Francis Slattery,Mark Weaver,Jeffrey Veregge

An original and entertaining urban-fantasy series combined into one volume. The characters each have a unique and well rounded personality with several unusual quirks. The story telling is engaging, fun and nail-biting as required. This novel serialization should be be made into a TV series.

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