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Posted by Cyn | Posted in Art, Reading | Posted on 21-07-2008

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There was some­thing spe­cif­ic I was going to post. I know it. I remem­ber think­ing, “Oh, yeah, I want to blog about that!” But I didn’t do it imme­di­ate­ly and now, of course, it’s gone, gone, gone. Blah.

So, instead, you get a lit­tle hodge-podge update of books and pic­tures.

This is the last day of Sam’s “mini-vaca­tion,” as he took off Fri­day and today so we could cel­e­brate his birth­day. It’s been won­der­ful! I know it sounds sil­ly, but I miss him all the time when he’s gone. Yep, I see him every morn­ing, spend every evening and night with him, but home just isn’t the same when he’s gone every day. Is it any won­der that I’m crap­py with long-dis­tance rela­tion­ships?

I’ve been read­ing, and more and more frus­trat­ed that I can’t log stuff in Now Read­ing!1 I don’t remem­ber how recent­ly I men­tioned read­ing stuff.

I know I fin­ished Patri­cia Brig­gs’ Mer­cy Thomp­son tril­o­gy (well, the three books that are out – there’s anoth­er com­ing, so I guess they aren’t real­ly a tril­o­gy), Moon Called), Blood Bound, and Iron Kissed. They were absolute­ly mar­velous, and I look for­ward to read­ing the next one and any­thing else by Brig­gs. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the two library sys­tems we use don’t have her oth­er books, but I’ll try inter­li­brary loans.

Then I read C.E. Murphy’s Walk­er Papers books (again, three of them, although I’m not sure if they’re a tril­o­gy), Urban Shaman, Thun­der­bird Falls, and Coy­ote Dreams. As soon as I start­ed the sec­ond book, I real­ized that I must have missed some­thing, because there were obvi­ous­ly sig­nif­i­cant events that had occurred after the first book end­ed. I went to Murphy’s site and found that, lo!, there is a Walk­er Papers novel­la in the anthol­o­gy Win­ter Moon. Serendip­i­tous­ly, I had just got­ten that from the library, too! So I read “Ban­shee Cries,” then went back to the nov­els. It felt odd to read a sec­ond series about a female mechan­ic with­in a week, but Brig­gs’ and Murphy’s hero­ines are very dif­fer­ent women liv­ing in dif­fer­ent worlds.

Oh – the oth­er two authors in Win­ter Moon are Mer­cedes Lack­ey and Tanith Lee. Lackey’s novel­la, “Moon­tide,” is set in the Five Hun­dred King­doms. Since I don’t read her nov­els these days, I have no idea whether or not this sto­ry has any con­nec­tions to the rest of that series. Hap­pi­ly, the sto­ry was bet­ter than any­thing I’ve seen from her in years. I’m not very famil­iar with Tanith Lee’s work, so I don’t know if “The Heart of the Moon” con­nect­ed to any­thing else, either, but it was a decent read (Ama­zon war­riors and sor­ta-Greek sol­diers on a spir­i­tu­al quest).

Back to C.E. Mur­phy, I went on to read The Queen’s Bas­tard, which was deli­cious­ly sexy. Toss Dan­ger­ous Liaisons, Alias and Dan­ger­ous Beau­ty togeth­er and stir thor­ough­ly with a lit­tle mag­ic for good mea­sure. It’s very Eliz­a­bethan, while not refer­ring to any actu­al his­tor­i­cal fig­ures (as far as I could tell), and I had fun try­ing to match the fic­tion­al peo­ple and nations with their real-world equiv­a­lents. Good stuff, and I’m eager to read more in that world.

Then I got a review copy of Vampyres of Hol­ly­wood, by Adri­enne Bar­beau and Michael Scott, and read that. I’ll post the review here if that’s allowed – oth­er­wise I’ll post a point­er to it. It’s cute, but not a book I’m like­ly to re-read. Any­body want it? Oth­er­wise, I’ll freecy­cle it.

Ear­li­er today, I fin­ished Dis­ap­pear­ing Night­ly by Lau­ra Resnick. New York, stage shows, magi­cians (the David Cop­per­field sort), sor­cerors, actress­es, bankers, cow­boys, drag queens, tigers, and demons, oh my! It was fast and very, very fun­ny.

So now I’m on to Stay­ing Dead (Retriev­ers, Book 1), the first book in Lau­ra Anne Gilman’s Retriev­ers series. Katie just fin­ished read­ing Twi­light by Stephanie Mey­er, and I’m going to give that a look before it goes back to the library and the hun­dreds of peo­ple wait­ing for it.

Final­ly, a fun link from a friend’s blog: Face of the Future lets you upload a pho­to and trans­form it in the style of var­i­ous famous artists, exper­i­ment with dif­fer­ent eth­nic looks, and take it back to infan­cy or for­ward to “old­er adult.” I liked some of them, but the age thing was creepy.

Botticelli

1 Still wait­ing for a patch or some­thing from the author.

Comments (4)

The top­ic will prob­a­bly come back to you as soon as you’re in a place where you can’t write it down or type it into any­thing. That’s what usu­al­ly hap­pens to me 🙂

The pub­lished Walk­er Papers are the first three (and the novel­la) of a series that I hope will be 9 books long, in the end. Glad you’re enjoy­ing them. 🙂

-Catie

I’m so glad to know that there will be more Walk­er Papers! I real­ly got into The Queen’s Bas­tard, too. Will you be doing more in that uni­verse?

There will indeed be. The sec­ond book, THE PRETENDER’S CROWN, should be out next year. 🙂

-Catie