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Book Review: The Horns of Elfland edited by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 08-06-2010

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The Horns of Elfland The Horns of Elfland by Ellen Kush­n­er

My rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars
It took a while to track down this vol­ume, as it has long been out of print. Inter­li­brary loan was, once again, my friend. But how odd to read an actu­al phys­i­cal book again, when I’ve been read­ing ebooks almost exclu­sive­ly late­ly!

Review: Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 07-06-2010

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Blood Oath Blood Oath by Christo­pher Farnsworth

My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars
Blood Oath is an inter­est­ing and fair­ly refresh­ing vari­a­tion on the vam­pire riff. Most of the cur­rent tales give us a suave, sexy preda­tor who mes­mer­izes his or her prey, leav­ing humans pin­ing for their pres­ence. They might even fall in love with a human. Nathaniel Cade, how­ev­er, refers to humans as food, say­ing, “Would you have sex with a cow?” That makes much more sense to me. It’s a good thing he isn’t inter­est­ed, either, as the typ­i­cal reac­tion peo­ple have to encoun­ter­ing him is utter pan­ic, often involv­ing the loss of blad­der con­trol.

Reviews: Various Short Stories

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 24-04-2010

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I just fin­ished read­ing a bunch of dif­fer­ent short sto­ries that have been lurk­ing in var­i­ous pro­grams on my iTouch. While they are reviewed in sep­a­rate entries on GoodReads, I’m going to try to put the reviews in one blog post.

Book Review: Night’s Edge

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 04-04-2010

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Night's Edge Night’s Edge by Mag­gie Shayne

My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars
“Dancers in the Dark” by Char­laine Har­ris is set in the same uni­verse as the South­ern Vampire/​Sookie Stack­house sto­ries, but with none of the incred­i­bly annoy­ing char­ac­ters. How refresh­ing!

Review: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 12-06-2009

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At Grave's End (Night Huntress, #3) At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost

My review


rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars
Cat is def­i­nite­ly com­ing into her own now, and her rela­tion­ship with Bones is por­trayed far more health­ily than most in the para­nor­mal romance cat­e­go­ry. I love the fact that she demands that he per­mit her to stand as his equal, rather than treat her like a del­i­cate thing to be pro­tect­ed.

The plot is more inter­est­ing than I recall in pre­vi­ous excur­sions, while build­ing on the ear­li­er books. I know there’s anoth­er vol­ume either planned or on the shelves, and I plan to read it. I wasn’t so sure after the last book, but I’m glad I gave this one a chance.

I still con­tend that the cov­er art, no mat­ter how love­ly, shows a woman in a posi­tion that can­not be obtained by any human who wants to walk again. Cat is sup­posed to be half-vam­pire, but that hasn’t been said to give her more flexibility—increased strength, speed, and heal­ing pow­er, yes, but not this sort of odd­i­ty. Yes, it’s a minor nit to pick, but it has bugged me since the first time I saw the cov­er.

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Review: Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 12-06-2009

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Wicked Game (WVMP Radio, #1) Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready

My review

I give up. I just don’t care what hap­pens to any­body in this book. Back to the library with it!

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Review: Spectre by Phaedra Weldon

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 02-09-2008

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Spectre (Zoe Martinique, Book 2) Spec­tre by Phae­dra Wel­don

My review

rat­ing: 3 of 5 stars
Hmm. Spec­tre feels less like a sequel to Wraith than a chap­ter two, if that makes any sense. Both books are full-sized nov­els, but they’re so close­ly relat­ed that book two wouldn’t make any sense with­out hav­ing read book 1 (and the novel­la in between). Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Spec­tre ends on a cliff-hang­er. I hate that.

At least I know (from her blog) that Wel­don is work­ing on the third book. I can only hope that it comes out soon and wraps up all the loose threads with­out intro­duc­ing new ones that aren’t left hang­ing again.

I do have to agree with anoth­er GR review­er who men­tioned that the main char­ac­ter car­ries on more like a 13-year-old kid than a 28-year-old woman. I have to agree. I under­stand that los­ing one par­ent ear­ly might, for some peo­ple, lead to a clos­er rela­tion­ship with the sur­viv­ing parent—but give me a break! Zoë appar­ent­ly needs to move across the coun­try to learn to live with­out Mom­my. Or maybe Mom­my should move?

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Review: The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 30-08-2008

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The Atrocity Archives The Atroc­i­ty Archives by Charles Stross

My review

rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t give many 5-star rat­ings, but The Atroc­i­ty Archives deserves one. You may need to read it with a web brows­er open to look up ref­er­ences using Wikipedia or Google, but if you enjoy Torch­wood, Men in Black, or Snow Crash, I think you’ll enjoy this one.

The vol­ume actu­al­ly includes the nov­el and a novel­la, The Con­crete Jun­gle. Both are good read­ing, and I rec­om­mend giv­ing your­self time to enjoy the fore­word and after­word, as well.

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Review: New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 30-07-2008

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I fin­ished read­ing New Moon, which was much, much more dra­mat­ic (emo­tion­al­ly) than Twi­light. As in, Bel­la goes into a zom­bie state for months, and the book just has blank pages with the names of each month as place hold­ers – Octo­ber, Novem­ber, Decem­ber, Jan­u­ary, etc. I (and most every­one I know) have han­dled divorce bet­ter than this kid han­dles a teenage breakup! And her par­ents nev­er put her in ther­a­py why? (I think she should have been in-patient, myself.)

I couldn’t let go enough to read this book from the intend­ed audience’s per­spec­tive. I kept think­ing that there’s no way I’d let a child of mine get involved with any­one so clingy. She wants to be with a guy 24/​7, and no, I am not exag­ger­at­ing at all. These books are a case study of depen­dent per­son­al­i­ty dis­or­der. The fact that they are so incred­i­bly pop­u­lar is wor­ri­some to me.

Vampyres of Hollywood Review is Up

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 27-07-2008

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The review is more detailed than what I post­ed here.

TCM is pret­ty cool, if you’re will­ing to read new books by unproven authors and review them. Hope, you’d prob­a­bly do real­ly well with it – lots of them are eBooks, which I have trou­ble with read­ing on a screen. They have sep­a­rate mail­ing lists to find review­ers for “adult” and “gen­er­al” pub­li­ca­tions, as well as sep­a­rate lists for the reviews them­selves. If you’re will­ing to review adult mate­r­i­al, I’ve got­ten the feel­ing that they have a dif­fi­cult time find­ing enough peo­ple for that side.

This is the first book I’ve actu­al­ly reviewed for them. I start­ed to review an adult nov­el, but couldn’t get past the first few pages for all the mechan­i­cal errors. They had no prob­lem with it, no fuss­es.

I think many of the review­ers are authors, because if you’re a review­er, you can get your own work reviewed and fea­tured, free.