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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.

Review: Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Book Reviews, Reading | Posted on 09-07-2008

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SunshineWow. That was a good book.

It was a little hard for me to get into at the beginning. This excerpt is from the first chapter, and if you don't feel as--jangled?--as I did, perhaps it's just me. But I kept at it, because there was so definitely something there.