May 01, 2005
Catching up on books

It has been almost two months since I last recorded books, and in catching up, I have eight (not including the reread of the Zelazny Amber novels which I am doing, and which will merit their own entry when I am done with them). This also includes the first non-fiction of the year that has actually been completed and noted (as opposed to the ones that sit next to my computer desk and I read in bits and pieces and with any luck I'll eventually remember to blog them!).

And oh yes, the 2005 total is 24. Which is almost halfway there, and certainly less than halfway through the year!

Spirits of the Earth
Bobby Lake-Thom
paperback from Penguin Group, 1997

This is one of the books I picked up at the Native American museum while down in DC the first weekend in March. Bobby Lake-Thom has a style of writing that lets me hear a cadence in my head of his speech as I read. It is uncomplicated, and my daughter is even thinking of reading it.

The book talks about the Native American view of natural symbols and nature in the world around us. It has changed the way I view seeing a hawk circle above me, or finding animals in unexpected places. There was just something about it... it really made me think. I love the symbolism and am looking forward to also using it in writing going forward.

A Choir of Ill Children
Tom Piccirilli
paperback from Bantam, 2003

Lyrical. The first word that came to mind as I started reading this novel, because of the way the words flowed together. It is very beautiful writing, very pretty. Very disturbing. I found the book hard to get into, but fascinating once I did. Pieces of it lingered with me, most especially the first line -- "We move in spasms." -- which is repeated throughout the novel, becoming something of a theme. Will I investigate other of the author's books? Not sure yet. It was excellent, but it was hard for me to read. And sometimes I need the mind candy. *sighs* But sometimes I need the gourmet food too.

A Stroke of Midnight
Laurell K. Hamilton
hardcover from Ballantine Books, 2005

Guilty pleasure. Loved it. Can't believe how little time has passed since this story began and there've already been four books! Right now, I like this story better than the Anita Blake novels. Perhaps because the eroticism is better integrated with the plot and there are no apologies made for it being a part of the plot. Which I can deal with.

Shattered Mirror
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Dell Laurel-Leaf, 2001

Midnight Predator
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
paperback from Dell Laurel-Leaf, 2002

Two quick YA reads, both enjoyable, but... I found I liked Midnight Predator better than Shattered Mirror. She is growing as a writer, and even though I can still see plot holes, the book was stronger. More interesting, drew me forward more. Better stakes. Shattered Mirror was good, but felt more derivative (and didn't entrance me as much as earlier books I had read by the same author).

On Fire's Wings
Christie Golden
paperback from Luna, 2004

Mm, a Luna novel! This is one where I'm looking forward to the next novel in the series. I liked the stakes in the story for the heroine. I liked that as a reader, I could see the trainwreck coming and the author didn't shy back from it and the train did indeed wreck. I know there's still a lot more of the world to be revealed, and more for the characters to learn, and I look forward to seeing them get there. Good setup, good first story revelation. Fun stuff.

Through Violet Eyes
Stephen Woodworth
paperback from Dell, 2004

First novel and damned good stuff. Drew me in, pulled me forward, kept me interested. And damn I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which follows one of the main characters from this first. The concept? There are those with violet eyes who have the ability to invite in the dead (or the dead invade their minds) and then the dead speak through them. A difficult person to be, but so valuable to the criminal justice system. All sides presented, and a wonderful mystery to go with it -- who is killing the violets???

A Girl's Guide to Vampires
Katie MacAlister
paperback from Love Spell, 2003

*giggles* More fun. The only problem? I have no discovered that Katie MacAlister recycles wording / scene styles. Eek! There were things I recognized, things I knew were the same from previous books I'd read. Still, I loved the book overall and had a lot of fun with it and pretty much just sucked it down. Er, pun intended!

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