October 31, 2004
Book Review: Silver's Edge

Silver's Edge
by Anne Kelleher
trade paperback from Luna 2004

Wow. Probable spoilers behind the cut...

I am impressed. The book started slow, which for me isn't usually a very good sign. She drew me into the characters and their lives. She made me believe in them. And then when she started making changes, started showing that the world wasn't just black and white but oh so very very grey I was utterly hooked.

Anne Kelleher does a wonderful job of creating a three dimensional world where I'm not entirely sure who to root for all the time, and not sure what will happen next. But it is all plausible and dark and terrifying and wonderful all at once.

The only problem? While the story of the one night of Samhain ends, the overall story does not, and I am left aching for the next book in this series.

Silver's Edge is the story of the Silver Caul, which was Made to bind the Mortal and Faerie realms away from the Goblins and keep them safe. And of the consequences of that action, and of actions against it. It is the story of Nessa and Delphinea and Celia, all of whom act in the best interests of their homes. It is a series of love stories, as well as stories of passion and the fascination that exists between Faerie and Mortals.

I loved it.

Posted by Deb Atwood at 09:10 AM
October 23, 2004
Book read

Incubus Dreams
by Laurel Hamilton

Can't put up the publishing info because the book got packed today, but I wanted to record it before I forget. As usual, it was fun, quick, and pulled me along. I could see a zillion things she does wrong, but honestly, she still tells a fun story that just kept me involved. I continue to love the characters, and they grew into their own skins more, which I liked.

Posted by Deb Atwood at 11:36 PM
October 16, 2004
More books!

Of course, a few more books! I'm in the middle of Incubus Dreams now, and that's just whipping along. I know, I know, Laurel doesn't write literature. But I do enjoy her characters and the interactions and I'm a sucker for relationship based plot, y'know?

The count, since mid-February, is now 42 books. Figure I prob read 4 before that that didn't make the list. I'd like to make an average of 1/week this year. I wish I still read like I did as a kid!!

Anyway, the four books...

Blood Rites
by Jim Butcher
paperback from ROC, 2004

Harry Dresden. Ooh... *happy smiles* I just love Jim's stuff. I just adore Harry. And it only keeps getting better. If you aren't reading this series you SHOULD. Really.

This Magic Moment
by Patricia Rice
paperback from Signet, 2004

A fun ghost story romance novel.

Jacob Have I Loved
by Katherine Patterson
YA paperback from Scholastic, 1990
(originally published in 1980)

Thanks to Katie for sending me this to read. I was partway through when I noticed the list of other books and realized that this same author wrote "Bridget to Terrabithia" which was one of my favorite "crying novels" when I was younger. Don't recall how young -- somewhere between 10 and 12. I recently scored a copy of that book and was thrilled to have it, although I haven't reread it. Anyway, there were stylistic issues in Jacob that I didn't always like. And I had a lot of trouble sympathising with Louise for so much of it because it seemed like so many of her problems were brought on by herself. But in the end, she redeems herself, and comes to understand those around her who have loved her all along. And yes, that made me snuffly.

Staying Dead
by Laura Anne Gilman
trade paperback from Luna, 2004

Yay Laura Anne! I'd been waiting to read this book for a month after I bought it (my mom borrowed my copy at worldcon, and then Audrey read her copy and just loved it... and I waited *sighs*). I love Wren and Sergei and the interactions, and am really looking forward to more. I bumped into a few stylistic things that weren't my taste, but the story took me past it and I'm looking forward to the next one.

Posted by Deb Atwood at 11:21 PM