It’s been awhile

I’ve been busy with life.  Too busy to write about books I’ve been reading.  I’ve been busy finding and buying my first house, moving, (all while pregnant and working full time), giving birth, and raising my son.  He’s a beautiful boy.

And while I’ve been busy with all of this, I’ve still been reading.  Just not writing. Hopefully this will change over time and I might start posting more frequently…. or not.  Continue reading

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Some Kind of Fairy Tale

By Graham Joyce

Personal notes:  I may have found a new favorite author with this book.  I loved the gritty feel that this story has – the feel of this story is how I picture Tara’s description of viewing this reality after being away.  I loved the characters – especially Ritchie.  (Who doesn’t love a musician?)  I also loved reading the various characters’ perspectives.  And I do still wonder who the narrator of the story is.  I also loved how Jack’s learning story is deeply embedded within the larger story and how nothing is explained.  How can one truly explain the other?  Let’s just leave it at not allowing strangers to pick cherry blossoms from one’s trees. Continue reading

River Marked

By Patricia Briggs; narrated by Lorelei King

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Penguin Audio, 2011

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery, mythic fiction

Series: Mercy Thompson; 6

Format: Audiobook – MP3

ISBN: 9781101436547

Audience: Adult

Length: 8 hours, 54 minutes

Setting: Columbia River Gorge – OR & WA,  Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Mercy and Adam finally get to spend some alone time together for their honeymoon.  No vampires, no other werewolves – it’s just the two of them camping along the Columbia River.  However, Mercy’s connection to coyotes and Coyote, means that chaos will find her.  This time chaos takes the form of a monster that lives in the river. Continue reading

American Gods

By Neil Gaiman

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: HarperTorch, c2001.

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, mythic fiction

ISBN: 9780380789030

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 592

Setting: USA – Eagle Point, Indiana;  Chicago & Cairo, Illinois; House on the Rock & Lakeside, Wisconsin; South Dakota; Lebanon, Kansas; Virginia; Lookout Mountain/ Rock City, Georgia; Fort Pierce, Florida; and many points inbetween.

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: A storm is coming. Shadow is let out of prison a few days early because his wife was killed in an accident.  On his journey home, Shadow meets Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than which Shadow is comfortable.  A storm is coming and Wednesday needs Shadow’s help.  Shadow has been having strange dreams as his life has been turned upside down.   A storm is coming and it’s heading for Shadow. Continue reading

Silver Borne

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2008

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery

Series: Mercy Thompson; 5

ISBN: 9780441018192

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 342

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Mercy is still adjusting to pack life; this is made more difficult by the fact that there are pack members who resent her becoming pack.  Additionally, she has a magical book that needs to be returned to its owner, but he can’t be found.  She also has a roommate who is in desperate need of her help and attention. Continue reading

Level Up

By Gene Luen Yang; art by Thien Pham

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: First Second, 2011

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal

Format: Graphic novel

ISBN: 9781596432352

Audience: Adult, young adult

Number of pages: 160

Setting: An unspecified town somewhere in the US.

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Dennis Ouyang is kicked out of college due to his horrible study habits and excessive gaming tendencies, four angels come to his rescue and get him re-enrolled.  They have arrived to help Dennis fulfill his destiny and go to medical school to become a gastroenterologist. Continue reading

Bone Crossed

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery, vampire

Series: Mercy Thompson; 4

ISBN: 9780441016761

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 309

Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), & Spokane, WA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Marsilia, the head of the local vampires, discovers that Mercy killed Andre, one of her favorite vampires, she takes her revenge by torturing Mercy’s friend (and vampire), Stefan.  When the consequences of this action do not bring the intended results, Mercy worries that her friends’ lives are at risk.  If Mercy had known that Marsilia knew she had killed Andre, she would never have agreed to mate Adam. Continue reading