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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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

Habibi

By Craig Thompson

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Pantheon Books, 2011

Genres: General fiction, mythic fiction

Format: Graphic novel

ISBN: 9780375424144

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 665 (672 includes notes and author description)

Setting: A Middle-eastern desert, an unnamed village, and Wanatolia

Time period: No set time period –seems like the past, present, and future all at once

Plot summary: Dodola adopts Zam when he is three years old and she is thirteen.  Although she is young, she has already been married, witnessed the slaying of her husband, and been kidnapped to be sold into slavery.  She manages to escape from the slavers with Zam and takes him into the desert to raise him.  When Zam turns thirteen, their world is shattered when they become lost to one another.  After years of separation, their love for one another eventually brings them back together. 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

Promises To Keep

By Charles De Lint

Place: Publisher & Year: Burton, MI: Subterranean Press, 2007

Genre: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, mythic fiction, paranormal

Series: Newford; 20 (according to NoveList) or 21 (according to Goodreads)

ISBN: 9781596061262

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 173

Setting: Newford, Canada

Time period: late 1960s – 1973

Plot summary: In 1972, Jilly Coppercorn runs into an old friend, Donna Birch, from her former street life days.  Donna is the only person that Jilly even considers to be a friend from this time period.  Donna no longer does any drugs other than the occasional beer, therefore, Jilly can’t say no to meeting her friend at the club she will be playing in a couple of nights.  And it doesn’t faze Jilly at all when none of her friends have ever heard of the club.  Jilly knows the club will be there on the night her friend is playing, even if it’s not the night before. Continue reading

The Mystery of Grace

By Charles de Lint

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Tor, 2009

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

ISBN: 9780765317568

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 269

Setting: Solona, Arizona (along the San Pedro River and I-10)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Grace Quintero’s grandfather died, she started smoking again.  Her abuelo was not only a kind and gracious man; he was also the one who helped Grace discover her calling – restoring classic Ford cars.  After his death, Grace had such a hard time that she succumbed to her old smoking habit.  They say that smoking can kill a person; in this case it’s true.  If she hadn’t needed that pack of smokes, she wouldn’t have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.  To make matters worse, after her death Grace is stuck in her neighborhood with a few other people who had the misfortune of dying in the vicinity.  There’s no escape from this limbo except twice a year when the dead can return to the land of the living.  Complicating her existence even more, on her first trip back Grace falls in love. Continue reading

So This is How it Ends

By Tui T. Sutherland

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Eos, 2006

Genre: Fantasy, time travel fantasy, adventure, mythic fiction, science fiction

Series: Avatars; 1

ISBN: 9780060750299

Intended audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 480

Settings: Many various settings including: Los Angeles, NYC, Chile, Mexico

Time periods: 2003 – 2012, 2087

Plot summary: Five teenagers in various parts of the world find themselves alone in a post-apocalyptic world.  Most of them must travel great distances to meet at a gathering place in New York City, while avoiding mutant animals, crystal robot hunters, and a few deranged humans.  Once they reach their destination, they learn more details about what has become of the world they once knew.  They also learn that they will be participating in a battle – whether they want to or not. Continue reading