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

Masques

By Patricia Briggs

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2010, 1993

Recently at work, I was checking in books and this book passed through my hands.  I am mostly familiar with Briggs’s more recent Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series – both of which I love.  I did read Dragon Blood a little while ago and enjoyed it quite a bit.  (I didn’t even realize that it was the 2nd book of two until I partway through it.  Dragon Bones is the first.)  So I decided to try Masques.  I’m glad I did.  Written early in Briggs’s career, she explains in “The Introduction” how the reprint came about and how she was able to rewrite the book. 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

Who Fears Death

By Nnedi Okorafor

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Daw Books, Inc., 2010

Genres: Fantasy, dark fantasy, science fiction, magical realism

ISBN: 9780756406172

Audience: Adult

Number of pages: 387

Setting: Jwahir & Seven Rivers Kingdom, Africa

Time period: An unspecified time in the future

Plot summary: In a post-apocalyptic Africa, Onyesonwu is born to an Okeke mother.  As a child of rape with a biological father who is Nuru, Onyesonwu is considered an Ewu.  As such, she is despised and mistreated by most people whom she encounters.  As the Nuru continue their warfare and genocide against the Okeke, Onyesonwu struggles to learn about her own special abilities, while teaching others that she is not evil.  She is, in fact, the one who will lead both Nuru and Okeke to peace and healing. Continue reading

Dead and Gone

By Charlaine Harris

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

Genres: Mystery, fantasy, dark fantasy, contemporary fantasy, faerie tale, paranormal, paranormal mystery, romance, paranormal romance, vampire

Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse); 9

ISBN: 9780441017157

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 312

Setting: Bon Temps, LA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Werewolves and shifters have finally come out to the rest of the world about their existence, which sparks fear and violence in various parts of the world – including Bon Temps, where a werepanther is found crucified in the parking lot at Merlotte’s.  Meanwhile, trouble brews amongst the fae, which has significant repercussions for Sookie. Continue reading