Alvin and Co. Professional Drafting Table A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to do a product review from CSN superstore. This offer could not have come at a better time, as I’m transitioning to working from home. My job requires a full day of computer time, and sitting passively in front of the computer all day somehow makes me simultaneously lethargic and distractible. With the transition to home, I was hoping to switch to a standing desk. I wasn’t sure if I could make the switch successfully (I have enough ergonomics experience to know this transition… Read more »
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THE SKIN MAP opens with light humor and mysterious promises. Kit Livingstone embarks on inter-dimensional, inter-generational exploration in the same spirit Arthur Dent grabbed a towel and hitchhiked his way through the galaxy: hapless, unintentional adventure. Whereas Dent remained the star of his series, Kit was soon eclipsed by supporting characters: the villain, Kit’s ex-girlfriend (Wilhelmina), and even the man you know will eventually be skinned for a map.
Title: Play Dead Author: John Levitt Series: Dog Days #4 Cover Art: Don Sipley Genre: Urban Fantasy Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher Reviewed by:Julia Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace; January 25, 2011 ISBN-10: 0441019641 ISBN-13: 978-0441019649 Sexual Content: A mildly graphic sex scene. My Rating: Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying. Description I was tempted. Money’s not usually the overriding thing with me, but my rent had been raised, my van needed a major overhaul, and although gigs had been coming my way, clubs weren’t paying a whole lot these days. Mason… Read more »
From the first book, ROSEMARY AND RUE, it has felt like I jumped into the October Daye series “in media res.” Quickly swept away by action and character development, I had for the most part forgotten Toby’s mysterious past. LATE ECLIPSES not only brings it all back, but also explodes Toby’s own preconceived ideas about herself and her heritage. While not a cliff hanger, this book ends poised at the top of an arc, and I can’t wait to read where all of this forward momentum is going to take the series.
A grown-up mix of Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew, GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS was a light, quick read that blends a realistic present day with a dash of the spirit world. An entertaining ghost story to fill a few hours, the characters of GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS didn’t leave enough of an impression for me to hurry out and pick up the rest of the series.
DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR is a fast paced, violent, smoking hot thrill-ride of a book, and I loved every minute of it. From the moment twelve-year-old Reginleit the Radiant walks into a mead hall filled with wenching berserkers (yeah, I did a double take at the number “twelve”, too), this story breaks the humdrum expectations of a “soul mate” driven paranormal romance.
When considering the Allie Beckstrom series as a whole, MAGIC AT THE GATE was my slow point, as so much of the book revolved around the relationship between Allie and her father. While, by design, we don’t get much Zayvion (and more Daniel Beckstrom than I’d like), Shaymus and Allie and Stone have more than enough gravitas to carry a story on their own, enough so that I eagerly await MAGIC ON THE HUNT in April.
The House of Night series has always been filled with twists and turns, and AWAKENED doesn’t deviate from that score. Despite all that occurs, however, I felt that this book promises more than it delivers.
I have always been a sucker for magic mixed with realism, for me, mundane details about a fantastical premise make everything that much more enjoyable and plausible. Laura Anne Gilman is a master at this style of storytelling, and easily juggles realistic mystery, racial and political infighting, and a rich magical tradition. All of these elements were a slam dunk in her Retrievers series and continue to delight in the spin off Paranormal Scene Investigations books.
Vampire stories have become so prevalent in today’s fiction that even readers outside the genre are aware of the trend. This preponderance of preternatural fantasy can make it more and more difficult to find a truly original spin on the vampire myth. Sparkles, soul mates, daywalkers, and boarding school… even though there are great examples of each of these tropes, sometimes it’s hard to find the good hidden amongst the derivative. HUNTER AND PREY stands out from the crowd by being retro, embracing parts of the old school vampire myth that are largely neglected in Urban Fantasy today.