John Ringo & Julie Cochrane – Honor of the Clan

John Ringo & Julie Cochrane – Honor of the Clan

Series: Posleen War: Cally’s War, 3 My rating: 2 of 5 stars Intense. The Darhel are not too happy about the “deletion” of the Epetar group and they are striking back. DAG dependents and Indowy are being slaughtered, the Bane Sidhe are on the run, and Clan O’Neal is under the gun from enemies and allies alike. Even “Iron Mike” O’Neal is brought back to Earth to fight this particular fight but does he realize whose side he’s on?? Even Cally’s husband, Stewart, is needed but can his need to wheel-and-deal be used to help or hurt the O’Neals? Tragedy runs amuck in Honor of the Clan and, although some of the issues which arise are settled, the big conflicts brought up remain unsettled. I’m not sure how I can wait for The Eye of the Storm View all my reviews

Posted December 29, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Emma Holly’s Devil at Midnight

Book Review: Emma Holly’s Devil at Midnight

by Kathy Davie Series: FitzClare Chronicles, 9 My rating: 2 of 5 stars This feels so very out of chronological order (most of the reason for only 2 stars) as this tragic story surrounds the upyr queen, Nim Wei, and her pursuit of a hunky mercenary, Christian Durand, in the Middles Ages in Italy. The main story however is of Grace and her near-death experience which catapults her from the American 1950s to Durand’s time period and Christian’s doubts about his father and his own abilities. The secondary issues include Christian’s attempts to placate his father while protecting those men loyal to him and the voyeuristic (and self-stimulated) sexual antics of both Grace and Christian.

Posted December 29, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Orson Scott Card – Heartfire

Orson Scott Card – Heartfire

Series: Tales of Alvin Maker, d5 My rating: 2 of 5 stars This was the best one yet of the Tales of Alvin Maker series. Alvin’s off with Mike, Verily, and Arthur to explore the other regions on the North American continent where he runs into cries of witchcraft and ends up on trial while Peggy is doing her best for the abolitionist movement by confronting the Crown Colonies and their approach to slavery. Calvin is undecided as to how he wants to help/hurt Alvin and/or Peggy as he explores his return to his own side of the pond along with Honore Balzac. A great quote: “My brain is a museum, but alas, I’m the only visitor, and even I am not terribly interested in the displays.” I really have to hand it to Card. He is an amazing writer between even knowing about tatting to the skill with which he writes dialog for ol’ country boys to slick lawyers to nobility. A real treat to read let alone the liberties he take with American history. it’s such fun to read Card’s take and see where it matches up and changes from our own particular reality. I do like his […]

Posted December 29, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Alex Archer – Seeker’s Curse

Alex Archer – Seeker’s Curse

Series: Rogue Angel, 19 My rating: 2 of 5 stars A second story with no hint of Garin. Although, I gotta say, Annja is hard on her men…! It starts out rather familiarly with Annja getting rousted from a clandestine meeting in a Greek warehouse by armed forces. Most of the story occurs with a trek up a mountain in Nepal with three separate groups of bad guys on her tail as she goes through test after test searching for a lost lamasery. For some reason, Seeker’s Curse feels particularly militant…I do feel as though I’m learning quite a bit. View all my reviews

Posted December 29, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Orson Scott Card – Alvin Journeyman

Orson Scott Card – Alvin Journeyman

Series: Tales of Alvin Maker, 4 My rating: 3 of 5 stars Unexpected start to this one. Alvin and Calvin are the primary protagonist and antagonist in this one. Calvin rushes out of Vigor to find his own master and escape the scheming Alvin. Meanwhile, Alvin is pushed out of Vigor by scandalous words only to find himself in deep trouble over his golden plow in Hatrack. Europe makes its appearance with old and new characters while Calvin does one of the few nice things he’s ever done and making Alvin’s dream a greater possibility. Truly fortunate as Verily, truth is needed in Hatrack if Alvin is to survive. The Unmaker is well and thriving in an unexpected manner in Hatrack although Making also seems to be on the upswing. And a most unexpected ending of truth, joining, and curses. View all my reviews

Posted December 21, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Carl Hiaasen – Nature Girl

Carl Hiaasen – Nature Girl

My rating: 2 of 5 stars The title certainly fits. Honey is almost obsessive about the environment and manners. A sweet and crazy romance peopled with losers. Some of ’em I liked and some of ’em….eeyew… It’s scary that there’re really people like that out there. An enjoyable read out in the Everglades with a kayak tour of some of the 10,000 islands along with hostages, helicopter rescues, and love. View all my reviews

Posted December 21, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Elizabeth Peters, Children of the Storm

Elizabeth Peters, Children of the Storm

Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters Series: Amelia Peabody, 15 My rating: 4 of 5 stars Two-plus years later, and the Emersons’ past comes back to haunt everyone. Ramses is pursued by a physical incarnation of the goddess, Hathor. Sethos flies back into their lives as does his and Bertha’s daughter, Molly. But is Molly the young serpent with poisoned fangs or is it another? Not to fear, with Walter, Evelyn, David, Lia and their children arriving in Egypt, the bad guys are sure to lose. View all my reviews

Posted December 20, 2010 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments