The last day of the Haunted Week reading challenge is a review of a scary story of my choice. But what would be horrifying? Lousy proofreading? No character development? An emotionless tale?
Month: October 2012
A blend of historical detail, fast-paced action, scientific discovery, and the thrill of exploration that informs as well as entertains. The breathtaking ending in the high Arctic is as chilling as a polar breeze.
Keely and Jack are oil and water. Each despises the other. But he would kill to get this commission, and if Keely agrees to “marry” him, he’ll do her renovation.
Fourth in the Connor Grey urban fantasy series set in Boston and revolving around a powered-down Druid getting disability checks from the Guild. My Take I have really grown to enjoy Connor Grey. We all like underdogs and Franco has given his champion an interesting twist. An arrogant, powerful man brought low who is learning how the other half lives and is treated. Connor is discovering quite a bit about himself that he dislikes and he’s turning it to the good. Along the way, he’s finding people, beings, who think as he does. Some more than others, but with roughly the same goal in mind. He’s also getting quite cocky in his powerlessness. I know, I do seem to emphasize this. It’s a combination of Connor’s own thoughts about himself and the irony that he’s actually learning quite a bit and accumulating power of which he never knew. What I love about Eagan is that he keeps sending Connor out to discover things, partly because Connor “irritates people who need irritating” as well as an outside-the-box thinker. That said, whoa. There is so much that happens in this one that…well, let’s just say I am chomping at the bit to […]
It seems idyllic, a thriving dog-training school, a challenging volunteer job, but it all came at a price for Fiona Bristow. All you have to do is survive a nightmare.
That wily barbarian Vigholf the Abhorrent better stay out of my way, for I am Rhona the Fearless, doing what I do best – destroying the enemies of my kind.
Karvanak–the demon general who stole the third Spirit Seal–is back. And this time, he’s out for blood after he kidnaps Chase, Delilah’s love.
First in the Maiden Lane slightly erotic, historical romance series. The couple focus is on Mrs. Temperance Dews and Lord Caire in 1737 London. My Take Well, Hoyt gets kudos for being original in her plot. She’s not particularly concerned with historical accuracy, but she writes well enough that I’m okay with this. I usually get rather pissy. It is rather melodramatic every once in a while — “And he wrapped his black cape about her like the wings of a bird.” As for the “slightly erotic” comment, Hoyt incorporates a bit of voyeurism and some mild bondage which was mildly titillating. I did enjoy Hoyt’s psychological analyses in the story. The story seemed contrived to fit around the psychology and the sex with all the rest as reasons to discuss it. I don’t see any other reason for Lord Caire to be hunting down a murderer himself. Oooh, then there’s Caire’s response to his mother’s demand to know what she did to deserve this treatment of her…it’s perfect! One word that covers such a multitude of sins. While the chapter quotes telling the story of King Lockedheart were fairy-taleishly cute, it was a rather awkward explanation about love. Why […]
An epitaph, a legend, an elegy, commemorative words, an inscription, famous last words…hmmm…the possibilities… This was a stretch for me. Oh, not in that I haven’t read some really great last lines in some of the books I’ve read. But it’s not a detail I’ve tracked. Nor is it something that’s easy to go hunting for. Not without staying real. So, for the most part, the “last lines” are from what I’ve read in the past week. #1 – …a woman who values truth over treasure. A somewhat obscure explanation by [?] about his mother’s character. From Yasmine Galenorn’s Courting Darkness. #2 – Maybe it is simply that my world has grown much, much larger. I loved this expression [by which character] in David Weber and Jane Lindskold’s Fireseason. #3 – …someone had to make the hard decisions, had to do the dirty work, had to be the bad guy… It’s close enough [14 pages from the end] for me that I consider this the last words in this particular book. And they’re true. Someone does have to make decisions that are unpopular. The key is that those choices are made in the best interests of people as a whole […]
C.S. Lakin has a guest poster, author and promoter Nick Thacker, talking about his marketing plans for his books in “A Secret Method for Selling a Lot of Books”. He has some good ideas which I thought y’all might want to note.