Month: January 2014

Book Review: Michelle Sagara’s Cast in Sorrow

Book Review: Michelle Sagara’s Cast in Sorrow

Ninth in the Chronicles of Elantra fantasy series for Young Adults and revolving around Private Kaylin Neya. This is a complex story with lots of ins and outs. I would seriously recommend starting this series from the beginning with the prequel in Mercedes Lackey’s Harvest Moon: “Cast in Moonlight“, 0.5. My Take It’s the most incredible world that Sagara has created. I’ve never read anything like it, and I’m wanting to re-read it already. It’s magic with what we might consider an elvish race — the Barrani — but with very little similarity. More haughty, I think. While there are usually a greater variety of living beings in Sagara’s series, this installment restricts itself to a couple of humans, a dragon, sentient beings and dreams, and a mention of sorcerers, lion-men, birdmen, and dragonshifters. The story continues on from where we left off in Cast in Peril, 8, with Kaylin trekking to the West March with the Barrani, and she’ll never believe a painter again with those idyllic canvases of lush greens. They left out the bugs! Nor does she believe this forced vacation is a paid one. Even if the Halls of Law insisted she go. It’s tense, terrifying, […]

Posted January 31, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Young Adult readers / 0 Comments

Book Review: Connie Willis’ To Say Nothing of the Dog or How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump at Last

Book Review: Connie Willis’ To Say Nothing of the Dog or How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump at Last

Second in the Oxford Time Travel science fiction series and revolving around the time travel department at Oxford University. The couple focus is on Ned Henry and Kindle. It has received the 1998 ALA Alex Award, the 1999 Hugh Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, the 2001 Prix Bob Morane for roman traduit, and the 2002 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis for Foreign Novel. My Take This one is a complete opposite from Willis’ The Doomsday Book, 1, and it’s Keystone Kops as everyone’s rushing to avoid Lady Schrapnell and fix a possible incongruity as the day of consecration counts down. It’s her money they all have an eye on, yet that “God is in the details” is bedeviling everyone! I have to wonder if the Time Travel group is wondering if Lady S’s money is worth it! While the silly rushing about drove me a bit nuts, Willis does beautiful work tying everything together from cats to incongruities and yanking us about with the twists. The main thrust is the standard time travel conundrum: can one bring things forward without disrupting the future. As for the silly bits, Willis does at least explain some of the […]

Posted January 26, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Thea Harrison’s Kinked

Book Review: Thea Harrison’s Kinked

Sixth in the Elder Races paranormal romance series and revolving around the Wyr based in New York City. The couple focus is on Quentin Caeravorn and Aryal. My Take I do like Aryal, even if she obsesses way too much about Quentin.. She’s primal, woman, and knows her own mind. She’s tried everything — and I mean everything. I like Quentin too. I like the his regret, and that he’s trying to make amends for what he set in motion. What I didn’t care for was the attempt to drag in the readers with the BDSM angle. It felt half-baked. “Behold the Power of the peanut.” The funny part is the quick confession and immediate release that follows that angers Quentin. All that and this is all that happens? It’s an odd courtship, betting against each other that they’ll never last 15 minutes, half an hour, half a night, giving in, being submissive. I have to confess it was funny to read. And the BDSM is still pretty vanilla. The journey through Numenlaur to the city felt like a walk down memory lane. A little bit Hobbit, a little bit Anya Bast’s Dark Magick, a touch Mercedes Lackey, and a […]

Posted January 25, 2014 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments