Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Book Post Mar 9-15

This week from my bookshelf:

by Orson Scott Card

It's been a while since I've read anything by him and I'd definitely forgotten how beautiful how world building is. His prose is so lovely and he'll contrast it by writing in an event or something so horrible or ugly that it sometimes takes another read or two of the passage to comprehend what exactly happened. Songmaster follows one man from events that make his existence significant to his death. The young man transforms from a gifted young singer in an isolated school to the companion of an emperor to a man of great consequence in his own right and finally his return to the home of his youth. There is love, both familial and romantic, cut-throat political maneuvering, bold kidnappings, and whirlwind fight scenes. I really enjoying reading this novel.

Hot Six by Janet Evanovich

Book Six in the Stephanie Plum series. I still very amused by this series. This time her bond apprehension target is her coworker/mentor, Ranger, who quite honestly is more dangerous tied up and blindfolded than Stephanie is fully armed. She ends up feeding information to both Ranger and her on and off boyfriend, Joe Morelli. For added fun and games, Grandma Mazur gets fed up living with Stephanie's parents and decides to move into Stephanie's apartment. To make matters even more amusing as a favor, she gets stuck with a police officer friend's very large dog. At least the dog is helpful on stake-out...and destroying other people's cars. The car count for this book: four. Favorite moments: flaming dog poop takes out a car and Joyce Barnhardt tied to a tree.

All the Wrong Moves by Merline Lovelace

A mystery novel written by one of my old favorite romance authors. The book was set in a military funded research station with a mixed team of military and civilian. The military head of the team Lt. Samantha Spade finds a pair of bodies on a jog out testing some equipment and gets drawn into a giant jurisdictional battle which she seems to think she needs to be in the middle of. After an arsonist targets her lab, she makes finding the murderer a personal goal despite having no jurisdiction herself. All in all, I think that I'll stick to reading her romance novels which generally contain a suspense element but seem to be better developed and make more sense logically.

Fire in the Mist by Holly Lisle

After the death and destruction of her country village, Faia is taken to city for learning to control her powerful and wild magical talent. The city is split into separate centers of learning for men and women, a division that an ancient evil returns and takes advantage of. Faia is a character that is very likable and easy to identify with. Her outsider and disenchanted viewpoint makes an interesting viewpoint on the magical city. I found the plot line for the ancient evil to be a bit confusing at the major revealing point so it took a bit to catch up from there. But that didn't really detract from my enjoyment of the book. The book stands alone quick nicely though I liked the characters enough to hope for a sequel and was pleasantly surprised to see at the used book store that there are two more books (though only book 3 was available).

Currently Reading: The Western Wizard by Mickey Zucker Reichert

Book Two of the Last of the Rensai Trilogy and so far definitely worth reading.

Today I visited my favorite used Bookstore and Barnes and Noble (both very happy places). I have bunches of new books to read including several more Stephanie Plum books, Soulless by Gail Carrier (One of my New Favorite Bloggers) and the next book in the Renshai Trilogy. I also got on Amazon and ordered Spellwright by Blake Charleton (Another New Favorite Blogger). Hurrah for lots of reading to do!

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