Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
The Glass Harmonica by Louise Marley
An unusually written book, the plot kept switching between the 1700s and late 2010s. The story was about two women, both glass harmonica players, both living in different centuries. Their stories sort of crossed paths, but then again didn't. Toward the ending, the reader was able to see more how their stories correlated. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Harper Hall Trilogy by Anne McCaffrey
It was nice to revisit this old favorite. I have read or listened to this series numerous times. I never grow tired of it and it never grows old.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Study Series #1: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Unabridged Audible Download
Great series - I really enjoyed listening to this one and look forward to reading the next installments. Yelena is in prison for murder and is scheduled to be executed. The Commander of Ixia's food taster has recently died. She is given a choice, she can be executed or become the Commander's new food taster.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Immortals #2: Blue Moon by Alyson Noel (Kindle Edition)
Should I do it? Should I not do it? Geezzzz I get tired of hearing the teen girls in teen novels repeat this over and over. But aside from that, this was good, fast paced second in a series novel. It leaves a big, big cliff hanger at the end and you wonder what will happen between Ever and Damen. I hope the next installment isn't so long in coming that I forget the story line, lol.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Unabridged - Audible download on my Kindle
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Walk by Lee Goldberg (Kindle Edition)
Awesome book! Marty was at one day when the big one hit. A devistating earthquake that almost eliminated LA from the map. His only way back home is to walk. Along the way, he discovers some things about his character. Some he liked, some he didn't as he was forced to choose between the right thing and the safe thing, the heroic and the cowardly.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The Immortals #1: Evermore by Alyson Noel
I really, really liked this one, so much that I have already bought book number two for my Kindle. Ever's family was killed in a car accident. She should have died too, but she didn't. Now she hears other people's thoughts and see their auras, she can read entire books by placing her hand on them, and can see and talk to her little sister who is a ghost. Then Damen comes to her school. She can't hear his thoughts, but he seems to hear hers and he sees her little sister too. Excellent beginning for this new series. I am looking forward to reading more.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Frasier
MP3 on 3 CDs
Antonia Frasier has long been known for her historic research and writtings on the British royal family. Excellent book about each of the wives of Henry VIII. They are portrayed here as more than just the king's flavor of the month. Queen Katherine of Aragon, beloved daughter of not only a king, but a woman who was queen in her own right. Anne Boleyn, not just a pretty face. She was also a lover of literature and music. Jane Seymour, scholarly and kind. Anna of Cleves, not given the chance she deserved. Catherine Howard, only a child when the king married her and barely in her twenties when he beheaded her. Katherine Parr a loving, kind woman who was also a religious scholar. I liked this book because it focused on the women and their lives before, during and for two of them, after Henry.
The Brass Bed by Jennifer Stevenson
Quick, easy read. An undercover cop investigates a sex therapist that has been helping her best friend (who happens to be her boss's wife). The therapist sits with her, drinks a glass of wine and then introduces her to "The Brass Bed". He tells her to rest and he leaves the room. The brass bed just happens to be occupied by an invisible sex demon whose has been cursed. He has to remain in the bed until he satisfies 100 women. Our undercover cop just happens to be the 100th woman to take a rest on the bed. Mayheim insues as she unknowing releases a several hundred year old, naked sex demon on an unsuspecting Chicago.
Farseer #1: Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Why didn't I pick this one up sooner? Exactly my kind of book. The main character goes by "Boy", "Newboy", "Fritz" and "Thomas". His father was a prince, his mother unknown. His grandfather leaves him with the royal family and says he is their duty to raise him. He is schooled in the arts of fighting and letters during the day and at night, he is taught the finer points of assassination.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Lighthouse Keeping by Jeanette Winterson
A very unusual book. I really enjoyed it and caught myself thinking about it at odd times during the day and wishing I could go home and read some more. The story centered around Silver, a young orphan who was apprenticed to the lighthouse keeper. But then the story mainly talked about Babel Dark, the son of the man who built the lighthouse. In the end you can see how fate and stories of the lighthouse keeper, Silver, and Babel were all intertwined.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Powers of Detection edited by Dana Stabenow
Powers of Detection is a book of paranormal stories of murder and mystery. Most were excellent. I especially liked "Cold Spell" by Donna Andrews, "Fairy Dust" by Charlaine Harris, "The Sorcerer's Assassin" by Sharon Shinn and my favorite was "Justice is a Two-Edged Sword" by Dana Stabenow. I loved the combining of a murder mystery with paranormal talents, two of my favorite genres.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
Unabridged on 16CDs
Alison Weir is an awesome historian. I own several of her non-fiction accounts of British history. In her second fictional novel, she takes off a bit into speculation of a few events that all evidence leads to, but isn't quite substantial enough to call historical fact. Regardless, this book is outstanding and portrays Elizabeth in her early years leading up to her ascension to the throne. Fantastic listen.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Amazon knew what they were doing when they placed this short novella on the Kindle for free. This little taste of Jeri Smith-Ready's writing was awesome and I've added her Aspect of Crow series to my wishlist. The Wild's Call is a prequel story set in the same world as the Aspect of the Crow.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Septimus Heap #4: Queste by Angie Sage
I love this series and Queste was just as exciting and entertaining as the other three. Septimus and Princess Jenna can really get themselves into some fixes. In this installment, Septimus is tricked into taking the Questing stone and Jenna is determined to get Snorri and Nick back to the right time and place.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Unabridge on 5 CDs
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Darkest Power #2: The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
I won a copy of this from Amberkatze's contests. Kelley graciouly sent me an autographed copy along with a nice note and a couple of bookmarks from the series.
This is one of my favorite teen paranormal series. It still has me guessing on who are the good guys and who are the bad. Chloe and her band of rebels have escaped from the experiment and are on the run. At the same time, they are finding themselves more powerful and one has become a full fledged werewolf.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Leann Womack, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, & George Strait
This series just gets better and better. Now that the werepeople have seen the world is semi-safe for vampires, they decide it is time to make their presence know. There were several plots running in this book and sometimes I fogot about one while reading about another. Overall, I would give the book a must read for all Charlaine Harris fans.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Rune #12: Jera
The goddess Sif
Sif was the wife of Thor and the mother of Uller. She had long, following hair the color of wheat and was therefore associated with the harvest. She was the earth mother and symbolized spring and summer. Loki attacked her one day and cut off her hair, thus posing a dire threat to crops and the harvest. Thor was outraged and demanded that Loki make amends or endure a severe beating. Loki had the dwarf Dvalin make her new hair from the finest magical thread.
Jera's meaning is the year. The object is they scythe and her color is black.
Meaning: One year. Gaining back what is rightfully yours. Legal matters, obligations and harmony.
Reversed: Completion cannot be rushed and taking a situation stage by stage.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Unabridged on 4 cassettes
Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Awesome read. Two rival mercenaries are hired for a suicide mission into vampire territory. There Turquoise once again meets up with the vampire who killed her family and made her a slave. She escaped from him once, now she lives to destroy him. An amazing book for an author who was 18 when this one was published.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Unabridged on 7CDs
Was there a story to this one? If so, I either I never heard it or there was so nothing to it that I missed it. So glad I got this one from the library and didn't invest my own money in it.
True Blood - First Season
I bought the first season of the "True Blood" series. The series is loosely based on Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire book series. I like the basic story lines of all 12 of the first season's shows, but there is too much sex (very graphic sex) and the opening credits are flat out disgusting. And the cussing. Seriously, flinging the "f" word around every other sentence? Are there really whole towns where everyone talks that way?
On the plus side, I did like the actor selection. For once, I think the actors were actually selected to match my idea of how the characters in the book would look. Eric is a cutie as is Sam and Jason. Bill is dark and brooding which fits my idea of him completely.
I did like the series. The storylines are based on the books, so it is a good solid story. I will buy next season's set when it comes out. I hope they clean it up a bit.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Vampire Academy #1: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
A very, very slow start. The book referred back to prior events so often that I thought I was wrong and this was the second book in the series rather than the first. The story was original and very good until the cutting began. Seriously, do writers think books don't influence teenage girls? They don't think that impressionable teengirls won't think "I'm depressed, maybe if I cut myself like such-in-so in my favorite book, I'll feel better." Kids are really susceptible to things like that, much more so than adults. At least it was only a couple of times and it appears to have ended, but still, I don't think I'd recommend this one to any teenaged girls I know. Since I'm an adult and won't go off and cut myself next time I'm depressed, I will give the next book in the series a try. Like I said earlier, it was a bit different and I did like the basic story. It left a few loose ends to that promise to make the next book a good read.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
Story of a 20th century woman who awakes one day to find herself in Jane Austen's time. The story takes some comical turns as she tries to exert her 20th century independence in straight-laced 1700's England. A cute fast listen . I enjoyed the story.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The Demon Princess Chronicles #1: Lucinda, Darkly by Sunny
This book started out great. The first chapter really caught my attention. Then the second chapter was nothing but a hot, sweaty sex scene. I should have quit right there. The story (was there one?) went downhill fast. The book was nothing but "how do I keep them safe, how do I keep them safe". So if you can't tell already, I didn't like this one much.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Unabridged on 5 Cassettes
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Night Huntress #3: At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost
This series has been really good all the way through. Unfortunely, I don't have a copy of the fourth book in the series, so I will have to wait a while to read it. A few zombies make a brief appearance in this one as well as the daughter of Cleopathra. Interesting!