Friday, July 31, 2009

Cemetery Dance

Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Unabridged on 12 CDs

Preston & Child are my all time favorite writing duo. They never disappoint me. Rene Auberjonois is the reader and he is Pendergast. No one else could ever do that voice. In this latest episode several people are killed by what can only be described as a "zombie". All evidence points to a cultist group that live deep in the heart of NYC.

Lighthouse Keeping

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

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

Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways

Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways by Traci Hall

I really liked this one and want to read more in the series. Rhiannon has special psychic powers that can turn violent when she is too upset and that caused a bit of trouble in her old neighborhood. Her parents moved to the country so that she would have a fresh start and a chance to be a bit more normal. But upon arriving at their new country house, Rhiannon finds it already occupied by a ghost that she can sense and talk to.

Lady Elizabeth

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

Wild's Call

Wild's Call by Jeri Smith-Ready

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

Witch's Grave

Ophelia & Abby #6: Witch's Grave by Shirley Damsgaard

As an author, Damsgaard just gets better and better. I think this has been one of her best efforts, although I was disappointed in the ending. I think history was repeating itself only on her side this time rather than the guys. I would like to see Ophelia with a serious love interest. I always like the way she brings in more than just one aspect of the metaphysicial. In this book she uses runes, tarot and spells.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

China Garden

China Garden by Liz Berry

When I was in my teens, I began reading Gothic novels. Actually, it was more like devour Gothic novels. Shortly after reading the first couple of chapters, I knew I had found a new one. More modern than the poor girl finding a job at a haunted mansion and falling in love with the tall, dark, handsome heir to the castle, this book had all the elements of a good Gothic. Secrets, mysteries, mazes, the heir that she can't stand at first but is nevertheless irresistibly drawn to - great book. I enjoyed every page.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Amberkatze's contest this week is with one of my favorite paranormal authors, Kat Richardson, author of Greywalker, Poltergeist, Underground and her newest addition, Vanished. This week's entry needs to include what you do for relaxation other than read. The prize is an autographed copy of Greywalker. Contest addy is :

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Septimus Heap #4: Queste

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

Rosie Dunne

Rosie Dunne by Cecelia Ahern
Unabridge on 5 CDs

Honestly, can two people really be that stupid? The audio was extremely well done with almost a full cast. Very fun, but I swear, the two main characters made me so mad! Any two people that have been best friends and gone through everything they went through together have to be just right for each other, but do they see it --- NO, but listening to them keep missing each other makes for an entertaining listen.