I hate to say I have a new Norton favorite, because Year of the Unicorn will always be my first love, but this one has definitely hit my top five bestI hate to say I have a new Norton favorite, because Year of the Unicorn will always be my first love, but this one has definitely hit my top five best Nortons and is one of my favorite books already. There's a reason Norton is my go-to author and she never disappoints. Catseye had me spellbound from page one until I'd devoured every last word. Like Iron Cage, this one also deals with themes of captivity and inter species understanding, and just like Iron Cage, I couldn't get enough of Catseye.
The animals in the spacer-run pet shop where Troy finally finds employment are not what they seem, through his innate abilities and his deeply seated compassion, he alone is able to see them as more than a pet, a tool or a servant. Unfortunately the rest of the galaxy isn't ready to deal with animal equals, and Troy finds himself quickly in more trouble than he ever bargained for.
This is an oldie, but if you can find it, all I can say is read it, read it read it. ...more
A really solid anthology that kept me reading, but did unfortunately suffer from a lack of thorough editing. Despite some extra words, incorrect wordA really solid anthology that kept me reading, but did unfortunately suffer from a lack of thorough editing. Despite some extra words, incorrect word usage, missing apostrophes and in one case inconsistent character names, the stories were all engaging and entertaining. In almost all instances it was easy to forgive the spattering of errors and fully embed in the tale. A few were rougher than others, but most were solid, fun stories featuring animal characters. My personal standouts were: Come the Storm, which tells of the unlikely friendship between natural enemies in a time of need. Tatch's Tale, probably my favorite for its delightfully humorous portrayal of the kobold's life. Bond of Spirit, for tight writing and engaging storytelling with very few noticeable errors. Lastly, In the Days of the Witch-Queens which had a far more brutal feel to it than the rest but used language beautifully and was written in the undeniable style of the classic sword and sorcery story. Overall, a fabulous and diverse collection of anthropomorphic stories that will probably not be the right book for the grammar nazi, but will be sure to entertain those of us who can forgive a little goof or two for the sake of the action. ...more
A delightful and engaging read that I could not put down. Enjoyed it from start to finish and ended up wanting to immediately pick up Flower's Fang. OA delightful and engaging read that I could not put down. Enjoyed it from start to finish and ended up wanting to immediately pick up Flower's Fang. Only a few fiddly edity bits kept this from a 5 for me, and I rarely 5. Can't wait to read more in this world. ...more
This is the first book in the adepts series, a thoroughly original take on magic in contemporary settings. Townsend weaves a plot that does not stop,This is the first book in the adepts series, a thoroughly original take on magic in contemporary settings. Townsend weaves a plot that does not stop, full of myth, magic and alternate history, and guaranteed to entertain. Could not put the book down....more
T.R. Goodman's Michael Bishop is one determined tinker. When a magical attempt to save his daughter's life goes awry, Michael ends up trapped inside hT.R. Goodman's Michael Bishop is one determined tinker. When a magical attempt to save his daughter's life goes awry, Michael ends up trapped inside his failed mechanical man and a prisoner of the man who lent him the magic. He continues to focus one-hundred-percent on his quest to save his child, and the resulting quest leads him into one of the sweetest stories of parental affection, loyalty, friendship and redemption ever.
I enjoyed this story and think anyone who loves steampunk, good fantasy, and a very sweet story would get a lot out of it as well. ...more
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A Dude's Guide to Babies was not what I expected at all! I've read a few male-perspective pregnaI received this book in exchange for an honest review.
A Dude's Guide to Babies was not what I expected at all! I've read a few male-perspective pregnancy books, and while some where funny, I have yet to encounter one quite so charming as this book. It does have a healthy dash of humor attached to a full dose of very good parenting/baby advice inside, but A Dude's Guide, is also sweet, sensitive, and pro-paranoia. As a mom, I LOVE this.
For the man who is faced with impending parenthood, I would not only recommend A Dude's Guide to Babies for the baby's sake, but for any father who would like to keep mommy smiling as well. It's also a fun, fact-filled read that will make you laugh out loud, tear up a little, and smile the whole way through. ...more
Sins of the Father is an intricate and brilliantly crafted military scifi treat. I was held completely captive from page one, and was not disappointedSins of the Father is an intricate and brilliantly crafted military scifi treat. I was held completely captive from page one, and was not disappointed once along the way. The plot had all the political intrigue, action, character and science I craved, and just when I thought I had it worked out, it expertly twisted in a different direction. Just as Thomas Atherton's devious plans had infinite, unexpected layers, the story itself continued to peel back and deepen with each shift in the action. I haven't been this entertained by a book in a very long time. Superb.
Winter Harvest has all the potential to be a really strong, straightforward romance. The writing is clear and concise and fairly polished, and the ploWinter Harvest has all the potential to be a really strong, straightforward romance. The writing is clear and concise and fairly polished, and the plot unfolded nicely to a satisfying conclusion.
The story features Victoria, a strong-willed farm girl whose mother has passed away leaving her and her brother Andrew to help their father run the farm. The family is still grieving, as is the long term farm hand, Traye who insists he only thinks of Victoria as a kid sister, despite her insistence that they are made for one another.
Some things about the characters really tripped me up on this one. I wanted so much to invest in them because the story is well written, but I found the characters both inconsistent and sometimes difficult to empathize with.
Andrew switched between nearly psychotic rage aimed at Traye to kidding around like old buddies with him. They all suspected things, but then they'd ignore their own suspicions, or their logic wouldn't follow quite exactly with their action. Despite that, I really started to enjoy the read once I'd gotten past the first third or so. Victoria's actions in the beginning were so desperate and somewhat stalker-like, that I found myself more embarrassed for her than empathizing with her. She also varied a great deal in how old/mature she seemed. I found Traye the most sympathetic, with his troubled past and his feelings of not being enough to deserve Victoria or her family, but I was really put off in the beginning by him thinking of her as a young sister in the same instant he was imagining fairly graphic sexual encounters. After their first night together, however, that became less pointedly stressed and I could enjoy the revelation of how they really felt about one another. In the end, I thought it was an agreeable and sweet read with a lot of heart, that probably just needed some more consistency of character to really rock. ...more
I have a major soft spot for ancient Egypt. That being said, I am also very picky about how it is portrayed. Visions of FSo much awesome in one place…
I have a major soft spot for ancient Egypt. That being said, I am also very picky about how it is portrayed. Visions of Fire and Ice left me breathless, enchanted and completely entertained. I want more. As soon as possible. Ramose is Petiri, a long-lived alien crash who has been stranded on Earth since ancient times. He uses ice to protect his people, and has long since given up hope of ever finding his Kha-ib, the Petiri version of soul mates. Tamara is a very unusual human. Capable of harnessing the power of fire, she wanders into Ramose’s sights wearing a Petiri relic on her arm and wielding a force that he cannot ignore. From the moment they discover one another, nothing slows down or cools down for a second. When Ramose’s possessed brother decides to use Tamara in his evil plans…well, things get dangerous fast. I could not stop reading this book. The author has crafted a delicious mix of ancient mythos, alien exoticness and steamy, heart-warming, true love. The read is pacey and exciting, beautifully written and described and still manages to deliver deep characters with full, rich back stories. I will be searching for the next book as soon as possible. If you like a full escape into a magical and original universe along with your happy ever after, you will love this book and most likely the whole series. ...more
Ladies Night is a Fight Card Romance by Jill Tunney, a book in a series of "historical boxer pulp," and a sweet ride through a very well crafted sliceLadies Night is a Fight Card Romance by Jill Tunney, a book in a series of "historical boxer pulp," and a sweet ride through a very well crafted slice of very specific history.
The story follows Irish orphan, Jimmy Doherty and the love of his life, Lindy, who also happens to be his trainer's daughter. Jimmy and Lindy face off against his boxing rival and a far more sinister plot from Jimmy's past.
What I loved best about this book was the depth and authenticity of both the time period and the characters. The world of boxing in the 1950's was portrayed so intimately and viscerally and yet, the book has an inherent sweetness threaded through it that makes a beautiful contrast to the gritty backdrop.
It is well written, in particular from a character standpoint, and engaging. There were a few places where I felt the pacing was easing off when it should have been ramping up, or where I found the events easily predictable, and yet neither really detracted from my enjoyment of the couple's tale.
Ladies Night is a great read about an under-treated subject and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in history, boxing, romance or is just a fan of a truly sweet story. ...more
I haven't been this entertained and delighted by a book since Christopher Moore's Lamb. This lively and devoted tale is unerringly faithful to both ShI haven't been this entertained and delighted by a book since Christopher Moore's Lamb. This lively and devoted tale is unerringly faithful to both Shakespeare and Star Wars while still gently and lovingly poking fun at both.
A must read for Star Wars fans, in particular those who have been hoping for something new that actually improves on a good thing. I like the whole cannon better with this book as part of it.
The best pairing of unrelated flavors since "Your chocolate is in my peanut butter."...more