Marissa Locks works for Grimm, Fairy Godfather. I was kind of hoping that Grimm the Fairy Godfather had something to do with the Grimm Fairy Tales or...moreMarissa Locks works for Grimm, Fairy Godfather. I was kind of hoping that Grimm the Fairy Godfather had something to do with the Grimm Fairy Tales or something, but no such luck. Anyways, so she works for him. Supposedly her parents traded her for a wish (though, I'm a bit sketchy on that part) and she's working for Grimm to pay back that debt.
The way that a prince meets a princess is a bit... how shall I say this? Non-disney. Grimm kind of aligns events for the prince to meet Marissa or some other agency gal, they date, and then Marissa or some agent crushes the prince's heart with the heel of her sneakers. Then, alas, he meets the princess who puts his heart back together. Though, maybe not humpy-dumpy style.
Stuff happens and the Fae's are going to start a war with the humans... err.. Kingdom royal humans that are magical. I think.
Good thing about this book: The whole turning the fairy tales on their heads. Sort of like where the Prince curses a Princess to sleep/coma and he goes and rescues her. It is a bit campy. Reminded me a bit of the 80's movies hijinks. It's got dragons, witches, trolls, (were)wolves, etc. Prince's that need rescuing.
Not so good about this book: Insta-love. The book is really busy (I thought it make it go by faster, but I can see why some people would not like that). The main character, Marissa, at one point tells Grimm that she's good at her job and she never complains. But wait a second that goes against everything we've so far read to this point. She's complained non-stop about her job AND in the book she messed up her assigned jobs. I didn't mind the whole my parents sold me to get a wish for my sister, but the book seems to go against that.
The book is entertaining and I thought it was a fast read. I didn't love the book, but it was an okay fast summer read. (less)
The Paleodiet is one of the many "fad diets." The diet is based on the assumption that we have evolved to be active and eat the foods we were eating a...moreThe Paleodiet is one of the many "fad diets." The diet is based on the assumption that we have evolved to be active and eat the foods we were eating about +10,000 years ago and we are not suited, biologically, as an agricultural society. Thus, the way we are living now is causing detrimental harm to our bodies. The way to do so is to eat lots and lots of meat, no grain, no milk, no tomatoes, etc.
Paleofantasy draws from blogs, forums, and articles discussing the Paleodiet and uses archaeological, genetic, paleoanthropoligical evidence to debunk the misconceptions that is involved in the Paleodiet. Furthermore, Zuk addresses misconceptions about evolution.
Personally, I really enjoyed this book. I had to have this book for Advanced Biological Anthropology: Human Origins and this one is a keeper in my mind. (less)
:velociraptor fangirl squeal: There's a sequeal?! Must contain excitement.
Ilona Andrews are on my auto-buy list. If they wrote a book of just shoppin...more:velociraptor fangirl squeal: There's a sequeal?! Must contain excitement.
Ilona Andrews are on my auto-buy list. If they wrote a book of just shopping lists, I would but it. Clean Sweep is a short fun (and funny) read that was originally posted on their blog and was later published. (less)
I recommend this for people who are interested in learning about autism or animals themselves. The book does delve into the cattle industry a bit sinc...moreI recommend this for people who are interested in learning about autism or animals themselves. The book does delve into the cattle industry a bit since that's where Grandin's experience lies. (less)
Fort (Fortitude) Scott is back. And dealing with another crisis. When his roommate is brutally killed, it's up to our boy Fort to figure out who the c...moreFort (Fortitude) Scott is back. And dealing with another crisis. When his roommate is brutally killed, it's up to our boy Fort to figure out who the culprit is. Cause, of course, it isn't human in mature. Turns out the killer has ties to the elvish community. And he ain't dealing with no Legolas or Arwen. More of the sociopathic Terry Pratchett type.
Backing Fort up is our favorite Kitsune, Suze. Chivalry is in a few times, but with a heavier emphasis on Prudence showing up. Also, some new characters are introduced that tie-in to the storyline.
It took me a bit to get into this one, but once I did... man, was it hard putting it down. The story was interesting and engaging. Not that many twists in this one but still a fun read. Plus, we learn more about what makes Fort (and even Chivalry) different than other vampires. Plus, I got a kick out of Brennan's mention to cultural anthropology. Even though cultural isn't my subfield (it's archaeology and biological) is was still cool to have a nod. Plus, I like alot of the references to "geeky" stuff such as Firefly, Doctor Who, Zelda, etc. (less)
I originally came across this book while shopping in Fred Meyer in an attempt to spice up my to-read shelf. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on...moreI originally came across this book while shopping in Fred Meyer in an attempt to spice up my to-read shelf. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, this one didn't stay there for long.
The story opens with Fort who is a vampire and a door mat. His girlfriend is openly cheating on him (cause that's what present relations are like?), his roommate hasn't paid rent in four months, and his coworkers and managers walk all over him at work. The story opens with Luca, the tool European vampire, requesting a visit with Madeline (Fort's mother) cause she's basically a baby-making machine (I guess in the vampire world having one child is a gift but three is all WTF? What nefarious things are you doing to have so many children?). Luca shows up with two in his entourage Philip, a creepy 'host', and Maria (a little girl he was attempting to have Philip get pregnant, cause Maria no longer fit his 'needs'. Yep, Luca is a pedophile.). Luca is all this place is cool, I'm going to kick back my heels for a week. Fort tries to save Maria, but fails. Soon after, Maria turns up dead and then the parents of two little girls are murdered with the girls missing. Fort knows that Luca was involved and when Madeline forbids Chic (Fort's older brother) from helping. Fort gets help from Suzume, the kitsune that Madeline hired as a bodyguard. They are off to try to save the girls cause Fort, he got feels.
I really enjoyed this book. Cause kitsune, how awesome is that?! I really like it when other mythological creatures/people are used in American literature. Also, M.L. Brennan has an interesting take on vampires. For example, vampires don't live forever. They can grow old and die but it'd take a really long time.
There was a few things that bugged me about the story, story-building wise. So, there's something in a vampire bite that due to long-term feeding basically kills the human. This is brought up in the story cause of Maria and this is also happening to Chiv's wife. He's supposed to be absolutely in love with his wife and she's his whole world, but he's fine with slowly killing her? Can't he just drink bagged blood,animal,or artificial? And if he could, that's just douchey. Alas, it isn't addressed in the book.
Another thing, I don't get is the baby-making. A Host is made when you take a human drain their blood and replace it with your own vampiric blood. Since it's not human blood, it causes the body to undergo all these changes and become insane (kind of reminded me of the Reavers from Firefly). When you have a host you either take a male or female (maybe) and get them to have a baby and voila! you have your very own genetic baby. The vampire is considered to be the real parents since they're so genetically similar than to the Hosts. Luca's host was male and again it wasn't if in European vampire culture, it's the culture to have your Host be male. Now, it was mentioned that vampires have functioning sexual reproductive organs but they do it this way cause it's just what they do. Seriously? Since this way is really difficult and it takes finesse and time to make a good Host. Two vampires never looked at each other and wondered wouldn't it just be easier to boink one another?
Okay, the story was still interesting with the other supernatural creatures included in book. It was also a fast, good read. But it is dark and gritty. If you like light-heartened stories this isn't for you (I really like Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series, but I know that some people have gotten turned off by it cause of how dark it can get). (less)
After reading "Myths of the Norsemen" by Helene Guerber, I was severely disappointed in the book. Ever since then, I've been trying to find a good boo...moreAfter reading "Myths of the Norsemen" by Helene Guerber, I was severely disappointed in the book. Ever since then, I've been trying to find a good book on Norse mythology. "Gods and Myths of Northern Europe" summarized some myths and gives an overview of some of the Gods and Goddesses.
The book illustrates how Christianity has affected what remains of Norse/Germanic Myths and even goes so far to show how Christian beliefs have colored such myths (which isn't surprising considering the more known recorded Norse myths are done by Christians). Davidson goes a step further and tries to illuminate Norse/Germanic beliefs based on myths of deities and their culture during per-Christian times and how it has affected recent history (such as the German swastika possibly linking to Thor's hammer as a way for Hitler to resurrect Germanic beliefs).
It was an interesting read. Davidson went in depth with the more popular gods such as Thor and Odin, but mentioned Aegir and Ran in passing even though they had a section devoted to them. Also, the book came off disjointed because Davidson didn't have a lot of reliable sources to pull from. I went into this book, expecting something to recount myths but was still happy with the reflection of what Germanic people may have believed during the height of belief deities such as Odin, Thor, Frigg, etc. (less)