This book doesn't read like a first book in a series. I was reading it thinking "Did I pick up the wrong book?" I didn't worry about it at first becauThis book doesn't read like a first book in a series. I was reading it thinking "Did I pick up the wrong book?" I didn't worry about it at first because I read the series a long time ago and am now pulling the comic (which is a lot of fun by the way) and thought that I just remembered more than I thought I did. Nope. The story references characters like a second book in a series would - quick references to looks and a history already established. It was very strange.
Otherwise, this is popcorn. I know what Hamilton usually writes but I have gotten to where I prefer other author's interpretations of paranormal romance and most certainly other writing styles.
But popcorn is fun sometimes and who doesn't like sex? Okay, so there actually isn't any sex in this one but everyone knows that there is in later books and we have to start at the beginning....more
I admit it, I am hooked. I picked this up in an airport bookstore when I really should have been sleeping. I finished it that day.
This book picks up iI admit it, I am hooked. I picked this up in an airport bookstore when I really should have been sleeping. I finished it that day.
This book picks up immediately where the last one left off. I mean immediately. She is still taking off her shirt. It is good that this book starts there as there really were some unresolved issues from the previous book. Mercy now has panic attacks and has to deal with them. I am glad that she is not a total badass that can just shrug off the rape/mind rape of the previous book but I am not sure that it is accurately portrayed. It doesn't matter though, it was still a lot of fun. Of course there isn't quite the tension as in the previous books, in more ways than one, but I tore through it as I do with all Briggs books. They are fast reads that are still quite satisfying for the amount of time I invest. They are popcorn length in both page count and reading time but I always feel like I get more out of it than I put in....more
This is one of Dick Francis' best. Kit Fielding is a great character, a steeplechase jockey (where the horses jump rather than run on a flat course) wThis is one of Dick Francis' best. Kit Fielding is a great character, a steeplechase jockey (where the horses jump rather than run on a flat course) who has a strong will and a touch of telepathy. The plot has something new and interesting on every page, from a romance to falls to near murder experiences to a long run blood feud (most certainly not in that order).
This being popcorn, you shouldn't expect a Great Work of Fiction. However, it is a great read. Easy on the eyes (the edition I have has nice spacing which makes the reading go faster) and mostly easy on the brain. Francis does have a slight problem with keeping some of his characters in character, but he does it to move the plot along rather than showing what I think the character would have done. Also, the bad guys are bad but the good guys aren't always good (but you always like them). Francis also uses the technique of having the main character find a big piece of the puzzle but the only telling you the character's reaction rather than exactly what they found. Of course the information is revealed later, when it is more dramatic, but that can get a bit irritating.
There are a lot of plot points that are touched on so it feels as if the main character is well rounded even though everything is touched on lightly (making it a easy, quick read and therefore popcorn). But I always enjoy Francis' writing and I intend to read more of his stuff. Francis' books may all be popcorn and always involve horse racing, but the stories are all different and enjoyable....more
Some pleasant popcorn reading. As with all Dick Francis books, this was a quick read. Now, Dick Francis doesn't actually write anything that is bad buSome pleasant popcorn reading. As with all Dick Francis books, this was a quick read. Now, Dick Francis doesn't actually write anything that is bad but this one was just okay for me. I enjoyed all of the family politics that was the focus of the story, but I guess it just wasn't as intense as some of his other books. The big secret was pretty nuts but the build up wasn't as pertinent as other big "twists". I did want to read more about the family life as the boys were great fun. I also would have enjoyed to hear more about the architecture but Dick Francis isn't a former architect (he is a former jockey)....more
There isn't anything particularly special about these books. The writing is okay, the characters are fairly one dimensional, and the plots are quite sThere isn't anything particularly special about these books. The writing is okay, the characters are fairly one dimensional, and the plots are quite straightforward. However, Huff puts together a pleasant read. Two of the three main characters love to scream at each other and typically lose their temper every other page. How these two could possibly function as cops without a serious list of citations is anyone's guess, but it is quite entertaining to read about how they really, really want to give into their temper and rip someone's head off (I feel like that quite often myself).
These books fall into the urban fantasy category, one that I enjoy as there are a lot of problems that paranormal creatures would have that the genre gets to address (how do you explain that you always sleep during the day without someone becoming superstitious?).
So why four stars if I am not impressed with the writing or any of my usual criteria for a high star rating? Perhaps it is my mood and my enjoyment of reading something where I don't have to think (which is infact a good thing from time to time). Perhaps it is that the stories, while not complex, are quite enjoyable. Perhaps it is that she doesn't overuse commas like many of the books I have been reading lately (I realize the comma conventions have changed but some people really just need to lighten up [/pet peeve rant]). Heck, maybe I will reread it in the future and drop a star off. Who knows. I do know that I enjoy reading Huff from time to time, as long as I mix it up with with my usual, heavier reading....more
This is not a prequel: this is basically a supplemental book to the Transmet series. It is a collection of bits of articles that Spider wrote for TheThis is not a prequel: this is basically a supplemental book to the Transmet series. It is a collection of bits of articles that Spider wrote for The Word, illustrated by numerous artists. The snippets are obviously from "I Hate It Here" and it really shows Spider in a light that one would expect: hating dogs, sexual frustration, bowel disruptors... But it also shows a bit of why Spider stayed in the City in the first place. It shows his bittersweet love affair with the seedy underbelly, his addiction to the sights and smells even as they repulse him.
Contrary to what I thought, there really isn't any new information in this collection. Oh, there is a tiny, itsy bitsy bit about his tattoos but everything that might be new is vague and tinged with sadness and a bit of nostalgia.
The whole thing seems a bit more literary than the main series, but that is a good thing. The series didn't have time to show that actual writings of Spider that made him so famous. I'd say this is a must for a fan but it will be very confusing to anyone who has not read the series....more
Another in the Mery Thompson series: my guilty pleasure. Short and sweet as usual.
Great plot even though a few details should have been expanded on (iAnother in the Mery Thompson series: my guilty pleasure. Short and sweet as usual.
Great plot even though a few details should have been expanded on (it will probably come back in future books). Mercy attempts to help her former boss, deals with boys, and has a very, very intense experience. Not for kids and it may upset a lot of people though I believe it was handled _very_ well even if it was a bit gratuitous. It might not have been if these books weren't so short - the build up with a bit lacking....more
This book gets a bit more into the romance circles that are the trademarks of romantic fantasy. However, the story is fun and worth the read. I wish IThis book gets a bit more into the romance circles that are the trademarks of romantic fantasy. However, the story is fun and worth the read. I wish I could give it three and a half stars as it isn't quite as good as the first one but the easy, happy read is still there.
What can I say, I have a soft spot for romantic fantasy with a strong female lead that doesn't swoon out of character whenever a hot male comes along. This one did that a bit more than the previous book but Mercy isn't falling for anything less than equality just yet. It is worrying that the books seem to be headed that way with all the alpha male wolves circling her. I'd love to see more of the vampire.
I look forward to following this series. Sometimes the girl in me needs something easy to read full of the romantic angst that life after high school seems to be missing. Not that a lack of that is a bad thing......more
This book compares the process of getting a tattoo/body modification to the process of alchemy. The author says that a body modification can be part oThis book compares the process of getting a tattoo/body modification to the process of alchemy. The author says that a body modification can be part of a life changing experience. This isn't about just decoration. This book has stories of memorial tattoos, modifications that help a writer write, and a tattoo that helped a woman deal with her history of sexual abuse.
It kinda seems like hippy/new age talk but I liked the idea. Perhaps it is my high interest in tattoos. However, don't look to this book for good writing. It is obviously a thesis that someone thought should be published. The pictures and interviews are interesting though. Those who watch Miami Ink et al for the stories would probably like this....more
This was given to me and I have read it over and over. The dark tales are told fluidly without losing any of it's dark side. I like these better thanThis was given to me and I have read it over and over. The dark tales are told fluidly without losing any of it's dark side. I like these better than some of the original material. The stories are the same but the way they are told are a bit more smooth and modern. This is the book that got me really hooked on dark fairy tale and other horror. I love that fairy tales were meant for adults. These stories don't hold back and they shouldn't.
The only think I dislike is a nasty typo/ missed edit that leads to an odd plot hole in the Aschenputtel story. However, I have a very old edition. If it has been republished in the last 5-7 years, I hope they fixed it....more
Casey down there has it right. Starfall is amazing and so are the rest of the stories. I love being able to pick it up and just reading a quick storyCasey down there has it right. Starfall is amazing and so are the rest of the stories. I love being able to pick it up and just reading a quick story when I don't have time for a full book, or when I want a shot of great sci-fi. So awesome....more
I liked the first one better. The art continues to be good and the concepts interesting. There is a standalone story in here about cryogenically frozeI liked the first one better. The art continues to be good and the concepts interesting. There is a standalone story in here about cryogenically frozen people being reawakened in this current time period (much ahead of now) that is very touching. Top notch. The other stories just didn't speak to me like the first volume did. However, the stories are interesting, irreverent, and funny. I will continue to collect this series....more
The characters are fleshed out, the society of complex (she addresses the idea of women being second class in werewolf society which was very interestThe characters are fleshed out, the society of complex (she addresses the idea of women being second class in werewolf society which was very interesting to me), the bad guys are very bad, and not everything is perfect. This is a great little story and I plan to pick more up. There is a strong female lead and the story is quite a bit cleaner than the next closest story I would relate it to: Anita Blake. Your head doesn't go in circles trying to follow all the men like in the Blake series but the story has just as much... texture to it without being too complicated. The mark of a good, satisfying, lighthearted fantasy story that is just fun to read....more
Wonderful, just great. The story has one serious political message. The "protagonist" is a journalist who loves to tell society to fuck off and die. HWonderful, just great. The story has one serious political message. The "protagonist" is a journalist who loves to tell society to fuck off and die. He hates the way the city treats itself and other and wants to tell people the truth. He hopes that the truth will, well not set people free as I doubt he would think that is possible, but perhaps correct some of the injustice in the world. He is the most jaded optimist I have ever met and I love reading this series. This was published in '98 but the messages are still quite relevant. It doesn't date itself with pure political messages but focuses on some of the great evils (police brutality and cult leaders in it for the sex to name one prominent in this volume) in society. Can get you pretty riled up and thinking and isn't that the point of a good read?...more