The reason I like anthologies is because you not only get a variety of story ideas in one book, you also get a taste of the quality of writing from au...moreThe reason I like anthologies is because you not only get a variety of story ideas in one book, you also get a taste of the quality of writing from authors that you haven't gotten a chance to read before. In this particular volume, which is another venture to mix the supernatural with holidays (the previous being vampires and birthdays), combines werewolves and Christmas. The best being, as I suspected, Charlaine Harris' contribution. I had been curious about the works of Carrie Vaughn, Patricia Briggs, Karen Chance, Simon R. Green, and Rob Thurman, and found each of their stories to be quality. Now I'm looking forward to reading the Kitty series by Carrie Vaughn that I have, and the start of two series by Patricia Briggs on audiobook as well. A surprisingly bizarre and humorous story came from an author named J. A. Konrath, who is also known as Jack Kilborn. The book as a whole was a fun and smooth read.(less)
This is the most heartbreaking and tragic story I've ever read. Because of this, I have no idea how to rate it. It was well-written, heartfelt, and to...moreThis is the most heartbreaking and tragic story I've ever read. Because of this, I have no idea how to rate it. It was well-written, heartfelt, and told a tale of a relationship between two friends whose dynamic was equal parts touching and troubling. I was not aware of the deeper story when I began reading. All I knew was that it was a memoir about two women who had a life long friendship. Actually this story has another side, a second memoir written prior to this, by the other woman in the relationship, about her challenges with childhood cancer and the consequent hell that lasted her entire life. The ending to this book was not a shock, but it was a surprise nontheless. Would I rather have not read it? I'll admit it was depressing, it affected me more than I would have guessed because I have read many things with similar subject matter. But no, I feel I've come away having learned something, and with a deeper understanding of the human condition. I would recommend it. Yet I still have no idea how to rate it.(less)
Very original concept. It's a quick read, and by being able to see other people's private correspondence it has an almost voyeuristic feeling to it. T...moreVery original concept. It's a quick read, and by being able to see other people's private correspondence it has an almost voyeuristic feeling to it. There are rejection letters of all kinds from famous people and everyday people alike. Examples range from Jimi Hendrix's military discharge and Mark David Chapman's parole denial to a little girl's three time attempt to make "Seal Pup" in her swimming class. Most interesting for me were the breakup and scorned lovers letters, it was a kind of reminder that alot of us have such similar experiences in that area. Glad I noticed this on one of my Goodreads friends update emails, it happened to be right at my neighborhood library. (less)
Had this for awhile and haven't finished it yet. The stories are okay but this is my first time listening to an audiobook of short stories. Definitely...moreHad this for awhile and haven't finished it yet. The stories are okay but this is my first time listening to an audiobook of short stories. Definitely prefer to read anthologies than listen to them. The ending of a story comes as a complete surprise and there is no time to reflect on anything before a new one starts up. Then I feel lost and have to rewind some. So far the best story that stands out for me is "Wildfires in Manhattan". The narrator's voice is perfect, and the story, about ancient gods in modern day times, is told in a unique way and has an almost sweet tone to it. I would recommend this more in book form. (less)
Since Highlander romances are not of interest to me I had never read KMM before. I stumbled upon this series in the library and began it on audiobook....moreSince Highlander romances are not of interest to me I had never read KMM before. I stumbled upon this series in the library and began it on audiobook. This is the fourth in the series, and the fifth "Shadowfever" has just recently been released. Thinking this story would be heavy on romance, it started as a gulity pleasure but ended up as a favorite. The plot is balanced with action and emotion and the author includes many insights for one to ponder.
The main character Mac goes to Dublin to investigate her sister's murder and finds herself involved in a struggle between human and fae. Along the way she meets Jericho Barrons, who runs a books and bauble store, and the two develop a unique working relationship. It comes out that Barrons is not actually human, but even at the end of book four, his exact nature remains a mystery. Though I have a feeling that has something to do with the cliffhanger at the end, and until I start the next book not knowing what's next will really bug me.
It's noticeable that the narrator has changed from the first three books, but it takes no time at all to adjust to this and fall right back into step with Mac. In addition there is a male narrator who reads all the male roles, and the effect this has enhances the story greatly.
After coming to the conclusion that this is indeed in the "favorite series" category for me, I learn the next installment will be the final one. While I'll be hesitant to let these characters go, it seems right that this is not a series with no end in sight. Sometimes it's best to see a story come to a close and not have it continue on until it just fades away. It retains it's magic.
The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I really had my fill of adverbs, "he said cooly, she said dryly, he said witheringly, she said (pick your ly)". But if you enjoy urban fantasy, I would highly recommend trying The Fever Series.
Don't know how much longer I can tolerate this. The narrator is so terrible, I might have to finish by just reading the book. Don't really know how to...moreDon't know how much longer I can tolerate this. The narrator is so terrible, I might have to finish by just reading the book. Don't really know how to describe how irritating it is to listen to this. At about a quarter way through I thought I had figured out where it was going and was glad to find out I was wrong, so I'm definitely interested to see how this plays out. Imagine having no choice but to find out EXACTLY what everyone you knew (and especially everyone you loved) really thought of you. edit: Decided to stick with the audiobook, the narrator didn't exactly grow on me as much as I just got used to him. edit #2: Wasn't very impressed with the overall story. It seemed promising in the beginning but I just couldn't bring myself to care very much for any of the characters. The snake imagery seemed cliche and after the initial novelty of someone waking up with horns, the gradual transformation of the main character into a demon-like being just seemed comical. That was probably the point, to add a twisted dark humor to it all, but it was distracting for me and didn't work along side the horror element of the plot. (less)
Overall this is a good book. Interesting (I finished it within four days) informative, and even though this is a much overused term, insightful. There...moreOverall this is a good book. Interesting (I finished it within four days) informative, and even though this is a much overused term, insightful. There were moments when I couldn't quite "get" some of the side comments, almost like they were inside jokes that turned into puzzles I had to refelct on to figure out, but I was still able to appreciate his humor. This wit was weaved throughout his account, and my favorite example of this is when he said his father gave he and his family code names in case any of them were ever trapped or captured, they would be able to assure each other that it was really them. During a hospitalization he "tried hard as hell", even knowing it was likely not to work, to get word out to his parents using the code. He describes his experience applying to medical school, attending Harvard Medical, going on to become a pediatrician, and after 14 years suffering a fourth, and as yet final, nervous breakdown. A comment he made, "My partners let me come back part-time and then full-time. It was a huge relief to be doing something I knew how to do and get paid for. Maybe in some sense I was and still am addicted to taking care of other people's problems. Faced with sick children and worried parents again, I felt useful." This seems to me like he feels there is something wrong with wanting to do his job and caring about what he does and who he can help. It was sad to see this compared to an addiction. It is his life's work and has put his heart into it, surmounting potentially debilitating obstacles to become the whole person he envisioned himself being. Equally sad are the descriptions of the state of health care. Some are issues widely known, others are insights that most aren't commonly aware of. During a trip to Honduras with a group of other doctors, with the intent to treat patients for free, it is discovered that things there are handled not entirely differently than how they are handled in the United States. There were a couple chapters that I couldn't figure out how they became interesting enough to be part of the book, one recounting a trip lobster hunting, and another an experience gathering wild mushrooms. Despite these low points, there is enough going for this book to make it a valuable read for anyone interested in, or one living with, mental illness.(less)