Another fun addition to the series. I'm not really into Halloween, but Andrews makes it lots of fun (despite the murders) meaning I still enjoyed theAnother fun addition to the series. I'm not really into Halloween, but Andrews makes it lots of fun (despite the murders) meaning I still enjoyed the book a lot....more
Blurb: Bahia Vista homicide detective Theo Petrakos thought he’d seen it all. Then a mummified corpse and a room full of futuristic hardware sends GuaBlurb: Bahia Vista homicide detective Theo Petrakos thought he’d seen it all. Then a mummified corpse and a room full of futuristic hardware sends Guardian Force commander Jorie Mikkalah into his life. Before the night’s through, he’s become her unofficial partner—and official prisoner—in a race to save the Earth. And that’s only the start of his troubles.
Jorie’s mission is to stop a deadly infestation of bio-mechanical organisms from using Earth as its breeding ground. If she succeeds, she could save a world and win a captaincy. But she’ll need Theo’s help, even if their unlikely partnership does threaten to set off an intergalactic incident.
Because if she fails, she’ll lose not just a planet and a promotion, but a man who’s become far more important than she cares to admit.
(Blurb from linneasinclair.com)
I've always enjoyed Linnea Sinclair's books, some more than others, but she's never failed for me. She didn't this time either. I was a bit nervous when I first leaned of the title as it seemed rather out there, but it fits the story well and in fact refers to a particular recurring motif in the novel.
This book is a departure from Sinclair's previous books, which all take place primarily in space and in a universe that may or may not feature Earth. The Down Home Zombie Blues, in contrast, is set on Earth in the here and now. It's a change that I know made some readers nervous, but the setting worked beautifully for me. Sinclair switches POV between her main characters and whenever we find ourselves in Jorie's head we see Earth (and all it's attendant weirdness) only through her eyes and vocabulary. It's a perfect contrast to Theo's more laid-back and, of course, familiar style and helps to show the differences between the protagonists. As they each get to know the situation and the other better, their styles begin to merge a little - never the same but sharing more of the same vocabularly and viewpoint. It's a very neat and well done way to show both character and relationship development and Sinclair does it well.
I enjoyed the characters, both Jorie and Theo and the minor players, all of which felt like real and solid people to me. My favourite secondary characters were Theo's partner Zeke and his wife Suzanne. I did find the Earth-based characters easier to relate to than the Guardians, and I'm chosing to consider this intentional of Sinclair's part as I've never felt that kind of dichotomy before in her books.
I had the same reaction to Jorie and Theo, relating to Theo much more easily. Don't get me wrong - I liked Jorie who was a well-written and strong women, both being things I like in a book. I just liked Theo more. I felt he responded to everything that happened to him in a reasonable manner, especially when he found himself trapped on an alien spaceship orbiting the Earth and being told he could never go home again.
I did find the frequent Star Trek references a little frustrating, but a throwaway line later in the book suggested it was intentional. If a check was done into the background of some of the show's writers and/or plotters it seems we might discover an extraterrestrial or two, at least in Sinclair's version of the universe.
I would also have liked to understand the villains a bit more - they had been at war with Jorie's people, they were perfect to look at and they're evil seemed to be the sum total of what we learned. That wasn't quite enough for me. I don't need great sections of text inside their heads or anything, but I felt there wasn't quite enough there to make them real to me. The zombies - which were great - were more real than the Tresh.
This was a very slow read for me. It took me eight days to read a book that I would usually except to take about four at the most. I don't know if that was me or the book - everything I've tried to read lately has been slow going - but a friend who also read it agreed with me.
All the same, I liked this book. I liked the characters and the setting and enjoyed reading it. If you like, or would like to try, romantic science fiction, give The Down Home Zombie Blues a read....more
A friend loaned me this many, many years ago and I've had a hankering to reread it (and the following volumes) but it and the others are out of printA friend loaned me this many, many years ago and I've had a hankering to reread it (and the following volumes) but it and the others are out of print and very hard to find. I recently discovered that Moran has made a number of his books, including this one, available as editions on his blog. I downloaded them immediately and enjoyed my reread of what is actually quite a bleak book about the genetic engineering of a line of telepaths and what happens to them....more
Most brilliant craziness ensues as Thursday learns more about book jumping, gets blackmailed by the Goliath Corporation; has her husband eradicated frMost brilliant craziness ensues as Thursday learns more about book jumping, gets blackmailed by the Goliath Corporation; has her husband eradicated from time, solves the mystery of a lost Shakespeare play and gets apprenticed to Miss Havisham from Great Expectations (who drives like a maniac and is a dab hand with a pistol). I loved listening to this one even more than The Eyre Affair and I've moved right on to The Well of Lost Plots, which I haven't read before....more
REREAD #1: 18 December, 2007 to 21 December, 2007 (10/10)
This was another thoroughly enjoyable reread in preparation for the new book in the series whREREAD #1: 18 December, 2007 to 21 December, 2007 (10/10)
This was another thoroughly enjoyable reread in preparation for the new book in the series which is currently on its way to me from Amazon. I loved it all over again and loved reading more about Kelric. Soz remains my favourite character in the series, but Kelric is right up there. I can't wait to read the new one....more
ORIGINAL READ: 4 December, 2007 to 18 December, 2007 (DNF)
Now, what I read of this, I really did like. It's had a lot of buzz around blogs and I wanteORIGINAL READ: 4 December, 2007 to 18 December, 2007 (DNF)
Now, what I read of this, I really did like. It's had a lot of buzz around blogs and I wanted to read it. I still do. But it's a big fat hardcover I had out from the library, Christmas was coming and I was reading it (and anything else I read) very slowly. I was feeling stressed instead of settling back to enjoy, so I decided to stop reading and relax. I've ordered the paperback and I'll be reading that with my book group come April. Hopefully that will be the answer.
REREAD #1: 15 April, 2008 to 28 April, 2008 (DNF)
I have admitted defeat and decided that Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind is a "did not finish" book.
I'm really very sad about this, because I really, really, really wanted to love this book. I don't hate it. But after a little over 300 pages (out of 700) I just don't find myself inspired to keep reading.
I love Pat Rothfuss's blog and he sounds like a cool guy. He also clearly has a great passion for his books. I wanted to share that passion and love his book too, so I find myself very sad that that didn't happen.
It's the second time I've tried to read the book and the second time I've crashed out. All the same, I don't think it is a bad book, but it just isn't working for me.
I kind of like Kvothe - I think I could like him a lot - but he just keeps ticking off petty and mean-spirited people and so while reading I spend my time constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop and not enjoying that.
Also, I think the short chapters are working against me as I keep having places to stop. And since it is easier to stop than keep reading at the moment, that's what I'm doing. I haven't touched the book for a few days and I'm not fussed to get back to it, which I'm going to take as an indication it is time to give up.
This is definitely one of those breakups where it's a case of "it's me, not you" and I'm sorry about it. But we're just not working out together, The Name of the Wind and I....more
I don't know if this was a case of when I was reading it or what, but after finding the start okay, I found I just didn't care about reading on furtheI don't know if this was a case of when I was reading it or what, but after finding the start okay, I found I just didn't care about reading on further. It's not a bad book - and a good number of people seem to think it a good one - but it didn't work for me....more
For all most of it isn't set in space, this is very much a space-opera-y kind of book from a favourite author. As usual, Spencer drops you straight inFor all most of it isn't set in space, this is very much a space-opera-y kind of book from a favourite author. As usual, Spencer drops you straight into the action and leaves you wondering what the heck the world is like and what is going on. As these things began to straighten themselves out I found myself really enjoying the story. By the time I got to the end, my reaction was to yell, "So, what happens next?" While the story is finished, I want to know how it will impact on the future. Not as detailed as some of her other books, but still a thoroughly enjoyable read....more
REREAD #1: 21 November, 2007 to 2 December, 2007 (7/10)
This was a reread for while Marcus was in the bath as I was also reading hardcovers at the timeREREAD #1: 21 November, 2007 to 2 December, 2007 (7/10)
This was a reread for while Marcus was in the bath as I was also reading hardcovers at the time and didn't want them getting wet. (He gets some play time in the bath before washing and I usually read a chapter or two.) I wasn't as bowled over at the first time, but I did still enjoy it....more
Just a cute short story in the "Dead of Night" anthology. Eve goes hunting for a killer that may or may not be a vampirEternity in Death by J. D. Robb
Just a cute short story in the "Dead of Night" anthology. Eve goes hunting for a killer that may or may not be a vampire. The atmosphere is nicely done and the resolution of the vampire-ness of the villian is neat....more
I enjoyed this next installment in Kenyon's universe, although it was a pretty simple and short story really. A warning to readers, this is really a nI enjoyed this next installment in Kenyon's universe, although it was a pretty simple and short story really. A warning to readers, this is really a novella printed in large type to make it look like a book. If you know that going in, you're less likely to be disappointed. I don't mind her Dream-Hunter books, but they seem a bit pointless compared to the Dark-Hunters and Were-Hunters and I'd rather have more of them. Hopefully she's going to tie it all in together. The little Christmas vignettes at the end are not really necessary, but it is lovely to see a glimpse of favourite characters who haven't been around in a while. Poor Nick, he's got himself in a mess and I don't know how Kenyon is going to get him out. There's another Dream-Hunter book coming out early next year, but I'm really hanging out for Ash's book in August....more