Have you ever felt that your websites can see into your soul and understand you better than you understand yourself? Here's the story of how I stumbleHave you ever felt that your websites can see into your soul and understand you better than you understand yourself? Here's the story of how I stumbled across Quincy Harker...
I love Supernatural. Dean, Castiel, Crowley...my kind of guys. One day, I decided to see if there were any books, fanfics or the like with my Supernatural peeps and my library site suggested Dresden Files, which, ironically, Netflix had also been a bit pushy about in it's recommendations. And, in case you weren't aware, Netflix is the All-Knowing God of What You Will Like To Watch. Honest. Anyhow, I read book 1 and was hooked. Goodreads, seeing that I liked Dresden, suggested I try a Monster Hunter book. Wow. Loved it. Loved, loved, loved it. Foul language, lots of weaponry and badass creatures, but I was hooked. Audible, seeing my purchases of the MHI audios, suggested I try Iron Druid. Another success. I suddenly realized that there was this entire genre of creepy monsters, snarky hunters and powerful magic. Everything from The Awesome to Fangirl to Alex Verus and I had been missing out because the whole sparkly pedophile Twilight crap had ruined vampires and related genres for me.
Thank you, internet, for showing me that vampires can be cool.
Quincy Harker, you are officially my current favorite among the demon-hunting set. Well, in book form. I have to say that I'm waiting for Dean Winchester and Wynonna Earp to meet up in a fictional CW/SyFy wonderland of hardcore creatures and start the ultimate family of hunters. If Maggie Cunningham and Owen Pitt made cameos, I would be squeeing like the fangirl I am. ...more
I stumbled across this series after listening to the Whodunnit books and looking for other books read by Gildart Jackson. It reminded my of the DresdeI stumbled across this series after listening to the Whodunnit books and looking for other books read by Gildart Jackson. It reminded my of the Dresden Files books, or perhaps the Iron Druid series, both of which I enjoy.
He's a diviner and the book is full of mages, some good, some bad, some scary, some innocent. He has a limited social group and his one true friend has a curse that keeps her away from others, making them a good match. He has contacts he can reach out to and a history he prefers to ignore. He owns a shop, prefers a quiet existence and has the ability to see the best path for every decision. You can see the similarites? But there are so many differences - it's a different battle, more good versus evil with less of a clear line between the two, and he has a cool head that is missing from so many of these characters. All in all, a great book. I plan to listen to book two soon!
I liked the book but not as much as I expected to. This idea of learning magic as a trade, as if a year in a vocational school would lead to a careerI liked the book but not as much as I expected to. This idea of learning magic as a trade, as if a year in a vocational school would lead to a career as a magician...it speaks to that little part of me that still hopes Hogwarts is real. The idea of being bond to a single type of magic...also cool. Paper gets no glory , which is a shame because there is some amazing origami out there and it coming to life would be incredible. The absolute best concept in the book was the skill paper magicians have of telling a story and watching it come to life. There wouldn't be a debate about whether the book is better than the movie (it usually is) and no irritation when Hollywood leaves out the fun little bits that make you love a book - you would actually read a book into a movie. Forget every other type of magic - I'd be all about the paper.
What I didn't like was Ceony's schoolgirl infatuation. Or her frequent reminders about the perfection of her memory. And, to be honest, the entire 'living in his heart' concept. Unfortunately, that's 80% of the book. It was okay but it wasn't strong enough to be the entire book. ...more
I'm a huge fan of the Septimus Heap series, especially on aduio. When I discovered another series, I immediately decided to listen to it. There is a nI'm a huge fan of the Septimus Heap series, especially on aduio. When I discovered another series, I immediately decided to listen to it. There is a new narrator, which makes sense since the primary character is a girl (Alice TodHunter Moon) instead of a boy (Septimus Heap), but was also disappointing because pronunciations changed. For example, Marcia's title was always read as "Extra Ordinary Wizard" - but now it's "Extraordinary Wizard." At least she kept "Mar-see-uh" instead of "Marsh-uh" for her name...but it's those little things that jump out at me, pulling me out of the story.
And, while I did like this book, I feel like it was all so predictable. It's for a younger age, perhaps? This story felt like I spent quite a bit of time waiting for the plot to hurry up and get to the point that I knew was coming.
Don't get me wrong - I'll still read every book in the series! And keep wishing for a movie adaptation!!...more
I love when I pull a book out of the library book that makes one of my kids gasp in delight...and this book did it. I had to wait my turn to read it.I love when I pull a book out of the library book that makes one of my kids gasp in delight...and this book did it. I had to wait my turn to read it. Fun little book for kids waiting for their Hogwarts letter, or for the grownups that still regret not getting one. ...more
I liked that the main character was unusual in a positive way. Instead of the boy crazy 16 year with no life experience and poor decision making skillI liked that the main character was unusual in a positive way. Instead of the boy crazy 16 year with no life experience and poor decision making skills, there was a sensible 21 year old that has a job, a hobby, a practical approach to the rules of her life, self-confidence, friends and the positive influence of family. She may have a wine problem and I wasn't a fan of drinking and driving, but overall she was a refreshing change.
My main issue with the story was the constant "Wilcoxes are evil" refrain. It popped up so often that it was just obvious where the book was going. The ending was no surprise, nor was the "twist" with consort. The predictability made this a decent book instead of a great book. ...more
My favorite Dresden Files book so far! I read this in order (after book 12) and it was the perfect place. After the disappointment I felt in Harry's cMy favorite Dresden Files book so far! I read this in order (after book 12) and it was the perfect place. After the disappointment I felt in Harry's choices in the last book, I needed a reason to stick with it and continue the series. I had read one as part of a short story collection but the rest were new to me. ...more
A few weeks ago, I started an audio book called "Carry On" and I was perplexed. It was like stumbling into the 7th book of a copycat American Harry PoA few weeks ago, I started an audio book called "Carry On" and I was perplexed. It was like stumbling into the 7th book of a copycat American Harry Potter with a pirate Dumbledore and a sorting hat that forced Harry and Draco to live together. I was curious about the story because it was so random of a start. When I was almost done, I stopped at the library and discovered that "Fangirl" had arrived. I had requested it several weeks before and checked out the front cover to see what it was about...and was puzzled that this was another Simon Snow book, but in this version it's a fanfic. I finished Carry On, then started Fangirl, complete with the fanfic "Carry On, Simon" excerpts. To make it even more bizarre, there are excerpts from the previous 6 books in the Simon Snow series, even though they were never written.
I spent half the book wondering if "Carry On" was the Cath-authored fanfic and I had read it in the wrong order. Or if Rainbow Rowell had written Gemma as the author and then wrote "Carry On" as a shocking twist ending to a series that didn't really exist. Or was Rainbow Cath? And how would Gemma have ended the series? It drove my bookish mind crazy, to be honest.
For creativity, this is a 4 or 5 star book. As a character, Cath was so completely unlikeable, though, and her life so unreal that she felt more like a fanfic than a serious character. Which would have made her a fanfic writing a fanfic about a nonexistent series.
I was browsing Netflix one day and saw a CW show - The Secret Circle. It was a nice story - a typical CW teen drama with love, magic. mystery and angsI was browsing Netflix one day and saw a CW show - The Secret Circle. It was a nice story - a typical CW teen drama with love, magic. mystery and angst. I added it to my queue and gradually worked my way through the series.
Much later, I was browsing my library's site and discovered that the Secret Circle show was actually based on books. I decided to check them out and opted for the audio.
As an audio, this is a 2 star book. The narration was...odd. Faye was incredibly annoying to listen to. Cassie was overly-dramatic. I gave this a third star because I didn't want to punish a book based on a reader. With a great reader, this book could score even higher, probably.
And, as a member of several fandoms based on TV shows (including CW's Supernatural), I was disappointed that the producers changed so much of the book in converting it to a television series....more
The Dresden Files come up on recommended books for me all the time but I've just never felt like starting such a huge series with such diehard fans.
BuThe Dresden Files come up on recommended books for me all the time but I've just never felt like starting such a huge series with such diehard fans.
But then...after watching all 144 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with my daughter and discussing the sheer aweseomness of Spike, I decided to look him up and see what else he was in. Imagine my surprise to find out that he does audiobooks. I promptly headed to the library site to request a book. UNfortunately, they don't have the audio for book one so I'll have to wait on James Marsters...but I was perfectly content to read the book for now.
I like it. It reminds me of the Monster Hunters series, with some X-Files investigators thrown in, the life approach of the Iron Druid, and with the quirky humor of Buffy and Eureka and Supernatural. I think that the characters will develop nicely and this will be a new fandom I'll be able to join :)...more