After all the fuss about 50 Shades - which I refuse to read on the grounds that I'm not enticed by Twilight fanfic with the serial numbers filed off -...moreAfter all the fuss about 50 Shades - which I refuse to read on the grounds that I'm not enticed by Twilight fanfic with the serial numbers filed off - I figured I should try some erotic fiction and plumped for a random title as recommended on Book View Cafe.
Result? A slight historical fiction story about a highwayman and an innkeeper's daughter. Yes there was a plot and yes there was sex, neither element particularly outstanding, but though it was competently written and reasonably well researched historically I found myself with little enthusiasm to read more of the same.
I'm trying to work out why. Maybe, though there was (plenty of) explicit sex I didn't find it particularly erotic. I found it sexy but not sensual. And I think that's something that's entirely down to personal perceptions. (less)
I can see why a lot of people list this as their favourite Heyer Regency romance. Sophy Stanton-Lacy is a delightful character, full of mischief, self...moreI can see why a lot of people list this as their favourite Heyer Regency romance. Sophy Stanton-Lacy is a delightful character, full of mischief, self-confidence and an insight into character surprising for her tender years, whose main flaw is thinking - no, knowing - what's best for other people. While her father is in South America on a diplomatic mission he leaves her with her aunt and her family in London. Sophie immediately decides that the family needs her help. It seems she's arrived in the nick of time. Cecilia, her cousin, has fallen for an absent-minded but handsome poet and is on the point of rejecting a very good match with an entirely suitable man. Cousin Hubert has fallen into the clutches of an unscrupulous moneylender and Cousin Charles, supposedly the sensible one since Sophie's Uncle is a confirmed wastrel, has affianced himself to a humourless bluestocking whose entire raison d'etre seem to be to find fault with the whole family, set herself above them all in manners and morals and to make sure Charles knows about it.
Rushing in where angels fear to tread, Sophie soon has the house in an uproar. Bringing the younger children a pet monkey is only the start of it. She infuriates Charles by insisting on keeping an independent stable with a splendid riding horse and her own phaeton and pair of spirited bays (entirely too frisky for a woman to handle!). Not only that but she carries a gun and knows how to shoot it - which comes in very handy on a couple of occasions.
Naturally everything comes within a whisker of turning to complete chaos, but works out well in the end. Yes, it has all the issues of misogyny inherent in women being treated as if they had no brain at all, but it's set in 1816 and Sophie is one of the few feminists in Heyer's fluffy Regency world, or would be if feminism had been a Regency concept. Very enjoyable.(less)
This was the first Anne McCaffrey book I ever read and this review is all about the impression this book made on my twenty-some year old self. I loved...moreThis was the first Anne McCaffrey book I ever read and this review is all about the impression this book made on my twenty-some year old self. I loved the concept - the character undergoes a complete metaorphosis. She wakes in a new body, on a alien planet, apparently in some facility where she is no more than a mindless drone. But unlike the other drones she still has personality and free will which she is able to hide from her captors until she can make her escape, rescuing another prisoner, unlawfully imprisoned.
This is very early McCaffrey which shows the writer she was to become. The exciting plot which was so satisfying in so many ways unfortunately fizzled out at the end when the threat to our heroine is defused way too easily, but I forgave it the arrival because of the ride. I found it romantic and exciting, but I confess I would be reticent to re-read it now in case it no longer lived up to my memories.(less)
A science fiction romance, six packs and sex in space. The second story about Chaz Bregren and her lover, former monk, mercenary and telepath Gabriel...moreA science fiction romance, six packs and sex in space. The second story about Chaz Bregren and her lover, former monk, mercenary and telepath Gabriel (Sully) Sullivan. In the first book, Gabriel's Ghost, Sully, Chaz and Sully's crew, with the help of Chaz's ex husband, Admiral Philip Guthrie, and her brother, Thad, take out a lab breeding vicious and highly illegal Jukors. This takes up where Gabriel's Ghost left off. Chaz and Sully are out hunting Hayden Burke, Sully's cousin, and the owner of the Jukor lab. He's got a lab in space and Sully and Chaz need to close him down. But a simple operation doesn't stay simple once politics comes into the equation. Chaz's brother Thad is accused of treason and forced to betray her and Sully, leaving the way open for Burke to expose Sully's telepathic powers to the universe. Sully's not a normal telepath, either, he's Kyi-Ragkiril, able to control not only other minds, but to manipulate pure energy, though largely untrained and not in full control of his abilities.
Things get complicated when they take Del on board, another Kyi-Ragkiril who trains Sully, but brings cultural dissonance that threatens to wreck Chaz and Sully's relationship. Del might be an ally, but he's not a friend.
The ending leaves an opening for further novels about Chas and Sully, though Sinclair's next outing in this universe features Philip Guthrie. (less)