This is a collection of children's stories written by Terry Pratchett very early on in his career. They aren't amazing, but you can see the beginningsThis is a collection of children's stories written by Terry Pratchett very early on in his career. They aren't amazing, but you can see the beginnings of his humorous writing style emerging. My six year old son liked them enough. ...more
This is sort of a memoir and sort of a self-help book. I read it for a book club and might not have read it otherwise. It's nonfiction and it chroniclThis is sort of a memoir and sort of a self-help book. I read it for a book club and might not have read it otherwise. It's nonfiction and it chronicles how a woman who's not all that different from me (married, kids, works, city living, educated, no major big bad issue in her life) works on her everyday happiness level though the daily tracking of resolutions. Every month, she adds more resolutions based on that month's goal. She does this for a full year, and by the end, she feels the results were worthwhile.
I really liked that she used such a type-A, tactic-focused approach. And she inspired me to plan a surprise wedding vow renewal ceremony for my husband, which was really wonderful. So I'm a fan of this book. It was worth reading....more
This is fan fiction by the authors, according to the summary. In this short story, Jane Yellowrock and Joanne Walker (both superpowered, both Native AThis is fan fiction by the authors, according to the summary. In this short story, Jane Yellowrock and Joanne Walker (both superpowered, both Native American, and both 6 foot tall) get sucked into a parallel world and team up to defeat the big bad - an old crazy vampire who's trapped the power of an element into a magical artifact. Jane and Joanne are mistaken by sisters and feel an instant bond. They exchange items in case they ever need to try to reach each other again....more
Nine urban fantasy short stories featuring shoes or boots somewhere in the story line. I've read books from 5 of the 9 series these stories related toNine urban fantasy short stories featuring shoes or boots somewhere in the story line. I've read books from 5 of the 9 series these stories related to, and I really enjoyed a few of those.
Rachel Caine - Forked Tongues - I don't know which series this ties to, but it features witches who can revive the dead for short times and a demon who's trying to stir up a mob against witches.
Shannon K. Butcher - Stolen Goods - This is a sci-fi/fantasy mash up that seems to be part of a series featuring evil alien creatures called "Fractogasts" (worst name EVER). They use the life force of humans as batteries and turn them into zombies. They are trying to build a gate to bring more of their kind to earth.
Chris Marie Green - The Girl with No Name - Seems to be part of a series featuring Meratoliages - evil dark magic minions of vampires. One of them isn't towing the party line well, so they burn her and then she escapes. Her magical/medical treatment affects her short term memory.
Faith Hunter - The Devil's Left Boot - Part of the Jane Yellowrock series that I LOVE - Cia and Liz (Evangelina's sisters - twins) take a case looking for a disappeared woman. Turns out she was kidnapped with black magic and a vampire. Jane helps. The twins let go of the blame they feel and end up with lots of reward money.
Chloe Neill - High Stakes - Chicagoland Vampires series - Luc and Lindsey's story. Lindsey's still holding out on Luc, then she pulls away more when her only living descendant is endangered by an enemy from her speakeasy past. Luc swoops in for a rescue, they finally get together.
Lucienne Diver - The Parlor - seems to be part of a Greek Gods urban fantasy series (Latter-Day Olympians). I liked the sense of humor in this story. Tori is the gorgon heroine who is a PI. She's on the case of a suspicious spouse when he disappears into a casino and she goes undercover with her sometimes-love interest Apollo.
Christina Henry - Red Isn't Really My Color - part of the Black Wings series that I dislike. This is about great-granddaughter of Lucifer - Madeline Black - trying to find a torture artifact (red shoes) and remove it from the hands of her enemies, the fae.
Rob Thurman - Snakeskin - a prequel short story to the Trickster series, which I really like and only has two books. I wish she'd write more. This is all about the surprise twist at the end involving a pair of magical snakeskin boots. Loved it.
Kalayna Price - Ruby Red - Part of the Alex Craft series, which I like a lot. It's a side story related to the Magican Crimes Investigation Bureau's Briar Darque. She investigated Alex in a recent book. It shows some of her limitations and her relationship with her partner, Derrick Knight (a precog and touch clarivoyant). The story is about evil shadow creatures that come out of a pair of spelled shows and destroy the minds of their victims. ...more
I read the Dante Valentine urban fantasy series by this author and loved it. This series is a traditional fantasy with a female warrior-for-hire as thI read the Dante Valentine urban fantasy series by this author and loved it. This series is a traditional fantasy with a female warrior-for-hire as the protagonist. She's an elf, but an outcast because she lacks magic, then an elf man with a magical seeking necklace finds her and claims to be her twin - her other half - her mate. She thinks she's flawed and doesn't want to accept him. She goes about collecting people that she feels responsible for and eventually goes to pay a debt by serving in a rebellion force, only the friend who called in the favor is manipulating her. Along the way, she discovers she actually has magic.
There's a ton of emphasis on what is left unsaid or merely thought in the book, similar to the Dante Valentine series. I liked the story and characters enough to read a sequel. ...more
This series is cute, but not actually good. It's junk food reading. Very formulaic, lots of slap-stick comedy, very light. Really, it's just reading tThis series is cute, but not actually good. It's junk food reading. Very formulaic, lots of slap-stick comedy, very light. Really, it's just reading to waste time. I really should give up on this series. It's not that entertaining. This is the same story as the prior two books, but the bad guy is a publisher who fancies himself a demon on the inside and the treasure hunt involves old dead pirates, a pirate map of a small island, and rum-runner tunnels under town....more
This is a noir fantasy where magic users (curse workers) make up the mafia. The protagonist is the magic-null teen son (Cassel) of a curse worker famiThis is a noir fantasy where magic users (curse workers) make up the mafia. The protagonist is the magic-null teen son (Cassel) of a curse worker family that is employed by a powerful crime boss. He grew up a con artist, friends with the daughter of the crime boss, but one day, inexplicably, he snapped and killed her. His brothers hid the body so she'd never be found. It's 3 years later and he wakes up in his skivvies on the roof of his dorm, with vague dreams of a cat. He's suspended and drawn back into his family's drama, only he notices some things are off, so he buys some talismans to protect his own memory from curses and discovers that he's been played in a big, bad way for years. He plans a double cross that basically works, but in the end, he's triple crossed in a way you can't see coming. I can not imagine where the sequel goes with this. Seems like a stand-alone book....more
There are some spoilers in this review. This is the third Alex Craft novel, and it was published in July 2012, so I'm hoping there are more by now. InThere are some spoilers in this review. This is the third Alex Craft novel, and it was published in July 2012, so I'm hoping there are more by now. In this one, Alex starts out forming a detective agency with her friend Rianna (now a changeling), helps her friend Holly who is addicted to fae food, and is mostly blind from the events of the last book, needing to go easy on her powers while her eyes heal. She gets her first case - a suicide that she knows from the ghost of the victim is not a suicide at all. As she chased leads, the case turns out to be bigger than she imagined - something spiritual is riding people, using their bodies, then killing them. It infects her friend Tamara, so she's on a tight schedule to find and destroy the creature. Meanwhile, there's a magic crimes detective on Alex's case, and she hasn't seen Death or Fallon for ages. Then she nearly dies and Death helps her, at great cost and peril to himself, making him moral for a time. Alex and Death finally get to be together, but Alex takes back her mortality to save him and trap the rider, so then he has to go away again, just in time for Fallon to show up with an order from the winter queen to move in with her. All along this story the Fae are pressuring her to align with a court. She and her dad do a little training session because it turns out she has always glowed, but the spell that protected her from appearing glowy was stripped away during a visit to Fairy.
I am really into this series. I like the characters, and the stories have just the right level of complication and unexpectedness for my taste....more
How can a really good series also be forgettable? I swear I could not remember what this series was about when I picked it up from the library, but asHow can a really good series also be forgettable? I swear I could not remember what this series was about when I picked it up from the library, but as soon as I started reading, I remembered and was very happy about it. Alex is part fae/part witch and can raise ghosts. She's a private eye of sorts and regularly gets called in as a police consultant when they are trying to figure out what happened to a body to kill it. She gets called in this time because they've found several severed left feet, with no sign of the rest of the corpses. Fae are implicated, which brings in the Fae Investigative Bureau, and then someone sends a magic construct to attack Alex. The FIB use the excuse to entrap independent fae, then come after Alex. Meanwhile, she's inherited a fae castle from killing the previous occupant. Both members of her love triangle - a soul collector she calls Death and the Winter Queen's assassin Falin - are around for most of the book. Alex finally figures out what the deal is with Falin. Then several courts try to get her to join them when they figure out she has a rare ability to plane-weave. All along, people and magic constructs are trying to kill her and she is racing to figure out how all the clues fit together. ...more
Second in the Night Owls urban fantasy series; it was good. I like this series and look forward to more. The characters are interesting, as is the useSecond in the Night Owls urban fantasy series; it was good. I like this series and look forward to more. The characters are interesting, as is the use of magic and the way vampires procreate. This novel seemed to be more of a bridge than a stand-alone story. They get their troublemaker necromancer in the end, but everything leading up to that seems like it will be important later. In-fighting in the Boston vampires, a mercenary death demon, Justin and Elly starting a relationship, Cavale and Elly having a rocky patch as they try to work as a family, Elly's mother working for the vamps and maintaining some ties to the Creeps. It all hints at more later....more
I liked the first book in this series, then I started watching iZombie on TV, and now I've read this book. I don't know if my maximum zombie intake waI liked the first book in this series, then I started watching iZombie on TV, and now I've read this book. I don't know if my maximum zombie intake was fulfilled by TV or if this book is just less interesting than the first one, but I lost interest after chapter 7 and skipped to the end to see how it turned out. It was ok. The plot is about a lab experimenting with the zombie pathogen....more
I almost didn't read this book after the first chapter, but I'm glad I skipped ahead and found that it was more than the story of the Shadow brothersI almost didn't read this book after the first chapter, but I'm glad I skipped ahead and found that it was more than the story of the Shadow brothers - Trez and iAm. There are actually lots of interwoven stories in this volume. Layla and Xcor, Layla's pregnancy, something going on with Rhage - maybe PTSD, the band of bastards' 2nd - Throe - leaving Xcor and stirring up trouble for Wrath, a young woman (Paradise) who's going to start attending the reopened training center and her crush on a mysterious male character named Craeg, Assail in a self-destructive nose dive that works to the Brotherhood's advantage, and the main stories - Trez and Selena facing her terminal illness and iAm and Maichen finding each other. Having so many stories in one book made the standard over-the-top swagger tolerable. ...more