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message 1: by Luan (new)

Luan Costa I'm reading Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts , really a good fantasy book, the vampires and warlocks are well represented in this book, they are powerfull.


message 2: by Jalilah (last edited Jan 07, 2013 04:29AM) (new)

Jalilah Luan wrote: "I'm reading Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts, really a good fantasy book, the vampires and warlocks are well represented in this book, they are powerfull."

Let us know how you like it Luan! A few years ago a friend told me about it, but did not read it assuming since it was from Nora Roberts,it was a romance, not really fair of me! It actaully looks good.
I just finished Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s Fall of Light (LaZelle, #2) by Nina Kiriki Hoffman and gave it 4 stars. I am currently reading Queen of America A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea ,
The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea by Luis Alberto Urrea


message 3: by Luan (new)

Luan Costa Jalilah wrote: "Luan wrote: "I'm reading Morrigan's Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts, really a good fantasy book, the vampires and warlocks are well represented in this book, they are powerfull."

Let us know how you like..."


Hi Jalilah, I'm at 60% of this book and until now the story is very good, for the ones that like fantasy books with very powerfull mages and hordes of vampires, sure is a good choice.
The characters have personatility of their own and have a good humor, the dialogues aren't boring.
Very good, until thursday I should finish.


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L.B. | 2 comments I am currently reading, Tiger's Curse, [book:Tiger's Curse|9284655) which is apparently a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It's a YA book and takes place in India which is different.
By the way, Tiger's Bride by Angela Carter is fantastic and loved it very much.


message 5: by Jalilah (new)

Jalilah I recently finished the excellent Among Others by Jo Walton and gave it 5 stars. I highly recommend it!
Now I am reading
The Winter Oak by James A. Hetley


message 6: by Gene (new)

Gene Phillips | 18 comments I reread the first book in the "Riddle Master" series by Patricia McKillip. It wasn't that strong, but my memory is that the latter two books in the trilogy are better.


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Jodi Woody (jodiwoody) I am a couple of chapters into Libriomancer
so far I am enjoying it. Book Magic, dozens of types of vampires, a chubby dryad, a fiery spider, and a librarian. What's not to love.


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Zoe Brooks (potok) | 9 comments I have just read and reviewed In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods. Definitely mythic - in the sense of trying to make his own myths.


message 9: by Leann (new)

Leann (7leann) I'm reading Monkey Beach, it's a very good First People's story.


message 10: by Adria (new)

Adria | 11 comments The Bride Wore Black Leather (Nightside #12) by Simon R. Green


message 11: by Monica (new)

Monica Davis About to start one I've heard good comments on: Hawk Quest by Robert Lyndon


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Priscilla Keeler (priscillakeeler) | 2 comments I'm reading Gunn's Golden Rules Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn an interesting etiquette book.


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Gigi Anderson | 6 comments Reading the Theodosia series and trying to find the last book. Anyone know where I can get it?


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I just finished Neil Gaiman's Ocean at the End of the Lane and loved it. Time to upload a review...


message 15: by Molly (last edited Aug 27, 2013 10:22AM) (new)

Molly Ringle (molly_ringle) | 9 comments I'm about two-thirds into Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief , and it is getting very cool indeed. Told simply but with lots of cleverness, in a world that's pretty much Earth (and similar to Greece, with Greek-like mythology) but technically isn't. Looking forward to the rest of the series.


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Kelly Flanagan | 6 comments I'm finally reading The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. It's interestingly good read so far. After this one I have the difficult task of choosing between Philip K. Dick's compilation VALIS and Later Novels or Tim Power's Declare. oh! and for dessert there's Jeffery Ford's short story anthology !The Empire of Ice Cream Yum!


message 17: by Adria (new)

Adria | 11 comments A Storm of Swords ( Fire and Ice #3) by George R.R.Martin


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K.M. Tremills (kmtremills) | 4 comments I've had several Charles de Lint books on my shelves...waiting to be read. I just started Moonlight & Vines.

He is also considered one of the original urban fantasy writers, but I find his stories have a strong mythic feel and draw heavily on Celtic and Native American mythologies.


message 19: by Katie (new)

Katie | 3 comments Hi, I'm reading The Evolution of Mara Dyer. It's a sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It's about this girl who develops strange powers after she wakes up in a hospital after an accident she knows nothing about. She moves to Florida to try and forget her late best friend. Through a series of deaths she realizes that there is a connection to them and her.


message 20: by Molly (new)

Molly Ringle (molly_ringle) | 9 comments I'm now reading Child of the Prophecy, the third book of Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters series - start with Daughter of the Forest. These have really hooked me! They're based in Irish faery lore, which I don't know a lot about, but they're told simply and beautifully and with lots of heartbreak and redemption. Cool stuff. I'll definitely look up more from this author.


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Tyler Johnson | 2 comments Kelly wrote: "... and for dessert there's Jeffery Ford's short story anthology !The Empire of Ice Cream Yum!"

Surely this is a reference to The Emperor of Ice Cream by the poet Wallace Stevens. Does that fit?


message 22: by Doris (new)

Doris | 2 comments the Sevenwaters trilogy is definitely my favorite series from Juliet Marillier. I also like Foxmask and Wolfskin. I have the Bridei chronicles but have not read them yet.


message 23: by Bill (new)

Bill (kernos) | 73 comments I'm now reading The Gospel of Loki. It is an amusing retelling of Norse mythology from Loki's POV. by Joanne Harris author of Chocolat


message 24: by Susan (new)

Susan (ofearna) | 8 comments I'm reading (book-wise) the MOON series by Rebecca York, I'm up to Eternal Moon (Moon, #8) by Rebecca York and for short stories I'm doing a chronological re-read of Charles de Lint (I'm up to 1993 and read "Pal O'Mine" from The Ivory and the Horn (Newford Book 6)  by Charles de Lint and the wonderful shorts from Bits & Pieces (Benny Imura, #5) by Jonathan Maberry by Jonathan Maberry


message 25: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Wilbrink (memoirlady) | 4 comments Lorelei's Lyric I just finished reading this and it's very original. Can mythology be believable? This one is, but of course I believe in mermaids, and know a few rock musicians. Both characters in this new elementals series.
PS, has anyone here read Women Who Run With the Wolves? It's an older psychology book that uses fairy tales and archetypal myths to look at the female psyche.


message 26: by Kristof (last edited Jan 01, 2016 11:25AM) (new)

Kristof | 1 comments The Future King: Logres Just finished this one, the first in what looks like is going to be a series. It masterfully interweaves the better known ánd the lesser known Arthurian myths into a futuristic political thriller. Reads like a rollercoaster!


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Jason | 1 comments Telemachus and Homer.

I saw this review: “[C]hanging our perception of the classic Homer so drastically was a stroke of genius and Locke’s Homer is fantastic. . . Telemachus and Homer’s strong characters make it a great read for fans of YA.” Shaun Fitzpatrick, Indie Reader, and I totally agree.


message 28: by Susan (last edited Mar 09, 2016 09:45AM) (new)

Susan (ofearna) | 8 comments I'm reading (book-wise) the DRESDEN FILES series by Jim Butcher, I'm up to Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher and the short story "Heorot" from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon and collected in Side Jobs.


Plus! my sister sent me the newest PBriggs book, Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9) by Patricia Briggs, so will want to read that one SOON =D




message 29: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Flanagan | 6 comments Leann wrote: "I'm reading Monkey Beach, it's a very good First People's story."
It's an excellent story written I found out by a good friends aunt! The neatest part is that I worked some temp at Random House Books in Toronto around 2000 and an editor gave me a dozen ARC books to get my opinion of - I was a voracious reader then, never see on my own time without a book at least under my arm if not open- I remember Monkey Beach as it came with a perfume sample bottle of sand from the actual Monkey Beach complete with a tiny long-spiraled seashell on top of the sand.
Thanks for the reminder, I should get a new copy and finagle my friend into getting her aunt to sign it for me. I lost my library - "sigh" - moving 'cross Canada to Vancouver, but I collected signed first editions from Toronto authors mostly, then branched out to Canadian ones once I moved West.


message 30: by Susan (new)

Susan (ofearna) | 8 comments I'm re-reading Dean Koontz' Strangers ... liking it again


message 31: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Agha-Jaffar | 72 comments I just finished reading The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah. Thoroughly enjoyable.
It's a quick, entertaining read about a year in Casablanca that comes with somewhat murky instructions for exorcising a she-jinn from your home.
It is a delightful read "made all the more appealing due to Shah’s ability to capture the sights, sounds, scents, and texture of life in Morocco that waft through every page with vibrancy and color.”
You can check out my full review on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... and on my website www.tamaraaghajaffar.com


message 32: by Susan (last edited Oct 14, 2016 01:00PM) (new)

Susan (ofearna) | 8 comments just started re-read of To Trade the Stars, book 3 of the Trade pact trilogy. May need to re read her Stratification trilogy so I can read the first two Reunification books...


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Susan (ofearna) | 8 comments I just finished Nina Kiriki Hoffman’s Fall of Light (LaZelle, #2) by Nina Kiriki Hoffman and gave it 4 stars.

so, you read A Fistful of Sky, first right? I felt let down by my absolute favorite author that Opals's story was so much ... less ... than Gypsum's was.


message 34: by Susan (new)

Susan (ofearna) | 8 comments Lila (formerly Jalilah) wrote: "I recently finished the excellent Among Others by Jo Walton and gave it 5 stars. I highly recommend it!

Isn't Jo great? She's super-nice, too!


message 35: by Susan (new)

Susan (ofearna) | 8 comments Adria wrote: "The Bride Wore Black Leather (Nightside #12) by Simon R. Green"

His Nightside books are great, huh?


message 36: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Agha-Jaffar | 72 comments I just finished The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood and enjoyed it although I didn't think her feminist thread went far enough. I posted my review on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... and on my website at www.tamaraaghajaffar.com
all best.


message 37: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Agha-Jaffar | 72 comments I finished Herod and Mariamne by Par Lagerkvist. I thought he did a convincing job in his portrayal of Herod, but I had issues with his portrayal of Mariamne. Too good to be true and reminded me of Viriginia Woolf's Angel in the House.
I posted my review on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
and on my website at www.tamaraaghajaffar.com


message 38: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Agha-Jaffar | 72 comments If you are into re-tellings of myths, I can recommend Penelope's Daughter by Laurel Corona. It tells the story of Xanthe, the daughter of Penelope and Odysseus, conceived before Odysseus heads to Troy.
I posted my review on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
and on my website at www.tamaraaghajaffar.com
I had some issues with the characterization of Xanthe. Otherwise, I thought it was very good.


message 39: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Ideiosepius I just finished To The Sea by Christine Dibley which may appeal to people in this group. It has a very subtle, ephemeral tie to Selkies.

Anyhow, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I reviewed it here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 40: by Mary (new)

Mary Catelli | 372 comments The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 3: The Saturn Game by Poul Anderson. Mostly SF but "Operation Salamander" is definitely fantasy -- and there's some mythic themes in others.


message 42: by Ancestral (new)

Ancestral Gaidheal (gaidheal) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman - it's a slightly different take on the Norse myths, but, thus far, an enjoyable one.


message 45: by Robert (new)

Robert Case (daedalusr) | 4 comments I'm listening to the audio of Madeline Miller's "The Song of Achilles."
It's very good.


message 46: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Agha-Jaffar | 72 comments I finished House of Names by Colm Tóibín. It tells the story of political intrigue, devious machinations, human sacrifice, and murder that plague the House of Atreus. I thought the depiction of Clytemnestra was the strongest section of the book. The portrayal of Orestes and Electra paled by comparison.

My review on goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
and on my website at www.tamaraaghajaffar.com


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