Friday, December 31, 2010
First line: Tucking my hair back, I squinted at the parchment, trying to form the strange angular letters as smoothly as I could.
My thoughts: This is the eighth book in the Rachel Morgan series. The whole story revolves around the fact that Rachel has been shunned by her the witches for being able to kindle demon magic. Her search for a way to save herself was somewhat disjointed what with hopping from place to place with help from so many people it was hard to keep straight. I have read and enjoyed them all including this one. However this one is among my least favorite of this series.
Quote: Oh, I was still impressed with Pierce’s magic that far outstripped mine. His quick one-liners in his odd accent aimed at Al when the demon wasn’t listening still made me smirk. And I wasn’t looking at his long wavy hair, or his lanky build, much less his tight ass. Damn it.
Publication Date: 3/1/2010
Paperback: 487 pages
Physical Info: 6.45 x 1.48 x 9.13 inches, (1.47 lbs)
Categories: Fantasy - General
LC Subjects: Occult fiction, Witches
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
As the city becomes gripped by an alien terror, the fate of millions lies with a clutch of renegades and outcasts on the run from lawmakers and crimelords alike. The urban nightscape becomes a hunting ground. Battles rage in the shadows of uncanny architectures. And a reckoning is due at the city's heart, under the vast chaotic vaults of Perdido Street Station.
First line: A window burst open high above the market.
My Thoughts: This book is China Miéville's second novel, and it is the first in a series that is set in Bas-Lag, a world where both magic and technology exist. The contrast between the technology and the everyday lives of the characters lend it a steampunkish feel. China Mieville spends spends a lot of time and a lot of words painting fantastic pictures in this novel. The details were wonderful, bringing the characters, the city and the world to life. However, at times the story line was put aside for these vivid descriptions. I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the unique setting and the characters that peopled the book. The story line was interesting and engaging. I loved the way the author could make me picture the scenes, his world building was wonderful. But.....for me, there were way too many pages spent on this. I got this for my Kindle and I read and read and didn't seem to get anywhere (looking at the percentage read at the bottom of the Kindle.) I looked the book up and found that it has 880 pages! There were a LOT of words I had to look up. That was handy on the Kindle. If you are a scifi/fantasy/steampunk fan I think you will like this. I don't think it would appeal to someone looking to read these genres for the first time.
Quote: I can dig my claws into the rim of a building's crown and spread my arms and feel the buffets and gouts of boisterous air and I can close my eyes and remember, for a moment, what it is to fly.Links:
Races of Bas-Lag
Winner: Arthur C. Clarke Award (2001)
Winner: August Derleth Award (2001)
Winner: Premio Ignotus, Best Foreign Novel (2002)
Winner: Kurd Lasswitz Award, Best Foreign Novel (2002)
1st place: Amazon.com Editors' Choice, Fantasy (2001)
Shortlisted: Nebula Award, Novel (2002)
Shortlisted: Hugo Award, Best Novel (2002)
Shortlisted: World Fantasy Award, Novel (2001)
Shortlisted: James Tiptree, Jr. Award (2000)
Shortlisted: BSFA Awards, Novel (2000)
4th place: Locus Poll Award, Best Fantasy Novel (2001)
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The last time Jesse Stone, chief of police of Paradise, Massachusetts, saw Wilson "Crow" Cromartie, the Apache Indian hit man was racing away in a speedboat after executing one of the most lucrative and deadly heists in the town's history. Crow was part of a team of ex-cons who plotted to capture Stiles Island, the wealthy enclave off the Paradise coast, by blowing up the connecting bridge. Residents were kidnapped, some were killed, and Crow managed to escape with a boatload of cash, never to be seen again. Until now.
So when Crow shows up in Jesse's office some ten years after the crime, it's not to turn himself in. Crow is on another job, and this time he's asking for Jesse's help-by asking him to stay out of his way.
My Thoughts: This is the first of the Jesse Stone series I've read. Well, actually I listened to this one. In fact the only other books of Parker's that I have read are the Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch westerns which I liked. This wasn't a mystery as you knew what was going on with everyone most of the time. But the flow of the story kept pulling me along page after page. Crow was an interesting character. The ultimate bad guy with a heart? The hired killer who won't kill women. I can't say that I liked Amber very much, but had to giver her some slack since she was 14 and had had no real parental guidance in her life. I want to read more of the books in this series, I think Jesse might be worth getting to know. One thing that didn't set right with me was a lot of the dialog. It sounded stiff. Each comment was ended with said so&so or so&so said. Each and every short comment. I like to be able to keep up with who said what, but it got a little tiresom after awhile. All in all, though, I liked it and I'll pick up mort of his work.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
My Thoughts: I enjoyed several things about this book. I loved visiting different countries and cultures through the eyes of this author. The way the author talks about her experiences makes you feel like you are there. While on her year long journey of self discovery she meets some colorful and interesting characters. My favorite person from her travels would have to be Richard from Texas. He sounded like a fun person to know. She made me laugh several times and shake my head in wonder many times. With that being said I could not identify with this author. Just think about being paid to travel for a year (the advance on the book,) meet so many interesting people, make so many friends and at the same time dwell on how hard your life is and how alone you are. It did not compute for me. I'm glad she found a way out of her depression and at the end of her trip found love. I hope she is still happy.
Quote: My husband was sleeping in our bed. I was hiding in the bathroom for something like the forty-seventh consecutive night, and—just as during all those nights before—I was sobbing. Sobbing so hard, in fact, that a great lake of tears and snot was spreading before me on the bathroom tiles, a veritable Lake Inferior (if you will) of all my shame and fear and confusion and grief.
I don't want to be married anymore.
I was trying so hard not to know this, but the truth kept insisting itself to me.
I don't want to be married anymore. I don't want to live in this big house. I don't want to have a baby.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Has karma caught up with Rand? Or has someone waited for eight patient years to dine on ice-cold revenge? Both seem strong possibilities to Sturgis, but Delaware's suspicions run deeper . . . and darker. Because fear in the voice of the grownup Rand Duchay-and his eerie final words to Alex: "I'm not a bad person"-betray untold secrets. Buried revelations so horrendous, and so damning, they're worth killing for.
As Delaware and Sturgis retrace their steps through a grisly murder case that devastated a community, they discover a chilling legacy of madness, suicide, and multiple killings left in its wake-and even uglier truths waiting to be unearthed. And the nearer they come to understanding an unspeakable crime, the more harrowingly close they get to unmasking a monster hiding in plain sight.
First line: On a slow, chilly Saturday in December, shortly after the Lakers overcame a sixteen-point halftime deficit and beat New Jersey, I got a call from a murderer.
My thoughts: I have enjoyed other books in this series by this author and I know what a good writer he is. The first part of this book did a great job setting the scene and drawing me in. The next half seemed to be mostly conversation between the two main characters wherein they create scenarios to explain all the things they find. Their conjectures twist and turn as they follow clues and talk to people. Unfortunately the story just....ends. Suddenly. With no actual proof of what happened. I don't know if the story will be continued in another book or not. I'll be looking into this. If you are a fan of Kellerman's books, you'll want to read this one. If you are new to his work I'd suggest you start with and earlier one.
Quote: They continued viewing the tape. For an instant, Kristal Malley had twisted in her captor's grasp and the camera caught 2.3 seconds of her face.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
When Todd McCray, a developmentally challenged young man still living on his parents’ Kansas farm, hears that a local animal shelter is seeking temporary homes for its dogs during the days leading to Christmas, he knows exactly what he wants for the holidays. His father objects, but Todd’s persistence quickly wins out. Soon the McCrays are the short-term foster family for a lovable pooch the young man names Christmas.
But what about all the other dogs who will be forced to spend the Yuletide season in cages? In the days that follow, Todd uses his special gifts of persuasion to encourage his hometown to participate in the “Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program.” What follows from his small act of kindness will teach his family, and his community, about peace on earth and good will toward men—and animals.
First line: Jake seemed content with the Connor family, but even so, his departure was predictable.
My thoughts: This is a short, sweet, feel good story that is just right for Christmas. The engaging plot kept me turning the pages. It also brings a great message about the importance of adopting pets without being preachy. I found this to be a refreshing read, very positive. If you are a dog lover don't miss this one. Even if you aren't an animal lover I think you will love meeting Todd and his family. Just a note: it would fit nicely in a stocking.
Quote: Then, there is Todd, my youngest child. By that Christmas he was old enough in years to be on his own, to have a real job like his siblings, but the immaturity that naturally accompanied his disability kept him home with his mother and me.
Todd looked like any other healthy twenty-year-old, but he had his own way of thinking about things. You'd know from watching or even talking with him briefly that something was unusual.
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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.
On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.
First line: Gestures are all that I have; sometimes they must be grand in nature.
My thoughts: Oh my! To start with I'll tell you, this book is very sad but at the same time full of hope. It made me laugh out loud at times. It is filled with love. I don't usually cry in books, but this one is an exception. Basically it is the story of Denny's life struggle, as as told by the family dog. The author made me care about the characters, love Enzo, caused me anger, joy and sadness. This is a wonderful book and will be on my list of favorites for the year. I think that anyone would enjoy this book, I recommend it!
Quote:“In Mongolia, when a dog dies, he is buried high in the hills so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog's master whispers into the dog's ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat or fat is placed in his mouth to sustain his soul on its journey; before he is reincarnated, the dog's soul is freed to travel the land, to run across the high desert plains for as long as it would like.
I learned that from a program on the National Geographic channel, so I believe it is true. Not all dogs return as men, they say; only those who are ready.
I am ready.”
Saturday, December 11, 2010
First line: My name is Elizabeth Tucker. I’m Elizabeth to my mother, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve been Lizzy to everyone else. And for as long as I can remember, I’ve baked cupcakes.
My Thoughts: This is the first book in the new Unmentionables series starring Diesel and Lizzy. Diesel is not a new character, he is from the Between the Number Stephanie Plum books. I liked him just as well as I did in those books. The evil guy, Wulf, has been introduced before as well. Carl the monkey, from Plum Spooky, is back too, and just as ready to "flip" some one off as not. This was another fun, far-fetched, silly, light read by Evanovich. I enjoyed this book even though it seemed familiar. Many things about it remind me of the Plum series. If your are looking for a deep &/or meaningful read this is not it. It is great escapism. The plot is simple and contains of slapstick. I loved the cat. I will be reading the next one.
Quote: He was dressed in a perfectly tailored black suit and black dress shirt.
He approached the bakery, and my skin prickled and a hot flash ran through my chest. “Holy moly,” I said to Clara.
“There’s nothing holy about him,” Clara said.
The man stopped inches from the front door and stared in at me. His mouth was sensuous and unsmiling. He looked to be my age, and he was eerily handsome. He crooked his finger at me in a come here gesture.
“Do you suppose he wants a muffin?” I asked Clara.
“Either that or your soul.”
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First line: I was ninety-nine point nine percent sure I was dreaming.
My thoughts: Since most of you have probably read this I won't go into much detail. I basically liked this book but found Bella to be a weak, self serving character. I disliked the way her character used Jacob and the way she could not function without Edward or Jacob to support her. I think I could have liked this book a lot more with fewer pages of "I'm dreaming..." and fewer pages of moping. With that said, I enjoyed getting to know Jacob and his family. I like the way the author has rethought the werewolf and vampire legends. The trip to Italy to rescue Edward and meet the Volturi was interesting. I checked this one out of the library and will get the next one but hope it moves on along.
Quote: "Shoot," I muttered when the paper sliced my finger; I pulled it out to examine the damage. A single drop of blood oozed from the tiny cut.
It all happened very quickly then.
Edward threw himself at me, flinging me back across the table...
I tumbled down to the floor by the piano, with my arms thrown out instinctively to catch my fall, into the jagged shards of glass. I felt the searing, stinging pain that ran from my wrist to the crease inside my elbow.
Dazed and disoriented, I looked up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm—into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires.
A collection of cat paintings. 15 cats and kittens of all kinds and colours are depicted against a variety of decorative backgrounds. Every illustration is faced by an extract of verse or prose by famous writers, such as Champfleury, William Cowper and Charles Baude.
First line: Here by the sacrad hearth I lie, High priest of the silken mat, Guarding with imperious eye, The Precinct of the cat.
My thoughts: I love Lesley Anne Ivory's art and when I ran across this little gem at a used book store I snapped it up. It is a very slim volumn with 15 pictures and 15 quotations. The illustrations are lovely and the quotations about cats that face each illustration make for fun reading. Especially if you are a cat person. If you are not a cat person, don't bother with this one. I loved it.
"He's delicately tough, endearingly reserved,
Adaptable, fastidious, rope-and-fibre-nerved.
Now an accomplished Yogi, good at sitting still,
He ponders ancient mysteries on the window-sill,
Now stretches, bares his claws and saunters off to find
The thrills of love and hunting, cunningly combined.
Acrobat, diplomat, and simply tabby cat,
He conjures tangled forests in a furnished flat."
Lesley Anne Ivory
Friday, December 10, 2010
•Write Christmas cards and address them
•Shop til you drop
•Wraps and ribbons
•Bakes and cooks
But Mr. Moose's kids notice that he forgot one thing on his list - a Christmas tree. When he goes out to pick one up, he discovers that they're all gone and comes home empty-handed. Mr. Moose and his Moosetache get creative for a substitute. The book uses rhyming text and colorful illustrations.
First line: ‘Twas the season, and Moose was merry.
My thoughts: What a cute book. I'll read more books in the Moose series after enjoying this one. The author had written a wonderful, humerous fantasy. The flow of the words that will keep the kids engaged. The bold, colorful illustrations by Henry Cole will be fun for you and your kiddos to explore. It's too late this year but next year I'm going to purchase this book for my nieces and nephews. Your kids will want you to read it again and again so enjoy!
Quote: But—with orderly organization, a bit of regimentation, lots of imagination, and just plain old Moose know-how—getting ready for the big day should have been simple. Easy. Yes, in all probability, just ….perfectly perfect.
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First Sentence: Lucida lived in a small village high up in the mountains of Mexico with her mama, her papa, and her younger brother and sister, Paco and Lupe.
My thoughts: I like dePaola's children's books and this is one of my favorites. It is a wonderful little story full of hope, faith, and miracles. The simple pictures are lovely. What a great adition to a Christmas Around the World unit or to simply share with your own children at home.
In this powerful and entertaining book, which draws on her weekly columns, Coulter ranges far and wide. No subject is off-limits, and no comment is left unsaid. After all, she writes, “Nothing too extreme can be said about liberals because it’s all true.”
First line: Historically, the best way to convert liberals is to have them move out of their parents' home, get a job, and start paying taxes.
My thoughts: I've been curious about Coulter's writing so when I found this book on CD at the used book store I got it. It is somewhat dated, most of the articles that make up this book are from 1999 to 2004. She comments on such things as 9/11, John Kerry, media bias, the new York Times, terrorism and so on. Her comments are very biting and she holds none of her feelings back. Her writing made me laugh several times through out. I felt she had some good points but they were hard to see through the sarcasm and name calling. You will understand what the author is about once you finish it. If you are a moderate you'll like some of it, if you are a conservative you'll like more of it. If you are a liberal you'll probably want to take it out and burn it. I'm just saying.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010
Product Description: FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years: the one that tells her the Poet has returned. Years earlier she worked on the famous case tracking down the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten the killer who called himself the Poet — and apparently he has not forgotten her.
Harry Bosch gets a call, too. The former LAPD detective hears from an old friend whose husband recently died. The death appeared natural, but this man's ties to the hunt for the Poet make Harry dig deep — and lead him into a terrifying and unknown world.
First Line: She was in darkness, floating on a black sea, a starless sky above. She could hear nothing and see nothing. It was a perfect black moment but then Rachel Walling opened her eyes from the dream.
My Thoughts: This is the 10th Harry Bosch novel and Connelly's 14 novel. In the first part of the book Rachel and Harry are following their own investigations before finally ending up in the same place and finding out they are working on the same thing from different angles. The book gets off to a slow start and then takes several twists and turns before coming to a conclusion. The story takes you from California to Las Vegas to the Mojave desert. I don't think it is a mystery, it's more like a suspensful hunt. The book alternates between first person narrative when Bosch is telling his part of the story and third person narrative when dealing with Rachel. I like that the book is not just about the hunt, you learn about Harry and Rachel. You feel Harry's love for his daughter and how Rachel is dealing with being demoted previous to this novel. This isn't my favorite Connelly book (That would be Void Moon at this point) but it was still a good read.
Quote:"The device had one waypoint in its record. The Mojave. Just inside the California border at Nevada. We flew out yesterday and we went to the marker. We've been using gas probes in the sand. Late yesterday we found the first body, Rachel."
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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Product Description: From Dagger Award–winning and internationally bestselling author Alan Bradley comes this utterly beguiling mystery starring one of fiction’s most remarkable sleuths: Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths—separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.
Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacy are over—and then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. The beloved puppeteer has had his own strings sizzled, but who’d do such a thing and why? For Flavia, the questions are intriguing enough to make her put aside her chemistry experiments and schemes of vengeance against her insufferable big sisters. Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle, Flavia sets out from the de Luces’ crumbling family mansion in search of Bishop’s Lacey’s deadliest secrets.
First line: I was lying dead in the churchyard.
My thoughts: I found this, the second Flavia de Luce novel, to be as charming as the first. I loved going with Flavia as she rode trusty Gladys around town searching for clues. I cheered for her with each new find. I felt sorry for her as her sisters tormented her and when she was wondering about her mother.Her character is developing nicely and I can't wait to read the next book to see how she grows. I especially like the way Bradley captured the time and place, 1950 in England. Reading the description of the puppet show here reminded me of the time I saw a puppet show in the early sixties at school. I recommend this book to anyone.
"On my Honor," I said, holding up three fingers in the Girl Guide salute. Although I had been chucked from that organization for insubordination (among other things,) I felt it was hardly necessary to share the gruesome details with Nialla.
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Product Description: A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.
First line:It was always the same for her when she arrived to meet the body.
My thoughts: I am a fan of the Castle series on TV so when I saw this I had to get it. It has been languishing on my Kindle for awhile but I finally got to it. I found it to be a fun read and I WILL read the next one. I really liked the characters Rook and Heat and I liked their scenes together. I felt the characters were well designed. Jameson Rook, who is exasperating, self-centered and egotistical, was written in such a way as to make you care about him. Even though is may have seemed a little Corny in places, the mystery was good, it kept me guessing. It is a light, enjoyable, quick read. If you are a fan of the TV show, you'll like this.
Quote: "At noon she shouldered her bag, and when Rook stood to go with her she told him to get himself some lunch, she needed to go on this one by herself. He told her she should have some protection. 'I'm a cop. I am the protection.'"
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