Just what I read..

Inspired by Nancy Pearl's "Book Lust Journal." I knew I would lose my book journal if I didn't keep it online.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Night Shift

I have my new paranormal author to replace Charlaine Harris, Jill Kismet is not as annoying as Sookie Stackhouse and hasn't jumped into bed with anyone like Anita Blake would(although some kinky stuff with Hellbreed Pericles is alluded to).

It's the first in the series so a lot of character intro. I have to admit this has been the best on sale Nookcolor book I've read. I've reserved the next two books in the series from the library.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Baker Street Letters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A few days ago I picked up the Brothers of Baker Street and then my son pointed out it was a 2nd novel. I bought the first one through my Nookcolor and couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing last night. The premise is wonderful - if you are the tenant of the 2nd floor suite on Baker street which comprises the most famous address in London - 221B Baker Street - it is part of your lease agreement to return a form letter and keep files of all correspondence received addressed to either Mr. Sherlock Holmes or Dr. Watson. Should you follow up on any letter, your lease will be terminated, you must pay the remaining amount due and vacate the premises. Nigel can't help himself and follows up on a letter anyway.

Throw in a shared love interest, sibling rivalry and some self importance, it makes for a great character study and mystery.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Goblin Market

I fell in love with the Pre-Raphaelites in college. Christina Rossetti was an enigma. Praised for her Christian virtue and religious writings, Goblin Market broke from her tradition. Seen as vaguely pornographic and shockingly aberrant from the "women always suffer" stories of Adam and Eve, Pandora and other curious women, Lizzie and Laura survive to achieve the Victorian ideal of children of their own. It shocked the time that Lizzie stood her ground against men and won, she saved her sister by laying with her and sharing the fruits reserved to the Goblin men. Yet Rossetti's previous standards kept her work from the reputation shared by her brother's wanton crowd. But, could this have been a sister showing her brother, I can do what you do but better? After all, Oscar Wilde taught us that anything went in the Victorian age as long as no one knew about it. The only true sin was publicity. Did Christina use her reputation for being upright and pious to announce that her sexuality remained among the precious sisterhood and a society determined to avoid the public sins pretended not to see what was there? Again, not too far a removal from the paranormal fiction I seem to be wallowing in right now.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next, Book 3) The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Now I have to read Dickens Great Expectations, Wuthering Heights and The Wind in the Willows.

Ultraword will improve books immensely but it will limit books to just three readers, allow for immediate historical re-writes and eliminate the need for generic characters...in other words, destroy the book world and Thursday Next must stop it. First, she has to find out who is behind it.

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His Mistress by Morning - Elizabeth Boyle

His Mistress By Morning (Avon Romantic Treasure) His Mistress By Morning by Elizabeth Boyle

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you could have a wish, and only one change in your life could affect that change, would you do it? Would you give up your place in society to have the man you loved? If it cost him and his family everything would you still do it? An inherited ring gives Charlotte the chance to be the love of Marlowe's life. However, instead of the steady man she knows, Marlowe is now a rake and Charlotte is no longer accepted in polite society since she is Marlowe's mistress. Is the wish worth it?

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Jane Feather - A Husband's Wicked Ways

A Husband's Wicked Ways (Cavendish Square #3) A Husband's Wicked Ways by Jane Feather

My review

rating: 1 of 5 stars
I remember now why I stopped reading Jane Feather. The spy stories are weak, the characters flat and I really could care less about the romantic leads. I made it over 100 pages and I'm done. Life is too short to waste on poorly written, non-engaging books. So why did I read that stupid Brothers of Destiny all the way through?

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Mage by Jean Johnson

The Mage (The Sons of Destiny, Book 8) The Mage by Jean Johnson

My review

rating: 1 of 5 stars
The final book in the Brothers of Destiny and it was a let down after a 7 book build up. I can't believe I read the whole series. The writer needed an editor who understands the concept of split infinitives. My daughter and I had a riot parsing the following sentence from page 86 - - "The Darkhanan Witch looked much like she always did, her blonde hair plaited into a coronet on her head and the hooded, black, deep-sleeved robe draped over her shoulders that she always wore, regardless of the weather."

No, really, she does have another set of shoulders that she can use to replace the ones "she always wore."

By the end of the series I really hated Kelly and resented that Morg had saved her from the house fire. I empathized with her arsonists I wanted to get rid of her too.

Thank goodness the series is over and I still can't believe I wasted my time on them. At least I didn't pay for them - I borrowed them from the library.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, Book 1) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Jasper Fforde's alternate universe includes a never ending Crimean war, a performance where Richard III sounds much like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and SpecOps has a division for literary fraud, vampire eradication and the ChronoSquad (time anomalies).

Imagine being trapped in a novel or poem - how would this change the work of literature.

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