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Jul. 15th, 2009 03:41 pm
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89.Wind Tunnel Dreams by Shira Lipkin

Absolutely beautiful. I've enjoyed reading many of these on [ profile] shadesong's journal, but having them all collected in one volume was a delicious treat. Seriously, check out this amazing woman's journal, and go order a copy of Wind Tunnel Dreams. She has one of the most beautiful minds I've ever experienced, and her prose and poetry dance in realms I'd love to visit for a while.

90.The Diamond Throne by David Eddings
91.The Ruby Knight by David Eddings
92.The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings
93.Domes of Fire by David Eddings

All of the above were re-reads. Stopped after the first book of the second trilogy because I was reminded of exactly how much I dislike when his books get preachy. I won't even discuss what I think of his female characters in general.

94.Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey

After Kushiel's Avatar, I wasn't sure I wanted to read more of Jacqueline Carey's books. I did read the Imriel trilogy, and while I liked it, I wasn't as captured by it as Kushiel's Dart. Naamah's Kiss is a beautiful reminder of everything I loved about her worldbuilding and her characters, with a lot that's wonderful and new to discover. I highly recommend this book to anyone who liked the Kushiel trilogies, and to those who enjoy fantasy in general. You'll have a richer experience if you've read the other books, but I believe this one can stand easily on its own.

95.Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, Edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti

There are some amazing essays in this book, and some that didn't resonate much with me. Above all, a lot of it made me think, and that what I look for most in non-fiction works.

96.Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist and Ebba Segerberg

Worlds of creepy aligned with the horrors of growing up. There's one scene in particular that has me creeped out so bad I will likely never see the movie. Still, excellent book.

97.The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Starts off amazing, ends somewhere a little too close to cliche. I'll still look for the sequels as they get published over the next 2 years. I'm hoping they'll pull back out of cliche territory. Warning, closer to zombie/vampires than Anne Ricean vampires.

98.The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce
Major spoilers for these books here. )

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Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:30 pm
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26. Chill of Fear by Kay Hooper
27. Sleeping With Fear by Kay Hooper
28. Blood Sins by Kay Hooper
Three more of the Bishop/SCU books. Definitely liked Chill of Fear the best of these, though the number of cast members in Blood Sins was a treat as well.

29. Sperm Are From Men, Eggs Are From Women: The Real Reason Men and Women Are Different by Joe Quirk. I'd definitely recommend this book to any biology geeks out there with a bawdy sense of humor. He's got a lot of cynical, though mostly heteronormitive things to say about the human species. However, I do appreciate the nods a couple of chapters give towards why homosexuality is a persistent and persistently useful trait, and how very prevalent it is in nature.

30. The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts. I've remembered feeling a connection with this book for about 20 years. Only refound it and re-read it this year though. It.. brought up a bunch of stuff, but I still find that useful. I'd recommend it to any person who wonders why others act oddly towards them for being "different". It's not the best book in the world, but it had a lot to say to me at a vulnerable time in my life.

31. Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn. I picked this up mostly on a whim, and I now have the rest of the series on hold. I may be browsing the non-used bookstores next weekend to see if I can get these faster than the library can provide them. Excellent beginning to a fantasy series, and a great reminder of why I like Sharon Shinn's novels.

32. Stealing Shadows by Kay Hooper. Finally acquired and read the first of the Bishop/SCU novels. It's very different from the rest of the series. I think it has the most explicit sex scene of all the novels. Also, there's several characters I expected to see in this book, and only one of them showed up and much later than I expected. I can see some of the red herrings she set up that only work if you haven't read any of the other books first. All in all, a good read, but the author definitely got better as time went on.

Currently reading: Naked on the Internet


Jan. 19th, 2009 10:35 am
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5. The Fat Girl's Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker - Overall I enjoyed this book. It gave me some interesting perspectives on weight-loss and obsession with same. If nothing else, I found it valuable for the very openness the author shows in sharing her own obsessive and contradictory mindset when it comes to these issues.
6. World War Z by Max Brooks - Probably not my best choice in reading material. Especially not when my housemates were elsewhere the night and morning I was reading this. However, i discovered that I couldn't put it down less for the degree it scared me and more for the quality of the writing and the way the various stories just grabbed me for their pathos and humanity. Probably one of the best post-apocalyptic fictions I've ever read.
7. Wanted by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones - This was a re-read, wanting to look this over again before re-watching the Wanted movie. I prefer the movie, but there's value in what the comic is doing, it hits me in a much more visceral place. I'm supposed to dislike the comic and its main character.
8-11. The Secret Books of Paradys by Tanith Lee (All 4 books in one collection: The Book of the Damned, The Book of the Beast, The Book of the Dead, The Book of the Mad.) - I've never read all 4 books at once, and this series especially makes one wonder if you'll come out the other side with your sanity intact.
12. Eyes of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready - There's a lot that resonates with me in this book. It's taken me a while to get back to it, and to read the next book in the series. I now own all 3 books, and am curious to see where the series will go.

Currently reading: Voice of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready


Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:19 am
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I've been considering trying to track how many books I read in a year. If nothing else, I've been asked this enough times that I'm finally curious about the answer myself. I may or may not also include a bit about the book and my thoughts on it, depending on how much time I have/whether I have much to say. So, books I have read/finished thus far in 2009:

1. Sung in Shadow by Tanith Lee. It's a fascinating re-telling of Romeo and Juliet, and Ms. Lee's descriptions and storytelling always make me feel like I've bene under the influence of some subtle but senses-swamping drug. While this isn't my most favorite of her books, it was a good read. (Though I'd swear I remember the ending occuring slightly differently the first time I read it than what I read this time.)

2. Fables: War and Pieces. This is a graphic novel, and one of my delights of recent years. I hadn't been reading comics, and Vixy mentioned this series that she was sure I'd love. She was right. I believe this is graphic novel #11 in the series, and I now own all of them. :)

Currently reading: Transitions by William Bridges. I'll add it to the list after I've finished.


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