Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book 4: Moon Dance

Moon Dance  by J. D. Rain is the first book in the Vampire for Hire series.  Samantha Moon was a federal agent and regular suburban housewife until six years ago when a vampire attacked her, and her entire life changed.  Now she is a private investigator working out of her home, a mom juggling the schedules of her two children, and a wife whose marriage seems to have an approaching expiration date.  She is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum, a criminal defense attorney and werewolf, who wants the attacker that shot him five times found and brought to justice.

The main character, Samantha Moon is smart and intuitive as a detective, but still clueless about being a vampire and struggling to maintain her life and family.  She is an instantly likeable character.  The plot was well written, engaging, and entertaining.  I downloaded this book for free as part of Amazon prime and was honestly surprised at how thoroughly I enjoyed the story.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Book 3: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Doyle is a delightful collection of short stories concerning a variety of cases solved by the famous fictional detective.   Stories include "A Scandal in Bohemia", "The Red-Headed League", " A Case of Identity", "The Boscombe Valley Mystery", " The Five Orange Pips", "The Man with the Twisted Lip", "The Blue Carbuncle", "The Speckled Band", "The Engineer's Thumb", "The Noble Bachelor", "The Beryl Coronet", and "The Copper Beaches".  The cases showcase a diversity of clients of different classes with a range of problems both large and small solved in Sherlock Holmes' signature combination of keen observation and logical deduction.

An excellent read for any mystery lover or Sherlock Holmes fan.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Book 2: The Strange Library

"The Strange Library" by Murakami tells the unfortunate tale of a young boy who goes to the library and tells the librarian that he is looking  for a book.  He is sent down to a basement room where an old man brings him three old books on his topic of choice and then escorts him to the Reading Room, which turns out to be a cell.

This is my first time reading anything by Murakami.  The characters were odd but interesting.  The plot was rather eccentric but still enjoyable.  Perhaps another year I'll give a longer one of his books a try.  I think I prefer my plots to be a little more logical (even fantasy worlds have rules).

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Book 1: Written in Red


No new book review this week.  I decided to reread an old favorite Written in Red by Anne Bishop, which is the first book in her fantasy series about the Others.

Here is a link to my review of the book from last year.

I plan to read the next three books currently in the series over the next few weeks while waiting for the release of the 5th book Etched in Bone on March 7th this year.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 Reading Challenge

While I read more than 52 books last year, I fell behind on blogging and updating my Goodreads account.  This year my goal is to do a better job at tracking.

I've decided to start with a new author and read Robin Hobbs' Assassin's Apprentice.  I had this on my want to read list last year, but never got around to reading it.

The only challenge that I am currently setting for myself is to read through the movie related Star Wars books and rewatch all of the movies before the release of episode 8 in December.  As an added benefit I'll be able to converse more coherently with my daughter, who is a major fan of all things Star Wars, and stand a better chance at not getting creamed in her new Star Wars trivia game.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Book 17: Cry Wolf

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs is the first full length novel in the Alpha and Omega series which expands the world created in the Mercy Thompson series.  The actual start of the series is a short story called "Alpha and Omega" which is found in the Shifting Shadows collection of short stories.  Anna packs up and heads to Montana with the wounded Charles to start a new life as his mate.  Their time to get acquainted and mate is cut short by an attack on a park ranger by an unknown werewolf.  Charles and Anna hike out into the snow covered wilderness to find the rogue and discover a powerful black witch that has come hunting one of their pack members and has the ability to control the wolves through their pack bond.  Together they must find a way to save themselves and protect their pack.

This is one of my favorite series that I am currently rereading.  A definite read for Mercy Thompson fans and anyone else who loves a good werewolf romance.

Book 16: Marked in Flesh

With war on the horizon, Simon and the Others at Lakeside begin making preparations and continue trying to figure out the answer of how much human to keep.  Megan receives several sets of tarot type cards and begins exploring using the cards in lieu of cutting. The Humans First and Last movement launches a new series of attacks against the buffalo herds that the wolf packs in central Thasia hunt for food.  Supplied with weapons from Cel Romano, the attack and kill wolfguard packs in several locations leaving their carcasses in piles.  The leaders of Cel Romano launch an attack to expand their territory, and everyone with any sense at all waits fearfully for the response by the Others of the wild country who are Namid's teeth and claws.

Another excellent book in the Others series.