Enjoying Stormwalker, so far
I started Moonshine by Alaya Johnson, and I was about......3/4 of the way through when I misplaced it. This is one of the reasons that I read more than one book at a time (remember the whole B.A.D.D. thing?) I frequently temporarily misplace books - but I usually find them within a week. It mainly bothers me when I'm very into a book - such as Magic Bleeds, or one of Suzanne McLeod's books. Then I freak out (in a totally mature, ladylike way, of course!) until I find the book. :) Really.
Anyway, back to Moonshine and Alaya Johnson. Ms Johnson has written other novels and has a children's novel, The Goblin King published. Explore around her site, it has a quirky set-up, fun. This Cover! Moonshine's cover is what first led me to pick up the book. I normally don't go for pale skin on covers, but I think the contrast of the three main colors is very dramatic. The secondary character is a POC man, one that the Heroine is attracted to, so there's a bit a bigotry to deal with in the book (it's the 1920's) More on this after I finish reading Moonshine.
After finishing three very top of the line books and starting a fourth extremely well written novel, I ended up putting aside Touched By An Alien (Gini Koch) for later. This is not to say that I think this is badly written; on the contrary, the style of writing is interesting, the plot promising, the characters engaging. It's just that this book, though marketed as a Science Fiction Novel, READS just like a Romance Novel. I'm not currently in the mood for even paranormal romance. I realize that genres are being blended and crossing over lines, but there's a specific way humorous Romance novels are written - kind of a light tone, lots of references to the "hotties" and "hunks" etc, and that's not what I feel like reading right now. I can tell it will be good for a light-hearted reading session - possibly soon for me. Right now, I want to read Space Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy or Urban Fantasy - those are what I'm in the mood for.
I bought my father two Terry Pratchett books. Making Money and Small Gods. My dad loves figuring out interest rates, talking about banks and corporations, etc, so I thought he might enjoy the satire of the banking system explored in Making Money. He also loves exploring all different kinds of religions. While I was little he used to tell me little bits and pieces about many different belief systems (Buddhism, Christianity, Tribal, all kinds).
For my son, I bought him a Tom Holt novel. Tom Holt writes funny books about all kinds of things. He's done a version of Beowulf. All I could find this time, was his brand new novel, Blonde Bombshell - thankfully. It was good to get a brand new Tom Holt book.
God, I hope I didn't already buy this one. Sometimes I do that - buy it, put it somewhere, buy another......(lame). This is the second Seanan McGuire book. A Local Habitation has been out for a bit already. A third book will be published in fall 2010. She also writes as Mira Grant (Feed).
Cat Adams is a new pen-name of the duo C.T. Adams. Blood song I read the first two of their Thrall series. I have to admit I liked the first book way better than the second. The narrative (first person) way of speech started getting to me. The speech patterns were very proper, or professor-ish. Which can totally take me out of a horror or urban fantasy book. I scanned a few pages of Blood song, and it seems way more down to earth with the words. Hope I'm right on this - it was $15 bucks!
To my UTTER SHAME - I'm cringing as I type this....I lost my mind and PAID for another Anita Blake, Vampire Humper - er Hunter novel. I don't know why. Really. I don't even like the cover. I was going to order the UK coverversion, but it would have cost more, and no way. I shouldn't have bought this because the quality of LKH's books have really gone south. WHY?DID?I?BUY?!!!. Really, the woman writes with less polish than many teen-age writers. I've read many more debut books that read so much better than LKH's later books - there's like reverse experience in writing happening here. GEEZ! I'm disgusted with myself!!! I do reserve the right to take it back. To the store. I had promised myself after reading pages and pages of useless relationship angst and pages and pages of sex DISCUSSIONS that I wouldn't buy anymore of these books....Yup. Going to take it back - find my receipt and get a different book. Then - maybe if I feel like I need to get this still - I'll buy it USED! That's the new plan.