Dangerous Women: A Review

dangerous womenDangerous Women is a tome. No really; I don’t recommend buying the physical copy because it is heavy, cumbersome, and just plain big. Because of this, it isn’t easily read. IT took me six weeks to from start to finish because I couldn’t just tote this book with me. I only read it for a few minutes each night in bed.

So I recommend getting Dangerous Women in a digital format.

Dangerous Women is actually an anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. It contains twenty-one stories from some of today’s biggest writers including Jim Butcher, Sherilynn Kenyon, Brandon Sanderson, Megan Abbott, Diana Gabaldon, and even Martin himself. Honestly, I wanted this tome to read Martin’s and Butcher’s stories specifically, and that’s how anthologies work. You throw one or two (or 10+) big names in there to draw the masses, and then along the way, readers are able to discover works from new, perhaps lesser-known authors. One of my favorite stories in this book is “Caretakers” by Pat Cadigan – an author I have never read before. It’s about a pair of sisters who discover that something suspect is going down at their mother’s nursing home, and set about to investigate it.

One negative thing about anthologies, though, is that they are typically a mixed bag. I loved some of the stories, I skipped over two of the stories because I just couldn’t read them past the first 2 pages, and then there are some I slogged though, and those I thought were okay, but didn’t leave much of an impression.  This aspect of anthologies makes them difficult to review and makes it difficult to ever give them better than a 3 or 4 star review.

So over all, Dangerous Women is worth a read, but not worth the back pain.

3/5 Stars


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July Reads 2014

Woohoo! I got this post in before another month ticked over. I didn’t read a lot in July–only four books. But they were all excellent, not even a single 4-star among them. I have fallen a bit behind on maintaining my goal of reading 100 books this year, but I can easily make that up.

5-Star

  • Hunted by Kevin Hearne
  • Shattered by Kevin Hearne
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling*
  • Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

*Will be reviewed as a series when finish rereading them

Servants of the Storm: A Review

servantsA tempest brews in Savannah…

Servants of the Storm is the new young adult novel from authoress Delilah S. Dawson. Though it’s classified as YA, it’s a creepy, Southern gothic tale that will delight even the non-young adults among us.

Dovey is traumatized after she witnesses her best friend, Carly, get killed during Hurricane Josephine. Fast forward one highly medicated year later, and Dovey thinks she sees Carly in a local cafe. When she goes off her pills and starts investigating more thoroughly, Dovey is pulled into a world of mind-control, demons, shadows, and albino alligators.

Dark and creepy, this novel has just enough humor in it to help occasionally break the tension and allow the reader to take a much needed breath. The psychological side of this thriller is well-played and after the book was over, I wanted more. A exhilarating read that will leave some people quivering under the covers, this tale is perfectly set in the mood of autumn–as hurricane season gives way to Halloween.

5/5 Stars

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June Reads 2014

I’m finally catching up! And it’s no wonder I fell behind. I read 11 titles in June. Who has time for reviewing when you’re reading? Anyhoo, I’m only one and a half month late posting my monthly review round-up. July’s book list will be coming soon.

 

5-Star

4- Star

3-Star

 

*The remaining Harry Potter titles will be reviewed as a series when I finish rereading them all. What? I had catch up somehow…

The Darwin Elevator: A Review

darwin elevatorThe Darwin Elevator is the first book in Jason M. Hough’s Dire Earth Cycle series. It takes place in a future where most of the world’s population has succumbed to a disease that either kills or leaves a person in a “sub-human,” or zombie-like, state. the only place on Earth that is safe from the disease is Darwin, Australia, where a mysterious alien race has built an aura that keeps the disease at bay. Also in Darwin, is a space elevator. at the top of the space elevator are a bunch of space stations where humanity’s best and brightest live–the scientists, the politicians, and the more “beautiful” people. These people are known as orbitals.

Skylar Luiken is special. He’s completely immune to the disease, meaning he can leave the safely of Darwin’s aura to go scavenge the world for supplies. In fact, his entire savaging crew is made up of these rare people. Because of this distinction, Skylar and his crew are singled out for a special mission to recover data from a research lab in Japan. This trip opens a whole bucket of worms for Skylar and his crew.

Dr. Tania Sharma is a scientist who lives in orbit. She is doing secret research on the Builders (the mysterious alien race that built the aura and space elevator).

The power struggles and infighting are more threatening than the sub-humans in this book. Even though the human population is small and dwindling, secrets and spies still abound. Unfortunately, the motivation behind all the secrets, fighting, and what-have-you isn’t always clear. And the “bad guys” in this novel are more fleshed out than the heroes in terms of character development. Russell Blackfield, one of the main antagonist, is a clear-cut character. He’s militarist, power-hungry, and a straight-up asshole. His motivations are clear. Everyone else’s is convoluted and confusing. Why are they keeping secrets? Why do they chose one side over the other?

Other than the characters, though, the story is good. It’s a unique take on a post-apocalyptic, zombie-esque, sci-fi story. This story does end on a high-note as far as interest-inducingness goes. I will be picking up the rest of the books in the series to see where Hough takes it from there.

The Gods of Guilt: A Review

Gods of GuiltThe Gods of Guilt is the fifth novel in Michael Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer series featuring defense attorney Mickey Haller. I love all of Connelly’s books. They are wonderful for a quick read that isn’t complete fluff.

In The Gods of Guilt, Haller is defending Andre, a modern digital pimp, who is accused of killing one of Haller’s former clients, a prostitute named Gloria (Aka Glory Days, aka Giselle, and so on), that Haller had a special non-romantic relationship with. There is no conflict of interest because Haller truly believes that his client is innocent–a rare occurrence among defense lawyers.

With involvment from the DEA, and an ex-cop turned DA investigator, this story goes deep and could potentially be confusing, but Connelly lays the story out in a believable and understandable way, so that the reader isn’t left behind. The story has several time jumps, which makes it more realistic. Justice may be swift, but the justice system is not so much.

4/5 Stars

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Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles #): A Book Review

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*Contains spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read previous books in the series*

Shattered is the latest book in Kevin Hearne’s increasing popular Iron Druid Chronicles. Seven books in and these books are still wonderfully magical and action-packed, without sacrificing story. This is the first book of Hearne’s that was released in hardcover, but that doesn’t really matter to me, because I would never give up Luke Daniel’s excellent narration.

Atticus, Granuaile , and, of course, Oberon are back. They are joined by two new characters, Owen Kennedy, Atticus’s arch druid whom he saves from an island of frozen time, and Orlaith (Orlagh? Orla? What? I listened to the Audiobook and for the life of me cannot find how this was spelled in the book–if you can pick up your copy and verify, hit the comments, please), Granuaile’s new talking Irish Wolfhound. The story is told from the three different perspectives, with each of the druids getting pretty-much-equal storytime. Atticus is searching for who’s been plotting his demise, while Granuaile travels to India to save her father from a demon, and Owen comes to terms with the fact that two-thousand years have passed in a single moment for him.

As I was going along with the story, in the beginning, and middle for that matter, I had the feeling that this was a bridge book. It was meant to get the reader over a hump in the over-arching storyline, answering some small questions in order to move the story forward. It seemed as if it were just preparing readers for a big event which would happen in the next book, but nope. Things quickly and dramatically come to a head. Confrontation happens in a big way, and a huge storyline is dealt with.

Also, Granuaile’s side story of her journey to India turns out not to be a side story so much as a link to another of the big, bad story lines. So while some people may see the beginning of this book as meandering, everything really comes together and has a purpose.

This book includes *deep breath* Hindu gods and demons, Norse gods, Irish gods, faeries, yetis,  a selkie, Jesus, and a partridge in a pear tree. But it works! However, this is not a book you can just dive into. If you haven’t read the other Iron Druid books, you will be left with your head spinning. If you’re interested in a bad-ass urban fantasy series, check out the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.

5/5 Stars

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