Winter book recommendations anyone? My plans to travel out of the city just got cancelled and I’m in desperate need for something stimulating to get me through my two weeks at home.
What are you lot reading these days? I’m looking for a good mixture of reads- the truly wonderful and the guilty pleasures because I have fourteen days and am known for alarming speed when it comes to reading. My father says I *devour* them and it couldn’t possibly be healthy.
I’m looking for a few period pieces, some classics, some dreadfully funny ones and definitely books on travel. All suggestions welcome. Please keep in mind that there isn’t an enormous book selection where I come from so please recommend books that are easily available everywhere. I’m terribly fond of obscure books but if I can’t get my hands on them and they sound tempting I’ll be left frustrated.
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i'm looking for book recommendations for an 11-14 year old age range. background - they're not big on reading, although the older one is hooked on twilight and harry potter, the younger one barely got through the first one. any suggestions in inspiring a love of reading? i feel like i'm totally out of that age range as far as what's going to interest them. i've heard good things about westerfield's uglies series, any thoughts?
appreciate any feedback! thanks much!
Edited by: Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner
Genre: Short Stories/Urban Fantasy
I've already said that I'm not fond of urban fantasy's trend of publishing anthologies simply because some of the authors contributing write stuff that is important to the series, which means if you don't read the story, you're going to end up a little lost.
But I made an exception for this one, because first and foremost, it has my favorite urban fantasy author, Carrie Vaughn, contributing, but there's also a contribution from Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris, and since I'm a fan of werewolves, I figured this one wouldn't hurt. I was a little put off by the fact it's in hardcover, but what the hell, let's give it a shot.
The premise of this anthology is lump werewolves with Christmas, which I think is a wee bit limited in regards to the latter, because many of the stories had a mystery element to them, and often the mystery was undermined because the reader already knew two factors: werewolves and Christmas.
Normally, when I review an anthology, I sit down and I jot down a response to every single story, no matter what I thought of it. I'm not going to do that this time, for reasons I'll explain later. Instead, I'm going to talk about the stories I liked and/or by the authors of series I'm already familiar with, and then I'll talk about the anthology as a whole at the end, like I'd do for any other review.
Expect to find spoilers for the stories I do review.
Wish I'd Borrowed It: I'll be honest, I lost interest during so many of these stories it wasn't even funny. Most of them were either too easy to figure out, or they were GOTCHA stories that barely had any skin on the bones, or were frankly just not very well constructed period. Some stories should've ended much sooner than they did, and some just didn't make a lick of sense. This was such a disappointment for me, because I did get this in hardcover, and I was expecting something more entertaining, to say the least. But let's face it, the premise of the anthology was limited: werewolves and Christmas. Not only does the werewolf factor take the mystery out of some of the stories, but the fact it must take place in Christmas time really limits the stories you can tell. You get the usual "truths" about Santa, or the variations on the Christmas story itself, but very little that was really memorable. I'll give honorable mentions to Donna Andrews, Alan Gordon, and J. A. Konrath for having cute/interesting premises, but unfortunately, even those stories didn't stick with me once I was done reading. To be honest, the best ones in the bunch were Carrie Vaughn's, Keri Arthur's, and Patricia Briggs's. Considering the anthology features 15 stories total, those aren't good numbers. This doesn't bode well for the pile of UF anthologies I've got waiting in the floor.
Then again, maybe I was just in a really, REALLY bad mood during the week it took me to read this.
The specific story reviews I actually wrote up are for Charlaine Harris, Keri Arthur, Carrie Vaughn, Patricia Briggs and Rob Thurman, and those contain spoilers and may be found in my personal LJ. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner
List of All Contributors
Simon R. Green
J. A. Konrath
Toni L.P. Kelner
1. Black Ships by Jo Graham
2. Stealing Athena by Karen Essex
3. Helen of Troy by Margaret George
The Viking Era
1. The Thrall’s Tale by Judith Lindbergh
The Middle Ages:
1. Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones
2. The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
3. Shield of Three Lions by Pamela Kauffman
4. The Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follett ( One of the best books I've ever read)
6. World Without End by Ken Follett
7. A Vision of Light- Judith Merkle Riley
8. Ironfire- David Ball (fabulous book! And not too many people have read it, so it seems)
9. Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
10. The Third Witch by Rebecca Reisert
1. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory... and the rest of her books. Gregory gets a lot of criticism for her occasional, ahem, alteration of history, but her writing style is just so darn enjoyable. I thought she particularly outdid herself with The Other Queen.
2. Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
3. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett
4. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir (her other novel, Innocent Traitor, is another excellent read)
1. White Rose Rebel by Janet Paisley (Truth be told, I found this a rather averagish book, but my friend really loved it...)
2. The Prince Across the Water by Jane Yolen… (Ok, it’s a young adult book, but it’s really good.
3. Outlander by Diana Galbadon (I feel obligated to throw this one up here since so many people love it, but I personally haven’t been super impressed with the series. Galbadon is a fabulous writer, but the complete lack of plot gets to me.)
1. In the Company of the Courtesan by Sara Dunnant
2. Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex
1. Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors
2. The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette-Carolly Erickson
1. Indiscretion- Jude Morgan
2. The Crimson Petal and the White- Michel Faber
1. The Gilded Chamber: a novel of Esther- Rebecca Kohn
2. In the Shadow of the Ark- Anne Provoost
Some historical authors I’ve had a really difficult time enjoying include: Plaidy, Amanda Elyot, Susan Carroll, Anya Seton, and Diane Haeger....and Margaret George (blasphemy in some circles!)
And here’s some of my favorite Non-fiction:
1. In the Heart of the Sea: Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex- Nathaniel Philbrick
2. Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire- Amanda Foreman
3. Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution- Caroline Weber
4. Marie Antoinette: the Journey- Antonia Fraser
5. Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England by Alison Weir
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My mind is a litterbox,
Spits out images I can not block.
A tapestry of unwanted feelings,
A slight touch and I'm sent reeling.
And I tell myself these lies,
Brainwash my own mind.
But I won't believe it this time.
The only victim to this crime is,
The theft of my soul was not by the devil,
Oh God, no.
Regret, and writings in past tense,
Shadows of the foregone are still imense.
And I tell myself I am pretty,
A gorgeous statue in the park,
Displayed for all to see,
Can not even be honest to myself,
My anima placed on a shelf.
And it rusts.
And it rests.
Till' one day it is undressed,
The layers of dust blown mid west.
But don't hurt me.
Not sure if I want to realize myself...
Let me live this dream a little longer.
Just two more winks of sleep and I'll get help.