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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 01:38 pm
I have been reading, just haven't been reviewing. I've also been comfort reading.
  • Wintersmith, Making Money and I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. The first and last are Tiffany Aching books who I am still very fond of and I enjoyed her continuing adventures. I particularly liked the bad Don't Pay the Ferryman joke. Making Money follows on from Going Postal and was fun.
  • A Kiss of Shadows, A Caress of Twilight, Seduced by Moonlight, A Stroke of Midnight, Mistral's Kiss, A Lick of Frost, Swallowing Darkness and  Divine Misdemeanors by Laurell K. Hamilton. Re-reading and catching up while sick, good mindless reading.
  • Turning Point, Fortune’s Wheel, Fire Margins, Razor’s Edge, Dark Nadir and Stronghold Rising by Lisanne Norman. Re-reading in preparation for reading book 8 Shades of Gray that I now have sitting on my 'to read' pile at home. First contact space opera with a decent female primary character and a lot of interesting stuff about race and gender.
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Friday, December 28th, 2007 11:44 am
Walking on Glass by Iain Banks. Complex and interesting enough to keep me reading but failed to come together enough to satisfy. Three disparate tales told that try to come together in the end. Don't let this stop you reading his other science fiction which is top notch.

The Night of Morningstar, Dead Man's Handle, A Taste For Death, Dragon’s Claw and The Impossible Virgin by Peter O'Donnell, the creator of Modesty Blaise. I'm in it for the action, the cunning escapes, Willie’s amusing anecdotes, the delightful secondary characters and much more. O'Donnell has a gift for arch phrasing and deep love for an amusing type of British.

Anita Blake (001) and (002) The First Death by Laurell K. Hamilton. Back story attractively illustrated. Not sure how this would hold up for non fans but thoroughly enjoyable for me. Dolph, Zerbrowski and Edward all make appearances.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Issue 7, 8 & 9 by Brian K. Vaughan. I’m still happy with them, not as funny as the first five but worth the time spent reading. Oh Faith.

Supernatural: Origins 5 and 6 by Peter Johnson and drawn by Matthew Dow Smith. It hurts me and rumours that the comic will be revisited and ‘fixed’ are welcome. More specifically this storyline and the choice of artwork don't mesh with my understanding of canon and the oft times visually beautiful choices in the show.
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Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 10:29 pm
Guilty Pleasures Graphic Novel - Anita and Jean-Claude.

1280 x 1024. Because it really is ridiculously pretty.
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Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 10:18 am
Belladonna (Ephemera, Book 2) by Anne Bishop. Not as interesting as I wanted it to be, has a great premise but over explains and makes it more technical than is warrented. I'm reminded of Anne Rice - starts well, finishes in excessive detail.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer S8 (04) & (05)
by Joss Whedon. Still very happy, like the visual style, like the 'voices'.

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Vol. 1 (Graphic Novel) by Laurell K. Hamilton. Pretty, so pretty. I'm in love. ETA:  Am saddened by the "To be continued..." that tags this as an expensive little hobby should I care to start collecting.
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Saturday, December 16th, 2006 12:09 pm
Vampires by Various. Short stories, some good ones but nothing really stood out.

Grunts by Mary Gentle. Couldn’t finish it, wanted to, tried, gave up. Techno-military fantasy. What the orcs would be with Marine training and weapons.

Mistrals Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton. Gah. Merry, get off your back and do some something interesting, I'll give it one more book then I'm giving up.

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. Fun, interesting. A different pace and style to what I usually think if as Gaiman but really enjoyable. What the hell do you do when you find out your father was Anansi the trickster-spider god and you have a missing brother and your life is suddenly going to hell.

Fake Books 1-7 by Sanami Matoh. Adorable. Gay cop manga. A really nice mix of romance and cop story.
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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 09:34 pm
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman which was just as good as the last time I read it. Fabulous fantasy. High quality not quite Young Adult reading.

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay because it was there. I pimp this to you.

Micah by Laurell K. Hamilton which was short and stolen from [livejournal.com profile] ascetic_hedony as soon as he finished gloating over having it.

Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson which was what would have happened if Buffy had been turned immediately rather than being discovered - a vampire with an obsession with designer shoes and good hair. Cheap but funny.
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Monday, July 4th, 2005 07:12 pm
Doyle threw his first ever hissy fit and there was slightly more plot than last time. Am feeling better about the whole thing.
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Friday, May 20th, 2005 11:53 pm
Short stories written by Laurell K Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, MaryJane Davidson, Angela Knight and Vickie Taylor.

The LKH is set during the period Anita refused to see either of the boys and tried to learn how to build psychic shields. It's all about the hotness that is Jean-Claude.

Cheap, trashy, atrocious and hypnotically attractive.
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Monday, November 15th, 2004 08:42 am
Yups, another Anita Blake novel and dripping with my favourite characters, if you're a fan you'll get a lot out of it.

I like this meme - 25 years ago I )
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Saturday, October 16th, 2004 11:22 pm

Power-UP! Yups, the 3rd Merry Gentry book and yet somehow I felt like I was watching DragonballZ.

Amazingly porny, yet not. How many mystical objects can one woman have? Why can't the Fey use their magical powers to successfully walk in high heels? What do you mean Merry isn't pregnant yet? Whyfore does Hamilton have such a thing for porny cannibalism? How will I sleep at night?

And thereby hangs a tale, please read this book so I can rabbit on without guilt.
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Monday, July 26th, 2004 10:19 am
Luvly weekend, much reading and general homeness.

Went to IKEA with [personal profile] ascetic_hedony and bought even more shelves - much assembling and stacking took place. Evil_shelves came with 4 screws missing but massive collection of hardware-type crap in jars fixed that little problem.

Bath. Loooooooooooooooong bath.

Right elbow thoroughly munched, no more ball throwing, push-ups or punching until it's better, bought one of those handy thermoskin thingies from a terribly nice man who coaxed me out of my nice warm jacket and measured my elbow for me. Phrenology for the elbows?

Death of a Darklord by Laurell K. Hamilton. Oh Laurell, Laurell - what were you thinking? Rarely is a book quite so bad, rarely are so many elements so promising and yet so not. I am going to assume that writing for TSR's Ravenloft series takes away the pressure to write well.  All I can recommend is: Just Say No!  On the plus side, www.laurellkhamilton.org has a nifty little series of bat icons that follow the cursor = cute!