Friday, September 5, 2008

Thank God!

All of humanity is saved! A publisher for The Jewel of Medina has been found and life can go on!

If this hasn't been a complete waste of time, I don't know WHAT has. Can we just give the damnable thing out already, and move on to book that might actually be good? Give it the Pulitzer and the Nobel. The Edgar, the Anthony. The Hugo, the Nebula. The Oscar, the Emmy. The Grammy.

Thanks. Appreciate it.

As much as I hate this from Dennis Lehane:

He knows what he won't do: write another whodunit about the two private eyes, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, in his first five novels, which include Gone Baby Gone. "They were written from a young man's perspective. I left Patrick when I was 33 and he was 33. I've tried, but his voice won't come."

I completely understand and admire it. Too many authors keep writing the series long after the "voice" has left them. If they ain't talkin' to you, quit tryin' to make them talk to us.

Read the rest of Lehane's article here. I was on the fence about his latest book, but I think he pushed me over to the "read it" side.

Good Cover?

You know, the cover is beautiful and relaxing. It makes you think of vacationing in a little seaside town.......and then you notice the title. But, honestly, the cover is so beautiful you don't even realize the title right away.

But, WTF? The title is like one of those salty waves... slapping you in the face.

Good Cover

It made me laugh. It didn't make me want to read the book, but it did make me laugh.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Review: Lyon

Lyon: The Lords Of Satyr (Book #3) Lyon: The Lords Of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
The first book in this series turned out to be my favorite. But, this one was also a decent effort. I liked it MUCH better than Raine, the middle book. The story was plausible, although it was a little more convoluted than it had to be. You could see where she was going.....straight to book 4 of a 3 book series. She had to find a way to justify a book 4, so the plot went in that direction. It probably would have been better had it ended and a NEW series started. But, she didn't ask me. (More the pity.)

The main characters were good. The villains were cardboard and predictable. The sex wasn't boring. It also wasn't hilarious, which can be as bad as boring. All in all, it was a solid entry into the series but I'm not jumping up and down with excitement. Will I read another of her books? Probably.

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Review: Unto the Daughters

Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family by Karen Tintori

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow. I kept waiting for the part where the author admits this is entirely fictional and none of the awful she describes actually happened.

That part never came. It seems completely unbelievable to read this with 20th and 21st century eyes. But, this book is about more than just the uncovering of the ugly family secret of an "honor killing" but a history of how this family came to America. And a social history of immigrant families. It is fascinating, and I can't recommend it highly enough, even for people who SWEAR they don't like history.

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