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12 books in 2 months

It’s been two months since my last post about books and so I have a huge pile of books on the floor. I don’t know why I am not keeping up with these posts but I’ll try to be better at keeping up from now on.

Finch by Jeff VanderMeer (Underland Press) I can tell when I’m really into a short story or a novel when I stop reading and feel stoned. I felt like that all the way through reading this book. I haven’t read City of Saints & Madmen or Shriek: An Afterword, but you don’t need to have read those to understand Finch. It’s part political thriller, part detective noir part Science fantasy. I don’t know if it is for everyone but I really enjoyed it. In the next few months I’ll be trying to find the other two set in this world. Bought at Between Books.

Mean Streets: four Novellas with supernatural detectives (Roc)
I bought this for the Harry Dresden novella but was pleasantly surprised with the other stories. That said the only one I am really interested in reading more of was Remy Chandler from the story by Thomas E Sniegoski. Bought used.

The Dragon Factory: a Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry (St Martin’s)
I was waiting for this novel with bated breath. Joe Ledger works for the DMS (the department of Military Sciences) and they go up against the more sci-fi threats to the USA. The first book it was a zombie pathogen this time transgenic monsters. These books have one of my ‘fictional boy friends’ in them and I love that character so much that I had to flip to the end of the book just to make sure he didn’t die before I could read it. If he had died I would have still read it, but I had to know. I hightly recommend this book BUT you should read Patient Zero first. These books have been optioned by Sony TV and it looks like they will be a January show. Bought at Between Books

Changes by Jim Butcher
I always love Dresden books I will say this wasn’t my favorite Dresden book it felt too much like it was wrapping things up. I don’t know if this is the last Dresden book or not but it tied up a lot of things maybe he just wants to get things back to being simple, sort of take him back to the beginnings if that makes sense. Bought at Between Books.

Mage: the Hero Defined by Matt Wagner (image)
When I was in Jr High there was this comic released by a company called Comico, it was a local comic company and it released a bunch of comics that I read including Mage: The Hero Discovered and it was one of those stories that just stuck with me. I’ve been a huge Mage fan ever since even now when I am not really reading comics and graphic novels. The Hero Defined is just as good, maybe it didn’t affect me quite as much but I’m much older now. I loved the new characters and everything. It’s going to be something I read over and over again. And yeah this was a re-read, I had the comics in the 90’s but never had a omnibus. Bought at Wade’s Comics.

Lock & Key: Head Games by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
Funny thing here, I thought I had read the first 8 issues, and I had only read the first issue. That said I couldn’t put this down and hold off until I had the first 8 issues. I don’t think I’ve read anything that Joe Hill has touched that I haven’t loved. To top it off this comic is set in “Lovecraft” Mass, quite obviously based on Nahant Mass, not far from where I lived when I lived up there. In fact I used to skate in Nahant and it is completely recognizable. Ordered from Amazon

Inferno by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (orb)
This is another reread. I read it in High School and then read the orignaly version shortly after. I haven’t felt like rereading the original but I have reread this one. It’s just as fun the second time around. Bought at Between Books.

The New Dead – anthology (St Martin’s)
An anthology of zombie fiction. The stories that have stuck with me are Family Business by Jonathan Mayberry, Kids and their toys by James A Moore and Twittering from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill Well worth the read. Bought at Between Books

Full Moon City – anthology (Gallery Books) a werewolf anthology I really enjoyed this anthology but No Children, No Pets by Esther Friesner was by far my favorite, it touched on something that terrified me as a child what happened to the Rosenberg’s and their children. This story was a light hearted look at having a communist as a parent. Bought at Between Books.

Burned by P.C. and Kristin Cast (St Martin’s)
The most recent of the house of night novels. I can’t imagine writing a novel with my mother, let alone 7, but it works for them. Ordered from Amazon.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians books 4+5 Rick Riordan (Disney)
I loved this series as much or more than any of the modern ‘hit’ YA series. I’d love to live in that world I really would. Both of these were bought at Wal-Mart

Books I’m Mostly Done With:
Chapter After Chapter (a book about finishing novels)
The Wand in the Word (Interviews with writers of fantasy)
Hanging out with the Dream King (Interviews with people who have collaborated with Neil Gaiman)



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Jun. 4th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Have you tried the new Riordan series- the first (and only so far) book is Red Pyramid, and it's to do with Egyptian pharoahs instead of Greek Gods. I really like it. At first I preferred the Percy Jackson series because Red Pyramid switches POVs, but on the other hand it's kind of cool because a) it's about a biracial family, and b) one of the POVs, and therefore an equal protagonist, is a girl. And I kind of really like that. Plus I think the series will just get better.
Jun. 5th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
I've seen it around but I haven't read it yet. I think the Percy Jackson books are the only books I have ever read that delt well with learning disabilitys and that is something close to my heart.
Jun. 5th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
although i requested Burned from the library, i still don't have it yet. (watch - i'll get the notification tomorrow morning. heh.)
Jun. 5th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
well I have it set aside for the 12th along with the movie Legion
Jun. 5th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
you mean the 19th. the 12th is my jewelry party. ;)
Jun. 5th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
yeah that's what I ment.
Jun. 5th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
cool. :)
Jun. 5th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
since I can't be in two places at once.
Jun. 5th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
you haven't got that replicator together yet?
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)

I'd say you would like The New Dead - but unfortinatly it was the book th ekidden peed on a few weeks ago when I... ah it was after the last time I was at your house and I was holding Blackie and Vlad. She peed right where I step out of bed in the morning.
Jun. 5th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
oh fun.... well, more like "ewwww." silly kitten.....
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
both my cats get very mad about things sometimes I don't even know why.
Jun. 5th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
cats are weird.

yeah... that's all i got. ;)
Jun. 5th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
yeah they are.

You never called me back btw.
Jun. 5th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
heh yes.

and you're right, i didn't - we're watching a movie - i'll try to remember to call later tonight after my guest leaves.

Edited at 2010-06-05 09:11 pm (UTC)
Jun. 5th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
I should be home around... 9 I guess.
Jun. 5th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
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