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Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

Marisa de los Santos' Falling Together Cover

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I didn’t think it was possible to love a book more than I loved Marisa de los Santos’ first book, Love Walked In,   but I was wrong.  Falling Together is the most profoundly beautiful love story I’ve read in years…maybe ever. The sheer poetry of the language, combined with the astonishingly beautiful portrayal Read more…

Quote #23 – Oscar Wilde

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning.  I took out a comma.  In the afternoon, I put it back again.”

   –Oscar Wilde

 

NOTE:  This is probably funnier to those of us who love to write, but I couldn’t resist sharing it with everyone.

Midnight Inspiration?

Why, oh why, do I succumb to the urge to write heartfelt, detailed reviews at midnight?  In the bright light of morning, I nearly always discover typos and other errors galore, and have to spend as long editing as I did writing the the whole thing!  GAH.  But sometimes, midnight is when the creative urge strikes, so what can I do but apologize to those early birds who read the posts before I’ve had a chance to clean them up.  My writing isn’t perfect at the best of times, but it definitely suffers  in those wee, small hours.

I HAVE learned not to close a book and rush straight over to review it before I’ve had time to think it through for a day or so.  I nearly always find that upon further reflection, the book is seldom as good…or as bad…as my immediate reaction suggested.  One lesson learned, at any rate.

Happy Reading, Folks!

All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman

Rob Thurman's All Seeing Eye Cover

My Rating:  3 of 5 Stars

Rob Thurman’s newest thriller leaves me in a bit of a quandary.  I love her Leandros Brothers series so much, I’ve never given any of those books less than 5 stars.  I loved the two Korsak Brothers books enough to give them each 5 stars, too.  I expected to love this book just as much, and to rate it just as highly.  But after a day’s reflection, I’m finding Read more…

Quote #22 – Douglas Adams

“The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”

 
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Quote #21 – Rob Thurman

“Blood probably stained the long-sleeved T-shirt, but that was the great thing about black. It didn’t show blood and it was slimming…a must-own for pudgy serial killers everywhere.”

–Cal Leandros, Roadkill (Cal Leandros, Book 5)

Purple Grackles by Amy Lowell

purple grackle in grass

Purple Grackle

It occurs to me that no blog on books and writing should be without a bit of poetry now and then, so with that thought in mind, I offer you my favorite autumn themed poem of all time, Amy Lowell’s “Purple Grackles.”  The imagery is divine, and the message, bittersweet.  Hope you enjoy it! Read more…

Quote #20 – Simon R. Green

“There are any number of magical creatures, mostly female, whose singing can bring about horror and death. Sirens, undines, banshees, Bananarama tribute bands…”

   ― Simon R. Green, Nightingale’s Lament (Nightside, Book 3)

Something From The Nightside by Simon R. Green

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I just love these Tales From The Nightside books.   They all have a great noir feeling about them, and center on old-fashioned, trench-coated detective John Taylor and his misadventures in Read more…

Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Karen Marie Moning's Shadowfever Cover

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

This series consistently receives such high ratings that it made me question my own sanity when I started reading it, and just felt NOTHING for it.  I’m giving it a rating of 3 stars because it is written and edited well, in a competent style.  I have  no problems with Karen Marie Moning’s actual writing style.  But I have lots of problems with Read more…

Quote #19 – Oscar Wilde

“Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humour was provided to console him for what he is.” 

     –Oscar Wilde

The Weather Warden Series by Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine's Ill Wind Cover

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Rachel Caine is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy authors, just because her books are so much fun.  Filled with loads of action and just enough romance to suit me perfectly,  almost all of her series have been great reads.  Based on the fun factor and good, solid writing, I’m giving Ill Wind and each of the other 8 books in the Weather Warden series, 5 stars.  They may not be Read more…

Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd

Edward Rutherfurd's Sarum Cover

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

While I’m thinking about historical fiction, I figured I might as well post about one of my favorite examples of the genre.  Where Cold Mountain was about one man’s experiences during a relatively brief period of American history, Sarum is a monumental recounting of the entire history of England.  We are talking Epic, here, in the most wide-sweeping sense.

The book begins in the Stone Age, and loosely follows Read more…

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain cover

My Rating:  5 of 5 Stars

Written in 1997, Cold Mountain remains one of my favorite books of all time.  A modern day classic set during the Civil War, it details the long journey home of a Confederate soldier who has recovered from serious injury, and knows Read more…

Quote # 18 – Fannie Flagg

“Remember, if people talk behind your back, it only means you are two steps ahead.”

     –Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews' Gunmetal Magic Cover

My Rating: 3-1/2 Stars of 5

Fans of the Kate Daniels Magic series will enjoy this tale centering on Kate’s best friend, Andrea Nash.  Andrea is a feisty, independent young woman with a secret she’s been hiding for years… Read more…

From Sea To Shining Sea by James Alexander Thom

James Alexander Thom's From Sea to Shining Sea Cover

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Another book in my library that probably warrants a re-read.   When this book was released in 1986, I was enjoying a lot of historical novels of the type that were good at making history come alive, and seem like the rip-roaring adventure it was when it actually happened.  This was one of my favorite books at that time.  It’s the story of the Read more…

Quote #17 – Janet Evanovich

“When something needs to be ironed I put it in the ironing basket.  If a year goes by and the item is still in the basket I throw the item away. This is a good system since eventually I end up only with clothes that don’t need ironing.”

–Stephanie Plum,  Three To Get Deadly

Good Stuff Comin’! Sept/Oct Urban Fantasy Release Dates

Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys Cover

Coming Soon!  Release Date:  9/18/12

For those who enjoy Urban Fantasy, like myself, there’s good stuff ahead!  Here are a few of the titles coming to a bookstore near you.  All are available on amazon.com, too. Read more…

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