Friday, December 17, 2010

Burning Water

Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey is the first book in her Diana Tregarde series. Tregarde is a witch and a "Guardian" sworn to protect mankind. Dallas Police Detective Mark Valdez is an old college friend. He's also psychic. When cattle mutilations turn into dead bodies he knows who to call. He has to sell Diana to his boss as an expert in cults. 

An Aztec god has returned and he intends to make this world his. In order for him to gain the ultimate power, a series of ritual murders have to be committed. Diana and Mark have to find and stop him before he (and his minions) finish the ritual.

I found the book to be really simplistic. Having finished it, I'm wondering if Lackey had intended to make this a series from the beginning. Burning Water creates the character of Diana quite well. Learning about Diana is the most interesting part of the book. 

The first part of the book feels like the reader is thrown into a book already in progress. We slowly get information about who these characters are and what lead them to this point.  That part of the book is well done. 

The rest of the book is one cliche after another. At least they're cliches today. Maybe back in 1989 when the book was published they weren't.  I don't remember. All I know is that the plot had no surprises. Everything was telegraphed so even the most inattentive reader would not get lost. 

I just didn't care whether or not Diana figured out what was going on or how to stop it. I knew that there were 2 other books in the series (so far... there are rumors of a fourth book in the works) so I knew she didn't die. So maybe knowing that "good" would triumph over "evil" made the book less interesting. 

Now that I think about it, having Diana fail and then have the series be about how she stays alive to continue to fight against a god might make it really interesting. As things stand, I doubt I'll bother with the rest of the books in the series.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Fourth Bear

I have a penchant for silly. I think it started back in 1978 when I read Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin. I loved the puns. I still giggle when I reread the books. So silly. 

After that I discovered The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The adventures of Arthur Dent are very, very silly.

With a love of silliness I guess it's not strange that I love Jasper Fforde books. I think Thursday Next is a great character. The Eyre Affair introduced me to her and the crazy world she lives in. I was hooked.

The Four Bear is the second book int he Nursery Crime series. Jack Spratt and his partner Mary Mary are looking for a reporter named Goldilocks. The trail leads through the woods to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bear (Baby is away at college) who have had a break in. It doesn't take long to figure out that the culprit is their missing reporter.

As secondary plot, prolific serial killer Gingerbread Man has escaped custody and gone on a "murderous rampage." Jack is suspended pending a psych evaluation but he keeps running into the fugitive while "unofficially" looking for Goldilocks.

Another subplot deals with PDRs (persons of dubious reality.) Punch & Judy are Jack's new next door neighbors. When he goes to confront them about the ongoing domestic disturbance the two combatants confront Jack with his horrible secret. He is a PDR. His "real" (second) wife doesn't know. What's it worth to Jack to keep his secret?

The idea of nursery rhymes coming to life and running amuck is silly. There were things that made me laugh out loud in this book. I can't wait to see where this series goes. As we all know, nursery rhymes are not all rainbows and puppy dogs. Take the domestic violence perpetrated by Punch and his wife Judy. There are so many places Fforde can go with Jack and his friends and I can't wait to read the next book.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Haunting Warrior Trailor

I guess this is classified as a paranormal romance. Not my cup of tea but some of you out there might find it interesting.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

New Books For March

Don't Kill The Messenger
Eileen Rendahl

The first in a fantastic new paranormal series about a messenger from the supernatural underworld.

Melina Markowitz is a Messenger, a go-between for paranormal forces and supernatural creatures. Problem is, when a girl’s a go-between, it’s hard not to get caught in the middle...

When ninjas steal an envelope from Melina, her search leads her to a Taoist temple in Old Sacramento, where the priests seem to practice Zen and the art of mayhem. Melina learns from the handsome ER doctor (and vampire) who gave her the envelope that it contained talismans created by the priests to control Chinese vampires, who are attacking gang members to spark a street war.

Although he may look more like a surfer than a cop, Ted Goodnight is dead serious about investigating the surge in gang violence. At every turn he runs into Melina, a very attractive—and very mysterious—young woman. Can Melina enlist his help to battle something he doesn’t even believe in without blowing her cover?

In a dark and seedy underground of burned-out rock stars and angels-turned-vampires, a revolutionary neuroscientist and a fallen angel must put medicine against mythology in an attempt to erase their tortured pasts...but at what price?

Olivia, vampire and fallen angel of desire, is hopeless...and damned. Since the fall from Eden, she has hungered for love, but fed only on desire. Dominic O’Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist plagued by impossible visions. When his research and her despair collide at L’Otel Mathillide—a subterranean hell of beauty, demons, and dreams—rationalist and angel unite in a clash of desire and damnation that threatens to destroy them both.
In this fractures Hotel of the Damned, Olivia and Dominic discover the only force consistent in their opposing realities is the deep, erotic gravity between them. Bound to each other finally in a knot of interwoven freedoms, Dominic and Olivia—the vision-touched scientist and the earth-bound angel, reborn and undead—encounter the mystery of love and find it is both fall...and flight.

Chris Marie Green
A brand new novel in the “dark, dramatic, and erotic” Vampire Babylon saga.
With the female master of the London Underground in her hands, stuntwoman-turned vampire hunter Dawn Madison must fight off her followers, a vicious pack of undead teenage girls who put the vamps Dawn had to deal with in Los Angeles to shame...
(Vampire Babylon, Book Six)

Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson’s life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn’t exactly normal herself.

Originally published in mass market paperback, February 2006.

Mageverse #6

Giada Shepherd is a Maja — an immortal witch of the Mageverse. When vampire knight King Arthur asks her to protect his mortal son from an assassin, she’s willing to do anything she must to keep Logan MacRoy alive. But Logan is no ordinary mortal — he’s a handsome seductive cop, intent on a romance with his beautiful new partner.
Trouble is, Arthur has ordered Giada to keep her distance from Logan. But that’s a lot easier said than done....

Thursday, March 4, 2010

and Falling, Fly

White's debut is a trippy urban fantasy, an esoteric battle between myth and science told in floods of evocative prose. Olivia, a fallen angel cursed to eternity without pain or pleasure, feeds on the blood of those who desire or fear her. Dominic is her polar opposite, a skeptical scientist explaining away the paranormal as mental illness. He immerses himself in neuroscience to seek a cure through selective memory removal; haunted by images of his past lives, he begins experimenting on himself. Looking for research subjects, Dominic finds Olivia. She longs to be set free by love and returned to heaven, but at what price? Reeking of blood and sex, the swaths of atmospheric text sometimes overwhelm the story. Despite the story's enormous plot holes, longtime paranormal fans will appreciate White's willingness to take chances and try something new.

and Falling, Fly

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Trailer

Following the success of his bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with another mélange of history and horror, Grahame-Smith inserts a grandiose and gratuitous struggle with vampires into Abraham Lincoln's life. Lincoln learns at an early age that his mother was killed by a supernatural predator. This provokes his bloody but curiously undocumented lifelong vendetta against vampires and their slave-owning allies. The author's decision to reduce slavery to a mere contrivance of the vampires is unfortunate bordering on repellent, but at least it does distract the reader from the central question of why the president never saw fit to inform the public of the supernatural menace. Grahame-Smith stitches hand-to-hand vampire combat into Lincoln's documented life with competent prose that never quite manages to convince.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter