Monday, May 25, 2009

Dead and Gone - Charlaine Harris

Dead and Gone is the ninth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Things are fairly settled down with the vampires and the werewolves. The werewolves and other weres even came out of the closet. Some took it well and others didn't. Then there's Sookie's surprise marriage to guess who. She's not too happy being tricked into that one. But this time Sookie's real problem is that the fairies are at war. Since she's a smidgen fairy she's caught in the middle. This woman's life is all kinds of complicated. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Virtual Mode - Piers Anthony

Reading Virtual Mode was like meeting an old friend I hadn't seen in a long time. Back in the 70's I read everything Anthony put out. The hard stuff like the Omnivore trilogy and the fantasy like the Xanth series. I still have lots of old yellowed paperbacks from then.

Virtual Mode reminds me of the Xanth books. Magic and fantasy predominate, but then you find a reality with FTL flight and you're back into science fiction. The fantasy predominated though. It's an enjoyable read. Telepathic horses and people who remember the future but forget the past are exactly what I'd expect from Anthony. Highly recommended.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic is a science fiction/fantasy spoof similar to Adams or Anthony. This book takes place on Discworld. Discworld is a flat world resting on the backs of four immense elephants held up by the giant turtle of legend. There are wizards, dragons, and tourists. Tourists are where the trouble begins. There are over 20 books in this series now. There are too many others authors I follow for me to read more in the series. Not that I didn't enjoy this book. It's just not the kind of fiction I'm interested in reading right now. Highly recommended.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Royal Assassin - Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin is the second book in the Farseer Trilogy. Fitz is still caught in court intrigue but this time around there's more to lose and more to gain. Fitz has to use his Skill and his Wit to stay alive and keep the kingdom together. Highly recommended.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kitty Raises Hell - Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Raises Hell is another excellent Kitty Norville novel. Number six in the series. Kitty is a radio talk show host with a weekly broadcast on the supernatural. It doesn't hurt that she's a werewolf, is married to a werewolf, and is friends with vampires. In the last book (Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand) she and Ben got hitched in Vegas. Unfortunately they got tangled with a vampire and werecat cult that wasn't completely satisfied with the results of their visit. Now the cult has sent a demon after Kitty and it's getting hot in Denver. Very highly recommended.