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The Darkest Kiss: Number 6 in series (Riley Jenson Guardian)
The Darkest Kiss: Number 6 in series (Riley Jenson Guardian)
by Keri Arthur
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series getting better, 27 Jun 2008
I think that this is a series that is improving with every book. It is also good to see that the focus stays on the investigation in hand - Riley is an investigator after all - and isn't going for the easy sex-fest of LKH's Anita Blake. KA is much more comfortable (and credible) in her Australian location than the 2 earlier werewolf novels she set in the USA. The paranormal elements are well thought out and work well including the snippy Admin Vampire! Keep up the good work.

Feast of Fools
Feast of Fools
by Rachel Caine
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Relentlessly depressing - for the 4th time out in Morganville, 23 Jun 2008
I like this series - if not I wouldn't be on book 4 of it - but they are such a downer. At the end of each you feel that surely things can't get worse - but they always can. I stick with them because I like some of the characters and I am always hoping, Pollyanna-style, that something good will happen.
As regards the specifics of Feast of Fools, Clare is pretty much the same geek, lusting after Shane (who nobly turns her down) and falling out with college-girl Monica and her gang as usual. Her life is complicated by the fact that her parents have moved into Morganville and thus get dragged into the vampires plots. Michael, killed by Shane's dad, is now a vampire and there are some good scenes where he is trying to deal with his need for blood which he is somewhat shamed by. Eve, the goth barista is still in love with Michael but her psycho brother Jason (the one that stabbed Shane nearly to death) has a bigger role. Actually Jason is one of the most credible characters as is the mad vampire Myrnin, locked up in a basement so he doesn't slaughter Clare, while they work on dealing with the vampire disease that is killing all the Morganville Vampires through the bars. Amelie, former top dog of Morganville is now threatened by the arrival of her father, Bishop, plus his 2 vamp cronies (one of whom takes a shine to Shane) which actually serves to make Amelie more interesting, as she is vulnerable for the first time.
Where this series is going I have no idea - will the vampire disease be cured? Will the humans get to leave Morganville? I enjoy this series but there needs to be some light to contrast with the dark, or it just gets too same-y with all the gloom and doom. And did I mention that there is yet another cliffhanger at the end that leaves Shane as bait for Bishop?

Sweet and Deadly
Sweet and Deadly
by Charlaine Harris
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and quite good, 13 Mar 2008
Having read anbother review of this book I was somewhat ambivalent about reading it, but I enjoy Charlaine Harris' Sookie novels so I was prepared to give it a go. I found the style worked for this novel, creating the atmosphere of the humid deep South. Similarly I found the characters credible and the story well written. Yes, it isn't as good as the Southern Vampire series but I found it as slow going and similar in style to the first Harper Connelly mystery.
Obviously a re-publication - the references to using typewriters seemed positively archaic and led me to check that the book was written as late as 1981! However, mammons lure aside, I think that it is worthy of a reprint.

Darkling (Sisters of the Moon 3)
Darkling (Sisters of the Moon 3)
by Yasmine Galenorn
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 6.63

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great return to quality urban fantasy, 31 Jan 2008
The D'Artigo sisters, Camille, Delilah and Menoly, are half-human, half-Faerie operatives for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency and each have a book in this series. This one involes disappering humans turning up as newly born vampires and is thus Menolly's (an acrobat turned vampire) story. The Delilah book (Changeling) was weak after a strong start in the Camille story (Witchling). This is much better and possibly the best of all 3.
The idea of Menolly dealing with fears and going out to confront her sadist sire Dredge for turning humans into vampires felt very real in terms of the emotional impact. I see Menolly as the most 'outside' of the 3 sisters - the others are born with their powers, Menolly's have been forced upon her, and this is a satisfying book in terms of the way that Menolly starts to move forward, creating new, intimate relationships as well as looking at her existing family ones.
I also enjoy that these stories don't hesitate to deal with differing sexualities - one sister is in a relationship with a human, one in a relationship with 2 different men (and a dragon!) and one with women and men.
I look forward to No 4 in the series.

Beg for Mercy
Beg for Mercy
by Toni Andrews
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good as I'd hoped, 31 Jan 2008
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This book received great reviews on Amazon but I am somewhat disappointed. It almost reads like a 'cozy' regarding the painting of location and locals (which is not a recommendation in my book) rather than an urban fantasy. Having given a list of rules on not abusing her power, Mercy then spends the rest of the book breaking them. Her 'press' - ability to make people do things she wants is just too much and I found the idea of someone setting up as a hypnotherapist with that amount of power somewhat disturbing.
I would hesitate before parting with money for the second book.

Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel
Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel
by Jeaniene Frost
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new paranormal series, 2 Jan 2008
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I am surprised at the negative reviews this book has received. Rather than be annoyed at Bones' English accent I saw this as the route that Spike and Buffy might have taken had things been different...
Bones I liked, Cat I found somewhat annoying and niave - why make her 22 when she appears much younger - perhaps so that she can go into bars legitimately? However, this does mean that she can go on a personal journey throughout the book
I enjoyed the humour of the book including Timmy the neighbour and the slut talk lessons. The developing romance between Bones and Cat was also believable in my opinion.
In fact other than Cat's mother, who has a fairly tedious one-track mind, the only irritant was the convicts being sent to South Wales - it's New South Wales in Australia not Cardiff!

Blood Lines (Berkley Sensation)
Blood Lines (Berkley Sensation)
by Eileen Wilks
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 4.66

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great developments and consolidation of this series, 22 Oct 2007
This is a series that is getting stronger as it progresses, not least becuase it is allowing the minor characters to come to the forefront and tell their own tales. Although lupi Rule and his mate, FBI agent and sensitive, Lily Yu are still a major part of the story it is Cynna and Cullen, both outcast from their respective societies who are the real focus of this novel.
Underlying the characters is an increasingly strong plot arc, involving seeking the Codex or book of all magic. This has also picked up on a short story of EW's, so at some point we will see how it all weaves together.
However, for me it is the family dynamcis that bind these stories together - complex and different relationships with parents and children, responsibilities given and accepted, and after all, what could be more cool than a grandmother who could turn into a tiger?

Michael Tolliver Lives
Michael Tolliver Lives
by Armistead Maupin
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A complete downer even if you were taking Viagra, 23 Aug 2007
This review is from: Michael Tolliver Lives (Hardcover)
Well, I am with the people who bitterly regret that Armistead Maupin put pen to paper to continue with the lives of the former residents of Barbary Lane.
It feels too much like AM's life story rather than the characters he developed so well all those years ago. Focused on Michael only it just didn't make the grade. There seemed to be a desperate attempt to ensure that we knew what had happened to all the earlier characters we knew and loved - Mona, Mary-Ann, Brian, Shona, Mrs M etc. but they were all so two-dimensional. Right now as I write this I can't even remember the name of Michael's husband, he made so little impact (in fact the on-going Viagra use had more of an impact.)
The 2 Stars are for the Florida family who actaully did seem real - Michael's brother, sister-in-law and nephew.
I have heard that AM has another one in the pipeline - please don't write it.
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Match Point [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Match Point [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Scarlett Johansson
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Price: 2.17

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely appalling drivel - don't waste your time, 19 July 2007
I am pleased to see that I am not alone in thinking this was a terrible film. The only good thing was to see Queen's Tennis Club. Every single character was a stereotype - the posh family and the ones from the wrong side of the track. It was set in London - so let's show a shot of a London icon in every scene to force the point home. A total lack of subtlety all round.
The only saving grace was the quality of acting from Ann Wilton and Brian Cox. The end was abominable - it was surely supposed to be a depiction of British life - we don't resolve affairs with sawn-off shotguns in the UK and Woody Allen has very strange ideas if he thinks this represents any kind of reality! It lasted 119 minutes and I had had enough after about 20 minutes.

Exit Strategy: Number 1 in series (Nadia Stafford)
Exit Strategy: Number 1 in series (Nadia Stafford)
by Kelley Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing..., 14 July 2007
Like others I am sure, I rushed to buy a new Kelly Armstrong novel the week it came out. I wished I hadn't rushed now. I didn't find the characters fleshed out and I think it is taking the easy route to do that in later books - the book must stand alone.
There was something curiously insubstantial about all the characters, including the killer, whose motivation remained confusing. In fact Evelyn, who was pretty unlikeable was the most vibrant character.
Another reviewer said that they looked forward to the next one in this series. I would hesitate before buying it. The question is posed - can you warm to a hitwoman? And my answer is; not yet. Nadia isn't drawing me in - she just seems a bit flakey. I also found that the characters didn't stay in mind - I read the book over a week and found that I had to refer back several times - something I very rarely do. I think that perhaps it could have been edited a touch more.
I have given 3 stars as the book is well written and I am still Pollyanna-type hopeful - I still buy LKH and she is a disaster these days...
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