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Dead Run (MIRA)
Dead Run (MIRA)
by Erica Spindler
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists, Turns & Tension, 5 Feb 2008
Now this is a true thriller! Flawed (which means realistic) characters, religion, teens up to no good, corruption, pervy old men...Key West has it all. The twists, turns and tension are common features of an Erica Spindler novel, and this one keeps the trend. Thought-provoking, it kept me past midnight reading. Now's a good time to jump on the bandwagon if you haven't done so already. Simply a great book.


Smoke and Ashes
Smoke and Ashes
by Tanya Huff
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humour That's Actually Funny, 2 Feb 2008
This review is from: Smoke and Ashes (Hardcover)
I read so much stuff set in the U.S. that reading something set elsewhere almost feels rare. Thanks to this author, I have Canada to read about...and in this case, Vancouver. It's a hotspot for television filming where wizard Tony Foster works on the set of Darkest Night, about a vampire detective. And it just so happens that a stuntwoman's tummy is marked with runes to keep a mega-demon named Ryne Cyratane away. I think. Okay, I found the plot confusing, but the novel is nonetheless a good time, with humour that's actually funny (which is more than I can say for some of the authors I've had the misfortune of reading). I'd read the first book in this trilogy beforehand, but the second doesn't seem available in my neck of the woods. And I still haven't got my hands on the author's Vicki Nelson books yet. I demand more readily available Canadian fiction!


The Shanghai Union of Industrial Mystics
The Shanghai Union of Industrial Mystics
by Nury Vittachi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.76

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Social Commentary, 26 Jan 2008
Readers who've found Alexander McCall Smith's work too cutesy will be better off with this light novel with a social conscience. Feng shui master CF Wong and his Australian assistant Joyce McQuinnie have moved from Singapore to Shanghai...only their new office is blown up. Traffic jams are abundant, and a bomb is discovered inside a live elephant. However, sometimes the author's humour appears at inappropriate moments: a major murder scene (recalling Robert Muchamore's MAN V BEAST) should've been harrowing for the reader, but it wasn't. Still, the author makes up for it with social commentary, when an American character says, 'How come every goddamn nation on this planet counts in kilos and we count in pounds? What's wrong with them all?' Of course it would make more sense for Americans to join in counting kilos, but do you think they'd see it? Not Thomas 'Cobb' Dooley!


But Inside I'm Screaming
But Inside I'm Screaming
by Elizabeth Flock
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Draining, 24 Jan 2008
This novel took the author four years to write, and it's clearly understandable why: it's so harrowing. Broadcast journalist Isabel Murphy freezes on screen and after one too many suicide attempts checks herself into a psychiatric hospital. This is a disturbing read filled with memorable characters who are all too real, with heart-wrenching back stories. The road to mental wellness is so difficult with numerous setbacks, and Isabel does her best to struggle through. But perhaps the most powerful thing about this novel is that it makes the reader think about themselves, their own life, what breaks them down. As someone mentally ill, this novel really did get to me, articulating my feelings that I'd found indescribable. This novel gives a voice to those who can't find the right words. It's a real effort to keep reading this emotionally draining story, but it's worth it. Buy it for yourself and your loved ones. Share it with the world. And it may it help us all on the road to recovery.


Tooth and Claw
Tooth and Claw
by Gabrielle Lord
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic Mushrooms, 22 Jan 2008
This review is from: Tooth and Claw (Hardcover)
Though first published in 1983, this novel still holds up well. On an isolated farm, finances aren't looking good for Beth after her husband's death. Fearing she's being watched, Beth hunts for shelter elsewhere. But there are signs that someone's still on her property, so she returns to face the music, armed with a gun, her dog and a jar of magic mushrooms. Fans of Gwen Hunter's Shadow Valley should enjoy this Australian location with its strong protag.


A Lick of Frost (Meredith Gentry Novels)
A Lick of Frost (Meredith Gentry Novels)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Comes Late But Great, 20 Jan 2008
Well, this was astounding. I hadn't really connected with these books before, so this was a bit surprising. Three of Princess Meredith NicEssus's guards have been accused of raping someone from King Taranis's court, but this is thrown by the wayside when King Taranis brutally attacks Merry's people through a mirror. But that's not all: in a strange event that I didn't understand, Merry receives her most devastating blow yet, and even though it comes with good news she can't be merry. (What? Someone had to say it.) But King Taranis isn't done with Merry yet. Unfortunately, it takes a while to get to the good stuff: I was reading but not particularly immersed until circa page 200, so the bulk of the action happens in the last 75 pages. There were moments when I was pissed off with Merry: she used magic to get a human doctor to do her bidding. And talk of Merry's favourites seemed to be quite an issue. Quoth Merry: 'Wasn't I entitled to have favourites?' Yes, you are, but if you're still shagging your non-favourites you're leading them on, and that's not nice. Those points aside, this is by far my favourite of the Merry books.


The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires)
The Dead Girls' Dance (Morganville Vampires)
by Rachel Caine
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OMGWTFSVH, 16 Jan 2008
The copy is misleading: Claire Danvers and Eve Rosser didn't have dates for the Dead Girls' Dance (whose name is also misleading; it was just a fancy-dress boozer). The action starts on the first page: Claire and Eve believe one of their housemates has been murdered, but instead of being dead he's some kind of ghost. College town Morganville is basically run by vampires, a bitchy bunch of people who prove that power corrupts absolutely. But who are the evil ones: the vampires or those seeking them? It's all a bit confusing, but is nonetheless an interesting read. There are some scenes with college girls and guys being lame that I would've cut. We're simply told that Claire is an early-admissions genius, yet we don't get solid proof. Sure, she reads ahead in her texts and likes physics...but this is the same chick who drinks from an opened bottle offered to her by a stranger. You may be familiar with the phrase OMGWTFBBQ, but for me it was an OMGWTFSVH moment. (The <a href="[...]">1bruce1</a> LiveJournal community should educate you.) Drink-spiking! Attempted statutory rape! Dance at a frat house! This is not a bad thing, though, it made me smile. I'll be reading more from this author, and hoping for more OMGWTFSVH moments.


JUMBO
JUMBO
by Gabrielle Lord
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Believable Psychological Suspense, 13 Jan 2008
This review is from: JUMBO (Paperback)
This was first published in1986, but still has relevance today. Lisa Brand is a school leaver who's finding it impossible to land a job. She's tried everywhere and keeps getting knocked back, and when her father is laid off from his job, tensions are even higher in the household. With so much pain, suffering and horror in the world the only thing that brings Lisa any joy is caring for three children. They deserve to live somewhere better than this world, especially because their mother's new suitor doesn't like them. So Lisa decides to give the kids a good Christmas by the beach, but she hadn't counted on smart Brenny, a thinker who realises that something's terribly wrong with Lisa, and that it's up to Brenny to save him and his siblings. Even though Lisa is the antag, she is so utterly believable that you can't help but sympathise, and this is a sign of a very good writer. If you're looking for psychological suspense, here's one novel you can't go past.


Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
by Rachel Cohn
Edition: Library Binding

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep an Eye Out for Tris, 10 Jan 2008
I thought I was enjoying the book while I read it, but now I can't pinpoint what I liked about it. The downside, however, is that I sometimes wanted to yell at the characters 'Get over them, they're not worth it'. Keep an eye out for Tris, who's the most fascinating character.


Rain Is Not My Indian Name
Rain Is Not My Indian Name
by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.45

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Look at Race Relations, 8 Jan 2008
Even with the happy ending, this book was still too depressing for me. Was an interesting look at race relations, though.


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