Several things happen at my house when I have a Mercy Thompson novel
to read; dogs are taken out to do their business, the husband is
shunned to the basement for video games, I shower and get into
pajamas. Then it’s time to read undisturbed for as long as
possible. Either it’s read in one sitting or two, this time it was
two because I read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer.
We enter on a fun pack video game night, Mercy’s game character has
died so it’s time to bake some cookies. But alas, some of the most
important ingredients are missing so she has to run up to the store.
That’s when she’s abruptly kidnapped and carted off half way
across the world by one of the world’s most dangerous players. Her
bond to the pack has been cut off and she’s one her own with no one
to back her up. She has no money and doesn’t speak the languages
The kidnapper is not being honest about why he took her and she’s
been taught by Charles to escape at the first chance you have, so she
uses her coyote wiles and does just that. She’s racing across
Europe evading capture and searching for allies while Adam and
friends race to meet this mysterious man and negotiate her release,
not knowing that she’s already escaped his clutches.
Adam is barely keeping his wolf under control while he attempts to
play nice with the monster that took his wife. Luckily, he’s
brought along people that can help him be diplomatic when it’s the
last thing on his mind. It’s going to take three werewolves, two
vampires, and two goblins for cooler heads to prevail and rescue
their favorite troublesome coyote.
In this case, besides the usual things I love about the series, I
very much enjoyed the historical research and mythology of the Czech
Republic. It’s not a history I’m familiar with so I really liked
learning something new intertwined with everything else I enjoy about
this world Briggs created.
“You call me Krass as an insult and yet you forget what that
means to me. Our mothers don’t push when we’re ready to meet the
world. We have to claw our way out, so we’re born fighting.”
There is supposed to be peace in death. Not in the city of Araxes.
Your death is only beginning when you die here. Souls are bound and
forced into indenturement, the pretty word for slavery. Living in
such a city is cut throat, you either rise to power or die and make
someone else more powerful, because in this city, the more shades you
own, the more powerful you become. Thus, murder is a rampant way of
life. There is money to be made in the selling of ghosts and there
are rules about such things, but the whole city pretty much just
flips a big middle finger to that.
Caltro Basalt arrives to the city in hopes of a lucrative lock
picking job and is promptly murdered just minutes after stepping off
the boat. However, Caltro won’t go quietly into servitude. He’ll
bide his time and plot his freedom and revenge.
Nilith travels the desert, dragging her husband’s corpse to the
city in order to bind him. Not out of love. His ghosts dogs her
footsteps, bitching every step of the way.
Sisine is the Emperor’s daughter. The emperor has sealed himself
away in the room he calls The Sanctuary as he doesn’t trust anyone
not to kill him. Which is a valid worry as Sisine is desperately
seeking more power and the seat he sits on.
I choose this book randomly while in a funk. I strayed from my TBR
list and browsed ebooks, finally settling on this. I hadn’t heard
much about it, there are pretty of glowing reviews, and I just wanted
something I wasn’t expecting much from. I loved the concept and
enjoyed my reading while never really falling in love with it. The
ending isn’t exactly a cliffhanger so there are plenty of
unanswered questions and much more to the story. Maybe one day I’ll
pick up the next book and find out but currently, I’m not rushing
to get it. I still think it’s a promising series.
A saga that has fascinated people since the late-1840s.
Author Daniel James Brown does a fantastic job of weaving the tale of
the doomed emigrant party that we’ve all heard of at some point in
our lives. The tale of a group of early Americans, who with big
dreams, traveled the wrong path to glorious California and became
stuck in the Sierra Nevada mountains as winter hit. Eventually,
almost all of them, would have to eat their fallen friends in order
Brown not only brings light to the every day trials they faced before
becoming entangled in Mother Nature’s snare but also highlights the
science behind the way people behave in horrific situations, and how
the human body handles things like starvation and hypothermia. He
paints a brilliant picture of life during this time period before
tragedy struck and how the survivors tried to rebuild their lives
This has been so thoroughly researched that you’re bound to hear
some new tidbits to an old story. The narrative doesn’t shy away
from difficult subjects. For instance, one mother boiled ox hide
until it became a gelatinous goo to feed her children. Not much for
flavor but apparently nutritious. Some members of the camp would boil
and re-boil ox bones until they were soft and chewy.
While it is a bleak tale, it is also one of the stubbornness of the
human spirit and the adamant will to live.
But, I also wonder why they didn’t start eating the flesh of dead
people sooner. I can only imagine the mind set one must get to before
they can actually consume human flesh, but there were a few bodies
that weren’t touched at all in the beginning even though they had
already run out of meat. It feels as though perhaps, a few more
people could have survived if they had come to terms with their
impending cannibalism sooner.
A Friday night well spent. (Yeah, I party hard. Who’s asking?)
Nineteen years after the ending of the original Harry Potter series,
we’re thrust back in with our favorite characters, all still
friends, all struggling at being parents. A new, or perhaps not so
new, darkness is rising and this time, the new kids on the block are
the ones fighting it. (Dating myself with that reference.)
I’ve never read a play before that wasn’t Shakespeare. (I’m cultured now.) For most of the story, I forgot that I was reading a play and not one of my favored books. Despite lacking the usual detail of a novel, I was thoroughly enjoying myself. I liked seeing Ron, Hermione, Harry and Ginny as parents and seeing how their children turned out. I have to say that I’m more than a bit disappointed in Rose Granger-Weasley, bit of a twat that one.
I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest
Uncanny Collateral is a solid edition to a promising new Urban
fantasy series that skips out on all the mundane details to bring you
fast-paced action and entertaining characters.
I have already been seeing a lot of comparisons of this with the
Dresden Files and I think that happens almost by default just because
it’s urban fantasy and the main character is male instead of
female. There may be some very small similarities but the glaring one
is that this one contains a lead that is lacking that highly annoying
‘white knight syndrome’ that plagues the other series. That alone
makes this story feel like a giant sigh of relief.
When someone sells their soul, a bargain is struck. Fame for your
soul. Money for your soul. Love for your soul. Whatever the bargain,
eventually you have to pay your part of the deal. Sometimes people
try to weasel their way out of the deal and that’s where Alek comes
in. He’s a reaper. He collects souls. He’s half troll, half human
and a slave to a collection agency that bought him at birth. His only
friend is the djinn trapped in the ring on his finger and his current
case has Death himself as his client. Someone is stealing souls from
Death, an imp war is brewing and somehow Alek finds himself in the
middle of both.
I was pleasantly surprised by just how into this I was right from the
beginning. Alek is an engaging character, in a well-built urban
fantasy world that is action packed with an original story line. I
could have easily sat and read this all in one sitting if it wasn’t
for things like work and sleep getting in the way.
It seems pointless to even try to NOT compare the comic to the Netflix series because it’s the hot new thing. But honestly, you should just read the comic AND watch the show. They are both different but obviously have enough in common for one to come from the other. Both are enjoyable in their own ways as well.
I actually thought the comic was a little darker than the show. I have zero issues with that because I love dark things. But, I did not feel the connection to the characters like I do in the show. (Granted, the show has a lot more time to develop and explore such things.) I did like that Salem had a bigger part in this, the show should take note of that for it’s next season.
So all in all……Praise the Dark Lord and read this fucking comic.
Keeping the World of Warcraft theme from the first review going here.
Brune = shaman
Cura = warlock
Freecloud = paladin
Rose = warrior
Tam = hunter (minus the pet. Pretty much just the bow thing.)
What can I say but that I bloody love Bloody fucking Rose. Her and
all the characters surrounding her. Tam Hashford was an excellent
main character and I’m a sucker for a story from the bard’s point
Newly appointed bard, Tam Hashford has barely ever left the town she
was born in to her ex-mercenary parents. They were legends once but
now Tam’s father refuses to let her do anything dangerous after her
mother’s death, or anything much at all besides work. He doesn’t
really even want to her to work at the tavern, but she makes good
money so he grumbles to himself about it. What he doesn’t know is
that the tavern and all the characters in it, her coworkers and all
the mercenaries traveling through, are only inspiring her to go on
her own grand adventure. With the unwanted help of her drunk,
mercenary uncle, she unexpectedly becomes the new bard for the
legendary band Fable.
There is another Horde forming, threatening to take out humanity and
every band is heading in that direction to fight. Except Fable.
They’ve got a contract somewhere else and a tour to finish and
everyone is pissed that Bloody Rose isn’t going to fight for the
good cause. Tam’s the new kid so she’s pretty much just along for
the ride, there to witness anything legendary they might do and sing
to the world about it later.
But sitting on the sidelines isn’t really Tam’s style. Sure,
she’s happy to follow in her bard mother’s footsteps, but she’s
half mercenary too. Where there is adventure, there are risks and
risks lead to epic stories. This is Tam’s.
Eames impressed me with his first set of characters in KotW. I loved
them all and they’ll never leave me, but the same goes with this
new set. He’s just that good at creating characters. He’s good at
everything really. Creature creations, descriptions, world building,
epic writing, goofy references. The icing on the cake, appearances by
some familiar faces.
Fantasy and sci-fi are my bread and butter of reading BUT I do enjoy a good non-fiction book now and again. Quite frankly, I’m very picky about them so I thought I’d share some that have made my TBR list. I haven’t read any of them yet so don’t come yelling at me if you don’t end up liking them. 😉
Journalist Rachel Nuwer plunges the reader into the underground of global wildlife trafficking, a topic she has been investigating for nearly a decade. Our insatiable demand for animals–for jewelry, pets, medicine, meat, trophies, and fur–is driving a worldwide poaching epidemic, threatening the continued existence of countless species. Illegal wildlife trade now ranks among the largest contraband industries in the world, yet compared to drug, arms, or human trafficking, the wildlife crisis has received scant attention and support, leaving it up to passionate individuals fighting on the ground to try to ensure that elephants, tigers, rhinos, and more are still around for future generations.
Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.
On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia’s brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade.
Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.
Today, Nadia’s story–as a witness to the Islamic State’s brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi–has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.
Dear Mr. Manson…
It started with a college course assignment, then escalated into a dangerous obsession. Eighteen-year-old honor student Jason Moss wrote to men whose body counts had made criminal history: men named Dahmer, Manson, Ramirez, and Gacy.
Dear Mr. Dahmer…
Posing as their ideal victim, Jason seduced them with his words. One by one they wrote him back, showering him with their madness and violent fantasies. Then the game spun out of control. John Wayne Gacy revealed all to Jason — and invited his pen pal to visit him in prison…
Dear Mr. Gacy… It was an offer Jason couldn’t turn down. Even if it made him…
The book that has riveted the attention of the national media, this may be the most revealing look at serial killers ever recorded and the most illuminating study of the dark places of the human mind ever attempted
In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. Fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA.
Over the course of five centuries—from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials—our love of the fantastichas made America exceptional in a way that we’ve never fully acknowledged. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies—every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails.
From Waco to Heaven’s Gate, the past decade has seen its share of cult tragedies. But none has been quite so dramatic or compelling as the Jonestown massacre of 1978, in which the Reverend Jim Jones and 913 of his disciples perished. Deborah Layton had been a member of the Peoples Temple for seven years when she departed for Jonestown, Guyana, the promised land nestled deep in the South American jungle. When she arrived, however, Layton saw that something was seriously wrong. Jones constantly spoke of a revolutionary mass suicide, and Layton knew only too well that he had enough control over the minds of the Jonestown residents to carry it out. But her pleas for help–and her sworn affidavit to the U.S. government–fell on skeptical ears. In this very personal account, Layton opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how anyone can fall under their spell. Seductive Poison is both an unflinching historical document and a riveting story of intrigue, power, and murder.
If you could only recommend ONE non-fiction book, what would it be??
When the first decent snow hit, it was time to pick this up.
Something about reading it while it snows just adds another level of
whimsy to the tale.
After the events of the first book, Vasya has decided to travel the
world on Solovey. The Winter King doesn’t think this is a good idea
as bad things happen to maidens who travel the big, scary world
alone. But, Vasya won’t be deterred. There is nothing left in her
village for her after the rumors spread that she is a witch. So she
dons men’s clothing, packs up Solovey who doesn’t approve of
saddles and turns her eye to the great, wide world.
Someone out there is burning villages and stealing away the
girl-children, people cower in fear and the noblemen can find no
trace of the bandits. Vasya and Solovey stumble across the bandit
camp while running from some pursuers who tried to catch Vasya, with
three girls still in their custody. They hatch a rescue plan and
steal the girls back but they’re almost caught by the leader. They
run until they reach sanctuary where unbeknownst to Vasya, her
brother Sasha is hunting the bandits with the Grand Prince of Moscow.
With new allies at her back and her brother keeping her gender a
secret, they track down the bandit camp and take their revenge. Blood
spilled together cements relationships and Vasya is invited back to
Moscow with the prince and his men. Here, the tale becomes more
treacherous, Vasya has the prince’s ear but there are many men
jealous of this and hiding her deceit becomes more difficult
everyday. Her sister, now a princess, plans to marry her off as soon
as people forget about her ‘handsome younger brother.’ Tied down
in marriage, popping out babies has never been in the cards for Vasya
but very soon, the choice may be taken away from her.
Better than the first, Vasya is becoming a headstrong woman, more
confident in herself everyday. Who doesn’t enjoy a good story of a
maiden disguised as a man, exploring a world they never thought they
would see and out cunning criminals along the way with the help of
old, forgotten gods?
How do you take a dark, post apocalyptic world and manage to make it boring for ¾ of the book? Well, you write paragraphs upon paragraphs about scavenging houses and simply existing for long periods of time. I get that this helps create an atmosphere of loneliness and creeping madness, but if we’re going that route you have to at least give me a mildly entertaining main character to follow and our frequently name changing midwife is not that character.
A plague wipes out a majority of humanity, the most affected were women and children. Women are a rare commodity so of course, when captured by the remaining men, are used as sex slaves. If they survive all that, they most likely will die in child birth and the infants die 100% of the time. Our lone ranger nurse, not only tries to survive, but tries to spread birth control to any women she encounters. These are her two goals while wandering around aimlessly.
The premise itself has merit but the execution was just underwhelming. I skipped large swaths of the text, mainly anything that didn’t have dialogue. Anything else was just talk of scavenging or diary entries that were somehow just as boring. If you manage to hang in there, the last ¼ of the book is rather good when a larger group of people are entered into the plot. Their various stories of survival and the years after brought some flavor back to the world.
You could very easily read this as a stand alone novel or if you’re masochistic, you could carry on with the series.