Back in 2008, I heard Charlaine Harris was writing rural fantasy (as opposed to urban fantasy – set in the backwoods of Louisiana). She writes in a similar vein to Laurell K. Hamilton (who is a favorite) so I picked up the book when I saw it.
Genre: rural fantasy
Length: 312 pages
Setting: rural Louisiana, present day to the writing
Summary: Short version: Sookie starts a relationship with a vampire and foils a murderer Continue reading
Recently, I recorded some book reviews of Huff’s work (the Blood series) and was reminded how much I enjoyed her writing. When I looked her name up in the library catalog, this was the first book in a series that I would be able to read.
Length: 410 pages
Setting: a medieval-technology world
Summary: Short version: Annice clears Pjerin of a charge of treason, while pregnant Continue reading
This is the second book in the Tales of the Otori series. It took me a few years to read the second one after having picked up the first one (which is why I haven’t reviewed that book). The interesting thing is Miss Adventure just picked the first book (Across the Nightingale Floor) from the library to read.
Genre: historical fantasy
Length: 292 pages
Setting: Japan, mid-1800s as it opened to Westerners
Summary: Short version: Takeo and Kaede are training and growing up Continue reading
I saw this book at the library and picked it up for Mr. Curiosity and myself to read. It’s the first book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I’ve heard good things about the series, including the fact that Jemisin won three Hugos in a row for each of the books in the series (a first!).
Genre: science fiction
Length: 449 pages of text, 468 pages total
Setting: various locations in the Stillness, which I think is a far future Earth
Summary: Short version: Can I just say, “OMG read this book now!!”? No? Then how about: The world only thinks orogenes are controlled. Continue reading
This was a free Tor ebook I put on my Kindle and read on vacation. I needed something other than Discworld book. This had a high potential for quality, unlike the Baen books that make up so much of my Kindle library. It’s the first book in the Long Price Quartet.
Length: 331 pages
Setting: mostly the city-state of Saraykeht in a medieval technology world
Summary: Short version: Seedless’s plot to free himself involves the death of innocents Continue reading
This is our book club choice for August.
Genre: hard-boiled detective/mystery
Length: 436 pages
Setting: a big city (it felt like California, but I’m not sure it was explicitly stated), 1987
Summary: Short version: Ex-detective has to find the mass murder before he kills again Continue reading
It’s the seventh book in the Outlander series that I’m trying to finish this year. There’s only one left so I think I can do it. They’re all starting to blur together so I’m going to wait a bit so I’ll appreciate that book more.
Genre: historical fiction with time travel
Length: 1149 pages
Setting: 1778 America and Lallybroch, 1988 Lallybroch
Summary: Short version: The fighting starts to heat up and the Frasers are involved Continue reading