Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Soul Mirror (Collegia Magica #2) by Carol Berg

The Soul Mirror (Collegia Magica, #2)The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Carol Berg kept me up all night reading her all-too engrossing book! I love the intrigue and the setting of this series, and I have always liked the main character since she first appeared near the end of book one. There is   twisted deviousness and devious twists, betrayal, redemption and love in this story of magic and blood.

Looking forward very much to the next book, which I am guessing will feature my favorite chevalier and one wronged and bitter brother.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

In for a Penny by Rose Lerner

In for a PennyIn for a Penny by Rose Lerner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this! A lot of Georgette Heyer, a bit of Austen, actual danger, and a bit of of modern regency romance, and altogether a lovely feel-good story.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

The Lost Gate (Mithermages)The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the overall story, mainly the Danny chapters. The worldbuilding is interesting. In the Danny chapters there is a reuse of tropes seen in Enchantment which was an enjoyable read. It starts out with me, as a reader, worried that the story would devolve into Lord of the Flies, but  Card manages to spin it in a  hopeful direction.

The Wad chapters remind me of Hart's Hope which is a repulsive book, imo, and probably for that reason, I found those chapters repellant.

I think Card is talented at telling stories that center on children's innocent amorality, but he really stinks when he tries to go into archetypes, so I am a bit worried about the sequel. But on it's own, I liked this book.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Truthseeker promo at Bitten By Books!

C.E. Murphy interview and a chance to win cool prizes!
I am really excited about her new series; almost as excited as I am to read the next book in The Walker Papers.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Knitted polka-dot messenger bag

My first knitted bag! A learning experience for me. The crocheted dots are my 8yo's request.
Posted it on my ravelry projects here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Demon Hunts by C.E. Murphy

Demon Hunts (Walker Papers, #5)Demon Hunts by C.E. Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked reading a snowy, cold mystery in the middle of a record-breaking heat-wave. Joanne displays a lot of maturity and is even more likable in this one. And let's hear it for awesome septuagenarians! Can't say too much without being spoilery, but we get to meet some interesting characters face-to-face.

minor spoilage
Team M vs. Team C ?

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cold Magic by Kate Elliott

Cold Magic (The Spiritwalker Trilogy) Cold Magic by Kate Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ever think about the good press the Romans STILL get, even today? That was the offhand comment that so luckily got me a chance to read an advanced copy of Kate Elliott's fantastic new novel, Cold Magic.

It's 1837 England in an ice-locked world where the Romans were battled to a standstill by the Phoenicians, and over time Europe had dissolved into small principalities. The real power resides in the Cold Mages, the magically gifted descendants of West African refugees and Celtic druids. But the Industrial Revolution is at hand, emphasis on "Revolution."

Catherine and Beatrice, or Cat and Bee, as they call each other, are devoted and inseparable cousins. They are genteel, if somewhat impoverished, young Phoenician ladies attending academy lectures on aerostatics on the all-girls balcony while teasing each other about the cute guy in the main hall. They keep secrets, but never from each other, and they can face anything together. Until Cat is suddenly taken away and finds herself first a prisoner, then a fugitive, in a terrible race to save herself and Bee from factions that are using them as battle pieces in an ugly conflict about to spark.

I love this book. It's about magic, romance, friendship, family, and loyalty, and history turned on it's head. It's about "Lies The Romans Told" and the Napoleon that might have been. I stayed up until 1 am to find out what happens, and now I am going back over alt-history details and looking them up on the web. And checking the map on the front against modern maps thinking "why is it named that ... oh, clever!" It's a great story set in a rich, fascinating world and I hope everyone gets a chance to read it when it hits the bookstore shelves in September.

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