Quick Takes #2

Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Deadly Pink, Past Perfect, Corbenic, City of Bones & City of Ashes, The Freedom Maze, Cinder, Thumped, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

I’m going to write some quicker-than-normal reviews regarding several books.  Some of these are shorter than my normal book, some of these I might just not have as much to say about, and…I might just have way too many books in my read-but-not-yet-reviewed queue. Continue reading

Please Don’t Ever Choose Me, Kushiel

Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey

First Look:

It’s consistent with the others, except for the irking fact that her tattoo keeps changing location and size.  And the second book is the only one where it’s exactly right.  I find it annoying when something is thoroughly described multiple times, and they still depict it wrongly on the cover.  But other than that, it’s fine.  I don’t love the cover style, but I don’t hate it, either.

Jacket Copy:

The land of Terre d’Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. It’s inhabited by the race that rose from the seed of angels, and they live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay was sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by a nobleman who recognized that she was pricked by Kushiel’s dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Phèdre’s path has been strange and dangerous. She has lain with princes and pirate kings, battled a wicked temptress, and saved two nations. Through it all, the devoted swordsman Joscelin has been at her side, following the central precept of the angel Cassiel: Protect and serve.

But Phèdre’s plans will put his pledge to the test, for she has never forgotten her childhood friend Hyacinthe. She has spent ten long years searching for the key to free him from his eternal indenture to the Master of Straights, a bargain with the gods to save Phèdre and a nation. The search will take Phèdre and Joscelin across the world and down a fabled river to a forgotten land. . . and to a power so intense and mysterious, none dare speak its name. Continue reading

Only Serious Trekkies Need Apply

Redshirts by John Scalzi

First Look:

Bright, eye-catching, clear Star Trek connotations (without violating copyright).  I like it!

Jacket Copy:

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expended on avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives. Continue reading

Strange, But In a Good Way

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

First Look:

I like it. Classy and simple, with a twist (dragon scales instead of road).  There are other covers, none of which are nearly as good.

Jacket Copy:

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change for Kazam—and for Jennifer. Because something is coming. Something known as . . . Big Magic. Continue reading

Quick Takes #1

Golden, Gallagher Girls #1 & #2, The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, and a Very Strange Adventure, and The Shadow Cats

I’m going to write some quicker-than-normal reviews regarding several books.  Some of these are shorter than my normal book, some of these I might just not have as much to say about, and…I might just have way too many books in my read-but-not-yet-reviewed queue. Continue reading