Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser this week is from Joyland (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen King

 " If they did, they thought it was just part of the show. But probably the body went unnoticed. Remember, Horror House is a dark ride. The only one in Joyland, as it happens." 

Monday, July 29, 2013

(41) The Affliction (Anita Blake)

Title: Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Publisher: Berkely Hardcover
576 pages
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.

Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.

Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”

Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…

Where will it stop?

Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.

Review: There were times when I seriously considered giving up on this series but I can't seem to drag myself away from the gorgeous men, and crazy life of Anita Blake. While the sex scenes are still plenty and graphic they aren't the main focus of the story anymore.

Zombies are something Anita knows all about but she has never seen Zombies like this.  Flesh eaters that cause their victims to rot from the inside out.  The only time Anita has seen something like this was before she killed the Vampire The Lover of Death.

Cops are not always Anita's biggest fans.  They are scared of her, confused by her, and jealous of her.  The male cops don't like that she is just as tough or tougher than they are, the female cops are jealous of her beauty, and skill, not to mention the dozens of beautiful men who surround her and keep her warm at night.

The last two Anita books have not disappointed.  There was actual story and plot associated with these.  And while I would have liked to hear more about Anita's struggle and fear over her own power I also understand the story needed her to "get over it" and move forward.  There were a lot of really good pieces to this story, and we get some back story on Micah which was interesting. All in all a good read, its always fun to revisit with old friends.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

(40) The Returned

Title: The Returned by Jason Mott
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
352 pages
Genre: fiction

I received an advanced e-copy of this book via netgalley.com. It is set to be published August 27, 2013.

Synopsis:  All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. 

As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

Review: This is not about zombies, or faeries, or anything like that, its just a what if.  What if your loved one came back from the grave years after.  Would you accept them back? Would you shun them? Do you consider them human, or something else? These are the complex questions explored in this novel.  Of course fear of the unknown always leads down dark and scary paths when it comes to governments and questions of what to do when the dead return to the living.  Is it right to hold people that we consider lesser hostage? Didn't we already learn these lessons? Apparently not.  Jason Mott's novel leaves questions unanswered and gives you some to think about.  Do you stand up when you see injustice or do you hide behind fear and anger? What can one person do to change things? Definitely food for thought and a book that will stick with me for a while.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

(39) Doc

Title: Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell
Publisher: Ballantine Books
432 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: Born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday arrives on the Texas frontier hoping that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Soon, with few job prospects, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally with his partner, M├íria Katarina Harony, a high-strung, classically educated Hungarian whore. In search of high-stakes poker, the couple hits the saloons of Dodge City. And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and a fearless lawman named Wyatt Earp begins— before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology—when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.

Review: All I've ever known about Doc Holliday is what the movies or folklore has repeated, just a small blip in the life of a man.  Mary Doria Russell dives deeper to let us know more about who this person who is forever linked to Wyatt Earp really is.

 Mary Doria Russell has done exhaustive research on Doc's early life before the OK Corral. Who knew that Doc Holliday was actually a dentist? You can feel the grit in the air, and the dirt on your boots as you read through this novel.  If you are looking for some fast paced excitement this isn't it.  This is more about the characters that you've heard about but didn't really know.  Mary Doria Russell is known for her vivid descriptions and characters and she delivers once again.  Well worth the read.
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