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Cat with Books & a Cover Flat

What particularly stands out here is that Manny was actually interested in the cover flat of Marta Acosta’s The Bride of Casa Dracula – he actually sniffed it. I hadn’t seen him that interested in my book stuff since Laurell K. Hamilton’s Blood Noir.

Anyway, he’s staying inside today because it’s rainy. May be hail later.

The 10 Books I Read in May

Jennifer Armintrout: Ashes to Ashes: “Plenty of vomit and severed digits to satisfy gore fans, witticisms to appease the humorous and alternate history for those not impressed with the real world.” Review Buy

Rachel Cohn: You Know Where to Find Me: “This is intense, emotional stuff, with characters I wish I’d had in my life…Thought-provoking, emotionally draining and forces (unintentionally or otherwise) readers to undertake personal reflection…Powerful and memorable in a way that very few novels are – put simply: a must-read.” Review Buy

Anya Bast: Witch Fire: “The author has some interesting ideas, and I look forward to learning more about the elements and what they do…The world-building is interesting enough that I’m already reading the sequel.” Review Buy

Anya Bast: Witch Blood: “A step up from its predecessor…Anya Bast is doing what all authors should be doing: improving with each novel. I’m really looking forward to reading The Chosen Sin, future Elemental Witches instalments and whatever else the author has in store for us.” Review Buy

Jennifer Rardin: Once Bitten, Twice Shy: “An urban fantasy featuring the CIA and a sense of humour…Quite interesting. Indeed, Chapter Twenty is memorable, so keep your eye out for that…Jennifer Rardin is an author to watch.” Review Buy

Jennifer Rardin: Another One Bites the Dust: “Ever experience blackouts, and regain consciousness to find yourself holding a gun to your own head? This makes for fascinating reading…” Review Buy

Jennifer Rardin: Biting the Bullet: “I have much respect for the author featuring some creatures not usually found in current fiction. Top marks for originality…” Review Buy

Laurell K. Hamilton: Blood Noir: “The relationships between Jason, Anita, the Schuylers and the Summerlands’ various guards and spin doctors is really quite interesting – sometimes it’s understandable why the author is a bestseller.” Review Buy

Kelley Armstrong: Personal Demon: “Gobsmacked me with its brilliance and sheer originality…It really justifies the author as my favourite.” Review Buy

Sydney Bauer: Gospel: A good read, but it felt too long.

Record Breaking

(Images taken from here and here respectively.)

Cover art for Suzanne McLeod‘s The Sweet Scent of Blood (11th September 2008). Buy

More pre-order links for A. J. Menden‘s Phenomenal Girl 5 (October 2008) are appearing: Amazon, Amazon CA, Amazon UK, Target and Chapters CA.

From J. A. Konrath: “Reviewers are people. Meet them. Be nice to them. Chances are they’ll remember you, and you’ll have a better shot at being reviewed than the thousands of authors they don’t know.” He’s right – the more you pay attention to me, the more likely I’ll pay attention to you. Fickle, I know, but that’s how I operate 😉

If you shorten Madison Square Garden’s name, it becomes MSG. This made me chuckle.

And thanks to everyone who visited my WordPress on Thursday 22nd May 2008 (aka yesterday). My highest amount of page views in a day set a new record: 169. For that I thank my review of Laurell K. Hamilton‘s Blood Noir, Jenna Maclaine‘s guest blog, and my review of Stephenie Meyer‘s The Host which consistently gets a lot of page visits every day.

[REVIEW] Blood Noir – Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton
Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Book 15)
Orbit (27th May 2008)
Buy

You can outline a story beforehand or write it by the seat of your pants. It’s clear the author wrote Blood Noir the latter way, and not just because I know the backstory. Like Micah, this was originally going to be a novella, until something more developed. And it shows. Not only that, but I would’ve really enjoyed this had it been a novella and not this.

Jason Schuyler has never got along with his father, who is now dying of cancer. But now he has to go home to Asheville and say goodbye. And he’s traumatised enough that he’s bringing Anita Blake with him.

The story gets a little Sweet Valley when it becomes evident that most of the town’s people look a lot like one another. (Visit the 1BRUCE1 LiveJournal community to learn that while Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are identical twins, they also look like their mother, their cousin, and the “evil twins” Margo and Nora. And Steven Wakefield keeps seeing females who look like his dead girlfriend Tricia Martin.) The eerie truth is that they all descend from resident man-whore Jebediah Summerland (who shares a surname with an axed TV series starring Lori Loughlin, Jesse McCartney and Ryan Kwanten – which pulled me out of the story to giggle every time the surname is mentioned). So there’s obviously been incest going on, though the I-word isn’t used.

The relationships between Jason, Anita, the Schuylers and the Summerlands’ various guards and spin doctors is really quite interesting – sometimes it’s understandable why the author is a bestseller. But as the plot with Marmee Noir unfolds, it becomes somewhat tedious when werewolf Ulfric Richard and his people show up.

Yet it brought up an intriguing situation when Anita learns that sex has consequences. But she only seems concerned with possible pregnancy, and doesn’t even think about sexually transmitted diseases. Are metaphysical creatures/people permanently clean? How did Anita get all those powers and the different animals to call? That all this wasn’t considered left me feeling somewhat stale.

Cat with Books

I woke Manny up from his nap for these, which could explain why he’s the most alert in the first one, and then got sleepy again. His reactions:

Laurell K. Hamilton’s Blood Noir: Worth a sniff.

Jeaniene Frost’s One Foot in the Grave: Cuddle up with on the couch.

Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave and One Foot in the Grave: Shouldn’t call your character Cat if she’s not actually a feline *grumpy face*

Having never read any of these books yet, I can’t confirm or deny the plausibility of ReviewerCat’s views.


What Your Taste in Music Says About You


Your musical tastes are energetic and rhythmic.

You are full of energy and can be quite talkative.

You are forward thinking and open minded.

You despise conservatism of any sort.

You are intense, detail oriented, and motivated.

You are an ambitious person, though your ambition is anything but conventional.

June 2008 Releases

Have you got your May shopping list sorted? (If not, check May 2008 Releases.) Good. Now to sort out June:

Jennifer Armintrout
All Souls’ Night (Blood Ties, Book 4)
MIRA (1st June 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

I have reached my breaking point. And now I will not, cannot be stopped. With the Soul Eater on the verge of god status, it’s time for me to take a final stand, even if it means losing everything I love. Even if it means losing my life. I’ve got plenty of power on my side, and some I didn’t know I could count on in the first place. But it’s nothing compared to the army of the undead the Soul Eater is building up. And time is running out. They say that good always triumphs over evil. I hope that’s true. Because the odds aren’t in our favor, and the fate of the world is in our hands.

Vicki Pettersson
The Scent of Shadows (Zodiac, Book 1)
HarperCollins (2nd June 2008 – UK Edition) – Paperback

When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert. By rights, she should be dead. Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset – a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow – seeking answers to whom or what she really is…and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure. But the nightmare is just beginning – for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful Shadows want her for their own…

Vicki Pettersson
The Taste of Night (Zodiac, Book 2)
HarperCollins (2nd June 2008 – UK Edition) – Paperback

Even mortal, Joanna Archer was nobody’s idea of a victim. But now, infused with the supernatural power to alter the battle between Shadow and Light forever, what she’s become is a target. And when a toxic virus invades the valley, her allies are targets are well. To find the cure that will save them, Joanna must embrace her Shadow side…even if it leads her into an all-out battle with the demons of her past.

Rachel Caine
Feast of Fools (Morganville Vampires, Book 4)
Penguin (3rd June 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though — especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville.

Patricia Briggs
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
Orbit (5th June 2008 – UK Edition) – Paperback

Mercedes Thompson runs a garage in the Tri-Cities. She’s a mechanic, and a damn good one, who spends her spare time karate training and tinkering with a VW bus that happens to belong to a vampire. Her next-door neighbour is an alpha werewolf – literally, the leader of the pack. And Mercy herself is a shapeshifter, sister to coyotes. As such, she’s tolerated by the ‘wolves but definitely down the pecking order. As long as she keeps her eyes down and remembers her place, the pack will leave her in peace. Hardly a normal situation, but then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself…and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.

Laurell K. Hamilton
Blood Noir (Anita Blake, Book 16)
Orbit (5th June 2008 – UK Edition) – Hardcover

Jason is a werewolf. He’s also one of Anita Blake’s best friends and sometimes her lover. And right now he needs her – not to be a vampire hunter, or a federal marshal, or a necromancer, but because his father is dying. Anita can make him look like an everyday guy, helping him say good-bye to the abusive father he never loved. The fact that Jason is not ‘everyday’ and Anita is far from being just a pretty woman is something they figure they can keep under wraps for a couple of days in a small town. How hard can that be? Really, by now, Anita Blake should know better. And this is the weekend that Marmee Noir, ancient mother of all vampires, picks to make a move. Somehow she has cut the connection that binds Anita and vampire Master of the City Jean-Claude, leaving them vulnerable. Dangerous even as she sleeps, buried in darkness for a thousand years beneath the old country of Europe, Marmee Noir reaches out toward power – she has attacked Anita before, but never like this. Anita has what she wants – and now she’s going to take it. Review

Marta Acosta
Midnight Brunch at Casa Dracula (Casa Dracula, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (24th June 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

Hip, funny Milagro de los Santos thinks she’s finally found love and a home at the California ranch of fabulous Oswald Grant and his urbane relatives, who have a rare genetic disorder that some call vampirism. But Milagro is bewildered when she’s excluded from an ancient and mysterious midnight ceremony whose participants include Oswald’s unfriendly parents, a creepy family elder, and Milagro’s ex-lover, the powerful and decadent Ian Ducharme. What skeletons are the vampires keeping in their designer closets? When Milagro’s life is threatened by a rogue family member, she flees to the desert to hide. Instead of solitude, she encounters an egomaniacal actor, a partying heiress, a sly tabloid reporter, and a lavish spa full of dark secrets – all of which might help her find a way home.

Kim Harrison (ed.)
Hotter Than Hell
HarperCollins (24th June 2008) – Mass Market Paperback

Beyond the boundaries of the everyday is an unseen realm where anything you imagine is possible. Your demon lover is waiting for you in the shadows, ready to fulfill your secret wishes and most dangerous fantasies. Here passion has a face and form both titillating and terrifying—and love has teeth and claws. Get ready to give in to your craving for something exquisitely dark…and different. Hotter Than Hell gathers together a baker’s dozen of today’s boldest and best authors of supernatural fiction and paranormal romance in a breathtaking anthology that blends black magic with red-hot desire. From the tantalizing tale of a conflicted psychic vampire driven by a powerful, savage love to the strange saga of a Greek warrior woman battling to save the world, these are stories outside the limits, as hypnotic as the full moon…and hotter than the sun.

Marjorie M. Liu
The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss, Book 1)
Penguin (24th June 2008) – Paperback

Demon hunter Maxine Kiss wears her armor as tattoos, which unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night. They stand between her and her enemies, just as Maxine stands between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment — and one man — changes everything.