Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thoughts Upon Finishing The Necromancer...


I have been waiting for this book 
for the longest time.  I love all of the other books in this series…love every character…Nicholas and Paranelle and Josh and Sophie and Scatty…Billy the Kidd and  Dr. John Dee and even Machiovelli…all of these characters make the books spellbinding. This latest book continues the story of all of the above main characters and their commitment to save the humani.  Nicholas and Paranelle ( the Alchemist and the Sorceress ) are determined to keep the Dark Elders from releasing horrible creatures upon Earth.  If these creatures are released humani will be eliminated.  The plot of this book is all about preventing this nightmare from happening. The plot also revolves around finding a book called the Codex.  This book was formerly in the custody of Nicholas and Paranelle and prevented them from aging.  Without the Codex they are both doomed.  So now we have a quest...actually two quests...saving us...the humani and saving themselves from aging.    The book was exciting. The book was interesting. The book was dynamic. And I am not quite sure why I did not love it as much as I loved the others. It might not have been exciting enough. And yet it was exciting. The Dark Elders want to rule and take over the world. They want to release all of the bad guys from Alcatraz… and by bad guys I mean otherworldly indescribable horrific creatures... while a series of events  takes place all over the world that distract the humani and help the Dark Lords in their path of worldwide destruction.    I loved the interplay between  the main characters and all of the famous and infamous people in history. Prometheus and Shakespeare and Virginia Dare and King Tut and many many others all have key roles in this madness. The plot was still lively but this book almost seemed as though it was a prequel  to the next book. I love this in a series but I just felt a bit restless reading this book. I  loved the bad guy character of Dr. John Dee in this book much more than I loved the supposedly good characters.  He showed a bit of a human side within all of his evilness.  So…what is my final analysis?

Very good but not yummy. Will I read the next one...and by the way it has already been started…you betcha!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bloggers And Titles And Emails...Oh My!!!

Today I opened my email to find a note from a blogger telling me that she was wondering if I copied her blog title.  Of course...since in my mind no one but me could be clever enough to come up with my blog title...I am teasing, of course, please forgive me...I thought... what is she talking about!!!

Then she said she was a little upset about my a relatively new blogger...I am seeking advice from all of my new blogger buddies...should I be upset by this?  I mean obviously I am...but I can't exactly determine why I am upset.  For me...personally...I looked at her blog and it is nothing like mine...although we both read some YA Fantasy.  I also did some research to see if there were other clever bloggers out there who also were stuck on the phrase from the Wizard Of Oz...Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My...and it seems as though I am not as clever as I think I am...there are tons of blogs out there with that pattern in their blog titles...her blog title is not the same as mine, is basically that darn oh my pattern...I welcome clever thoughts, ideas and comfort...oh my!!!

Twenty Under Forty!!!


I have encountered quite a few articles lately about authors who are under the age of forty.  This month's New Yorker Magazine highlights the authors chosen for this category in a very unique way.  Just click on the link, then click on the author's portrait for a neat interview and time line of what they will be publishing.  Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Vamps VS. Minotaurs?

In my ceaseless neverending quest to always know what books are soon going to be published I came across an interesting article while reading an email from Shelf Awareness .  The article is just a brief one about how minotaurs will soon be replacing vampires in YA books.  Hmmm...after locating a picture of a minotaur...I have to admit to being totally creeped out by this.  Imagining this creature versus Edward or any of the Twilight vamps or the Morganville vamps...not sure about the romance part of a minotaur series but...who knows?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A List I Can't Resist...

I love the newsletter from The Mystery Book Store.  They have the best staff picks for fabulous mysteries.  Here is the list of Barry Award Nominees posted by the bookstore on Monday.  It is my understanding that Barry Awards are for crime/mystery novels. 

Best Novel

John Connolly, THE GATES (Atria)
David Ellis, THE HIDDEN MAN (Putnam)
Joe Gores, SPADE & ARCHER (Knopf)
John Hart, THE LAST CHILD (Minotaur)
Marcia Muller, LOCKED IN (Grand Central)
S.J. Rozan, SHANGHAI MOON (Minotaur)


Josh Bazell, BEAT THE REAPER (Little, Brown)
Rebecca Cantrell, A TRACE OF SMOKE (Forge)
Sophie Littlefield, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Minotaur)
Attica Locke, BLACK WATER RISING (Harper)
Stuart Neville, THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST (THE TWELVE) (Soho Crime)


S. J. Bolton, AWAKENING (Bantam Press)
John Connolly, THE LOVERS (HodderStoughton)
Reginald Hill, MIDNIGHT FUGUE (HarperCollins)
Philip Kerr, IF THE DEAD NOT RISE (Quercus)
Denise Mina, STILL MIDNIGHT (Orion)
Robert Wilson, IGNORANCE OF BLOOD (HarperCollins)


Megan Abbott, BURY ME DEEP (Simon & Schuster)
Max Allan Collins, QUARRY IN THE MIDDLE (HardCase Crime)
Bryan Gruley, STARVATION LAKE (Touchstone)
Heather Gutenkauf, THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE (Mira)
Frank Tallis, FATAL LIES (Random House/Mortalis)


Jamie Freveletti, RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL (Morrow)
Mark Greaney, THE GRAY MAN (Jove)
Derek Haas, COLUMBUS: A Silver Bear Thriller (Pegasus)
Mike Lawson, HOUSE SECRETS (Atlantic Monthly)
Greg Rucka, WALKING DEAD (Bantam)


Ken Bruen, THE GUARDS (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Michael Connelly, THE LINCOLN LAWYER (Little, Brown)
Dennis Lehane, MYSTIC RIVER (Morrow)
Louise Penny, STILL LIFE (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon, THE SHADOW OF THE WIND (Penguin Press)


Barbara Callahan, "My Mother's Keeper" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, June 2009)
David Dean, "Erin's Journal" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2009)
John H. Dirckx, "Real Men Die" (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, September 2009)
Brendan DuBois, "The High House Writer" (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, July-August 2009)
Melodie Johnson Howe, "A Hollywood Ending" (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July 2009)
Morley Swingle, "Hard Blows" (THE PROSECUTION RESTS)

Whew!!!  Is the only way to do these links one at a time?  I have a lot to learn about linking...I am thinking!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

This Award Warms My Book Loving Blog Writing Heart!!!

This is just a thank you to Joanne for thinking of me.  This blog award comes
with quite a few things to please bear with me...and here I go...

I have to share 7 lovely things about myself.  Here they are.

I taught 2nd grade for 24.61 years...the .61 was the hardest part.
Everyone who knows me thinks I am creative and just a bit quirky.
I love clothes...buying them, finding them, wearing them.  I am obsessed with clothing.
I am a total perfectionist.
I read while I watch tv...I am an amazing multitasker.
I am a closet sketcher.
I am an obsessive list maker and am only truly happy when my list is fulfilled...daily.

Here are some of the blogs that I love to follow even if I don't comment every day...

Sandy Shin @

 Michelle @
Kathy @
Velvet @
Sheila @
Susan @
Dark Wolf @ http://darkwolfsfantasyreviews.blogspot/
Patty @
Sandy @

Vatche's blog is another blog that I love to explore.  His thoughts are unique.  His thoughts are explosive.  His words are strong.  He makes me examine my world more closely.