Friday, July 30, 2010

CBR Book#56: Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

This is what I've been waiting for ever since reading Bitten. Armstrong hinted at strong backgrounds for all of the characters and mentioned lots of previous escapades preceding some of the books. In this collection, as in Men of the Otherworld, we get some of the stories that didn't fit into the novels. Including the beginning of Elena and Clay's relationship and the inevitable bite that started it all, which I have been dying to read. 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

CBR Book#55: Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong

Alright, you can mock my choice of reading materials all you want, but Kelley Armstrong is a hell of a writer. I know that some people are over the whole supernatural lean that most everything has anymore. But her books are different. There are relationships that one can actually relate to. The characters are not just one-dimensional men and women that happen to change into werewolves or cast spells. They change and grow and develop as the books go on. They realize mistakes and work to make sure they don't repeat them (for the most part).

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

CBR Book#52: Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

This book is the second in Armstrong's Women of the Underworld and also the second to center on female werewolf Elena Michaels. There may be spoilers in this review, but I'll try not to be too spoilery. Also, this book successfully completes my Cannonball Read for this year. I'll still be reviewing books and numbering them from this book, but everything past this is just to piss off geep (just kidding!).

Monday, July 12, 2010

CBR Book#51: Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror edited by Ellen Datlow

I can honestly say that I've never read as many collections of short stories and essays as I have through this Cannonball Read. I've also shown everyone just how much horror and thriller novels I read. However, I previously had a very small list of just which horror authors I read. Stephen King and...uh, I can't think of another horror writer whose novels I read before this foray into semi-competitive reading. Bad, Pinky. Bad!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Food is Delicious

The lovely Ranylt , former Pajiba contributor and all the time wonderful, has started, along with Sharon, the blog Godtopus Eats (That is a lot of link right there, kids). I have contributed a peanut butter cookie recipe as my first foray into recipe sharing. Please, be gentle with me, as we all know I am highly fragile. Cookies!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

CBR Book#50: Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong

This novel is another that takes place in Armstrong's Otherworld setting. It is chronologically the eighth novel in her series and only the third Otherworld novel that I've read. Again, there are some events that took place in novels two through seven that are mildly spoiled in this story, but they are not fully explored or explained and will still be new when I read them. Characters that took center stage in Bitten and Men of the Otherworld are mentioned briefly, if at all, and some who were minor characters or briefly mentioned in those novels are explored more deeply.