Dead Men's Boots by Mike Carey
Having read Mike Carey's first two books - The Devil You Know and Vicious Circle - I wondered a few weeks ago whether or not he'd written another one. Carey is well-known when it comes to the comic world (working on such popular goodies as X-Men), so when I first found him, I was curious. Could he create an entire engaging novel? While I wasn't entirely wowed by the first book, I was still curious enough to read his second. I liked his protagonist Felix Castor and his abilities, as well as the subplot involving his possessed friend Rafi and a lurking succubus named Juliet. In fact, I find the subplots more fun than the main deal most of the time...in both books to be honest. But here I am again, lurking around in Felix's world and having an interesting time doing it. We'll see if perhaps this time Carey can really rock my socks.
(if you're curious and want a fuller review of the first two books, check my Epinions reviews here and here!)
Notes from the playlist: "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Dead Men's Boots by Mike Carey
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
No-Bake Cookies by Camilla V. Saulsbury
This is yet another one of those books I found while organizing the shelves. No-bake cookies? Why, yes please! Saves me the time and energy of putting together fancy ingredients (the Nestle Toll House recipe doesn't count because I have that memorized) and switching on the oven just to enjoy tasty treats. Instead, all you have to do is chuck together a handful of ingredients with the occasional melting of chocolate, butter, or whathaveyou. Minimal effort for a tasty reward. Joy. Especially perfect for summer days when it's hot and you just want to whip up a batch of yumminess.
Notes from the playlist: "So Nice (Summer Samba)" by Astrud Gilberto
Posted by Nicole at Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
Yes, I know, you're probably wondering when I'm going to get off the "recently finished" list and go back to recommendations. Sorry. I'm a fast reader. I read this in two days and actually thought this would be a "Currently Reading" one, but I finished this on the 19th so that's how the cookie crumbles. If you remember, I recommended the first in the series back in October, Dead Until Dark. The series has slowed down since then, more or less turning into "a day in the life of Sookie Stackhouse" type of thing, but that really doesn't bother me like perhaps it ought to, but that's because a day in the life of Sookie Stackhouse is actually pretty dang interesting. The plot here is thin, but it's fun to follow Sookie around as she tries to figure out the few things that are important. And Harris, I feel, is setting up something important with the whole Victor deal...
Notes from the playlist: "Beneath a Phrygian Sky" by Loreena McKennitt
Posted by Nicole at Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Messenger by Lois Lowry
Every time I read the back of this book, I was curious. Especially after some of her other books. Matty wants his true name to be Messenger, but something strange is happening in Village. People who are normally nice are changing. The Forest outside is growing darker. The Village will soon close to outsiders. And only Matty has the gift that can save everyone. That, of course, it just a taste of what's going on. In a way, this book vaugely reminded me of Miyazaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, what with the dark Forest and all. However, when I reached the end I was a bit disappointed. Some of it doesn't really make sense. It's good, but in my opinion, not as good as The Giver. I am, however, curious about Lowry's other book featuring Kira, a character from this one; Gathering Blue.
Notes from the playlist: "My Little Demon" by Fleetwood Mac
Posted by Nicole at Monday, May 17, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Body Movers by Stephanie Bond
There's a reason I have this book, and while it's a good reason, I'm glad I didn't buy it. Though thusfar it isn't bad, it's far from awesome. There are a lot of interesting things going on, but in some cases, it feels like too many. The main character has a lot of gusto and I love her name (Carlotta), but she makes a record number of stupid decisions. By page 55 I realized that if things didn't improve within the next 20 pages, I was going to be done and move on to something else. Bond managed to keep the story going and keep Carlotta from doing enough stupid things (barely) to keep me in it to the point that I felt that it was my duty to finish the book. I do intend to pick up 2 Bodies for the Price of 1, but it's because I want to see if Carlotta ever hooks up with anyone and what the deal was with her parents. Yet why do I get the feeling I'll be gypped out of getting the full story...?
P.S. Where's the romance? This is, after all, in the romance section...
Read the Epinions review here!
Notes from the playlist: "Major Tom" by Shiny Toy Guns
Posted by Nicole at Thursday, May 13, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Posted by Nicole at Sunday, May 09, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
Posted by Nicole at Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
There's a reason this book won a Caldecott Medal. Simply put; it's good. Hah! I remember this book from when I was just a little girl. I'm 26 now, and I still love it. Who doesn't love ducks? Ducks marching around through the city, all in a row, with policemen making sure that the ducks stay safe all the way to the cozy little lake on the other side of town. It's so simple and yet so memorable. The little ducks are perfectly illustrated, fuzzy with down and little webbed feet walking. The kind of book that kids will enjoy and love to look at later on. My sister and I actually drew in this book - but not a lot. There was just one little duckling that always seemed to be looking at something...so we added in a tiny fly for him to get distracted with. In my mind it was a fine addition to the book. :)
Notes from the playlist: "Flowers Only Grow Where There Are Seeds" by Anne Dudley
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, May 01, 2010