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14 January 2011 @ 11:45 am
In an attempt to get myself posting again, I thought I'd start doing booklog/short review posting. Ever since I got my Kobo e-reader last June, I've been reading a lot more than I had been - something about the ease of reading with it, and the constant presence of the books has meant that I've done a lot more reading. I do love having an eReader in my purse at all times, and the Kobo has worked great for me.

So far this year, it's been:

Montana Sky by Nora Roberts - a re-read of one of her mainstream novels (I tend to divide her novels into three categories - category romances, which she doesn't write anymore but are constantly being re-released in collections; romances, usually released in trilogies, and as mass market or trade paperbacks only; and mainstream novels, released as hardcover first). Not a particularly complex read, but a nice afternoon's gulp.

Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik - The latest Temeraire book takes Temeraire, Laurence and crew to Australia during its early settlement period. While I do, generally, like these books, they're getting less and less interesting for me. I'm not even sure why, actually. There's just nothing new about Temeraire or Laurence, maybe?

Warrior by Zoe Archer - the first of the Blades of the Rose series, although I read Scoundrel (Book 2) and Rebel(Book 3) first. These are pretty much old-school romance, with a slight overlay of fantasy. They take place during the early 1800s, and the premise is that magic is real, and the Blades of the Rose is a society dedicated to keeping magical items out of the hands of those who would abuse them. One of the good things about these books is that quite often, the heroine is the Blade, so she's far from the usual passive romance heroine. Instead, she's and active player in the story, and competent in her own rights. Because the conflicts are always external - the story is about locating/protecting the magical object from the bad guys - the romance doesn't get bogged down in manufactured conflict. Well written and entertaining.

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews - does the fact that I finished 11:30 last night, and then bought the next one first thing this morning say anything? This is the first of the Kate Daniels stories, about an earth (probably 100-200 years from now, although it's not actually stated) where magic made a resurgence. When Magic works, Tech doesn't (and vice versa) Weres, necromancers, and vampires are real, and Kate's in a Mercenary Guild that helps deal with the paranormal problems. Great worldbuilding, great characterization, and I can't wait to read the next one. Kate's strong, competent, but not (I hope) going to be susceptible the the Anita Blake "Power Up" problem. I hope.

Currently open on my "I'm Reading" list - 1634: the Ram Rebellion, 1634: The Bavarian Crisis, Magic Burns, The Search, and Anne of Green Gables.

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