126-131

Dec. 9th, 2010 10:47 am
fiveforsilver: (Blood Ties [Vicki/sword])
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126. Blood Price by Tanya Huff
Blood series, Book 1
Adult, Fantasy, 272p

127. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff
Blood series, Book 3
Adult, Fantasy, 271p

128. Blood Pact by Tanya Huff
Blood series, Book 4
Adult, Fantasy, 332p

129. Blood Debt by Tanya Huff
Blood series, Book 5
Adult, Fantasy, 330p

130. Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff
Smoke series, Book 1
Adult, Fantasy, 396p

131. Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff
Smoke series, Book 3
Adult, Fantasy, 407p

131 / 160 books (82%)
59 / 80 *new books (74%)
3 / 7 ^non-fiction (43%)
35692 / 48000 pages. (74%)
Audiobooks: 54h19m

38-40

Mar. 30th, 2010 06:19 am
fiveforsilver: (YW [Did I do right?])
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38. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Adult, Fantasy, 615 pages

I really enjoy this book; the characters have depth, the plots intertwine convincingly, and the resolutions are satisfying on all levels.

39. *A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane
Young Wizards series, book 9
Young Adult, Fantasy, 550 pages

A Wizard of Mars is a fantastic addition to the Young Wizards series. The story is tight, the characters are wonderful as always, and it's just a great read.

A more complete review will have to wait until I've reread it.

40. *A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes
includes Vicki Nelson story by Tanya Huff
Adult, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Stories, 299 pages

This book has a great title, doesn't it? It does. Unfortunately, the title is the best part of the book. I love good short stories, but these stories are mostly on the mediocre side.



40 / 160 books. 25% done!


21 / 80 *new books. 26% done!


3 / 7 ^non-fiction. 43% done!


11158 / 48000 pages. 23% done!

76-81

Jun. 15th, 2009 11:03 am
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76. Blood Price by Tanya Huff (272) A/Fan

Book one in the Blood series, a supernatural crime novel. I was not expecting a whole lot from this book, so I got just what I wanted: it was fun, a little sexy, and an enjoyable fluff read.

77. Blood Trail by Tanya Huff (304) A/Fan

This book has interesting werewolf pack dynamics, with, of course, the Henry/Vicki/Mike dynamics mixed in. I enjoyed it - this whole series is nice sexy fluff reading without being over-the-top and I like it a lot.

78. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff (271) A/Fan

Creepier than the previous books, but still an enjoyable read.

79. Blood Pact by Tanya Huff (332) A/Fan

The creepy character in this book is not actually the zombie, but the scientist, or rather, the assitant. The ending makes me cry every time, and was a complete shock the first time I read it. Fantastic.

80. Blood Debt by Tanya Huff (330) A/Fan

There's not a whole lot I can say about this book without giving too much away, but the tension between Henry and Vicki is astoundingly well done, and Mike is amazing. Even Tony is given more page time, and has clearly grown.

81. *Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (592) A/Fan

Vivenna, eldest princess of Idris, has been trained from birth to become the wife of the God King of the neighboring Hallandren. Her youngest sister Siri has spent her seventeen years avoiding her royal lessons. So neither is prepared when their father bends the treaty and sends Siri to Hallandren instead of Vivenna.

But that's only one of several threads that weave through Warbreaker, and only two of half a dozen main characters, all of who are distinct enough to make switching between threads easily followed and fascinating to read.

I very much liked it. There is a slew of interesting characters, some of who are not quite what they seem, and all of who are interesting to read about. The settings are a bit askew from the typical fantasy world, and the magical system is another unique Sanderson one. He has a knack for coming up with unusual forms of magic. The breath-magic in Warbreaker is very interesting in how it's generated and how it can be used. However, the color aspect of it, which was supposed to also be important somehow, never quite made sense. Almost...but not really.

Definitely recommended, especially if you like his other books.



81 / 150 books. 54% done!


40 / 75 *new books. 53% done!


2 / 10 ^non-fiction. 20% done!


25125 / 45000 pages. 56% done!

143-144

Dec. 19th, 2008 08:05 pm
fiveforsilver: (Blood Ties [Henry])
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143. Deerskin by Robin McKinley (320)

Deerskin is a powerful and dark fantasy book based on the fairy tale Donkeyskin. It is very hard to summarize or describe; I tried but ended up outlining the entire plot (too much for a review).

144. *Blood Bank by Tanya Huff (336)

Short stories about Henry and/or Vicki from Tanya Huff's Blood books. Fantastic, as much fun as the books themselves.



144 / 150 books. 96% done!


69 / 75 *new books. 92% done!


7 / 10 ^new books. 70% done!


39179 / 40000 pages. 98% done!

110-114

Sep. 18th, 2008 11:12 am
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110: Who on Earth is Tom Baker by Tom Baker (read by Tom Baker)
First off, I downloaded this accidentally and listened to it because I was desperate for an audio book. Second, Tom Baker is a fantastic reader. It doesn't matter what he's reading, because he just pours himself into it -- not unlike his acting. Now, about the book. Part of me is glad I read it and part of me is kind of weirded out, because it's way more than I every though I'd know about the man who played my favorite Doctor on Doctor Who. He's a very odd man, very self-deprecating, but completely fascinating. His autobiography completely caught me and really captured my attention, I was sad when it was over. He touches briefly on Doctor Who, but it's really about his life and the way he sees himself. The book was both hilarious and heartbreaking and I quite enjoyed it. I doubt I would have liked it as much if I'd read it instead of listening to him tell it. I highly recommend the audio book.

111. Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff
Oh, man. Seriously, I love Tanya Huff's books. I liked Vicki and Celluci a lot (in the Blood books and the TV show), but I really adore Tony. My sister pretty much told me I would, and it was nice that Smoke and Shadows didn't let me down. I thorough...more Oh, man. Seriously, I love Tanya Huff's books. I liked Vicki and Celluci a lot (in the Blood books and the TV show), but I really adore Tony. My sister pretty much told me I would, and it was nice that Smoke and Shadows didn't let me down. I thoroughly enjoyed the book

112. Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff
It turns out that I am totally in love with these books. I actually like them more than the Blood books. I think this is probably because I really adore Tony. I know, at least in the case of my sister, she really missed Mike and Vicki when she started reading them -- I didn't. I had forgotten that they weren't featured in these books (except in passing) and for a moment I was kind of annoyed. But only for a moment. I got over that pretty quickly and fell in love. Smoke and Mirrors was fantastic, creepy and awesome. I love all the plot developments regarding Tony as what he's turning into. I also like his interactions with all the characters, but especially Lee, Zev, CB, Amy and that male cop (I say that, but you have to realize I've already started Smoke and Ashes). I also loved the humor in the book, especially the mentions of kiwi lube (I have no idea why this is so funny) and Amy saying she owns all of Charmed. I cannot wait to finish Smoke and Ashes.

113. Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff
This is the final book in Huff's Smoke series and the series just kept getting better. This book was fantastic in all the best ways. All of the characters, including some new ones, were entertaining and fun. Leah is a great, snarky and yet caring addition to the story. Tony and Lee have hilarious and tense chemistry and Tony's other friends? Just great. I also love how Huff makes sure her continuity flows properly, Tony understands that the experiences in the previous books (and the Blood series) have a lasting affect on himself and his friends (including Henry). Something I wasn't sure I'd enjoy, but surprisingly did, was the fact that the focus of the books isn't Henry. His importance to the story and plot is definitely important, but it is not the central focus, unlike the first book of the series and all the Blood books. I think this is brilliant on Huff's part, because it gives Tony a sense of conflict, but it doesn't drench us in vampire lore. Also, the books are very hip and culturally appropriate and hilarious. I wish there were more! While I knew Tony was a great character in the Blood books, I had no idea how much I'd come to love him in this series. It's lots of fun and definitely not your run of the mill vampire series.

114. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs
I just finished reading this (as in, like, 15 minutes ago) and loved it. This is the eleventh (I think) book in the Temperance Brennan series, and like all of the others, I totally enjoyed it. Kathy Reichs' does a great balance between Brennan's personal life, the cases she solves, and the educating she does in the book. Many mystery authors gloss over the details, or delve too deeply into them, but in Reichs' case, she does a really good job of educating us with the relevant bits of scientific, historical or cultural information that we need to understand what's going on. Sometimes it's done as good exposition (similarly to crime fighting TV shows, but without the clich├ęs -- or if they're there, it's ironic and not a cop out), other times Brennan is thinking out loud (or to herself, as the case may be) and even other times it just comes up in the context of whatever she's doing. I love reading the Temperance Brennan series as much as I love watching Bones. I think the main reason is because they are so different, but in my head, Brennan is always played by Emily Deschanel. In the interview with Reichs at the end of the book, after the novel is over, Reichs talks about how she sees Deschanel's Brennan as a younger version of the Brennan in her books. I think that's a great comparison and I can totally see it. But back to Devil Bones. It's a fun, if disturbing and very sad book (not gonna make you cry sad, but that's fine -- it doesn't need to be). The plot twists totally threw me, which is something I fully enjoy about Reichs' writing. I cannot wait for the next one, whenever it comes out.



114 / 120 new reads. 95% read!

97-100

Aug. 23rd, 2008 09:08 am
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97. Blood Trail by Tanya Huff (304)
I enjoyed this book just as much the second time through. Huff does a wonderful job with the werewolf pack dynamics and, of course, the Henry/Vicki/Mike dynamics mixed in. This whole series is nice sexy fluff reading without being over-the-top and I like it a lot.

98. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff (271)
This is definitely a creepier book, and the mummy is a good villain. The book is so much better than the episode of Blood Ties that was based on this idea.

99. Blood Pact by Tanya Huff (332)
The creepy character in this book is not actually the zombie, but the scientist, or rather, the assitant. The ending makes me cry every time, and was a complete shock the first time I read it. Fantastic.

100. Blood Debt by Tanya Huff (330)
There's not a whole lot I can say about this book without giving too much away, but the tension between Henry and Vicki is astoundingly well done, and Mike is amazing. Even Tony is given more page time, and has clearly grown.



100 / 110 books. 91% done!


46 / 75 *new books. 61% done!


3 / 10 ^non-fiction. 30% done!


27666 / 33000 pages. 84% done!
Audiobook time: 25h49m

93-96

Aug. 9th, 2008 10:10 am
fiveforsilver: (Blood Ties [Vicki/sword])
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August:

93. *Torchwood: Everyone Says Hello by Dan Abnett, read by Burn Gorman (2h24m)
Wow, fantastically creepy. Really. Wow. And Burn Gorman does a terrific job.

94. *Torchwood: Slow Decay by Andrew Lane, read by Burn Gorman (3h18m)
Seriously, seriously, gross. This is really gross. Glad it was a book and not a real episode. Did I mention it was gross?

95. Blood Price by Tanya Huff (272)
Reread, just as much fun as the first time through. Vicki is a fantastic character.

96. *Doctor Who: The Nightmare of Black Island by Mike Tucker, read by Anthony Head (2h27m)
Definitely one of the better Doctor Who audiobooks I've heard. I had no idea what was going on or how the Doctor and Rose were going to fix it. The end was great and there was a scene near the end that made me laugh out loud.



96 / 110 books. 87% done!


46 / 75 *new books. 61% done!


3 / 10 ^non-fiction. 30% done!


26429 / 33000 pages. 80% done!
Audiobook time: 25h49m

59-61

Jun. 2nd, 2008 06:07 pm
blue_ant: (devon [fandom + work])
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58. Final Warning by James Patterson
The fourth and perhaps final book in the Maximum Ride series. This was not the best book and probably not worth the wait. It was interesting, but Patterson came off as too preachy for my liking. I get that kids need to learn about global warming and that he felt the need to education, but it read too much like a science book in some parts. An approach more like Westerfeld in Peeps might have been more appropriate. Also, I thought it tried to tie things up neatly and failed completely. And, of course, he left it open to more books, should he choose to write them. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, because I did. It just wasn't as good as the others.

59. The Demon of Dakar: A Mystery (Ann Lindell Mysteries) by Kjell Eriksson
This was a fantastic book for a variety of reasons, the main one is that Eriksson took our "bad guy" and made him completely and utterly likable. Usually in mystery books (at least the ones I've read), the bad guys are bad guys, regardless of their motives and/or states of mind. In Demon of Dakar, there are the clear cut bad guys and then there's Manuel Alavez. He is unlike any bad guy I've read about for a long time. I loved the way Eriksson wove his tale, both from our history of the events as (and before and after) they happen. I really loved this book, and if you like a good mystery with extremely good character development, I recommend this one.

60. Blood Debt by Tanya Huff
It took me forever to read this book, not because it was bad or long or ... pretty much anything negative. It took me a long time because it was the last book in the Blood series and I wasn't sure I wanted to know what happened. I'm still not sure I like what Vicki has become, but I must say that I love how the book kind of shifted to being from Mike's point of view. After finally finishing it, I realized I'd kind of falling in love with Mike. I applaud Huff for doing such a good job with the last of the Blood books. A good ending (of sorts) to a good series.

61. The Eternals by Neil Gaiman
A good, though very easy read. Gaiman's reworking of an earlier comic series about gods. The writing is fantastic and the drawings are even better. I didn't really know a lot of the characters, but it did make me want to go see Iron Man, if only because his character in the graphic novel is kind of hilarious. I hope Gaiman writes more of these style graphic novels. I enjoy his alternate take on history.



61 / 120 new reads. 51% read!

51-54

May. 5th, 2008 01:27 pm
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The last of my April books.

51. Blood Price by Tanya Huff
52. Blood Trail by Tanya Huff
53. Blood Lines by Tanya Huff
54. Blood Pact by Tanya Huff

I'm going to review these altogether. First off, let me just say that I absolutely love Tanya Huff's writing. Her style is fun and easy (not that this is overly important, but it is nice) to read. Not only that, but her ability to create likeable characters (ignoring, for a moment, that I watch Blood Ties) is fantastic. These four books are excellent. I think that probably Blood Trail is my favorite, because I simply adore the werewolf family.

I also love the dynamic between Henry, Vicki and Mike. As a fan of the show, I already had some idea of what Huff was tryignt o do with the characters. What the books did (aside from just being awesome) was allow be to take what I knew from the show and turn it into something better than just a TV show. While in the books, Vicki is much taller than Henry, she's not that way in show. And it never really bothered me because I know and like the characters on the show. It wasn't hard to imagine them while I was reading.

The events at the end of Blood Pact blew my mind, to be hoenst. I won't spoil anything, but that's why I haven't read the fifth book yet. I will, but I'm not ready to go there. Anyway, I totally loved the series and will definitely read more.



54 / 120 new reads. 45% read!

138-

Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:48 pm
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Originally posted in November of 2007 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

138. *Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff (404)

Second book in the Smoke Trilogy, sequel to the Blood books. I liked this, although it was definitely one of the creepiest books I've ever read. I don't usually read horror (at all) and while this probably isn't as scary as as "real" horror books, it was scary enough in the middle that I had to put it down and read something else before I went to bed.

Tony, Henry, and the various other characters were strong enough in themselves that I didn't find myself missing Vicki and Mike much as I read it.

139. *Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff (407)

Third and final book in the Smoke Trilogy. This book was actually...hilarious. There were so many pop-culture references - and Tony was dealing two old-beyond-measure people who didn't pay attention to that sort of thing - that it made me laugh out loud about every third page. I also enjoyed the story, and the characters. Leah was a well-written character and Tony really came into his own.

140. *The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi (100)

I'm counting this as a new read because listening to the audio version and reading the actual book are two very different experiences. I love the audio version, but there are things I got out of the book that I didn't catch or understand in the audio. It's a wonderful novelette.

141. Squire by Tamora Pierce (380)

I'd misplaced this before when I really wanted to read it, and when I found it I used it as my "I must read something else now" book while I was reading Smoke and Mirrors. This is possibly my favorite Tamora Pierce book - Kel is my favorite, the most realistic, the least Mary Sue, of her heroines, and Squire is my favorite of the PotS books.

I read more than one book at once, and my reading speed drops dramatically:

142. *The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones (480)

Loved it, absolutely loved it. I love the old Chrestomanci books like Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant but the latest ones are, if possible, even better. This one starts out just a little bit slow with some necessary build-up, but once it gets going, it gets going and is a cracking good story the rest of the way through.

143. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich (352)

I forgot I'd already read this until I was halfway through, but these books don't take long to read. And I couldn't remember what happened, so I finished it anyway. They're brain candy, light, (mostly) fluffy, fun books. Hilarious, too, I kept laughing out loud at things that happened or bits of dialog (and I was sitting in the bookstore cafe, so I was trying to be quiet).

144. Sunshine by Robin McKinley (416)

Still up there as my favorite book.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 144 / 150 books (96.0%)
Zokutou word meter 70 / 70 *new books (100.0%)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 47,314 / 50,000 pages (94.6%)


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