Sunday, April 24, 2005

Fifth Quarter

Fifth Quarter I have now completed the second of the books in Tanya Huff's fantasy series about the Kigh. Fifth Quarter tells the story of Vree and Bannon, brother and sister, assassins, and forced to share Vree's body when Bannon's is stolen by Gyhard, a rogue soul over 100 years old.

Gyhard is one of only two or three who know how to manipulate the kigh which constitute the Fifth Quarter. Until this time, the bards have been able to communicate with kigh of the Four Quarters: air, water, earth, and fire. The presence of a Fifth Quarter has long been suspected, but none of the bards trained at Bardic Hall have been able to provide it existed. Karlene, a bard stationed in the Havalkeen Empire meets the joined Vree/Bannon character and learns how to communicate with the two kigh within.

Maybe it was that simple after all. Maybe the bards had never needed to learn to Sing the fifth quarter because they couldn't not Sing it. Every time they touched an audience, or one listener, or one hundred, they were Singing the fifth quarter.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

The books of February and March

I let myself get so busy doing miscellaneous things that I haven't kept up my usual postings to my blogs. So, better late than never, here are the lists of books read in February and March this year.


  1. Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
  2. The Grey King by Susan Cooper
  3. Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper
  4. Dragon's Kin by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey
  5. Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy
  6. High Five by Janet Evanovich
  7. The Wailing Wind by Tony Hillerman
  8. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich


  1. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich
  2. The Cat Who Went Bananas by Lillian Jackson Braun
  3. The Visitor by Sherri S. Tepper
  4. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
  5. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  6. Miss Julia Meets Her Match by Ann B. Ross
  7. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
  8. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
  9. The Bishop at Sea by Andrew M. Greeley
  10. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
  11. Hard Truth by Nevada Barr
  12. Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Sing the Four Quarters

Sing the Four Quarters With this book, I begin a brand new fantasy series by Tanya Huff. The setting is somewhat midieval—so much of fantasy is—in a world where individuals born with certain musical talents can communicate with the spirits of the four elements. The "kigh", as these spirits are called, inhabit air, water, earth, and fire and have the attributes of their respective elements. Sing the Four Quarters tells of a bard named Annice who has the rare talent to be able to Sing to the spirits from all four of the elements or quarters.

Annice is not only an extremely talented bard, she is also the youngest sister of King Theron. Ten years earlier, she forfeited her royal privileges to begin training at Bardic Hall and she has been estranged from her family since that time. In retaliation for what he perceived as her abandonment of her duties to him and the kingdom, her brother's first pronouncement as King was to forbid her to marry or to bear children without his permission. As the story begins, Annice discovers that she is unexpectedly pregnant. She wants to carry the baby to term, but that would constitute treason—which is punishable by death.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Dance of the Dissident Daughter

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter I have to say that finishing The Dance was difficult. I started this book in January with a great deal of enthusiam. After I had read 40 pages or so, I called Beth to tell her about the book. Sometime in mid-January, I put the book down and didn't pick it up again until late February. (Of course, Beth finished the book long before I got started reading again.) I read with eagerness, glad to follow Sue's journey from dissatisfaction into awakening. And then I bogged down again. It's been almost a month since I had last opened the book, but I threw it into my carry-on bag for today's flight to Cleveland.

And finished it around 22:20 CDT.

I have to agree with the woman who recommended this book — it's probably the most significant book I will read this year. I will now re-read the book and mark those passages which speak to me most loudly.

Every Boy's Got One

Every Boy's Got One Meg Cabot has once again created a rollicking good story. I don't think it's quite as zany as The Boy Next Door, but Every Boy's Got One is quite funny with just enough improbable situations to keep your attention.

And, when you've finished the novel, there's an addendum by Meg Cabot which tells you that much of the book come from her own experiences trying to get married in Italy. I very much enjoyed the book and am hoping to get my hands on Boy Meets Girl fairly soon.