Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Summary: 26 October 2014

I've said it before: “I love a road trip.”. I spent all day Sunday and Monday reading in the car as hubby took care of the driving. I'm linking up with The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Where I've been reading

My week started with the last two days of our very quick road trip to Las Vegas and return. We drove from Flagstaff, Arizona, to Santa Rosa, New Mexico, on Sunday. Then from Santa Rosa to home near Dallas on Monday. The down side of taking a vacation was that when I returned to work I had a huge backlog of e-mail to deal with and was plunged into a brand-new project with a very short delivery time. Tuesday and Wednesday, I barely had time to read, but things began to settle down a bit by Friday afternoon.

The Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon is still going on and although I haven't posted a status update in a long time, I'm still trying to keep an eye on the Twitter feed.

What I've been reading

Book Cover: Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey Format: Kindle
Source: purchased in July 2014
Completed: 19 October

After reading Magic 101, I continued reading the Diana Tregard paranormal mysteries by reading Burning Water by Mercedes Lackey. This is a fun series originally published in 1989-1991—probably one of the very first “urban fantasy” books. It predates Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series by 4 years.

Book Cover: POD by Tobias Roote Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Lending Library
Completed: 20 October

POD is the second book in Tobias Roote's Pattern Universe. I've borrowed both books from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library and enjoyed both of them. The characters are appealing and the plots are innovative, but the books do have a significant number of flaws. The author doesn't seem to know when to use apostrophes. And there's just an “awkwardness” throughout the book. I have the feeling that a good editor could help this author develop into a masterful storyteller.

Book Cover: Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey Format: Kindle
Source: purchased in July 2014
Completed: 20 October

Returning to the Diana Tregarde paranormal mysteries, I read the third book, Children of the Night. It seems that I have read the novels in the order they were published instead of in the order of their own internal chronology, well, except for Magic 101 which was published this year and specifically noted as a prequel to the series. It doesn't really matter, however. The series has captured my attention, and I'm going to be sorry to complete it when I read the fourth and final book.

Book Cover: Entwined Realms, Volume 1 by Danielle Monsch Format: Kindle
Source: review copy from NetGalley
Completed: 23 October

I really liked this book—up to a point. What ruined Entwined Realms for me was that I was turned off by the explicit description of lovemaking that popped up near the end of the first story in the collection. The plot and characters and the setting were amazingly well done and it's the beginning of a series that I would have very much enjoyed continuing to read—except it's just too much for my taste.

Book Cover: The Oblate's Confession by William Peak Book Cover: W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton Book Cover: My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares I'm continuing to read The Oblate's Confession by William Peak. It's an intriguing book so far, but it's not a “fast read”. I find that I can only read it for a while and then I need to take a break and pick up another book. I do keep returning to it, however. I also started reading W is Wasted, the 23rd and most recently published book in Sue Grafton's popular Alphabet mysteries. It's borrowed from the library, so I needed to give it the highest priority. And, as much as possible, I'm listening to My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. I'm getting close to the end and anticipate completing it this next week.

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