Currently Reading

Shadows of a Dark Queen by Raymond E. Feist Highly recommended for political structure and sheer epic beauty.  I am in love with the first 5 pages. (life went on hold last year.  I still have not read this as of 1/3/12, but it’s still on my list)

Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett I’ve only read the forward and I know I’m going to love it.  My first Pratchett, why have I not picked one up before?  Proper Science, indeed! Ha! (1/3/12 – same)

The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien (edited posthumously by Christopher Tolkien) We’ll see.  It’s supposed to be about the First Age, and JRR Tolkien apparently wrote this as background his entire writing career from 1917 forward, never stopping.  Christopher Tolkien has compiled it as a sort of oral history tradition of the First Age, not necessarily cannon, but close enough.  Like I said, we’ll see. (1/3/12 – could not pick it up.  It did not hold my attention.  This may end up being trashed from the list)

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updated 1/3/12

Re-reading the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K Hamilton.  Currently just finished A Stroke of Midnight, looking around for my copy of Mistral’s Kiss.  God, I love this series.

Eloisa James – The Duke is Mine.  EJ is an instant buy for me.  She re-inspired me to start writing as a profession after denying it was my passion in high school.  Based a bit off the “Princess and the Pea” fable (she always picks a theme for a grouping and this grouping is fable retelling.  She’s already done Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella) and a tiny smidge taken from the Scarlet Pimpernel.  I didn’t like it at first, but it sucked me in and kept me riding through.  Usually if I don’t like something, I’ll put it down by the third chapter, but that was when hers got good.  AND it has an entry from her next one based off The Ugly Duckling.  Looks to be awesome!

Rebecca Johns – The Countess (A Novel of Elizabeth Bathory) – OMG this was FANTASTIC!  Gets to the point, written backwards and forwards through her mind in such a way that you feel sympathy for her, and yet you know that what she’s done is in no doubt wrong.  It’s absolutely amazingly well researched and well written.  I will recommend this to ANYONE to read.  In case you don’t know, this is about the famous Bloody Countess, the most horrific account of a female serial killer (or vampire?) known in history (perhaps I’m wrong on the all-encompassing statement, but I’m pretty close).

Happy Reading!

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