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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

This shouldn’t have been my favorite Galbraith book thus far. It is not only a serial-killer mystery, it has unenlightening, skimworthy sections in the villain’s point of view. And it presents three possible villains and their awful backstories! So why did I like this book so much? 1) JK Rowling is just a very good…

God's Mercies

God’s Mercies by Douglas Hunter

I picked this up in part because I wanted to know who Hudson of Hudson Bay fame was. Set in the 1600s, it gives us a narrative about what Europeans were trying to achieve in Canada at that time. Trade was all-important, though this was before the fur trade became quite so dominating. Both Hudson and Champlain…

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Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks

I’ve heard about Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks for years. It’s one of those books that a lot of people loved when it came out in 2002—and had Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect beyond fantasy and LGBT romantic elements which means, by the way, women as…

Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

About ten years ago, I walked into the my local library and saw a book on the new-books table entitled Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. It was about a woman who was a werewolf. It was horror and I never read horror. But I had started writing a werewolf romance when there weren’t too many werewolf…

Books read in 2009

I still didn’t read enough books, though more than last year at 41. As usual, I like to break them down. Historical 1 Nonfiction 1 Mainstream 3 Science Fiction/Fantasy 5 Romance 31 Within romance, I read a lot of gay (15), historical (10) and contemporary (11) romance, as well as some paranormal (4) and romantic…

Elephant orphans

Kinda sad, kinda sweet story about an elephant orphanage in Kenya. They find elephants orphaned, usually because of the ivory trade, and raise them. Very intensive work. ETA: Here’s a 60 Minutes short documentary of the orphanage.

Cry Wolf

I’m a bit late to the game, but I finally read Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs. I loved it. It probably helps to have read the novella “Alpha and Omega” in On the Prowl first, though I’m not sure it’s necessary. This picks up directly after “Alpha and Omega”. Anna has had three very difficult…