Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Another Book Report

Somehow I've been squeezing in more time to read. This partially comes at the expense of getting enough sleep, and partially by doing no housework except cooking, and and partially by putting less energy into my knitting.

Indulgence in Death by J D Robb: another in the VERY long-running series by the prolific Nora Roberts, under one of her several pseudonyms. This one does a nice job of checking in on the returning minor characters without twisting the plot to actively include them. It isn't much of a mystery - Detective Eve Dallas spots the "baddie" pretty early - but the book remains compulsively readable as it follows the investigation.

Septimus Heap #1: Magyk by Angie Sage: a lovely YA book about wizards, witches, dragons, evil zombie necromancers, a lost princess, and a very bad cook. I was utterly charmed and immediately sought the second book at the library.

Intrigues: Book Two of the Collegium Chronicles by Mercedes Lackey: another in the VERY long-running loosely linked series of books about Valdemar by the prolific Mercedes Lackey. This book is about average for Ms. Lackey: the plot is interesting and the narrator sympathetic, but she "tells" far more than she "shows" and is somewhat ham-handed in her foreshadowing.

The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett: the direct sequel to The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, this was less derivative and seemed to move at a more measured pace than its predecessor. I was frustrated that so little actually happened until the final 100 pages, when everything suddenly fell together at once, but I loved the world and the characters and will definitely seek out future novels in the series.

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