Dy's Take

July 8, 2012

The Twelfth Enchanment by David Liss

Filed under: Fantasy,Historical Fiction,Literary Locals,Mystery — Dy @ 22:48


Loved it. The language was fun–it rolled around in my head like Austen and the character’s internal dialogue felt very true to the period, especially in the earlier parts of the book. The multiples twists were fun, and I hope Liss pens more in this vein.


July 5, 2012

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Filed under: Fantasy,Literary Locals,Series — Dy @ 22:39

(38) Heroes of Olympus #2 <aka Percy Jackson #7>

Yes, Percy is back. Nice to get an inside view of the Roman camp, as well as meet the Roman faces of gods we thought knew from Percy’s series and to see the differences between the Greek and Roman versions. Some are subtle (Hera v Juno) and some are remarkable (Ares v Mars).  Fun read, good series, great author.

July 2, 2012

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Filed under: Fantasy,Series,YA — Dy @ 22:26

(36) Fire and Thorns #1

I really liked this and cannot wait for book two (current pub date 9/18/12!). There was so much to like in this I don’t know where to start. The MC wasn’t persecuted, not truly — she imagined she was, but I think a lot of that was in the character’s head. Her growing up in this book was fun to witness as she grew to own the things that made her different. The book covered a lot of ground, and, with the exception of a vapid male lead, had characters with depth who changed and grew over the course of the story.

Read this. Really. For more info on the series (or the author’s novella that takes place in the same world with the same MC but prior to the events of this book) check out the Rae Carson’s website.

March 3, 2012

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

Filed under: Fantasy,Series — Dy @ 09:37

(14) A Song of Ice & Fire #4


5/05/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

January 31, 2012

Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey

Filed under: Disappointing,Fantasy,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 13:01

(07) Whoosh! Bam! Pow! #1

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

January 14, 2012

A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin

Filed under: Fantasy,Series I Like — Dy @ 15:22

(05) A Song of Ice and Fire #3

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

December 31, 2011

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Filed under: Fantasy — Dy @ 22:12

(103) Song of Ice & Fire #2

November 27, 2011

Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey

Filed under: ChickLit,Fantasy,Favorite Authors,Romance — Dy @ 22:14

(88)  Kushiel’s Legacy #9

Not the strongest entry in the series. Overall, I’ve enjoyed Moirin’s trilogy more than I liked Imriel’s, though neither holds a candle to the original trilogy featuring Phedre.  This was the weakest of Moirin’s three books, IMO.  Partly because it was lots and lots of travelogue leading up to the confrontation that was supposedly the purpose of the story, then said confrontation was resolved far too quickly and easily, to my mind.   I think the story lacked some tension that was present in the other because of Moirin’s married state — the tense romances are a hallmark of the Kushiel books and the tension was noticeably lacking in this one.  A decent finish to the trilogy, but all in all very wordy and the words were used on the wrong parts of the story.

September 21, 2011

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Filed under: Fantasy — Dy @ 10:56

(74) A Song of Ice & Fire #1

September 2, 2011

The Inheritance by Robin Hobb

Filed under: Fantasy,Favorite Authors,Short Stories — Dy @ 15:44

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August 13, 2011

One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde

Filed under: Fantasy,Humor & Satire,Series I Love — Dy @ 08:33

One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6)(63) — Thursday Next #6

4.5 out of 5


I absolutely love this series. It’s just smart–while still being really humorous. Dry, British humor, and often punny, but I’m okay with that.

It had it’s slow spots, and took me longer than usual to get through, but I thoroughly enjoyed.

Also — the map of the newly reconstructed BookWorld is quite possibly the most brilliant arrangement of fiction I’ve ever seen.

Highlights — The map. Seriously — the bit with Tolkien and the suburbs of Tolkien knock-offs killed me. Also, I will never look at mimes the same way again.

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May 15, 2011

Con and Conjure by Lisa Shearin

Filed under: Fantasy,Paranormal,Series I Like — Dy @ 16:01

(39) Raine Benares, book 5

Yay! Serious plot advancement and some very unexpected twists!


May 12, 2011

Bewitched and Betrayed by Lisa Shearin

Filed under: Fantasy,Paranormal,Series I Like — Dy @ 15:48

(38) Raine Benares, book 4

4.5/5 – I kinda liked the series w/ no sex — too many paranormals rely on it too heavily, and I was disappointed to see it finally rear its libidinous head in this one. Took off half a point, even though I know it’s my issue not the book’s. 🙂

April 28, 2011

Armed & Magical by Lisa Shearin

Filed under: Fantasy — Dy @ 21:22

(36) Raine Benares, book 2

More complex. I hate that the books in the series take place in such a short time span, not quite the barely 24-hours of Dan Brown. I’d like to see the pace slow down a little to allow more room for character development, but otherwise, still loving this series.


April 21, 2011

Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin

Filed under: Fantasy — Dy @ 08:51

(34) Raine Benares, book 1

I started this book last night after putting Girlchild to bed, around 9:30pm. And read straight through ’til I finished it at 3:46am this morning.

I like fantasy novels, and I’m a sucker for a strong female lead.  The dialogue was smart, particularly Raine’s internal dialogue, and funny. She didn’t read like a medieval-esque fantasy heroine with a lot of clunky language choices. In fact, she read a  bit like a cross between Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum, just in a wildly different setting.

Speaking of… I’m not a huge fan of the swords and horses style of fantasy, ala Robert Jordan. Their setting always feels forced; an artificially bucolic world written by a modern urban dweller without a clue about life in the country. The setting here was just that, the setting, and not, as happens a lot in fantasy, a character in its own right. It felt very modern, other than the lack of tech. I enjoyed the modern feeling, but some of the word choices pulled me out of the story the first time I ran across them (“nightclub”, “booth”).

Already have the second book in the series and plan to order the rest from the library today.

As a total fangirl aside, I ordered this from Paperback Swap after Felicia Day recommended the series on her Twitter feed. Geeky girls FTW.

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