Dy's Take

May 7, 2012

A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison

Filed under: Paranormal,Series I Love,Urban Fantasy — Dy @ 23:52

(26) Hollows #10

Love this series! This one was dark with less humor than the last one had to offset the darkness, but still a good read.


January 22, 2012

Explosive Eighteeen by Janet Evanovich

Filed under: Mystery,Series I Love — Dy @ 23:41

(06) Stephanie Plum #18

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

December 28, 2011

The Gathering Storm by Jim Butcher et al

(100)  The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm

November 18, 2011

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Filed under: Mystery,Paranormal,Romance,Series I Love — Dy @ 23:35

(85) Mercy Thompson #6

SO GOOD. Stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this in one 24-hour period.  Love this series and happy to report than unlike TV shows, a well-written series doesn’t lose it’s zing when the hero and heroine are finally allowed to marry.

Mostly, it was nice for me as a reader to get more info on Mercy’s heritage — and nifty that we learned about it as the character did. It was chock full o’ interesting revelations without feeling forced — super example of show, don’t tell!

October 10, 2011

Sixkill by Robert B. Parker

Filed under: Favorite Authors,Mystery,Series I Love — Dy @ 14:23

(78) Spenser #40

October 3, 2011

Pirate King by Laurie R. King

(77) Mary Russell #11

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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July 31, 2011

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

(61)  The Dresden Files #13

Sad beyond measure that this is purportedly the last of the Dresden books 😦  However, it was a most excellent ending to a number of long running plot lines.

July 18, 2011

Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

( 59 ) Stephanie Plum #17

June 27, 2011

Painted Ladies by Robert B Parker

Filed under: Favorite Authors,Mystery,Series I Love — Dy @ 20:47

Painted Ladies: A Spenser Novel(50) a Spenser novel
3.5 / 5


The book was, largely, on a par with other recent Spenser books, a little better than some, not as good as others. I *sorely* missed Hawk. I love that mental picture I get of Avery Brooks and that enormous gun he carried on the TV series every time Hawk is mentioned in the books.

What broke my heart, though, was the flap copy. I had no clue Parker died until I noticed the author box on the back flap had a date on both sides of the hyphen.

I am waiting for the final manuscript in hopes that Hawk will be in that one.

I agree with a lot of other reviewers that a lot of the Spenser & Susan stuff has gotten repetitive, but the dialogue changes, and the smart dialogue is one of the reasons I read Spenser. I love Spenser, but many of the characters are anything but three-dimensional(Belson!)But,oh, the words Parker put in their mouths! For me thsmart, fast, engaging dialogue made the sometimes flat characters or predictable plots worth it.

June 19, 2011

Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

Filed under: Paranormal,Series I Love,Urban Fantasy — Dy @ 22:52

(45)  Hollows, book 9

Great read — finally humanizes Trent a bit (can I say that about an elf?)

My only fear is that things were all wrapped up so tidily I fear the author has gotten bored with Rachel, Ivy, Jenks and the rest… I hope I’m wrong!

June 2, 2011

The Naming of the Beasts by Mike Carey

(43)  Felix Castor, book 5

Okay… There are rumors of a 6th book in this series, but I’m not sure where it’d come from. Everything wrapped up so tidily I’m afraid there may not be anymore Felix 😦

Great, great book — and nice to see Felix hanging out with a human girl for a change. LOVED the ghost escape, quite possibly my fave part of the whole book.

May 29, 2011

Thicker Than Water by Mike Carey

Filed under: Mystery,Paranormal,Series I Love,Thriller — Dy @ 22:39

(42) Felix Castor, book 4

So SO so good!

I finally got tired of waiting for my local library to catch up with my reading ambitions and bought the last two books in the Castor series (thus far… there are rumors of a 6th in the works…).

I read through the day, into the evening, and to the small hours of the night blazing through this.  And I don’t regret a minute of it.

With Thicker Than Water, I really see Carey growing as a novelist — his plotting and characters have always been great and multidimensional, but he suffered from the British author’s (Mieville!) inability to jump in with both feet at the beginning of the story. Not anymore.  This was a FAB read and I can’t wait to read the next one.

I will, since I have a long day in a hospital waiting room tomorrow and I’m saving it for then. For now, I’m slogging through Trace and wondering why I felt it necessary to get caught up on the Scarpetta series…

April 20, 2011

Damage Control by J.A. Jance

Filed under: Mystery,Series I Love — Dy @ 21:16

(33) Joanna Brady #13

Excellent. So many things I didn’t see coming in this one, and a couple I did. A satisfying and compelling read.

The pacing was a little off, too slow, then too much, with lots of backstory/buildup, but I felt the overall payoff to be worth it.

The honor guard bit actually made me cry.  A book.  Made. Me. Cry. That’s never happened to me before.

February 10, 2011

Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Filed under: Mystery,Paranormal,Series I Love,Short Stories — Dy @ 23:08

(14) Dresden Files # 12.5

I say 12.5 because while the stories are spread out over the course of Harry’s timeline, the last third of the book is devoted to a novella that takes place immediately after Dresden #12 (Changes), so it won’t make near as much sense if you haven’t read the whole series so far.

I liked it. I even liked the first one, that Butcher claims is amateurish, where Harry and Murphy meet for the first time. Of course, I’m a Dresden files fan girl, so I’m probably biased.

A nice Dresden fix while I wait for book 13 to come out. On July 26th. Not that I’m stalking it on Amazon or anything.

Speaking of which — The Kindle version is MORE expensive than the hardbound?! WTF publishers? I’ll wait for my library copy (maybe) if that’s how you’re gonna be.


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