Too Stupid to Live by Anne Tenino

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Cute and smutty. Really liked it lots.

I think what appealed to me is the stock, standard romance novel feel it had about it. Some of the tropes were identified deliberately as a part of the narrative, which could have been a little annoying but didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the novel. I guess i enjoyed that about it. The basic romance format. I even enjoyed the big misunderstanding. Loved the characters, especially Sam.

The General and the Horse-Lord by Sarah Black.

This was a really enjoyable read. I liked that the guys were a little older and let’s be honest, a bit stuck their military ways. It’s not a terribly smutty book, lots of fade to black. The story telling and conflict were pretty tight and kept me well engaged. I did wonder at the ease of the marriage break up. The kids seemed more well adjusted than I’d anticipated. The ex wife less so. I guess some of the novel felt a little cookie cutter neat. However, this did not detract from my enjoyment in any way. Great secondary characters too. It was a very pleasant read.

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Out of the blue.

It has been so long since I’ve blogged I wasn’t sure I’d remember how. I used to enjoy it so much, but stuff happened and it seemed to suck anything remotely like creativeness and a willingness to share right out of me. Nothing to do with the reading community, more life is a bit sucky stuff.

I also think I stopped blogging so much because writing reviews was too much like hard work and it felt like a lot of pressure for little gain. I think I may be coming out the other end of my creative slump and meh moment. (It’s only taken 2 years!) I’ve been reading Kassa’s blog too and enjoying her return to regular reviewing and blogging. I think too, that perhaps time away is not such a bad thing.

I’ve been reading loads, as always, but more of a balance between urban fantasy  contemporary and m/m. I’m finding I have less patience for rubbish writing. It frustrates me no end when characters are not fully fleshed out, the world building is cursory at best and the author just doesn’t do the job of making me believe in their world. I think maybe I am becoming a little cranky and if it doesn’t grab me in the first chapter I’ll put it down. I also yell at small children to get off my lawn. heh.

So, here’s my first rec for the year… and it’s going to be brief.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Solid world building and good pacing. I did have a few issues about half way through but not bad enough to spoil my enjoyment. Definitely one to check out if you’re into sic fi.

Buy it here from Loose Id.

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Harper Connelly Graphic Novel series by Charlaine Harris

This series was excellent. Faithful to the novels, which are among my favorite series, and beautifully adapted.

The thing that impressed me the most was how William Harms got all the subtle stuff right. The small town prejudices, the tension between the Harper and Tolliver. It was fab. Because the series of books is so good and one I’ve re read many times, I guess I was a little concerned with how the characters would be portrayed, and how the special bond Harper and Toliver have would come across on the page. I guess it was his interpretation, and yet faithful to the books. I was really impressed.

The artwork was superb and depicted the characters just as I’d envisioned them in the novel. The burgeoning tension between Harper and Tolliver was interpreted so well too. Artist and author nailed it and it’s such an important part of the books.

Loved the artwork. Stylistically I must say I’m a fan and if you’re after an urban fantasy/paranormal comics, this is well worth a read. Magic stuff. Grade A.

Get it here via Book Depository or Amazon.

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