Reading updatery and mini reviews

I’m loving that most of the books I’m reading are NOT review copies, and therefore I am not REQUIRED to write real reviews. It’s rather, hmmm, freeing? 🙂 So, in the last couple of weeks…

Mysteria, MaryJanice Davidson, Susan Grant, P.C. Cast, Gena Showalter, Paranormal anthology, 340pp –  Thoroughly enjoyable. Shared world of paranormal stories, well written, pacy, racy and fun.

Promises in Death, JD Robb, SF/Romance, 342pp – Best one in a while, and I think they’re all pretty good! Beats me how Robb/Roberts can churn out so many books (in a variety of sub genres) and carry on a storyline that’s been going so long but is still fresh and interesting and well written, with characters I just adore. I don’t buy a lot of series books anymore, but I consistently buy the new ones of these!

Mysteria Lane, MaryJanice Davidson, Susan Grant, P.C. Cast, Gena Showalter, Paranormal anthology, 294pp – Even better (and sexier!) than the first one. A great read!

Chalice, Robin McKinley, Fantasy, 263pp, – I’m a bit conflicted about this. While I read and enjoyed it, it was a bit, hmmm, messy? It seemed to flick around in chronology in ways that were unnecessary. It’s also totally a character based story, which relatively little action, and given it’s billed as YA, I wonder if it will reach and hold its intended audience. I’m a McKinley fan, but if I’d started out here, I might not have been so enamoured.

Eclipse 2, Jonathan Strahan (ED.), SF/Fantasy SS, 287pp – Fantastic collection of stories, mostly SF, but great cross section and some truly excellent stories. Details on my favourites over at lastshortstory 

Preacher Vol. 1 : Gone to Texas, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Graphic Novel/Supernatural, 199pp – Yes, I come late to these things! Wow! Blown away.

Preacher Vol. 2 : Until the end of the world, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Graphic Novel/Supernatural, 245 pp – Best one of the first three. Action packed, suspenseful, scary and made of AWESOME!

Preacher Vol. 3 : Proud Americans, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Graphic Novel/Supernatural, 231pp – Second half (the Irish story) was a lot slower and less intense than the other storylines have been, but still a solid read.

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