Last Day for Reading Material

I read a variety of books, but it would't be fair to end this week without pointing out the first author who hooked me on Urban Fantasy and Dark Fantasy.  Laurell K Hamilon.

Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 10)

Bestseller Hamilton's Anita Blake, police consultant, executioner, necromancer, private eye and wereleopard protector, returns in her amorous 10th adventure, driven more by conflicting desires for the lovers she neglected in her last outing, Obsidian Butterfly (2000), than by the urge to solve any mystery. Once again, in a world where vampires and werecreatures are protected by law, Blake attempts to resolve her libido's constant crisis. Plunged into the netherworld of a leather D/S (dominant/submissive) bar, Narcissus in Chains, by the abduction of one of her inherited wereleopards, Blake finds herself deep into shapeshifter politics and a were creature power struggle that is all a metaphor for her own inner struggle. Whom should she choose werewolf Richard or vampire Jean-Claude? Or should she take a new lover? Who cares? Blake is eventually infected by the "ardeur" from the vampire clan and tinged with shapeshifting abilities from the were clan. As she becomes more like the fantastic creatures she protects or kills, she, alas, doesn't get any more interesting as a character. Her obsessions with lust serve mainly to overwhelm a rickety plot. Blake needs to put her clothes back on and get back to work. Too much flesh and not enough plot leads to the old but so true saying, "Less is more." (Oct. 9) Forecast: With a 15-city author tour and 100,000 first printing, this should be as successful saleswise as previous books in the series.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

(I chose book 10 from the series because it was the first one I read.  It was easy to leap into her world and delight in her characters.  I've bought the complete series since then, but this 10th book impacted me like none other.) 

A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Book 1)

Laurell K. Hamilton revitalized vampires, werewolves, and zombies in the popular Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter books. In this new series, she updates faeries. A Kiss of Shadows introduces Merry Gentry, a.k.a. Meredith NicEssus, a faerie princess of the Unseelie Court, where politics is a blood sport. Merry, who's part sidhe (elvish), part brownie, and part human, never really fit in. She's short, not skilled in offensive magic, and mortal because of her human blood. These are real liabilities when your family, especially aunt Andais, Queen of Air and Darkness, is out to kill you. Merry has been in hiding for three years, living in Los Angeles and working for the Grey Detective Agency, which specializes in "supernatural problems, magical solutions." A new case sets her against a man who uses forbidden magic to seduce fey women and drain their power. A plan to trap him goes awry and Merry's cover is blown. Now Andais knows where she is. But things have changed in Andais's court, and Merry is changing too.
Despite the selkies, brownies, goblins, and ogres in this book, it's not for children. The fey are "creatures of the senses"--and in the Unseelie court, sex and pain go together. Merry is sexually adventurous and surrounded by gorgeous, powerful males, most of whom want her badly. She's politically savvy and no coward, though she's not the warrior Anita is. Hamilton fans and readers of adult fairy tales like Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy will want to give Merry a look. --Nona Vero --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

(Erotica has nothing on this.  Merry Gentry has to have sex with everybody until she gets pregnant.  Only then can she be monogomous and claim her king.  Can you say big slut?  The stories are actually good.  I like Doyle and Frost.  I have half of this series.)

I hope everyone has enjoyed by reading material.  There is plenty more but that'll be it for the week. I admire each and every one of these authors.  Their technique and love of the art should be emulated by all of us. 

Happy Writing everyone!!!  See you next week.


  1. I've been sacrificing my leisure reading to finish an edit for submission to my critique group. I finished it late last night and have promised myself two weeks off to just read. I'm so happy. I've got a huge stack of books I've been neglecting. =D

  2. I know what you mean. In between writing and not neglecting my family it's really difficult for me to find time to read also. I've been ignoring the blogs today to spend time off with hubby. I hope i didn't miss anything good.

  3. I love finding books that inspire me--thank goodness for classic SF authors, or I probably wouldn't be writing in the genre I do now. :)

  4. There are plenty of wonderful books out there, Golden Eagle.


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