Sep 28, 2013

Styxx

Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #23)Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best book yet and Styxx is my very favorite. Yep I like him better then Ash. Even Apollymi learns to love him. And reunites him with his wife and son (Urian). He just has to die first.

I thought it was really touching how Urian befriended him and looked after him, even before they knew of their relationship. And loved how Simi realized he was all alone and spent Styxx's birthday with him, she is such a sweet child. Unfortunately as usual Simi causes lots of trouble. Realizing the only thing Styxx wants is his wife and son, and realizing that his wife is still alive Simi tries to wake her up. Unfortunately she wakes up all the Gods that want Ash dead (Apollymi didn't kill them merely turned them to stone).

Ash's neglect of Styxx is unforgivable, amazingly Styxx forgives him. But most of the time the only time Ash cares about Styxx's whereabouts is when he needs him to pretend to be him. And then he completely ignores the fact that Styxx helps him even after he has insulted and abused him. By the time Ash realizes that his memory of the past is faulty and that Styxx isn't anything like he thought the only thing Styxx wants is to be left alone. But when Savitar ask Styxx to die for Ash he agrees.

But there are a few things that Styxx doesn't know about himself and his wife, as usual Savitar has a few secrets.



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Sep 25, 2013

MaddAddam

MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3)MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In my opinion the best of the trilogy. Perhaps because I now know all the characters and am used to the writing style.

This book explores Adam (Adam One) and his younger brother Zeb's childhood. How they fled from abusive parents and how Adam started his spying and the God's Gardner's Cult. And how Zeb befriended the young Crake (Glen) and taught him how to hack. How Glen's Father entrusted the viral pills to Pillar, before he was killed and she used Zeb to smuggle them out. How Zeb later used three of them to kill his own Father, and how when Pillar died she had the pills delivered to Crake (Glen) and that they are the foundation for his BlyssPluss pills.

The humans and the Pigoons team up to get rid of the Painballers, who are holding Adam captive. Unfortunately Adam and Jimmy (Snowman) are killed during the battle.

Zeb and Toby marry and several of the younger women get pg by the Crakers. Not sure what the point of that was as there were human men for the women to procreate with. And the young Cracker Blackbeard takes over writing Toby's journal after she leaves them.

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Sep 23, 2013

Indemnity Only

Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski, #1)Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyed the book, the writing style is a bit unpolished but for a first book it is very good.

V. I. is hired to find Andrew McGraw's missing daughter Anita. Along the way she discovers Anita's boyfriend murdered, and apparently the murderer is afraid that unlike the police V. I. is close to stumbling on why he was killed. Warning her off only makes her more determined to get to the truth and as everything unravels V. I. struggles to stay one step ahead of the killer.

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Sep 20, 2013

Catnap

Catnap (Midnight Louie, #1)Catnap by Carole Nelson Douglas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very cute story of a resourceful feline.

Midnight Louie has moved out of his digs at the Crystal Phoenix after his people have a baby. Not M L's cup of tea so off to the Convention Center he goes where he stumbles over a dead body. When he leads Temple to the body he realizes he has landed her in a world of trouble and sticks around to bail her out. Two famous cats (Baker & Taylor) have also gone missing and M L uses his contacts on the street to track them to the pound.

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Sep 18, 2013

The Blind Assassin

The Blind AssassinThe Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Iris Chase is dying of a heart condition. Estranged from her granddaughter she feels the need to impart the secret of her daughter's birth to her. So she leaves behind the story of how she fell in love with a penniless author (Alex Thomas) and how he died in the war. How Richard, her husband, blackmailed her sister Laura into having sex with him and imprisoned her in a mental institution that performed abortions in order to keep his actions secret. And how after Laura's suicide Iris wrote a book (everyone believed Laura wrote it) denouncing Richard and ending his hopes for a political career, and leading to his suicide. How Richard's sister used her money to take Iris' daughter, Aimee from her. And how she also took her Granddaughter Sabrina from her, after Aimee's death.

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Sep 11, 2013

The Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy, #2)The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I expected it to pick up where Oryx and Crake left off but it doesn't. Instead it starts back at the beginning from other characters points of view. Jimmy (Snowman) is a self obsessed, selfish, jerk who is totally oblivious to those around him.

Ren is Jimmy's first girlfriend. He is totally unaware of her past as a God's Gardener and makes no effort to really get to know her. He is equally unaware that his best friend Glen (Crake) is a conduit for the Gardeners as was Jimmy's Mother. Ren is a pampered Compound brat whose Mother takes up with Zeb (Mad Adam) and takes Ren with her. Ren hates living with the Gardeners until she meets Amanda. Just when Ren has adjust to life as a Gardener her Mother breaks up with Zeb and goes back to the Compound with a lie about being kidnapped. To protect Zeb and Amanda Ren goes along with it. Years later when her Father is kidnapped and the corporation refuses to pay to get him back Lucerne (Ren's Mother) kicks Ren out. She winds up pole dancing at Scales and Tails. Lucky for her she is in isolation when the pandemic breaks out.

Amanda is working on her art in a remote area when the pandemic breaks out. In phone contact with Ren, she heads to Scales and Tails to release Ren from isolation. Amanda meet Jimmy after college and had a brief affair with him unaware of his history with Ren.

Toby's Father refused to sale their farm. First her Mother who sold vitamin supplements got sick with a mysterious illness that drained their bank account. Then her Father lost his job. When Toby returns for her Mother's funeral her Father kills himself. Forced to hide his body and the gun he used (owning guns is illegal) Toby has to leave college and hide out. She winds up with the God's Gardeners and becomes an Eve. Due to an obsessed man from her past she is forced to change her identity and hide out in a spa, where she has stockpiled food and other necessities.

Zeb breaks with the God's Gardeners and starts MaddAddam. Glen (Crake) is his prized hacker. But then Glen betrays them. The Scientist are rounded up and forced to work for Glen. They are safe at Paradice when the pandemic breaks out.

Croze, Shackie and their little brother Oates are locked up in Painball when the pandemic breaks out (Crake seems to have arranged that too).

First Amanda gets to Ren and lets her out of isolation, while they are celebrating Croze, Shackie and Oates enter Scales and Tails and the former God's Gardener children are reunited. They head to the spa to see if Toby made it when they are attacked by two men who were also in Painball. Oates is killed and Amanda and Ren are raped. Ren gets away and goes to Toby for help. Once Ren is well enough she and Toby try to find Amanda. They discover Croze, Shackie, the Scientist from Paradice and Zeb.Zeb is going to look for Adam One and the Other God's Gardeners (who unfortunately seem to be infected with the virus) and Toby and Ren continue to look for Amanda. Jimmy has found the men holding Amanda first and tries to free her. Toby steps in and manages to take the two men prisoner. Jimmy's foot is severely infected, Amanda is in a very fragile state and Ren is about to fall apart.

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Sep 7, 2013

Persumed Dead

Presumed DeadPresumed Dead by Hugh Holton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not your usual cop mystery. Odd things have been happening at the Museum from it's inception. When a drug bust goes South on the haunted island behind the Museum Detective Larry Cole becomes caught in the Museums' web.

This book has a lot of different layers and is well worth a read.

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Sep 3, 2013

Thank god I Don't Live in Alabama

Alabama is fast becoming the bigoted state that makes Mississippi look good by comparison. Their latest contribution is Dean Young, a young Republican politician, who has condemned homosexuality in the strongest language possible if  Gina Miller's latest rant is to be believed. You can only wonder why Gina and Dean are so full of hatred for their fellow American's. They seem to be oblivious to the fact that families are all different and that a Lesbian Mother and her children are as much a family deserving of respect as the traditional family that Miller and Young insist are the only "real" families. Thankfully in America we enjoy freedom of religion and this bigoted prejudiced hateful brand of religion championed by Miller and Young can not be forced on us.

Hopefully for Alabama Dean Young will be soundly slapped down in the primaries. His fellow Republican candidates refused to sign his "anti-homosexual pledge".

Calculated in Death

Calculated in Death (In Death, #36)Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As always Eve and Rourke deliver a suspenseful sexy performance. When an accountant is found dead, supposedly mugged on her way home, Eve wonders if the murder was to cover up some financial hanky panky. Eve sics her hubby on the financial and electronics end of the investigation, and as always Rourke delivers.

Now the killer has one more lose end to tie up before leaving town and Eve has a way to make the premier of "The Icove Agenda," unforgettable.

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