6. Charlaine Harris, Dead to the World, 310 pages, Supernatural/Romance/Mystery, Paperback, 2004.
The 4th book of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series featuring telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse finds Eric, the vampire leader, or sheriff, of Area 5 (Louisiana), running down the road clad only in jeans and with his memory wiped. Sookie agrees to hide Eric while he has amnesia, worries about her missing brother, and eventually finds herself in the midst of a vampire/werewolf/witch offensive. This may be my favorite novel of the series with some long awaited Sookie and Eric action, even though Eric isn’t himself.
7. Charlaine Harris, Dead as a Doornail, 310 pages, Supernatural/Romance/Mystery, Paperback, 2005.
Someone is shooting the two-natured – Werewolves, shape-shifters, and other were-animals. Even Sam, Sookie’s boss, has been injured, leading Merlotte’s to request a temporary bartender from Fangtasia, Eric’s Vampire bar. Charles, the pirate vampire, is popular with the locals at Bon Temps, and he’s been there in the nick of time to rescue Sookie from a supposed assassin when her home is set on fire; too bad he’s left no one alive to be questioned about the incidents later. Add in a competition for the next pack leader for the local Werewolves, Tara’s unfortunate choice in vampire boyfriends, and Eric trying to discover what he did during his cursed amnesia, Sookie could use a little help from her friends. I believe this is the first book without actual sex in this series.
Another graphic novel finished yesterday was Battlefields: Dear Billy; author Garth Ennis. The storyline was about a British military nurse in WWII who'd been shot by the Japanese, saved, and then worked throughout the war in India, but who killed Japanese POWs in the hospital.
Title: True Confections
Author: Katharine Weber
Themes/Topics: Candy-making, Family Intrigue, Narrative Deposition
I received "True Confections" as a goodreads giveaway and was excited to have it. I mean, who doesn't love free books? The honest reason why I entered the giveaway because the description said that the writer's talent was respected by many authors, one of which was Madeleine L'Engle and I figure if it was good enough for L'Engle, it was CERTAINLY good enough for me!
At first I didn't like this book very much. The style is not linear and the narrator jumps around a lot in the beginning in the present and past and I really just wanted her to get to the meat of the story. Once I became used to this narrative style, I really enjoyed this book. The story has wonderfully amusing bits of vocabulary, my favorite phrase was "intoxicating fermata." This novel is entertaining, confusing, and I'll say mysterious because the reader is never sure if the "facts" are indeed facts, or just the narrators rationalization.
I think this would be a great read for a book club because the author's storytelling allows for different interpretations of events and could be great for discussion. I will definitely be reading more of her novels in the future.
I'm thinking of starting a lesbian book blog, because I can't seem to find any. There's some general queer book blogs, but that's only queer girl/lesbian half the time (or, often, less). Does anyone know of any other lesbian book blogs? Also, would anyone be interested in reading one, or is that way too specific? (I'm finding it difficult to find an appropriate place to ask, simply because there's no lesbian book blogs/groups, so I'm sorry if this seems really obscure.)