November 5th, 2012

Book 1: Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows Book 1)

Author:  Kim Harrison
Genre:  Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

I came across Kim Harrison while reading Laurell K Hamilton's books.  Hamilton's style of writing keeps me interested and gets me through the books quickly as time to read has become severely limited of late.  I've seen some people mention and recommend Kim Harrison so I decided to give her books a try.  I was not disappointed.

This series follows a witch who is a bounty hunter apprehending other supernatural beings who have broken the law in Cincinnati.  She is an agent of the law for the underground non-human types.  She ends up leaving the company she was working for (which lands her in deep trouble) and ends up partnering up with a living vampire.  This team ends up making a very interesting partnership.

This book just hooked me from the start.  I found it a fast read, and it kept me interested so much so that I didn't want to put it down.  The storyline is fun, and I began to get to know the characters and wanted to learn more, which I look forward to in the other books of the series.  There are all kinds of things that make this interesting from pixies to elves living among humans to comedy and action.  We get to see what happens in the supernatural community, and even with rules of their own, there are lots of times where they are broken. 

The main character is flawed, just like any human being, and that makes me like her all the more.  There are times when I would think "what is she THINKING", almost like I would a friend who decides they are going to do something irrational.  I can in some aspects relate to the main character, on some of her thought processes, but in some instances I began to wonder, is she an airhead or just immature and inexperienced, by some of her reactions and decisions that seem so impulsive and self-centered, at times I wonder if she is going to survive for a long series.  I will have to see how her character develops.  Right now she is fresh, and the author can take her in so many roads, I'm hoping Harrison doesn't take her down the emotional, irrational road.

I got a kick out of the titles in the series, punning after some of Clint Eastwood's movies, which made me chuckle.

I'm looking forward to more character development, especially between the partners. 

Being able to transport me to an alternate world, or even my own world that has things in it that don't exist, or we think don't exist, is why I read the genre, and Kim Harrison has taken me away to that other world.  I hope the others in the series are just as engrossing.

October Reading: 123-140/200

Wicked Becomes You by Meredith Duran
A Nameless With by A Lee Martinez
Beauty's Enchanting Beasts by Jessica Frost
For Better, For Worse, Civilised Existence and Penitent by Fyre
LXG Century: 2009 by Alan Moore
American Vampire #31 by Scott Synder
Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey
The Tune of Bullets by Bad_Faery
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Spock Must Die! by James Blish
A Price to be Paid by Sparks
Rabbits on the Run by rufeepeach
The Third Angel and The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman
Royal's Bride and Reese's Bride by Kat Martin

Anne McCaffrey is full of more science than I would have imagined which was fantastic.
Alan Moore is a wonderful crazy b**tard and for those of you who read the series you know EXACTLY what I mean!
James Blish may have had a cool titled for his Star Trek tie-in but the story did not live up to it at all. It was a hard slog through such a short novel.
I want to have Alice Hoffman's internet babies, she's that good.
The fanfiction listed here is of the mature Rumbelle variety and if you are interested they can all be found on AO3 :)