March 9th, 2017

plot bunny hunter

February 2017 reading

February 2017 reading:

3. Mercy Blade, by Faith Hunter (305 pages)
When a tribe of African Were-cats comes out to the world, it seems to change overnight. Leo decided to parlay with them, but there are complications--he hates werewolves, the feeling is mutual, and they're gunning for the vamps. And Jane has unwillingly found herself in the middle of it, with a new player who calls himself Girrard but is a supernatural of a variety Jane had never encountered, and one who calls her "goddess-born." She's also trepidatious about meeting the were-cats--how will they react to her. Really interesting and seems to end with hints at the next book.

4. Unknown, by Rachel Caine (305 pages)
Cass has become aware that the nuclear option of wiping out humanity might become the only option to stop Pearl from destroying everything, and it horrifies her. She and Luis struggle to find children with Warden powers who have gone missing and realize Pearl is raising an army, and that it's a distraction. Through it all, Cass questions her identity as djinn and fears the djinn persona locked deep in her person. She's been cut off by the djinn, even for help, and the Wardens are in bad shape. Can this be won? Will she have to destroy herself in the process? Really action-packed.

5. The Bone Collection: Four Novellas, by Kathy Reichs (388 pages)
Looks like Brennan had bad common sense back in the day, given "First Bones." I've lost count of how many times she's put herself in dangerous situations; how many books/stories are there? In any case, I liked the decision to have "First Bones" in present tense. I think that was an interesting literary decision given the past tense of the other pieces.

6. Fair Game, by Patricia Briggs (308 pages)
Charles' role as the Marrok's enforcer has left him close to breaking, leaving Anna a bit frantic. It takes a lot to convince Bran, but eventually Adam calls with an idea: Anna can serve as a liaison to the FBI on a serial killer case, one which has left three weres dead, and Charles will accompany her as protection. Little do they realize, this is more than just missing wolves--it's a serial killer who has spent decades hunting fae as well.

7. Home Improvement: Undead Edition, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner (340 pages)
An interesting set of urban fantasy short stories involving home improvement projects. I was familiar with three of the writers and was generally impressed with most of the others.

8. Westward Weird, edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie L. Hughes (320 pages)
Great selection of urban fantasy stories in a Wild West sort of setting. I need to look into some of these writers.

9. Raven Cursed, by Faith Hunter (353 pages)
Jane has been sent to provide security for a vampire parley, but it seems there's more to it than she thought, and it all comes back to a plot for revenge and the Blood Stone. Really good.

10. Dead Heat, by Patricia Briggs (324 pages)
Charles decides to buy Anna a horse, something that takes them to Arizona. When a fae attack against the werewolf family they're staying with requires Charles initiate a Change, it soon becomes clear that there is ugliness afoot--one that involves a fae who likes to steal children.

February pages: 2,643

Pages to date: 3,096

Progress: 10/52

February 2017 comics/manga reading:

1. Library Wars, Love and War: Volume 5, by Kiiro Yumi (200 pages)
2. Lumberjanes: Volume 1, by Noelle Stevenson et al (128 pages)
3. What Did You Eat Yesterday?: Volume 6, by Fumi Yoshinaga (172 pages)
4. Case Closed: Volume 62, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)
5. Lady Killer: Volume 1, by Joelle Jones (138 pages)

February pages: 830

Pages to date: 830

Progress: 5/150

Book #14: Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker

Number of pages: 360

This book certainly felt very experimental for one good reason.

It is written from the point of view of inanimate objects; each chapter is told by a different object that features in the scene, as though it were a sentient being, telling the story in the first person, and sometimes in the second person, addressing the character in the story directly. So, one chapter will be told by a bag of fertiliser, and another will be told by a mirror.

Sometimes the novels spells out what object is narrating, and in others you have figure out from the verbal clues given in the narrative.

This sounds like, and is, a bizarre premise, although the overall plot is much more simple. The story is set during the conflict in the Middle East, with a few separate storylines running through the novel, that don't really touch upon each other.

First off, there is the story of a soldier named Tom (as we learn about a third of the way through the book) who has been injured in battle, and who ends up with both his legs being amputated. The story tells mainly of how Tom copes with the drastic change in his life and the effect being disabled has on him.

There is another story involving two friends who grew up in the war zone; one of the friends has a father who is aiding the British troops, while the other friend is a jihadi. This plot has quite a shocking twist towards the end, which I won't give away here.

Overall, this is quite a straightforward story, with a plot that moves forward quite slowly; I enjoyed reading about the characters, although there were only a few named ones, and many nameless ones who it wasn't easy to care about much, although that might have been the intention. I noticed that most of the characters were referred to by squadron numbers rather than names by the objects telling the stories.

I thought this book was reasonably enjoyable, though I didn't really get the gimmick of telling it through the eyes of inanimate objects; maybe there was some point, but if there was, I missed it.

Next book: Anansi Boys (Neil Gaiman)