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Monday, October 6th, 2008
2:03 pm
Veiled Truths by Vivi Anna
Series: Valorian Chronicles
Publisher: Silhouette, 2008
Genre: Romance
Sub-genre: Paranormal

Read the full (spoiler-free) review here!

I found myself really wishing Veiled Truths had been written as an urban fantasy rather than as a paranormal romance. The mystery and investigation had some potential, and the way the supernaturals all worked together could have been interesting if I'd gotten more than the occasional snippet. As it was, the focus was on the love story between Thoran the womanizer and the prickly, mistrustful Lyra, which was the weakest part of the story. Less is more, sometimes, and since these two spent a lot of time watching each other and wishing they trusted each other enough to just knock boots already, a subtle tension might have worked better than hearing each of them think about how hot but untouchable the other was.

Theron gave me a major headache when he fell into one of the most annoying and nonsensical plot device ever. While investigating, Theron figures out a key piece of the puzzle, but instead of telling the others so it could serve both as a warning and as a way to work out exactly what sort of spell the victims are being sacrificed for, he decides to keep it to himself. Ugh. He doesn't even hide it for a good reason! He's afraid knowing that "virgo" is also "virgin" could let Lyra know he used to dabble in dark magic waaaaay back in the day and then she won't sleep with him. Yup, that's his reasoning, and clearly an awesome reason to hide a key piece of investigation. (Not really a spoiler, since we find out his --ahem-- dark secret early on in the book.) Of course, it does also lead me to wonder why not a single person on the crack investigation team was able to work that one out for themselves...

My other big annoyed moment was a discussion near the end, where it seems the proper thing for a woman in danger to do is sit tight and wait faithfully for her man to come in and rescue her. We have at least two instances of it, with two different couples, and I did some serious growling. Nobody can be completely self-reliant all the time, and I can handle the occasional damsel in distress, but the implication here is that a woman neeeeeeds a big strong man to come in and rescue her, which makes me want to throttle people. Seriously, I wouldn't get too close right now if I were you.

It's really not a good thing when I want to take a highlighter and a red pen to edit a book. Especially when it's an e-book, because let me tell you, highlighter markers are really hard to scrub off later. Veiled Truths was full of little headdesk moments, so my recommendation is to spare yourself the headache and back away from the red sheets.
Saturday, September 13th, 2008
1:37 am
Street of Death by Mary Ann Mitchell
Publisher: Medallion, 2007
Genre: Horror
Sub-genre: Historical

The horror genre seems to be vastly dominated by paranormal stories involving ghosts, vampires, or sometimes unexplained bumps in the night as well as the classic mystery/thriller. Sometimes both in one book. Street of Death was a nice change of pace, a beautifully gothic tale of a young woman with a knack for unearthing peoples' horrible secrets. If Jane Eyre had been set in the terror of the Spanish Inquisition instead of rural Victorian England, it might have turned out a lot like this.

I have to say, whoever wrote the teaser on the back of the book gets a big FAIL. In eleven sentences, they manage to simultaneously make wrong/misleading statements and give away major plot points close to the end of the book. So kudos to the person who had the creative genius to screw such a brief synopsis up in two completely different ways. If anyone finds themself at all interested in reading this book, do yourself a favour and ignore the back cover, at least until you've finished. If you want a general gist of the plot, you can read mine!

Street of Death is not for the faint of heart. I don't think I've used the words "dark" and "gothic" enough to fully describe how well they fit. All the nasty pieces are in here, secrets (mostly) from the past: incest, murder, torture, rape... something for everyone! There's nothing explicit here, but they're all significant plot-wise.

And you know what? I absolutely could not put it down. I devoured the thing, eager to find out how all these secrets fit in together. The tone and beautiful phrasing drew me in, and the slow reveal of what exactly had happened (and was still happening, in some cases) in the family had me finally turning the last page at 4am. Morning was painful, but I didn't care, because this book must have been printed on pages made of crack, it was so addictive.
Friday, August 15th, 2008
5:59 pm
The World of the Dark Crystal
I recently got a coffee table book, The World of the Dark Crystal by Brian Froud. It tells about the background of the movie The Dark Crystal. I really enjoyed it, and not just because I have a weakness for coffee table books. It starts with the history of how Brian Froud, the concept artist, and Jim Henson, then head of the Muppets got together, came up with the idea, and turned the idea into a movie. {Smile} They don't go into a lot of detail, but they give a general idea.

I don't mind the lack of detail on that because the rest of the book covers the history of the world the movie is set in. You get some glimpses of this history in the movie, but this book gives a clearer view. {Smile} It lets me glimpse other stories that happened earlier, and maybe what came just after. {smile} Those are fun to think about when I'm daydreaming. {SMILE}

I enjoyed the book, obviously. I finished it in a little under a week, which is doing pretty good these days. {SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

Current Mood: satisfied
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
11:02 pm
A Thousand Words for Stranger.
I've been trying to think how to give an overview of A Thousand Words for Stranger. It isn't easy. In fact, it's a very difficult book to give a book-talk on. {Smile}

The book begins in the rain on a street on a backwater planet named Auord. The avian alien 'Whix and his human partner are on a stakeout, watching a couple of members of the humanoid Clan, an alien race that doesn't belong to the Trade Pact like the humans, 'Whix's people, and most others they know of. While they are watching, the two Clan members - a man and a gal - are attacked by native Auordians. The attackers are killed, the man taken in for questioning... and the gal disappears in the confusion.

That's the prelude. Chapter 1 begins in a dirty back alley, where a single protagonist cannot remember a thing: not name, nor sex, nor whether the world existed five minutes before. Tho they do know they're on the planet Auord, because that pops up in odd compulsions telling this person to get off Auord and stay safe.

{pause} Describing what this character discovers later would ruin the sense of bewildered mystery at this point. I don't really want to do that, so this is as much as I can say about the story. {smile}

I can say one thing that won't spoil that feeling. I was particularly impressed with the way the aliens who turn up really feel alien. They don't feel like talking lions or Scots with funny hair; they feel like unique aliens. Yet there's more than one kind of alien like this; usually when I see aliens, they either correspond closely to not-so-alien people or creatures, or else there's only one other race. In this book we meet a few races well-enough developed, we realize they aren't something familiar pretending to be aliens. The closest to that would be 'Whix, who seems to be bird-like; yet he's not a raptor, nor a song bird, nor a chicken or a duck... he's a type of bird I've never heard of, and not just because he's as intelligent as a human. {Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

Current Mood: satisfied
Friday, July 25th, 2008
7:02 pm
Saturday, July 12th, 2008
6:10 pm
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall is a slim book I found in the children's section years ago. However, it's really a book for adults told in simple language that people still learning how to read English can handle. There's nothing to make you blanch if a kid does find it, but most kids will be bored by this simple, somewhat delicate tale. {Smile}

I recently reread it after recommending it to a friend of the family who's teaching "advanced beginners" English as a second language. She loves it, and so do her students. {Smile}

It is told from the view point of Anna, a girl who lives with her little brother, Caleb, and their Papa on a farm on rolling plains in inland America. (Their mother died just after Caleb was born.) However, it is really the story of Sarah, who answers a personal ad Papa put out when he decided he needed a wife. They each write to her, and she answers back. Then she comes to see what they and their home are like. She's from the coast of Maine. She finds that people talk funny, saying "yes" when they mean "ayup." Plus, there's no dunes, no sand, no shore, and no sea. Instead, there's lots of grass, and farm animals, and Anna and Caleb and their Papa. {pause} Sarah particularly misses the sea. Since the children really like her, they are afraid she will go back to Maine.

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

Current Mood: satisfied
Saturday, June 21st, 2008
4:07 pm
books read in May
 131) Kekkaishi Vol 7 by Yellow Tanabe
132) A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
133) Genshiken Vol 1 by Kio Shimoku
134) A Scholar of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
135) Kekkaishi Vol 8 by Yellow Tanabe
136) Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers
137) The Good Witch of the West Vol 2 by Haruhiko Momokawa and Noriko Ogiwara
138) The Decoy Princess by Dawn Cook
139) Kamen Tantei Vol 1 by Matsuri Akino
140) First Truth by Dawn Cook
141) Dorothea Vol 1 by Cuvie
142) Devilish by Jo Beverley
143) Pearl Pink Vol 1 by Meca Tanaka
144) Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
145) Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine
144) Pearl Pink Vol 2 by Meca Tanaka
145) The First Betrayal by Patricia Bray
146) The Secret Swan by Shana Abe
147) Pearl Pink Vol 3 by Meca Tanaka
148) The Ladies of Mandrigyn by Barbara Hambly
149) Pearl Pink Vol 4 by Meca Tanaka
150) The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
151) Pet Shop of Horrors: Tokyo Vol 1 by Matsuri Akino
152) Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip
153) Skinny Dipping by Connie Brockway
154) The Wallflower Vol 15 by Tomoko Hayakawa
155) Wild Ones Vol 2 by Kiyo Fujiwara
156) Skip-Beat Vol 11 by Yoshiki Nakamura
157) Skip-Beat Vol 12 by Yoshiki Nakamura
158) Fruits Basket Vol 19 by Natsuki Takaya
159) Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara 
Saturday, June 14th, 2008
10:28 pm
Book Review - Martin Millar - "Lonely Werewolf Girl"
This is one book that seems to be relying on word of mouth for most of its marketing. All the references I've seen to it so far have been from people who've read it and liked it. Of course, some of the people who've read it and liked it and recommend it have been quite influential themselves (I think I first found out about the book by reading Neil Gaiman's blog).

It's also not an easy book to locate. I finally managed to find a copy in a music shop, of all places. (Real Groovy's Dunedin branch in Great King Street, if anyone's interested). But it's definitely worth the work of hunting out. This is why. Could be construed to contain spoilers.Collapse ) I don't often think this highly of a book. If you have even a slight interest in werewolves and contemporary urban thrillers, I'd recommend this book without reservation.

Current Mood: busy
Friday, May 9th, 2008
5:21 pm
April books

101) Pumpkin Scissors Vol 2 by Ryotaro Iwanaga
102) Shaman Warrior Vol 3 by Park Joong-Ki
103) Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
104) Skip-Beat Vol 10 by Yoshiki Nakamura
105) Cantarella Vol 7 by You Higuri
106) Madhouse by Rob Thurman
107) The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan
108) Son of Avonar by Carol Berg
109) Claymore Vol 6 by Norihiro Yagi
110) Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
111) Cantarella Vol 8 by You Higuri
112) Claymore Vol 7 by Norihiro Yagi
113) Wolf’s Blood by Jane Lindskold
114) Claymore Vol 8 by Norihiro Yagi
115) The Novice by Trudi Canavan
116) Claymore Vol 9 by Norihiro Yagi
117) The High Lord by Trudi Canavan
118) Claymore Vol 10 by Norihiro Yagi
119) Claymore Vol 11 by Norihiro Yagi
120) Guardians of the Keep by Carol Berg
121) Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood by Meredith Ann Pierce
122) Cantarella Vol 9 by You Higuri
123) Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 by David Peterson
124) Cantarella Vol 10 by You Higuri
125) Wolf’s Blood by Jane Lindskold
126) The Truelove Bride by Shana Abe
127) Girl Genius: Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank by Phil and Kaja Foglio
128) Shaman Warrior Vol 4 by Park Joong-Ki
129) Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
129) Shaman Warrior Vol 5 by Park Joong-Ki
130) Shaman Warrior Vol 6 by Park Joong-Ki

Saturday, April 5th, 2008
1:13 pm
books for march
 66) Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol 1 by Eiji Otsuka and Housul Yamazaki
67) D.Gray-Man Vol 8 by Katsura Hoshino
68) Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man Vol 2 by Kim Young-Oh
69) Purgatory Kabuki Vol 1 by Yasushi Suzuki
70) Cantarella Vol 5 by You Higuri
71) The Dragon of Despair by Jane Lindskold
72) Bride of the Water God Vol 2 by Mi-Kyung Yun
72) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 12 by Clamp
73) Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Vol 2: I Kick Your Face by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen
74) The Silent Tower by Barbara Hambly
75) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 13 by Clamp
76) Claymore Vol 4 by Norihiro Yagi
77) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 14 by Clamp
78) The Silicon Mage by Barbara Hambly
79) Cantarella Vol 6 by You Higuri
80) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 15 by Clamp
81) The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind by Fuyumi Ono
82) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 16 by Clamp
83) Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol 2 by Eiji Otsuka and Housul Yamazaki
84) Shaman Warrior Vol 1 by Park Joong-Ki
85) Shaman Warrior Vol 2 by Park Joong-Ki
86) Clouds of Witness by Dorothy Sayers
87) Kekkaishi Vol 5 by Yellow Tanabe
88) Claymore Vol 5 by Norihiro Yagi
89) Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man Vol 3 by Kim Young-Oh 
90) Whitechapel Gods by S. M. Peters
91) Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man Vol 4 by Kim Young-Oh 
92) Kekkaishi Vol 6 by Yellow Tanabe
93) Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man Vol 5 by Kim Young-Oh 
94) Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 15 by Hiromu Arakawa
95) Night of the Beasts Vol 5 by Chika Shiomi
96) The Good Witch of the West Vol 1 by Haruhiko Momokawa and Noriko Ogiwara
97) Peacemaker Vol 1 by Nanae Chrono
98) Wolf Captured by Jane Lindskold
99) Seimaden Vol 1 by You Higuri
100) xxxHolic Vol 11 by Clamp
Sunday, March 9th, 2008
4:00 pm
February Reading

33) Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man Vol 1 by Kim Young-Oh
34) The Unnatural Inquirer by Simon R. Green
35) Hikkatsu! Strike A Blow to Vivify Vol 2 by Yu Yagami
36) Cantarella Vol 3 byYou Higuri
37) Wallflower Vol 14 by Tomoko Hayakawa 
38) Wolf’s Head, Wolf’s Heart by Jane Lindskold
39) Hell Girl Vol 1 by Miyuki Eto
40) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 8 by Clamp
41) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 9 by Clamp
42) Cantarella Vol 4 by You Higuri
43) The Orphan’s Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente
44) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 10 by Clamp
45) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 11 by Clamp
46) Kekkaishi Vol 2 by Yellow Tanabe
47) Kekkaishi Vol 3 by Yellow Tanabe
48) Kekkaishi Vol 4 by Yellow Tanabe
49) New Warriors: Defiant by Kevin Grevioux and Paco Medina
50) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
51) Qwan Vol 4 by Aki Shimizu
52) Pumpkin Scissors Vol 1 by Ryotaro Iwanaga
53) D.Gray-Man Vol 7 by Katsura Hoshino
54) Hunter’s Oath by Michelle West
55) Togari Vol 4 by Yoshinori Natsume
56) Fruits Basket Vol 18 by Natsuki Takaya
57) Nightmares For Sale Vol 1 by Kaoru Ohashi
58) Hunter’s Death by Michelle West
59) Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers
60) Basara Vol 23 by Yumi Tamura
61) The Book of Atrix Wolfe by Patricia M. McKillip
62) Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol 26 by Akimine Kamijyo
63) Basara Vol 24 by Yumi Tamura
64) Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning Vol 2 by Kyo Shirodaira and Eita Mizuno
65) Basara Vol 25 by Yumi Tamura

Friday, February 1st, 2008
1:49 am
2008: January Tally

1) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Vol 1 by Hirohiko Araki
2) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Vol 2 by Hirohiko Araki
3) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Vol 3 by Hirohiko Araki
4) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Vol 4 by Hirohiko Araki
5) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Vol 5 by Hirohiko Araki
6) Through Wolf’s Eyes by Jane Lindskold
7) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 4 by Clamp
8) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 5 by Clamp
9) xXxHolic Vol 8 by Clamp
10) Missing: Kamikakushi no Monogatari by Gakuyo Coda and Rei Mutsuki
11) Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses by Diane Duane
12) Qwan Vol 3 by Aki Shimizu
13) Cantarella Vol 1 by You Higuri
14) Cantarella Vol 2 by You Higuri
15) xXxHolic Vol 9 by Clamp
16) Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward 
17) Kekkaishi Vol 1 by Yellow Tanabe
18) Wild Ones Vol 1 by Kiyo Fujiwara 
19) Night of the Beasts Vol 5 by Chika Shiomi 
20) Heaven’s Net is Wide by Lian Hearn
21) Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol 25 by Akimine Kamijyo
22) Claymore Vol 1 by Norihiro Yagi
23) Claymore Vol 2 by Norihiro Yagi
24) Claymore Vol 3 by Norihiro Yagi
25) xXxHolic Vol 10 by Clamp
26) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 6 by Clamp
27) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 7 by Clamp
28) Blade of Fortriu by Juliet Marillier
29) Dokebi Bride Vol 5 by Marley 
30) Almost A Lady by Loretta Chase
31) Canon Vol 3 by Chika Shiomi
32) The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

Numbering for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is for the Japanese releases, not US.

Sunday, January 13th, 2008
9:42 pm
Book Review - Jane Lindskold - "Through Wolf's Eyes"
In news that might shock a few people reading this... I have actually, for the first time in months, finished reading a new book. Through Wolf's Eyes by Jane Lindskold.

(This space left so the Earth can re-orient itself on its axis).

I actually found this book really good. This is whyCollapse ) I'd recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a good, solid adventure story with a strong, intelligent, female protagonist, with resonances of the feral-child story tradition and more than a dash of the Hero's Journey thrown into the mix.

Current Mood: busy
Saturday, January 5th, 2008
1:44 am
December Reading Tally
 233) The Dream-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon
234) xXxHoLic Vol 4 by Clamp
235) xXxHoLic Vol 5 by Clamp
236) xXxHoLic Vol 6 by Clamp
237) The Element of Fire by Martha Wells
238) Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies by Moss Roberts
239) Eternal Nights by Patti O’Shea
240) Qwan Vol 2 by Aki Shimizu
241) Zombie Loan Vol 1 by Peach-Pit 
242) Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher 
243) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 1 by Clamp
244) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 2 by Clamp
245) Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Vol 3 by Clamp
246) Bride of the Water God Vol 1 by Mi-Kyung Nun
247) Dragon Outcast by E.E. Knight
248) Vampire Knight Vol 3 by Matsuri Hino
249) Skip-Beat Vol 7 by Yoshiki Nakamura
250) Skip-Beat Vol 8 by Yoshiki Nakamura
251) Skip-Beat Vol 9 by Yoshiki Nakamura
252) Vagabond Vol 25 by Takehiko Inoue
253) Dragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon
254) Platinum Garden Vol 5 by Maki Fujita
255) xXxHoLic Vol 7 by Clamp 
256) Land of Silver Rain Vol 5 by Mira Lee
257) Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells
Sunday, December 2nd, 2007
11:51 pm
Books Read in November
200) Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
201) Mugen Spiral Vol 2 by Mizuho Kusanagi
202) Hana Kimi Vol 18 by Hisaya Nakajo
203) Hana Kimi Vol 19 by Hisaya Nakajo
204) Full Metal Alchemist Vol 14 by Hiromu Arakawa
205) Togari Vol 2 by Yoshinori Natsumi
206) xXxHoLic Vol 1 by Clamp 
207) Yurara Vol 2 by Chika Shiomi
208) Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
209) Wired by Liz Maverick
210) Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning Vol 1 by Kyo Shirodaira and Eita Mizuno
211) Crashing Paradise by Christopher Golden and Thomas Sniegoski
212) Canon Vol 2 by Chika Shiomi
213) Bleach Vol 21 by Tite Kubo
214) Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
215) Qwan Vol 1 by Aki Shizimu 
216) Hikkatsu! Strike A Blow to Vivify Vol 1 by Yu Yagami
217) Changeling by Delia Sherman
218) Togari Vol 3 by Yoshinori Natsumi
219) Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
220) Hoshin Engi Vol 3 by Ryu Fujisaki
221) Fire and Sword by Simon Brown
222) Hayate the Combat Butler Vol 4 by Kenjiro Hata
223) Darkness: Levels by Paul Jenkins
224) xXxHoLic Vol 2 by Clamp 
225) xXxHoLic Vol 3 by Clamp
226) Rose Hip Zero Vol 3 by Tohru Fujisawa
227) Dokebi Bride Vol 4 by Marley 
228) Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward
229) The Orphan’s Tale: In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
230) Black Cat Vol 10 by Kentaro Yabuki
231) Yoki Koto Kiku by Koge-Donbo
232) The Green Man: Tales of the Mythic Forest by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling 
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
11:45 am
2007: October Tally
  182) The Return of Nightfall by Mickey Zucker Reichert
183) Hoshin Engi Vol 2 by Ryu Fujisaki
184) The Shattered Rose by Jo Beverley
185) Eldest by Christopher Paoloni
186) The Scarlet Empress by Susan Grant
187) Dokebi Bride Vol 3 by Marley
188 Mushishi Vol 2 by Yuki Urushibara
189) Inheritance by Simon Brown
190) An Arranged Marriage by Jo Beverley
191) Land of Silver Rain Vol 4 by Mira Lee
192) An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverley
193) The Wallflower Vol 13 by Tomoko Hayakawa
194) The Man With the Golden Torc by Simon R. Green 
195) The Well-Favored Man by Elizabeth Willey
196) Myths and Legends of Japan by F. Hadland Davies: 1, 2, 3, 4
197) Fruits Basket Vol 17 by Natsuki Takaya
198) Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol 23 by Akimine Kamijyo
199) Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol 24 by Akimine Kamijyo
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
2:41 am
2007: September reading tally
 166) The Faery Reel by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
167) X-Factor Vol 3: Many Lives of Madrox by Peter David
168) Valentine’s Exile by E.E. Knight
169) Platinum Garden Vol 4 by Maki Fujita
170) D.Gray-Man Vol 6 by Katsura Hoshino
171) Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman
172) Spirit Fox by Mickey Zucker Reichert and Jennifer Wingert
173) Moongazer by Marianne Mancusi
174) Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
175) Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs
176) Bleach Vol 18 by Tite Kubo
177) Bleach Vol 19 by Tite Kubo
178) Bleach Vol 20 by Tite Kubo
179) Togari Vol 1 by Yoshinori Natsumi
180) The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
181) The Power of Two by Patti O’Shea
Friday, September 7th, 2007
3:24 pm
August Reading Tally
 154) Godslayer by Mickey Zucker Reichert
155) Shadow Climber by Mickey Zucker Reichert
156) Dragonrank Master by Mickey Zucker Reichert
157) Night of the Beasts Vol 4 by Chika Shiomi
158) Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
159) Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
160) Shadow’s Realm by Mickey Zucher Reichert
161) By Chaos Cursed by Mickey Zucher Reichert
162) Land of Silver Rain Vol 3 by Mira Lee
163) Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
163) Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon
164) The Chocolate Jewel Case by Joanna Carl
165) The Village Spinster by Laura Matthews
Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
10:43 pm
manga recs
I've done 2 manga compilation posts at my livejournal.  The first post is a list and very brief description of manga series less than 10 volumes that I've read or am reading. The second post is about the manga series that I'm currently reading and am enjoying the most.
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
10:18 pm
July 2007 Reading

126) Second Sight by Amanda Quick
127) Vision of the Other Side Vol 1 by Yu-Chin Lin
128) The Wallflower Vol 12 by Tomoko Hayakawa
129) Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco
130) Hot Dish by Connie Brockway
131) Megatokyo Vol 5 by Fred Gallagher
132) Negima Vol 14 by Ken Akamatsu
133) A Little Bit Wicked by Victoria Alexander
134) Land of Silver Rain Vol 2 by Mira Lee
135) True Blood by Patricia Waddell
136) Death Note Vol 12 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
137) Backstage Prince Vol 2 by Kanoko Sakurakoji
138) Eye of the Beholder by Merline Lovelace
139) Only A Duke Will Do by Sabrina Jeffries
140) La Corda D’Oro Vol 4 by Yuki Kure
141) Sword of Darkness by Kinley MacGregor
142) Tail of the Moon Vol 5 by Rinko Ueda 
143) Knight of Darkness by Kinley MacGregor
144) Yurara Vol 1 by Chika Shiomi 
145) Hob’s Bargain by Patricia Briggs
146) Emma Vol 2 by Kaoru Mori
147 Hoshin Engi Vol 1 by Ryu Fujisaki
148) Dokebi Bride Vol 2 by Marley
149) The Taste of the Night by Vicki Pettersson
150) Scrapped Princess: Song of the Forgiven by Ichiro Sakaki
151) Black Cat Vol 9 by Kentaro Yabuki
152) Hayate the Combat Butler Vol 3 by Kenjiro Hata
153) Zombie Powder Vol 4 by Tite Kubo

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