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The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair )
Rating:  Thumbs up
Recommend?  God, a thousand times over.  If you haven't heard of Jasper Fforde before know, I suggest you go aquaint yourself with his writing.  It's well worth it.

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(Ahaha, yes, it's back because, well, I enjoy doing these.)

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously.  England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense.  All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature.  When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë's novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.

Other books by Fforde:  Lost in a Good Book, The Well of Plots, Something Rotten, First Among Sequels (all Thursday Next books), The Big Over Easy, The Fourth Bear

Initial Reaction:  This is apparently Fforde's first ever novel (printed in 2001) and I really have no expectations going in.  It has dodos in it, so I'm already amused.

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Midnight's Daughter by Karen Chance

Midnight's Daughter )

Rating:  A bunch of good bananas.
Recommend?  Yes, hands down.  I would, however, advise you to read the three Dark novels before in order to get a feel for the universe - also, Pritkin is awesome.  So, yeah. ;)  A great example of urban fantasy, like always from Chance.

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Midnight's Daughter by Karen Chance

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir - half human, half vampire.  Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives.  So far Dory has manages to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing.

Now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life.  Her uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison.  And her father wants Dory to work with the gorgeous master vampire Louis-Cesare to put him back there.

Vampires and dhampirs are mortal enemies, and Dory prefers to work alone.  But Dracula is the only thing on earth that truly scares her, so when Dory has to go up against him, she'll take all the help she can get.

Other books by Chance:  Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, Embrace the Night

Initial Reaction:  I'm sometimes leery of spin off books/shows that dwell in the same universe as the original series but I love Chance's work enough that I decided to give this a go.
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Madhouse by Rob Thurman

Madhouse )

Recommendation?  Why are you even still reading this and not this series?  If you like Harry Dresden, I think you'll like this series.

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Genesis of Shannara: The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks

Mostly a good banana )

Recommend?  Yes, especially if you're a fan of this series but if you're new?  Save this one for last even though it technically comes before.  The best arc in Shannara, IMHO, is Heritage, the second arc and still is.

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Well, the Monkey is setting sail tomorrow and since I don't know what my access is going to be, I'm going to post the books I'm bringing with me.  I might not finish all of them but at least the descriptions will be up before I head out so I can link and review when I get back.

Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez

Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez )
The Alchemy of Stone (A novel of automated anarchy & clockwork lust) by Ekaterina Sedia

The Alchemy of Stone )
Madhouse by Rob Thurman

Madhouse )
The Cipher: A Novel of Crosspointe by Diana Pharaoh Francis

The Cipher )
Gensis of Shannara:  The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks

The Gypsy Morph )

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Cry Wolf (An Alpha and Omega Novel) by Patricia Briggs

Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack ... and became one herself.  After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males.  Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer - and son - of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf.  And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf - a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all the pack...

Other books by Briggs:  Masques, Steal the Dragon, When Demons Walk, The Hob's Bargain, Dragon Bones, Dragon Blood, Raven's Shadow, Raven's Strike, Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed

Initial Reaction:  I've read five of the author's previous books and I really enjoyed them - though I tended to enjoy her high fantasy books (Hob, Demons) a little more than the urban ones.  This is an off-shoot of the Mercy Thompson books (the last three) and I found those really enjoyable but I'm not sure if I'll enjoy a same universe, different character focus.  We'll see. :)

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A Nameless Witch: A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism by A. Lee Martinez

One good banana )

*Yes, there's obviously a theme to all of this. ;)  I am, after all, a monkey of good reading stature and a monkey reviewer should act as such.
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I have no idea if anyone would read this, or how long my attention span will keep up with this ;), but I decided that with as many books as I read lately, I'll try something new.  I'm going to try some reviews but the first post will be just the book summary and the follow up post will be the actual review.

A Nameless Witch: A tale of vengeance, true love, and cannibalism by A. Lee Martinez

Being born undead can have its disadvantages, such as eternal youth and flawless beauty -- things most unsuitable for a witch.  Hiding behind the guise of a grimy old crone, the witch is content living outside Fort Stalwart with her unlikely band of allies:  a troll, an enchanted broom, and a demonic duck.  She leads a simple life filled with spells, potions, and the occasional curse.

So when a White Knight arrives at Fort Stalwart, the witch knows her days of peace are at an end, and soon the witch and the Knight must reluctantly combine forces on a perilous quest to stop a mad sorcerer from destroying the world.

Other books by Martinez:  Gil's All Fright Diner, In the Company of Ogres, The Automatic Detective and Too Many Curses


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