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5th-Aug-2007 07:23 am - Twilight by Stephenie Meyers
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistble and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.
What Bella doesn't realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back...

Several recommendations from various sources about how great this series is prompted me to check the books out. I thoroughly enjoyed this YA fantasy; 498 pages that flowed so smoothly I finished the book much too quickly since I don't have the second book yet!
3rd-Aug-2007 05:12 pm(no subject)
I crave challenge!
I just read Gateway by Frederik Pohl
and The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

which is why I am here.
31st-Jul-2007 08:59 pm - Split Infinity by Piers Anthony
A friend at work loaned me this book telling me how good it was so despite my misgivings from a Xanth novel that I read many years ago I started it. A few non-surprises since I know the titles of the other books in the series but several unexpected events kept it interesting and it was quite enjoyable. I've put the other 6 books on hold at the Library.

Book Description
On the technological, decadent world of Proton, someone was trying to destroy Stile, serf and master Gamesman. His only escape lay in Phaze, a world totally ruled by magic. Soon he learned that his alternate self had already been murdered, and that he was next. On Proton, his fate depended on winning the great Games. On Phaze, he must master magic to survive. And if he used any magic at all, his friends the unicorn and the werewolf were determined to kill him at once!
30th-Jun-2007 09:06 pm - Life As We Knew It
Live long & prosper
Life As We Knew It is a YA novel by Susan Beth Pfeffer that I'm still thinking about days after I finished it. I found it a very intriguing book and it got me thinking about what to do if a natural disaster struck in my area. Are we prepared and how well would we cope?

From School Library Journal
Grade 6-8–Pfeffer tones down the terror, but otherwise crafts a frighteningly plausible account of the local effects of a near-future worldwide catastrophe. The prospect of an asteroid hitting the Moon is just a mildly interesting news item to Pennsylvania teenager Miranda, for whom a date for the prom and the personality changes in her born-again friend, Megan, are more immediate concerns. Her priorities undergo a radical change, however, when that collision shifts the Moon into a closer orbit, causing violent earthquakes, massive tsunamis, millions of deaths, and an upsurge in volcanism. Thanks to frantic preparations by her quick-thinking mother, Miranda's family is in better shape than many as utilities and public services break down in stages, wild storms bring extremes of temperature, and outbreaks of disease turn the hospital into a dead zone. In Miranda's day-by-day journal entries, however, Pfeffer keeps nearly all of the death and explicit violence offstage, focusing instead on the stresses of spending months huddled in increasingly confined quarters, watching supplies dwindle, and wondering whether there will be any future to make the effort worthwhile.

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26th-Jun-2007 05:56 pm - Justine Larbalestier
No way
I finished the Magic or Madness trilogy by Justine Larbalestier this week. Her husband is Scott Westerfield, author of The Midnighters and Uglies trilogies.

1. Magic or Madness
2. Magic Lessons
3. Magic's Child

The first book in the YA fantasy series introduces Reason Cansino, a fifteen year old girl who along with her mum has been on the run from her grandmother pretty much all of her life. The stories she's her from her mum all paint her grandmother as a wicked witch so when Reason's mum is hospitalized and the social worker sends her to live with her grandmother, Reason prepares to run away. But when she steps through her grandmother's back door, she doesn't find herself in summertime Sydney, Australia but a wintry night in New York City.

I'm a little ambivalent about this series. The books were fast paced and easy to read. It seemed to me that Reason was given the answer to her main goal instead of having to figure it out. Granted that it was a terrifying monster that gave her the answer she was seeking and she now has to make some difficult choices so there's still plenty of drama and suspense. It definitely wasn't the ending I was expecting and there was a nice twist at the end.

The trilogy introduced me to a new numbers game that I'm having fun with called the Fibonacci series. You start with 0, add 1, then add that to the previous number and continue on 'til you lose your way. 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144,233... It's almost better than counting by prime numbers!
19th-Jun-2007 09:59 pm - The Heart of Stars by Kate Forsyth
The Heart of Stars is the final book in Kate Forsyth's Rhiannon's Ride trilogy. This trilogy is a sequel to her Witches of Eileanan six book series and has many of the characters from the first series appearing in the trilogy.
1. The Tower of Ravens
2. The Shining City
3. The Heart of Stars
I loved the first book; fast paced with lots of action while the second book was slow, boring, and had far too many descriptive sex scenes. The third book was also good, fast paced and kept my interest. I found it interesting that instead of alternating storylines by chapters between several sets of characters as so many books do she stayed with one set of characters until they finished what they were meant to do before starting the story of the other group. Brought everything to a surprising conclusion to finish of the series very well. Though I can't help but wonder what would have happened if Iseult had done things a little differently...

1. The Witches of Eileannan (Dragonclaw)
2. The Pool of Two Moons
3. The Cursed Towers
4. The Forbidden Lands
5. The Skull of the World
6. The Fathomless Caves
27th-May-2007 06:02 pm - Tinker by Wen Spencer
No way
Once every 28 days for twenty-four hours the city of Pittsburgh finds itself back on Earth, the rest of the time it resides on the planet Elfhome where magic flourishes and elves are real. Tinker owns her own salvage yard, making a nice living selling used parts and inventing things to make life easier on nontechnological Elfhome. Minutes before Shutdown, when Pittsburgh will once again be back on Earth, an Elf is chased into Tinker's scrapyard by a nasty pack of wargs. Tinker manages to rescue him from the wargs but finds herself on Earth with the elf badly injured and unable to use magic to heal himself.
It was a pretty good book though way too graphic in the sex scenes for me.
24th-May-2007 08:43 am - Still reading sci-fi/fantasy
Bike Trek
I've updated the community profile, transporting the whole book of the month idea to an alternate Earth history where it will be more active than in this reality.

I've still been reading the genre but, to my shame, have been posting about them elsewhere, letting gateways fade away into complete obscurity. Well, no more!

I've just finished the latest Firekeeper novel by Jane Lindskold. Looks like the whole series consists of 6 books:
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2. Wolf's Head, Wolf's Heart
3. Wolf Captured
4. The Dragon of Despair
5. Wolf Hunting
6. Wolf's Blood
In the first book, Firekeeper is a young woman who has been raised by intelligent "Royal" wolves who was discovered by a noble of Hawk Haven in his search for the missing youngest prince of the land. Brought back to Hawk Haven as a possible Heir to the throne, she finds herself in trouble and danger from the other heirs.
Subsequent books deal with other adventures she gets involved in. I've enjoyed the series a great deal and am sorry to see the series end.
Author: Kathy Tyers
Title: Crown of Fire
Series: #3 in the Firebird trilogy
Genre: Science Fiction
Summary: The tales of Lady Firebird conclude with Tyers' Crown of Fire , sequel to Firebird (1999) and Fusion Fire (2000). Firebird, from the decadent planet Netaia, was born a wastling, doomed to a glorious death in combat against the Ehretan Federate. But she's captured and falls in love with General Brennen, a telepath and leader of the Sentinels--the good guys. Firebird joins the Sentinel cause to subdue a renegade band of powerful telepaths called the Shuhr, whose defeat is also desired by the "Eternal Speaker," or God. Tyers is a busy writer with a confusing array of characters and settings, and she leans heavily on Star Wars . Firebird's rejection of Netaia's rigid religion and the idea of a culture based on ruthless eugenics prove intriguing, as do certain minor characterizations, such as that of Terza, a young eugenics technician who, in support of the war effort, is forced to bear a child the old-fashioned way. John Mort
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20th-Dec-2006 06:21 pm - Fantasy recommendation for January
Author: James A. Hetley
Title: Dragon's Teeth
Series: sequel to Dragon's Eye
Genre: Fantasy
Summary: From Booklist
Hetley continues the story of the Haskells, Welsh-Naskeag witches and defenders of women, and the Morgans, descendents of pirates and shapeshifters. Stoneford, Maine, hasn't settled down since the families uneasily allied against a sorcerer-turned-drug-lord (see Dragon's Eye, 2005). The constable keeps seeing her daughter's ghost. Plastic-wrapped corpses turn up on Haskell and Morgan land. Gary Morgan is attracted by a young woman his father quietly considers eliminating. Graduate student Caroline Haskell is ambivalent about traditional family responsibilities, but the search for a mysterious artifact draws her to them. Hetley maintains his creation strongly enough to please previous readers and win new ones. Frieda Murray
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