Greetings from long ago & far away, or not so long ago as it was, and not so far away either. I suppose four month’s isn’t that terribly long to be off the blogging-radar, but it certainly seems that way. As for the far away, I haven’t posted since retuning from Seattle in September! Between financial crisis, Christmas, and just plain being busy and/or blah I haven’t been online much at all. There are a good deal of things I have been doing, for example I tried my hand at sewing a skirt! I’ve been… playing Sims3 World Adventures. Watching Avatar and Sherlock Holmes, Going out to dinner (You should really go try the new Mitsuba Hibachi Grill in New Hartford NY), and visiting with friends some of whom I don’t get to see terribly often.
Thats all well and good.
Most of my time however, has been spent reading. Or at least it has been when I have a few bucks to spare for a new book. My collection in the past year has become massive, my book case is like a tetris game, stacked 2-deep on more than two shelves. Long ago I was content to tear through the fantasy and science fiction section, when that ran out I tore through historical romances, and then back again. Then I found a new candy, “Paranormal/Urban Fantasy” which is found in both the “Fantasy/Sci-Fi” and the “Romance” section of the book stores. It’s been around for awhile but growing in leaps and bounds with the added media attention, and new authors filtering in. Unfortunatly I find myself dealing with a bit of book-A-D-H-D. I start reading and then stop, my attention drifts. Not because the book is bad, or unoriginal. Perhaps because I read too much and have settled on a few favorites whom I wish would release more? Perhaps because I have just been reading one type of book too long?
So I took a break and re-read the Drizzt series by R.A.Salvatore, including Icewind Dale which I’d never gotten around to reading the first time through. So I then asked for the Paths of Darkness, and Legacy collectors series so I could own them all. I think which leaves me to obtain the last three books in the series and then I’ll be done? Provided I don’t decide to start reading all of his other works on top of that.
While on this fantasy kick I also started reading Brent Weeks “Night Angel” Trilogy the third book of which I haven’t even touched yet. It’s a bit rare for me to not read a third book, and more so when I realize the reasoning behind not reading it comes down emotions. Fear, Anticipation, Does it happen like I think it should? Will I cry? Really I should just read it and get the anxiety over with. I picked up Amanda Downum’s The Drowning City while on this return to fantasy kick I’d been having (the same day I bought the second and third books to the night angel series) but being stuck on the night angel book means I haven’t read this one either. Yikes!
So I found myself at an impasse with Fantasy, and out of the 69 books on my Christmas wish list I got 17. (Including the 6 Drow Books.) 6 more of these I’d classify as Fantasy. I’m looking forward to reading the new series I got by Maria V. Snyder (Storm Glass & Sea Glass) her first three books left a very fuzzy feeling inside, I do have to wonder how they ended up being classified as “Romance?” Ah well at least I am smart enough to know good literature can be found along side the gratuitous femme reading. I’m equally looking forward to Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series. I fell in love with His Majesty Dragon a while ago and hadn’t gotten around to buying the rest becasuse I knew I would want to read them back to back. I was shocked however when returning a duplicate copy of Black Powder War to my local BN that they hadn’t sold a copy in months? WHY! Seriously? Impossible. Someone go resolve that issue right this moment! Please? They deserve to be on loving shelves in someones home. Unless they flop badly after that first book which I sincerely hope isn’t the case.
Ok so I got much fantasy, awesome. Now can I sit down and finish the one book thats holding up the line?
Soon I hope. Before it goes stale. Poor poor Kylar!
5 books we’re Paranormal/Romance. Katie Macalister’s Me and My Shadow (yay! now I need to re-read the first two in the series) I haven’t read it yet, I’m saving it for a rainy day when I’m really down in the dumps. Why? Because I trust Katie to give me a good dose of much needed humor mixed with romance and a wonderful story. I’ve re-read her books (all of them) several times when I need a good dose of humor, there are not all that many authors I truly like that do so. Oh, and while I’m rambling about her her forum community is awesome. The ladies there are a blast, and so is the author herself when she has time to grace us with her presence. I feel comfortable over there, not only are they warm and welcoming like freshly baked cookies on a cold day, its also that more than one of my interests is shared over there. I can speak geek and video games, and steampunk without being out of place! Speaking of Steampunk she’s got a “Romantic Steampunk Adventure” coming out soon, remind me to pre-order it?
(Side note to self, Steampunk: Abney Park in Boston? Oh please please please! I’ll find a way to get there I promise!)
4 more Christmas books to go. I finally decided to give Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton a try, so I got the box-set for Christmas. Seriously peeved, why did they put the errr… 16th book in the series, as the 4th book in the box set!? They made me go out and buy the fourth book because I ripped through the third only to discover whooops stop right there you thought you had the next one but noooooo. Then I go to get the fifth book, only to find my BN store stocks the old-copy with the becoming-outdated-covers. Gah! No fair!
So while throwing my mini-fumes everywhere, I went and picked up J.D.Robb’s Ceremony in Death (I could have sworn that was where I left off!) But no, once again I am thwarted and had to go back and get Vengance in Death hoping that this is where I left off. Then because I have been reading so much Paranormals, and So much Fantasies, I decided to pick up a book by Eloisa James. There is nothing like returning to historical romances when you can’t figure out what to read first.
So before all this christmas-book drama, there -are- a ton of books I’ve been reading (some of which I haven’t finished because I was too busy and got distracted) but I will read them I swear. Even if it takes me a bit to get back to them when I get un-hooked from these other books. Let’s see. A bullet list should work. To see what else I was reading – click MORE. Yes I am making you click a link to read the rest because I suspect the list will get a bit long.