Reading and reviewing: never a simple nor an easy task.
The new year is almost upon us, and I’ve neglected this blog for far too long. When I last left off, I was an old woman with shingles – I’m still an old woman, but fortunately the shingles has passed. Since then I went to a Time Lord Ball dressed as a lizard woman from the dawn of time, held a Whovian birthday party, and sold geeky ornaments at a craft faire. All topics I meant to blog about in depth, all stuck solidly in the past.
Another reason for my blogging absence is that I’ve been reading up a storm in the last month. Though shy of my 50-book goal for 2013, I reached a respectable 33 – which happens to be my lucky number, so I’m taking that as a sign. I mentioned a few months ago that I am now reviewing for the website All Things Urban Fantasy, and you can check out my first review, Hatshepsut’s Collar by A.W. Exley.
In HATSHEPSUT’S COLLAR by A.W. Exley, sequel to NEFERTITI’S HEART, a traitor to the crown forces Cara Devon and Nathaniel Lyons to St. Petersburg in order to clear the Lyons name, and along the way they encounter airships, pirates, Russian prostitutes, and even dragons. In addition to supernatural adventure, the book wants to be erotic romance, but in this case the two genres don’t blend together. The latter isn’t my scene, so I found the second half of the story, where the international espionage intrigue comes to the front, a lot more entertaining.
Reviews for non-ATUF books will still be posted here or on Goodreads. Look for my thoughts on Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL and David Sedaris’ LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, if that sort of thing interests you, and stay tuned for my next post on coping with positive rejection.