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BOOK REVIEW: Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

REVIEW SUMMARY: Less True Blood, more a darker cozy mystery set in a town filled with secrets and hiding a killer. For fans of Harris’ many series it is a chance to revisit some supporting characters. An easy read, but filled with red herrings and a problematic conclusion.

MY RATING:

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Interesting, fairly diverse cast of characters; for fans of Harris’ other series, they will revisit familiar side characters; easy to get into, didn’t bog down much; sets the stage for what could be a fun to read trilogy.
CONS: Red herrings galore; we have characters with powers but they don’t get much action; there were so many characters, 3 POVs and not enough time to really get to know all the players; have to wonder if newcomers to Harris’ books will be as drawn to the characters and world without the anchor of the other established series; the final reveal of the killer was wrapped up too quickly; left this reader feeling underwhelmed.
BOTTOM LINE: While not without flaws, this was an easy read and I enjoyed revisiting some characters. I will read the next one, but not at the hardcover price.

The problem with reviewing an author’s work when you are already familiar with their other series is that you tend to focus on what the book is not, versus what it is. However, the truth is that one of the first thoughts I had upon finishing Midnight Crossroad was that it was not True Blood. If you are hoping for a steamy romance or a blond viking vampire, you won’t find it here. While there is the broad hint at some romantic feelings among some of the townspeople, there is no romance in this book.
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Coming Soon: A MOST IMPROPER BOXED SET by Stephanie Burgis

The Kat, Incorrigible series books 1-3 will be released as a boxed set in October 2014.

Here’s the synopsis:

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A Reading Resolution: Read More Older SFF

I adore Tuesdays, the day that many new books are released. I have an (over) abundant collection of new releases, with more on the way. However, in the hustle and bustle of “shiny new pretty” some older gems fall by the side. This year, I resolve to read more older books that either were crushed by the weight of my to read pile or I haven’t discovered yet. My general rule is that the book has to be at least 5 years old and the goal is to read 12 this year.

My pick for January was recommended to me by a reader friend with some familiarity with my usual reads, and John DeNardo favorably reviewed it here in 2006, so I feel like I’m starting on the right page.

Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress is full-length novel expanded from a Hugo and Nebula award-winning novella (of the same name) from the early 1990s.

The synopsis:

In a world where the slightest edge can mean the difference between success and failure, Leisha Camden is beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent … and one of an ever-growing number of human beings who have been genetically modified to never require sleep.

Once considered interesting anomalies, now Leisha and the other “Sleepless” are outcasts — victims of blind hatred, political repression, and shocking mob violence meant to drive them from human society … and, ultimately, from Earth itself.

But Leisha Camden has chosen to remain behind in a world that envies and fears her “gift” — a world marked for destruction in a devastating conspiracy of freedom … and revenge.

If you prefer to read the original novella, you can buy it here. Just be aware that there are two more parts to the story.

Have any book suggestions to help me reach my goal?

Feed Your To-Read List!

Hello! For my first post I aim to help you add to your already impossibly long to-read lists. There are some upcoming SFF titles, as well as a few that have been languishing on my shelf that need to move up on the pile.

My general rule is “I live in the real world, I don’t want to read about it.” Fantasy has long been my warm, welcoming escape from everyday life. Below are some books coming out in the next 3 months that have me counting down the days until their release.

Dying is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Looks like someone has opened Pandora’s box and there is going to be a lot of collateral damage and action before the tale is done.
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