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Book Review: The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

Del Rey
307 pp.

The Best of All Possible Worlds involves a science fiction setting vaguely reminiscent of Ursula LeGuin’s Hainish novels (mostly because the worldbuilding involves a loose federation of related humanoid species). Our protagonist is a woman named Delarua who has the task of assisting refugees settling on her home planet. During the course of the novel, she has various adventures and eventually enters a relationship with one of the refugees, a man named Dllenanakh. She also gets into a nasty family situation and an even nastier political one. Continue reading

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Book Review: Fury’s Kiss by Karen Chance

Signet Select

536 pp.

In Fury’s Kiss, Our Heroine spends a great deal of time suffering from amnesia and The Three Faces of Eve (minus one). By which I mean that she apparently has two distinct personalities, a human personality and a vampire one, who were deliberately separated by Mircea in an effort to keep Dorina somewhat sane and healthy. (There is a great deal of exposition where it is explained that when Dorina was a child she almost died because of her “vampire” half attacking her “human” half. The barrier that Mircea put between them is crumbling thanks to Dorina drinking fey wine in order to stop her occasional fits of berserk rage.  Dorina also turns out to have an untapped reservoir of psychic talent. Continue reading

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Book Review: Third Grave Straight Ahead by Darynda Jones

St. Martin’s Press
310 pp.

In Third Grave Dead Ahead, our Heroine has to deal with her extremely angry boyfriend, a missing person case that may be cover for a murder and her father’s efforts to make her quit her job. Charley does a lot of really stupid things in this book, mostly as a result of her ongoing obsession with finding out more about Reyes. This turns into an attempt to clear his name when she finds out that the person he was supposed to have murdered may have faked his death. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Six, Julietta Suzuki

In volume six of Kamisama Kiss, Nanami is recovering from the festival and the Kagura dance she performed. While Tomoe is ragging on Nanami for being so weak and worn out, the mysterious person who “tested” Nanami in the previous volume makes an appearance. It turns out that the mysterious stranger is a wind kami named Otohikogami, and he was a friend of Mikage.

It turns out that Otohikogami is testing Nanami’s worthiness to attend a special conference for kami called the Kamuhakari. He says that he has set up a competition between Nanami and another “human kami” a powerful psychic named Kayako Hiragi. However, neither Nanami nor Tomoe are interested in this contest or the conference, even when Otohikogami indicates that someone at the Kamuhakari might know where Mikage went. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Four, Julietta Suzuki

In this volume, Tomoe is continuing to go to school with Nanami so he can keep her out of trouble. He very much does not care for going to school however, so he spends a lot of time attempting to convince Nanami to quite school. (When Nanami complains about school, Tomoe tells her she should quit if it’s so hard, for instance.) Nanami meanwhile, is beginning to realize that she has a crush on Tomoe (much to his horror when he finds out). Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Two, Julietta Suzuki

In volume two of Kamisama Kiss, Nanami is bored out of her mind and has no interest in going back to school. She quickly changes her tune about school when she discovers that Kurama, a popular singer will be attending classes there. Tomoe however is less than pleased at the idea of Nanami going somewhere without protection of some kind. He eventually relents on the condition that Nanami wear a silly hat. (To hide the “tochigami mark” on her forehead from anything that might see it and attack her.)

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Book Review: Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

390 pp.

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I think that even if the series continues that this will be the last book I read in this series. This is not because I did not like the book, though it plays a part. (I am usually pretty good at continuing a series, even when I find it somewhat lacking.) It is more because this particular book feels like a stopping point to me. Another reason is because the ending is actually pretty open, but it feels like the story arc has been completed in some respect. Continue reading

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