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Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

So I've been a total slacker when it comes to reading lately, but I did manage to finish reading MAGIC BITES by my bud ilona_andrews.

For those of you hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, MB is the story of Kate Daniels, a mercenary and loner in an Atlanta that seems post-apocalyptic, if the apocalypse were like, magical and stuff. Yeah. It's a kick-ass setting. She takes real settings and turns them upside down, and has a complete world built around her setting. I felt it was a completely fleshed world, rather than the usual "Oh, let's give this guy Magik Powerz!" and stick him in the middle of Random-West-Coast-City. I liked that this was set in the South (and the joke about the gravy made me crack up, because I totally know how that is) and that she's the kind of girl that sits on her back porch and drinks Boone's Farm.

The book starts out with the death of someone that was once close to Kate, and she feels obligated to hunt down his murderers (as well as garner herself a paycheck). I really admired Kate's motivation in this book, because that's something I always struggle with. Another thing I noticed is that every sentence is absolutely necessary. There is no extraneous dialogue or description in this book. It jarred me for a few pages, but then I grew into it after I realized that this is how Kate is (and the book is in 1st Person POV). There is no fluff in Kate's world, and the writing aptly conveys that.

(Did I mention how much I liked the setting yet? no? Because I love this magic-wave stuff. It totally kicked my ass with it's coolness. I wish I'd thought of that.)

And now I feel I must wax poetic about Curran. Because, dayum. If Kate's the narrator, Curran absolutely steals the show (in my eyes). He's enough of a sexy independent asshole to totally hook me, and I kept reading to see more about Curran. Total girl-crush on this end. From the moment he walked on the page, I was mentally taking the Kate paper-doll and the Curran paper-doll (note that the paper dolls are just in my brain) and making them mug down on each other. In my mind, these two made out more than you can possibly believe (well, maybe not jp_rich because she knows me too well) and I near about cried tears of joy when they (CENSORED FOR SPOILERS).

Alas, she left me wanting more.

I demand the next cover have human-Curran on the cover. Preferably with some man-titty. ilona_andrews, make it so!

All in all, a very fun, very clever read. I know I keep saying that it's a smart book, but that's because it is. I never felt talked-down to, and I never wanted to smack the shit out of Kate for being TSTL (For those of you not familiar with romance, that's Too-Stupid-To-Live). The story's well thought out, moves along fast, and features a few things I've never seen in urban fantasy before, which I thought was fascinating.

Okay, and that's all I shall say, because someone's going to think I'm being paid at this rate.

Win some, lose some.

I stared at my edits today for about an hour. There was something wrong with the scene -- I've spent so much time trying to make Jolie more proactive and action-oriented, and in the scene, she meekly follows behind someone else and just silently resents them. This was not how I wanted to fix my book (nor did it fix it). So it stumped me. How to turn the scene around? How to migrate my character toward scene-point B where the action kicked in?

There wasn't a way, really. In the end, I deleted 95% of what I wrote last night and started over. I'm about where I ended last night (I think the total novel is somewhere around 84k) but it's got a much more active, dramatic flair to it. Jolie takes a stand, and while it's a hard one, I'll have to re-read later to see if it's played well and comes across as desperate rather than aggressive.

Oh, and I tweaked my hook for raleva31 's Crapometer. Originally I wasn't going to do this, but I figure why the hell not.

Been a while since I updated my reading list for this year:

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9. THE CONQUEST by Jude Deveraux+
10. THE TAMING by Jude Deveraux+
11. WISHES by Jude Deveraux+
12. BY POSSESSION by Madeline Hunter
13. THE VELVET PROMISE by Jude Deveraux
14. TWIN OF ICE by Jude Deveraux+
15. SWEETBRIAR by Jude Deveraux
16. LORD OF A THOUSAND NIGHTS by Madeline Hunter - DNF
17. KILLJOY by Julie Garwood - DNF
18. LEGEND by Jude Deveraux - DNF

Ok. So I've obviously been on a re-reading kick. I'm currently reading THE RAIDER and it's pretty meh. It's obviously one of JD's earlier books. I love her medievals the most (with the exception of Velvet Promise, which features the most unlikeable hero/heroine in the world) but TWIN OF ICE holds a special place in my heart.

I've also decided to start listing the books I don't finish (Hence the DNF). Because ye gods, I'm a picky reader, and half of what I pick up, I don't finish. It could be the mood I'm in, or it could be really boring story, or bad writing. Either way, I sometimes get about halfway through a book and then lose interest.

WRITER'S GUIDE was actually an entertaining re-read. (All of the writer's guides kick ass.) It's probably one of the most entertaining books on 'condensed' medieval customs and actually gives you useful stuff. While I would have liked more on castles than a page and a half (a diagram would have been nice) it's a good springboard for research. Mind you, the book's not 100% historically accurate, and I caught a few errors, but it does a good job of covering a lot of small points. You um, will need to look past the really bad ren-faire pictures in the book, though. There's pictures of Sherrilyn Kenyon in bad garb, random SCA/Renfaire nerds in equally bad garb, and a ton of pictures yanked from Museum Replicas. I chortled over the picture of the 'medieval traveller' that was wearing huge nerd-glasses. Heck, I chortle every time I see that picture.

Not that I haven't done my share of dressing up, mind you. I just wouldn't put it in a serious book about medieval history.

I'm heading to the library tomorrow to look for more books on medieval stuff, specifically on 1) Books with castle diagrams 2) medieval tournaments 3)the reign of Edward III and 4) Women's clothing in the late 1300s. If you know of any good internet linkage on the afore-mentioned subjects, feel free to shoot them my way. *shameless begging*

Brain = dead piece of meat.


I am *SO* tired and it is only Tuesday. Will never make it to the end of this week.

I want to edit UNNATURAL (I have an unnatural -- ha! -- urge to poke it lately) but am too tired. Will blog about what I've read lately.

52 Books In A Year -- AGAIN!

1. SOMEWHERE I'LL FIND YOU by Lisa Kleypas
2. TEMPTRESS by Lisa Jackson
3. THE RAVEN PRINCE by Elizabeth Hoyt+
4. UNTIL YOU by Judith McNaught+
5. SOMETHING WONDERFUL by Judith McNaught+

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