Monday, September 24, 2007
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This is the first book of the Rebus series and they just get better and better. I would recommend if you are going to buy them to get a British copy as I have been told that the colloquialisms in American ones has been changed. However, don’t let this spoil your enjoyment of the books as they are still excellent reads.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Adam Jordan became sheriff after twelve years in the military. He is trying to attract Jeannie French's attention but she makes him so nervous that he keeps causing disasters when near her.
Phil and Mary Patterson opened a B&B when Phil quit ranching. Mary and Dovie Hennessey are good friends who chat daily. Recently Dovie has been uneasy about the successful proprietors of the B&B. She does not know what it is but something feels wrong.
Dovie and Frank went on European holiday and Nessa is running the antique shop. When Gordon stopped to see Dovie in her shop, he met Nessa instead. Now they are great friends who keep the long distance phone lines busy since he lives in Toronto. They are two lonely people who enjoy each other. For some reason they decided not to tell their children about their new friendship.
Savannah and Grady are trying to guess what their misguided brother wants from prison. And then his lovely lawyer appeared for a stay in Promise-at the dude ranch of her ex-husband, too. Richard's interest has something to do with the ghost town, Bitter End. but what does he want unless it would be money? No one in Promise wants to be stung by Richard again. How can they avoid the possibility?
Of course, the town gossip, Louise, is more than happy to share all the news with everyone who will listen. Especially when she learns of love interests and pregnancies.
Monday, September 17, 2007
If you are looking for a great biography, I can not recommend this one. Let’s face it,
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Prince Galrion is arrogant, used to getting his own way and so taken with the dweomer (magic) that he defies his father and runs off leaving his betrothed Brangwen to her fate. Only when it is too late does he find out that his destiny (wyrd) was to study with Brangwen for her gift was just as strong as his. In a moment of foolishness, he vows not to die until he has set things right. Over the centuries Galrion, having taken the name, Nevyn, seeks the spirit of his beloved, reborn in the world to try to untangle her wyrd from the spirit that was her brother, Garraent and the other man who loved her, Blaen.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is the first book in a series. The main plot finishes in “Dragonspell” (known also as “The Dragon Revenant”). The story line does move between the different time periods so you will find the table of incarnations in the back very useful. There is also one on her website: deverry.com. There are two more series that run off from this series and are well worth reading. Katharine Kerr is still writing the very last book. I can’t wait to read it!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
The people of the City of Ember live in darkness. Darkness, illuminated by flood lamps that come on for 12 hours each day but more and more the lights have gone out leaving them in darkness wondering if the lights will ever come back on. There are rumors that the food in the storehouses is running out and light bulbs are becoming scarce. Lina Mayfleet’s only ambition is to become a messenger, but when she is assigned to the pipe works she feels like the world has ended. Doon Harrow only wants to work on the generator that runs the city. After being assigned the job as a messenger he and Lina switch places and renew their friendship. Doon soon learns the city, created for them by the Builders, is really dying and they have lost the technology to repair even the simplest things. Lina finds an old document her baby sister has chewed with “Instructions for Egress”. She and Doon pool their resources and begin puzzling out what it means for them and the rest of the people in Ember.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
When Dominic Felse and his girlfriend Tossa visit Follymead for the weekend folk music course it seems not all are there for the music’s sake alone. Passion runs high between performers Liri Palmer and Lucien Galt as Liri sings “Black is the colour of my true loves heart” and aims it straight at Lucien. Then, Lucien disappears and the search for him only turns up a broken necklace, churned up ground and drops of what might be blood on the river bank. Dominic calls in his father, Inspector Felse to begin a discreet investigation into what might be foul play, but the mystery deepens as the evidence leads to more unanswerable questions.
This is the story of Mr. March the shadowy father figure in Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women”. We first encounter March working as a Union Chaplain during the Civil War trying to find ways of writing cheerful letters home while surrounded by the wanton cruelty, racism and ignorance of the war which he is helpless to prevent. Throughout this story weaves his early history as a peddler traveling across the South to make his fortune, his encounter with the Clements and their educated slave girl Grace, whom he meets again as the war takes him across the same path. His courtship and early married life with Marmee, a girl with a temper and frustrated by the role of women. His friendships with Emerson and Thoreau and the loss of his fortune. March becomes a school teacher for the black “contraband” on a plantation, but when the Confederates attack, the story is taken up by his wife, Marmee, who comes to find him in a