KMM’s ‘Iced’ not as hot as ‘Fever’ series but a page turner February 10, 2013Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
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The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.
ICED is intriguing but I will say there is a kind of “ick” factor to it that I hope will smooth out as Dani grows up.
Dani’s story takes place right after SHADOWFEVER and so we know:
- Cruce is imprisoned under the Abbey.
- Mac has found out Dani’s part in her sister Alina’s murder.
- Christian is turning into an Unseelie Prince.
- The walls between the human world and the Fae have come down.
Dani is still as fearless as ever. She carries the Sword of Light, one of the only two weapons that can kill the Fae. And she’s still a super fast sidhe-seer. None of this goes unnoticed by Ryodan, the owner of Chester’s. Yes, he is one of Barron’s men — or whatever they are. Ryodan forces Dani to work for him after a hoarfrost monster “ices” part of his club. The same monster is icing parts of the city, killing both humans and Fae. And that forms the basis for the plot — who or what is freezing the hell out of everything — that brings Dani. Ryo and Christian together.
In the Fever books, Dani annoyed me because she — well — just seemed to always be bugging Mac. Here she sort of still bugs me with her constant jabbering and eating — to keep up her super fast speed — but I like her a lot better because she just tries so hard to do the right thing and protect not just humans but those she loves.
One thing that is throwing me for a loop? Dani’s age. She’s 14. But she’s got two older beings after her. Both Ryodan and Christian see her potential and know she’ll grow up to be an amazing woman. And it’s kind of creepy to see them either directly going after her (Christian) or making weird comments that obviously have a double meaning (Ryodan). And Ryodan’s extracurricular behavior — even if he really does care about Dani — is gross. Blech. Won’t even go there. (Suffice to say I feel really sorry for Jo.) Dani seems kind of clueless right now about these affections. She knows somethings going on but because she’s a confused teen can’t figure it out. It would work better if she weren’t confused about guys — whatever they are — who are tons older than she is. (Thank goodness for Dancer. He balances things out but does he stand a chance?)
Mac and Barrons are definitely in the book. And if you’re like me and usually turn to the last page of the book first — don’t do it. (I actually didn’t do it this time so avoided what I kind of figured was coming!)
Fever fans will want to pick this up to keep up with the weird world KMM continues to create.
I also want to see where KMM takes Dancer. He’s always there for Dani and is the sexy smart nerd boy who might grow up to be something else?
The next book in the Dani trilogy is titled BURNED. No clue on when that’s due out. Hoping this fall.
(Sorry this has taken me so long to post. Been swamped with the day job but am back vamp blogging now! — Diana)
‘Dead Ever After’ description revealed November 20, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
Tags: charlaine harris, Dead Ever After, Sookie
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THE FINAL SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVEL
There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie — and could destroy her heart….
Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime. But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…
Latest ‘Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2′ trailer …. September 10, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, News.
Tags: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2
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Here is part 2 of the latest “Twilight” trailer. Movie is out Nov. 16. (There is a rambling review at the end of this which some folks might find amusing. But you can watch the video clip first and skip the talking, talking, talking at the end!) But for TwiHard fans this clip looks interesting.
Hugo Award winners announced …. any of your faves on here? September 3, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in News.
Tags: Among Others, Hugo Awards
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Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, announced the 2012 Hugo Award winners on Sept. 2 in Chicago. Here’s the list:
Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)
Description from Amazon.com
Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…
“The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s, September/October 2011)
You can read some of the novella at the link above. Johnson’s story is about an alien planet and the humans who try to tame it.
“Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com)
Description from Amazon.com:
Doug and Judy have both had a secret power all their life. Judy can see every possible future, branching out from each moment like infinite trees. Doug can also see the future, but for him, it’s a single, locked-in, inexorable sequence of foreordained events. They can’t both be right, but over and over again, they are. Obviously these are the last two people in the world who should date. So, naturally, they do.
Above is the link to Liu’s PDF of the short story — which is about 15 pages. It’s been called a gentle fantasy and is about culture clash, love, paper tigers and a mail-order bride.
BEST GRAPHIC STORY
Digger by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)
Digger is the story about a wombat. Link takes you to author’s site.
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM
Game of Thrones (Season 1) (HBO)
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM
“The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who) (BBC Wales)
Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.
SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo
BEST FAN WRITER
Jim C. Hines
BEST FAN ARTIST
True Blood season No. 5 finale — love it or hate it? August 26, 2012Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, HBO, News.
Tags: Bill, bonus scene, Eric, Season 5 finale, Sookie, true blood
Loved parts of it and totally hated other scenes. The worst? That birthing scene. Totally annoying. The best? Bill. What the heck is he now? And who looks like the hero? Eric. The storyline on the HBO show is so different from the books that I can’t even begin to think where they are going to take this in Season No. 6, especially because before that season begins, we’ll already have Charlaine Harris’ ending to her series.
Some links to good recaps/commentary of the finale:
And here is the bonus scene from the finale that was on HBO GO on the iPad app. Note what is said at the end!