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My Top 5 book picks of 2011 — and a stinker December 22, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in Book picks, News.
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Here are my favorite book pics — Top 5 — for 2011 and then I added a “stinker” — a book that didn’t really live up to my expectations. What were your favorite reads from 2011? Let me know! (And did you have a stinker?)

1. SHADOWFEVER by Karen Marie Moning
Karen Marie Moning wraps up her fantastic Fever series with a finale that whipsaws the reader in an oh-my-gosh page turner that never lets up until the last page. (And that would be page 594 …. it’s a long book!) After waiting two years for SHADOWFEVER and debating countless theories on Mac and Barrons, KMM delivers all of the answers her fans demanded — and leaves us with a few more questions. (We want more books!)

2. GRAVEMINDER by Melissa Marr
Loved this. All about family rituals and how to keep the dead where they belong. A gritty, urban fantasy about one new graveminder. Makes you wonder if people really do have a choice about who they love and why.

3.THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater (pronounced “Steve-Otter.”)
A  magical, lyrical story about a boy, a girl and the capall uisce (pronounced “copple ookshka”) — flesh-eating Celtic water horses that come from the sea to terrorize the townspeople of the fictional isle of Thisby. Only a few brave riders race the horses. Only a few riders survive.

4. MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
OK — I know this came out last year but I didn’t get a chance to finish the Hunger trilogy until this year and oh — what an interesting ending to a scary and fascinating story. (Did you all like how she ended it?) Can’t wait for the movie.

This is her ninth Immortals After Dark book — and it’s the darkest. We hope next year’s LORTHAIRE will make up for that!

STINKER,  if we’re really picking and being honest:
DEAD RECKONING by Charlaine Harris
I had to force my way through this one and while I will finish the series, I hope the writing picks up. Now — Charlaine on an off day beats most writers hands down. But this is the story about Sookie and so my expectations are high. I hope Charlaine can finish the series the way she wants. But this installment just didn’t do it for me. (Think about the great series you’ve read and how the good ones do not peter out in the end … think about when you first read this series how you couldn’t wait to get the next book. It’s not like that now! I hope Charlaine can finish strong!)

Charlaine Harris posts excerpt from ‘Deadlocked’ December 17, 2011

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Charlaine Harris has posted Chapter 2 from DEADLOCKED — No. 12 in the Sookie series and due out in May. Some of my Sookie friends over at www.sookiestackhouse.com have wondered why she posted Chapter 2 and not Chapter 1. (Did we miss something?) To read the excerpt (think fae, fae, fae), go to Charlaine’s website HERE. Interesting chapter, especially toward the end. Let me know what you think.

Another ‘Game of Thrones’ teaser: The Cold Winds Are Rising December 11, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in HBO, News.

Here’s the latest trailer for season No. 2 of Game of Thrones, which airs in April!!!!! (For tons of info about the series, check out the fabulously awesome westeros.org website.)

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