The absolute Sandman vol. 1

Illustrated by: ISBN: 9781401210823 Collects Preludes & Nocturnes (1-8), The Doll’s House (9-16), & Dream Country (17-20). Read as part of the Once Upon a Time challenge & the Graphic Novels challenge. Author’s site ; Wikipedia Where does storytelling end and mythology begin? Where do you start when trying to …

Monsters of men

ISBN 9781406325942 Chaos Walking #3 Author’s site The final book in a series can often be a tough one to read and enjoy. On the one hand you want it to end happily ever after for the characters. Especially is you are at all invested in them. But at the …

Victory of eagles

Author: Naomi Novik
Temeraire series #5

I hesitated before starting this book, wondering if I should reread the others in the series, it has been a while after all. But I have so many books waiting to be read that I decided to jump straight in and hope that it would all come back to me. And it did, almost the second I started reading the first page the whole world of Temeraire came back to me and I remember just how enjoyable these books are.

For those of you who have never read any of these books the first thing you need to know is that they are set in Napoleonic Europe, England. And have dragons. It is like Sharp meets Pern. Only better.

The dead-tossed waves

The dead-tossed waves - Carrie Ryan
ISBN: 9780575090897 DDC: 813.6
Sequel to The forest of hands and teeth
Read as part of the Once Upon a time IV challenge.

The story goes that even after the Return they tried to keep the roller coasters going.

All her life Gabrielle has grown up sheltered by the Barrier. It protects the town of Vista from the Mudo, the zombies, or the unconsecrated. But one night she allows herself to be persuaded that sneaking out, just once, couldn’t do any harm. That there are so few of the Mudo around that they’ll be fine. And Catcher is there, the boy she fancies. But that decision costs the teenagers dear. Some are killed, others turned or infected, and the rest face punishment for risking the whole town. Apart from Gabry, she wasn’t caught, at least not physically, but now she has to face up to the reality of her situation.

I think this is the last book in this series that I’ll read. The first one I found entertaining, if flawed, but this one feels like a rehash of it in so many ways. And while I think Ryan has a good style that keeps you reading once you’ve started, I finished this book with a meh feeling. Probably because the love-triangle did very little for me, I didn’t really get a sense of any of the characters as being developed. To be totally blunt I really didn’t care if they survived or not. Which is not what you want in this sort of a book. However I think I’m in the minority.

Other reviews: S. Krishna’s books ; Book addiction ; Persnickety snark ; Paperback dolls.

The chalk circle man

Author: Fred Vargas ; trans from the french by Sian Reynolds
An Adamsberg novel

Chief Inspector Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg has recently been transferred to Paris. His police methods aren’t exactly standard procedure and his inspectors have a lot to get used to. But they can have no doubt that he is a born policeman, and while even he is unable to explain how he arrives at his conclusions he is usually correct. In this case he thinks that there is something strange about the blue chalk circles that have been appearing in the Parisian streets. He is convinced that there is something sinister about them.

Burn me deadly

Author Alex Bledsoe
An Eddie LaCrosse novel #2

This book takes place around a year, maybe more I can’t recall, after the first one, The sword-edged blonde and since then Eddie and Liz have become a couple. Apart from that nothing much has changed for Eddie. He is still a sword-jockey for hire, and returning one night from a job he almost runs over a blonde woman who is about to mess up his life.