Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review: "Death's Excellent Vacation", an anthology edited by Charlaine Harris

Death's Excellent VacationDeath's Excellent Vacation by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off, I have to admit I only read the Sookie Stackhouse and Cat/Bones stories. I do not know the other authors, and I have way too much reading material at the moment to add anyone knew to the list.

"Two Blondes" - this story occurs after book 10. Sookie and Pam do an errand for Eric, and run into somewhat unexpected trouble. I found the story light-hearted, funny, and well-written. Anyone, even people who have not read Ms. Harris' series, will enjoy this book.

"One for the Money"- this story occurs between "Destined for an Early Grave" and "This Side of the Grave", and it explains why Bones and Cat have fallen into Versus' bad graces. There is only one juicy scene, but as always Ms. Frost delivers a crisp, exciting story.

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Review: "A Touch of Dead" by Charlaine Harris

A Touch of Dead  A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book! The short stories fill in details between books, such as when and how Sookie meets Claudette and Claude, and how Sookie learns of her inheritance from Hadley. For those reasons alone, I recommend this book to Sookie fans. But mostly I love Charlaine Harris' writing - she creates such believable characters (once you accept magic and such in the world), as well as building a believable environment. I found myself really enjoying the short stories for that alone.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review of "Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies"

Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesPride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

To be honest, I am not a big Jane Austin fan. I find her characters rather flat, the dialogue boring, and the interactions not really active enough. I also think her "heroines" need a back bone and a stronger sense of self-worth.

But I love zombies, so my darling husband bought me this book. I started reading the book, and I discovered that I like the zombies better than the original.

However, too much of the original problems with the book still exist, and I was unable to get through more than about a third of the book.

If you like Jane Austin and zombies, you will completely love this book.

Otherwise, it makes a good conversational piece.

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