I’m now on the third book in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, Faefever. I’m about 80% through and will definitely be buying the next book as soon as I finish. Starting this series is destroying my book budget for the month, even if I did get the first one free!
This is the kind of series where it’s one ongoing story stretching over all the books. None of them have a complete plot that is settled within each book. I guess you could say it’s one ginormous novel broken up into smaller book-sized parts. I know some people don’t like that sort of thing, but I believe the series is complete now, so the only real deterrent is having to spend the money on all five books in a short period of time to read them straight through.
Well I finally finished the Fever series. The last book was Shadowfever and was twice as long as the first three books in the series, so took me quite a bit longer. These aren’t books I’ll probably ever read again, but I did very much enjoy reading them straight through. Lots of bad and surprising things happened and it was an entertaining story well-told. There are a few loose ends left open at the end of the fifth and final book, presumably to pave the way for potential future books, but none that made me gnash my teeth at not being resolved. Most of the important stuff was finished up.
There was one oddity about the last book that did bug me. At times the author switched to present tense, even though the previous books (and most of the fifth book) were in past tense. This must have been done intentionally to give a different feeling to those sections, but I never stopped to analyze when and why it was being done. I found it slightly annoying, but not enough that it ruined the reading experience in any way.
After all the darkness and Fae mayhem in five books in a row I needed a distinct change of pace. So I’ve now started Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook. This isn’t the sort of thing I normally read, but it was on sale a couple weeks ago for only 99 cents and I figured what the heck. (It’s $2.99 now. It looks like the author has self-published the ebook versions of her backlist.) And now that purchase is coming in handy for my total change of pace read.
I’m about 20% into it and liking it okay so far. The main character is coming across as depressed and not having any confidence, but there is enough humor to keep me entertained. Sometimes the dialogue comes across as a little awkward, but not enough to make me roll my eyes or want to put the book down.
I finished Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook. It was all right, a good choice for clearing out my head after reading five books in the same series in a row. But nothing that will really stick with me. People who normally read that type of book (I think it qualifies as chick-lit) might have more glowing things to say about it.
I’m now reading In the Heat of the Night by John Ball. I got it on sale for 99 cents a while back, it’s $4.99 right now.
This is an example of never realizing a movie was made from a book until someone mentioned it once on this forum a year or two ago. I thought it had been long enough since the last time I saw the movie that it wouldn’t affect me reading it too much, but I guess the movie is so indelible that won’t ever be true. I’m about 20% in (it’s a very short novel) and am constantly making comparisons.
It’s interesting to me that the diner cook and the police officer are much different in the book, more sympathetic (so far anyway). And Virgil Tibbs in the book seems a lot more… can’t think of the word I want, subdued maybe? Poitier really made that character come alive in the movie. (For anyone who hasn’t seen it, I highly recommend the movie.)