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David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
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Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris #1) by Jim C. Hines
Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris #1)

Janet Lunde, September 15, 2012

Oh, this book is fun. It's founded on the magic in a love of books - immersing yourself into an imaginary world until it feels real and tangible. In this world, a libriomancer magician can reach into a book and pull things out: a magic sword, a healing potion, a snappy hat. Isaac is a libriomancer, and of course something has gone terribly wrong and he has to dive in and prevent a magical war that will destroy the world. He has a great dryad side-kick, who saves the day again and again. The books that he uses in his magic are all over the map, and all the references to them cheer the heart of a reader. Who knew that the popularity of vampire books would cause so much trouble?! The humor is wonderful; I was driving my husband nuts by laughing out loud, and then not telling him what the joke, to not spoil it for him.
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The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R King
The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

Janet Lunde, May 3, 2010

Laurie R. King's "The Language of Bees" was published last April, and "The God of the Hive" was published this past Tuesday. I read last year's book the week it came out. I don't tend to retain a clear memory of the plot of a book. I remember characters, incidents, images, and phrases. I recalled that in "The Language of Bees", Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes rarely interacted, each rushing off in a different direction. I also remembered a cliff-hanger ending.

Hearing that the two interlock, I sat down on Saturday morning to re-read the first book. I stopped short of finishing it before going to bed after midnight, because it was getting scary enough that I thought it would keep me awake. In the Sunday morning sunshine, I read the dramatic conclusion, then opened the second book and dove in.

Oh my oh my oh my, how I do love Laurie King's Mary Russell books! I can't say anything about "The God of the Hive" without spoilers. Oh, how she set me up and knocked me over, again and again!

I highly recommend reading these two books back-to-back. If you've already read the first book, don't you want to revisit the retired don, floating down the river on a sunny afternoon, discussing satanic rites and frightening the undergraduates? And Mary Russell alone upstairs in the rental house, listening for the footsteps of the thug with the gun? Oh, yes, you know you do. I re-read "The Language of Bees" on Saturday, and read "The God of the Hive" on Sunday, and it was a thoroughly entertaining weekend.
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