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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

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Omens (Cainsville Novel) by Kelley Armstrong
Omens (Cainsville Novel)

Oleofox, September 10, 2013

I started Omens as a long time fan of the author’s Women of the Otherworld and Nadia Stafford series. So I already had a favorable view on her writing style and stories. But that is not to say that my opinion of this book is biased. While it did not wow me as much as the other series I mentioned, it still was a good book that got better as it progressed. What really kept me going was the journey Olivia was on in regards to finding out the truth about her birth parents and the ways in which hints of the paranormal and occult popped up throughout the story. There is more going on than just serial murders that happened when she was a child.

The only character that the reader really gets a grasp on is Olivia. Her history is something that most people could hypothesize on as she grew up in a rich household. But there are some tidbits throughout the book that are nice to see and not expected. Besides Olivia, there is Gabriel Walsh who in my opinion is the second most emphasized person in the story; but while he is present in it, he is still very much a mystery as he is strictly business most of the time. But that just makes the instances when he shows true emotion even better. Other than these two, the other characters are pretty one dimensional. The author gives us one or two things about the people she meets in Cainsville, but not a whole lot more. So it looks as if they will remain a mystery for now. It definitely adds to the mystique of Cainsville as a whole.

The only con for me was that the pace was really slow for about half of the book. But that may just be because I am used to a bit more action from similar mystery type novels. The pace eventually picked up, especially the ending. Overall I must say that I am very intrigued as to what happens next.
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Noble Dead #11: The Dog in the Dark: A Novel of the Noble Dead by Barb Hendee
Noble Dead #11: The Dog in the Dark: A Novel of the Noble Dead

Oleofox, September 4, 2013

Excellent continuation of the series. I really love how much detail the authors add to the story line. It makes picturing the world in which the story takes place very real. This book was very interesting to me as I always wondered about Brot'an and his reasons for coming along with Magiere, Lessel and Chap. This book supplied some of his reasons along with much more. There is still much to learn about the characters and I can't wait for the next book in this series. In some cases when a series gets into its 11th book things tend to die down and I sometimes lose interest; but that has yet to happen with this series. Definitely one that I would recommend to people who like well thought out and detailed worlds.
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Sookie Stackhouse Novels #13: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse Novels #13: Dead Ever After

Oleofox, September 4, 2013

The end of another series. Overall I thought that the book was ok. Things were tied up neatly and it did keep me reading past the limit I set myself the other night. But I must say that it really didn't have the excitement and intense moments like previous books in the series. The way things with Eric were tied up was anti-climactic to say the least. I know Sookie's time is at an end, but I would like to see some of the other characters get their own series. For instance Mr. C and Diantha or even Hunter. And while the cost of a subscription got in the way from me keeping up with True Blood, it looks like I will be borrowing the DVD seasons from the library as I need a satisfying Sookie fix and hopefully the show will turn out better than this series did. I don't regret ever reading this series, but it is far from one of my favorites.
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A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson
A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery

Oleofox, September 4, 2013

Excellent continuation of the series. I really love how the author tackles hot topics and how thorough the research is. My favorite part definitely was the beginning when Walt brings up crazy people in his line of work and how that relates to Barbara Thomas who thinks that Angels are doing her chores. While this wasn't my favorite book in the series it was still great. Although I am still a bit unsure about Walt and Vic's relationship. Especially after the information in the last few pages. I definitely want to know more about Double Tough; and would like to see Walt confront him about the information he left off his resume when applying to be a deputy.
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Hunted by Kevin Hearne
Hunted

Oleofox, September 4, 2013

Absolutely amazing!!!! Definitely my favorite book of this series. Just the right mix of action and diplomacy on Atticus' part. Also a few shocking developments and one MAJOR one that freaked me out as I could see a future to the series even if Atticus' final charm didn't succeed. I really enjoyed learning a little bit about the various countries Atticus, Granuaile and Oberon had to run through while being hunted by Artemis and Diana. And for once my high school french came in handy when they were all in Calais, France. Overall there were some laughable moments, coupled by anxiety about what was going to happen. I don't want to give anything away, but they meet and interact with god from previous books; as well as new ones. The ending was great, so happy for Granuaile and I can't wait to see how Oberon behaves with their new addition to the group. But in the final pages......boy this character will help them set the whole world on its ears in regards to what every pantheon took for fact.
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