Just finished Matriarch

Finished up Matriarch by Karen Traviss. As always, a great read. What’s not to love about a kick-butt female ex cop sent on an intergalactic mission who ends up flipping things (and people) on their heads? This is the third book in a series with a strong ecological theme.


Traviss writes a great main character in Shan Franklin, who manages to be both human and a bit more than human throughout the series. The author also creates a very believable alien culture that Shan interacts with throughout the series.

This and That Thursday – Books From My TBR Pile

Playing along this week with Terri Bruce’s blog meme, here are the latest two additions to my to-be-read pile.

First off, I trolled through the Gaylactic Spectrum awards short list for some new books to read. I pulled off most of the list, but the two here are the ones I’m most interested in starting.

20140102-184126.jpg. The first is From Tanya Huff. I’ve read some of her Valor series and love them, so I’m starting to branch out now. You can’t beet solid writing and a great sense of wit and timing, and that seems to be a constant in her stories so far. The Wild Ways is a sequel to The Enchanted Emporium, a series revolving around a witch family. This one follows a secondary character from the first book.

20140102-190129.jpg For this one, I’m venturing to a new author, JA Pitts. The cover image drew me in. Then the blurb, which talks about a woman who is a modern day blacksmith, Norse legends… What’s not to like?

That’s my latest additions to the TBR pile. How about you?


Hooked into Werewolf Fiction!

Just to show that blog tours and twitter marketing really do work – I’ve recently stumbled across multiple references to Naomi Clark’s latest book, DARK HUNT.  She’s kicking off a blog tour, and her publisher, QueeredFiction, has been doing a great job of keeping folks informed via twitter updates.

I saw the first twitter update, didn’t pay much attention.

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Saw the 2nd, and thought hmm… who is Naomi Clark…. but didn’t click the link.

By the 3rd or 4th, I caught a reference about werewolves and thought kewl, haven’t read a lesbian werewolf story yet.  So clicked the link.  Poked around her website some.  Went away.

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Then saw the twitter update AGAIN.  And thought, I should go see if I like her writing.  So poked around some more… Saw it was the 2nd in a series.  So figure I need to get the 1st right?  Well, I stuck DARK HUNT on my amazon wishlist anyway.

Then saw the blog tour mentioned AGAIN, with a ‘free’ coupon for the 1st book.  So jumped on that for sure.

And finally, whilst pulling together the links for this post, I found her free story that introduces the main characters in her werewolf series.  Again, must read!

Anyway, all this to show how much repeat marketing it takes to get me to click a link and finally decide to make a purchase 🙂

ps – just noticed she’s from the UK.  I wonder if she writes with an accent?  (tee hee)

pps – Naomi – If you stumble on this post – do your other books have lesbian/queer content or just this series?!?  Inquiring minds want to know…

Books: Smooth like Buttah, or thick n meaty?

I’ve been contemplating which book to read next, and I come to my usual delilema – am I looking for an easy read that goes down smooth, or something with more meat to it that will take time to digest, chapter by chapter?

Most of the lesbian fiction I read falls in the easy read chapter (except for Sarah Waters and Laurie J Marks of course).  And the MZB Darkover books are fairly easy reads, but then there’s C. J. Cherryh, who’s seldom easy but always worth that extra effort. And I recently discovered Karen Traviss’ Wess’Har series, whichhas some nice meat to it.

Part of my dilema is that I don’t own the next book (chronologically) in the MZB series and it’s on my xmas wishlist.  So I hafta shift gears and either jump ahead, or start reading someone else from now till the holidays.

So… got any recommendations in either lesbian fiction or SF books?

Book Reviews-good or bad?

I confess, I do read amazon book reviews probably more than any other site.  I know there are dedicated lesfic review sites , yahoo groups, and discussion forums, but it’s very hard to get a critical review from many places.  So for me, amazon is as good a place as any because there are multiple reviews/comments in one spot for a book.  And I skip those 4/5 star rated reviews altogether. I want to read the 3 star and under, because those are the ones that are going to reveal the warts… From that, I can gauge whether it’s the kind of warts that are going to bug me or not.  I’ve even passed up free kindle books based on amazon reviews cuz it’s obvious that the writing quality on some of them are poor.

I’m playing along with the #followreader twitter chat (it should be recapped here for those coming in after the event today).  A number of folks are mentioning GoodReads as a place to get book reviews/comments from.    For kicks I looked up Wolfsbane Winter by Jane Fletcher (what I’m currently reading).  I see ratings but no comments.  hmm.  Same book on Amazon has multiple reviews, with details that so far match my own reading experience.

..think I’ll stick w/ Amazon.


Rereading The Darkover Series

That would be Marion Zimmer-Bradley’s Darkover series, one of my favs in the fantasy world.  The series involves a planet colonized by humans and then lost to humanity for centuries.   Some of the inhabitants of Darkover develop psi powers, just as the world devolves into a feudal society.

I started with Thendara House, smack in the middle of the series because it has a nice lesbian love story as the backdrop.  That brought back how much I really enjoyed this series.  So I went back to the beginning (chronologically)… to Darkover Landfall. If you’ve read Jane Fletcher’s Celaeno series, you’ll recognize the backstory-as-novel approach (Though she handled it as a short addition at the end of one of her books… can’t remember which one).   The joy of this is you start at the beginning – who were these people?  How did they slip from a technological society into Lords and Ladies (and of course the peasants)?

Mind you, chronological isn’t the only way to read this series.  Reading in order of publishing date is very cool as well, as you see the world develop and the author tosses out tidbits (including the tidbits that lead to stories set in an earlier time, chronologically).  Either way much fun to be had.

Oh, and yeah, gay and lesbian characters drift in and out of her books… also fun 🙂