Is it true that things have to get worse before they get better. I'm trying to get organized... Meanwhile I'm trying to find time to read and write. Meanwhile my to-read-and-review pile grows taller--as does my virtual read-and-review pile, though I did, at last, remove already reviewed books from my rapidly overflowing kindle, which leaves a little more space for more books, but not a lot.
Anyway, here are four books removed from the kindle after an enjoyable week of reading and organizing (and hey, I did write 8,500 words of Infinite Sum, the sequel to this summer's upcoming Divide by Zero).
Starting with science fiction (where else) the Apocalypse Gene, by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark is an exciting young-adult dystopian novel filled with believable technology, fascinating multi-cultural mythological references, and an intriguing blend of folklore, sci-fi and romance. Enjoy with a bold, dark 5-star cup of coffee.
Still in a word of sci-fi mysteries, Mike Arsuaga's Supspecies Inc continues the story begun in Subspecies, where vampire and lycan tread a fine line between living and hiding in the modern world. I almost wished this were two books rather than one--there's so much going on. The curious moral and ethical questions give an intriguing depth to the tale as characters wonder where they fit into God's scheme of things. And the sex scenes, of course, add lots of heat. Terrorism, nationalism and economic collapse all have their place too, and the series moves forward in a way that leaves me eager for book three. You'll need two cups of coffee perhaps, a 4-star complex flavor paired with 5-star intensity.
Carrie Green's short story collection, Sugar is Sweet, is grounded in the real world but builds some deeply haunting mystery with excellent writing, haunted hope and scary touches of fantasy. Another in her set of short story collections, it's highly recommended--enjoy with 4-star elegant complex coffee.
G.E. Johnson's Love and Wrath is the first in a series, blending chick-lit's clamor and glitz with doom-laden suspense, chakra-balancing massages with Christian prayer, and romance with violent revenge. Lots of backstories and detailed conversations flesh out the tale and characters, and there's love and wrath aplenty. A 1-star light crisp coffee will go well.
Pam Young's Night Sounds is firmly set in the real world too, in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and the odd coincidences of inter-related friend and villain just might make sense. It's a slow novel that takes on heavy topics of abuse and recovery with stark realism, but the ending offers some sweet notes of healing. A 5-star intense coffee would be best with this long, intense tale.