October 2017

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Anticipation

Anticipation

It’s a week later and I’m no longer slogging. I’m into A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne and I can’t wait to find out how it all turns out. If this is the first in a series and I don’t find out what happens until the end of the series, I’m going to be angry.  In the meantime, it seems like every other page has a deep thought that inspires further rumination, which is why I love Kevin Hearne. Today’s perfect line describes “perfect contentment. That sublime moment when you’re at peak anticipation of something and you know you’ll get it soon. I often think that moment is better in some ways than getting the thing itself: it’s the awareness of your own joy at being alive…” Interesting concept. Can the anticipation of a thing can be more enjoyable than the experience itself? And further, does memory sharpen or blur the… READ MORE

Holding Out for a Hero

Holding Out for a Hero

I’m slogging through the new Kevin Hearne book. Yes, you heard me, it’s a bit of a slog. It’s not his fault.  Really.  It’s just that I love my fantasy, but only the paranormal and urban variety. Mr. Hearne has gone and written himself a book of high fantasy—think The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. And while I loved the George R. R. Martin books (reinforced by the brilliance of the HBO series), the rest of the pure fantasy genre leaves me as cold as winter at the Wall in GoT. First off, the usually oversized cast of characters is hard to keep track of, especially because of the second reason I struggle with this genre:  the unpronounceable and difficult-to-remember names. There are no Toms, Dicks or Harrys to be found. Nope, we’ve got Dervan du Alöbar, Gorin Mogen, and Nel Kit ben Sah. I have no… READ MORE

Fate’s A Bitch

Fate’s A Bitch

I just finished the inimitable Robyn Peterman’s latest in her Hot Damned series, Fatally Flawed. This hoot of a novel is written from the first-person point of view of Satan, the Devil himself. As always, Robyn Peterman made me laugh out loud as she plumbed great depths. This outing takes us on a magical mystery tour of fate and destiny, along with one of my favorite topics, free will.  In the book, Fate is a bitch. As in she is a mean and terrible woman who toys with people for her own twisted ends. And while humans have free will, immortals, like the Devil, do not. They have destiny and their fate is manipulated by Fate. That’s the price of immortality, I guess. The subject of destiny, predestination and free will fascinates me. In this fantasy, Satan is willing to meet his fate (as determined by Fate) head on. According to… READ MORE

Death and All His Friends

Death and All His Friends

I just finished Cold Reign by Faith Hunter, the latest in the Jane Yellowrock series. The plot thickens. Lots going on here, a bit difficult to follow, but excellent nonetheless. In this outing, Jane goes head-to-head with her old beau, Rick.  He left her for another woman. In a brutally public way. Sure, he was being magically coerced, but that’s no excuse.  Even if it is, it didn’t lessen Jane’s humiliation. In this book, Jane examines her heart and realizes she’s over Rick. Hooray!  But she also understands that while she’s moved on with Bruiser, there is a place in her heart where Rick resided. That place is now empty – because each and every person who claims a piece of our hearts makes an impression. Like a meteor hitting the Earth. And while they are in our lives, that crater is filled. And when they leave, either by choice or… READ MORE

The Ties that Bind

The Ties that Bind

I’m enjoying the latest Jane Yellowrock novel, Cold Reign, by Faith Hunter. Ms. Hunter writes about a Native American Skinwalker as if she had firsthand experience — the mark of a great writer. Over the course of the series’ many books Jane has evolved and been forced to compromise her moral convictions—occasionally.  But Jane has never wavered in her moral compass, and that steadfastness is one of her defining characteristics. So, it is no surprise that Jane is deeply disturbed when she is forced to psychically bind a vampire to herself—forcing another being into virtual slavery.  In a previous book, the Master of the City had tried, unsuccessfully, to enslave Jane who remains outraged at the attempt to bind her.  What does it mean to be bound to another?  There are many ties that bind. Ties of love and affection. Ties of duty and responsibility. Ties of dependence and subordination.… READ MORE

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