The Odd Thomas Movie

I’ve had Odd Thomas in the sidebar for long enough that anyone who visits here should know I really like Odd Thomas. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that the movie was finally available.

Odd Thomas - Movie

I watched it on Netflix, but it’s available at Amazon.com and several other places, on DVD or streaming. I thought the movie did a great job of recreating the first Odd Thomas book. Since the movie apparently never opened in theaters (or opened widely, not sure), I doubt there’ll be more of them, but this one was a great hour and a half of entertainment.

Check it out if you can.

The Iron Druid Chronicles Series

Hounded by Kevin Hearne Hexed by Kevin Hearne Hammered by Kevin Hearne Tricked - Iron Druid Chronicles 4 - Kevin Hearne Trapped - Iron Druid Chronicles 5 - Kevin Hearne Hunted - Iron Druid Chronicles 6 - Kevin Hearne Shattered - Iron Druid Chronicles 7 - Kevin Hearne

UPDATED.

[Original, Nov. 2011] I recently ran across a series I hadn’t read before, The Iron Druid Chronicles fantasy series by Kevin Hearne. I downloaded the free sample available (for my nook, but there’s a free sample for the kindle too) and read it. I now know that I’m going to read this book, because the sample of chapter one that I read was excellent. The writing was crisp and the story entertaining. Atticus is a hero I want to spend some time getting to know, so the Iron Druid Chronicles has just made it onto my must-buy list.

The Iron Druid Chronicles is about a long-lived Druid who has made a home in Tempe, Arizona running an occult shop. Atticus O’Sullivan is 2,100 years old and has made a point of staying out of the way of certain other unpleasant magical beings but in Hounded, he’s just been found by Aenghus Óg, the Celtic god of love, who wants Atticus’s magical sword.

[Updated] This is an urban fantasy series that includes 7 books to date. Each book follows Atticus and a myriad of trials and troubles. The books seem to have a wide appeal and lots of readers who enjoy the humor and fun, along with the excellent writing. I loved Hounded.

The Iron Druid Chronicles Books

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  1. Hounded
  2. Hexed
  3. Hammered
  4. Tricked
  5. Trapped
  6. Hunted
  7. Shattered

These books are available in multiple formats: audio book, paperback, and ebook.

There are also some short stories around and two novellas: Grimoire of the Lamb and Two Ravens and One Crow.

I recently finished reading Hounded and have moved on to Hexed because Hounded was such a fun read.

Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark Books

Lothaire (Kresley Cole - Immortals After Dark)One of my favorite authors of paranormal romance is Kresley Cole. I became hooked when I read A Hunger Like No Other and ever since, I have been in love with her Immortals After Dark series. It wasn’t until later that I went back and read the short novella "The Warlord Wants Forever" that started it all.

See below for the newest book, Lothaire, in hardcover!

Here’s a list of Kresley Cole’s books in the Immortals After Dark series. If you want to buy the book or read reviews, just click the included links. These books are worth it. ;-)

Immortals After Dark Books

  1. The Warlord Wants Forever (novella) in Playing Easy to Get (paperback or ebook)
  2. A Hunger Like No Other (paperback)
  3. No Rest For the Wicked (paperback)
  4. Wicked Deeds On a Winter’s Night (paperback)
  5. Dark Needs at Night’s Edge (paperback or ebook)
  6. Dark Desires After Dusk (paperback or ebook)
  7. Kiss of a Demon King (paperback or ebook)
  8. Deep Kiss of Winter (novella) (paperback or kindle)
  9. Pleasure of a Dark Prince (paperback or kindle)
  10. Demon from the Dark (paperback or kindle)
  11. Dreams of a Dark Warrior (paperback or kindle)
  12. Lothaire (hardcover or kindle)

Quick Review: Forgotten Sea by Virginia Kantra

Forgotten Sea - Virginia Kantra
Consider buying Forgotten Sea for your personal library if you enjoy paranormal romance. Click the bookcover to go to Amazon.

I’m glad I didn’t realize this book had been published right away. A devastating upheaval in my personal life happened only a week before the release date back in June and there’s no way I could have enjoyed this story if I had picked up a copy right then. And I would have, because I love Virginia Kantra’s Children of the Sea series. No personal upheaval is going to change that.

Now, however, I’m ready to read again and Forgotten Sea is one of the first books I’ve read since late May.

Forgotten Sea by Virginia Kantra follows Immortal Sea, probably my favorite book of the entire series (although Sea Lord was absolutely wonderful). In Forgotten Sea, we’re introduced to Justin and Lara, and there’s a mystery there right away. Justin can’t remember anything from his life prior to seven years ago, while Lara is introduced as one of the fallen children of the air, a fallen angel.

As a reader of the series–this isn’t my first Children of the Sea book–I could feel that Justin’s story was tied to the events of Sea Lord, and any fan is going to figure it out quickly, who he is and what happened to him seven years previous.

There’s a lot to like about this book. Kantra writes with the same flair that made the other Children of the Sea books special. She also introduces plenty of interesting backstory for Lara’s people, leaving me wondering if there’s going to be future stories there. At the moment, it seems that she’s run out of people to continue the selkie / finfolk stories, but just because I think that doesn’t mean it’s true.

Forgotten Sea didn’t disappoint me. I read it in one sitting and don’t regret a moment I spent with the characters, living the romance, the mystery, and the excitement of another great book in Kantra’s Children of the Sea series.

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In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz, The Looking Glass Trilogy Book 1

In Too Deep (Jayne Ann Krentz) begins another trilogy within a series as part of the Arcane Society series from Krentz/Quick/Castle.

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Featuring Fallon Jones and Isabella Valdez, In Too Deep finally gives us a story about the much mentioned Fallon Jones from previous Arcane Society novels.  Isabella is likeable and fun, while Fallon is a strong, intense man who runs the Jones & Jones agency with strategic focus. Isabella is a good foil for Fallon’s more sober, methodical personality.

I enjoyed the mystery and romance in this one. The paranormal aspects were interesting too, but although the psychic nature of the characters of In Too Deep, like in all the Arcane Society books, are essential to the story line, they aren’t my favorite parts. The overly mystical way Krentz writes these parts of the book bog me down in details I don’t really care to know. That’s about the only negative I have to say about the book, and it is definitely a recommended read for anyone who likes Krentz’s style: great dialogue, clever humor, mystery suspense, and romance.

The books started off strong and interesting, bringing in characters from previous Arcane Society books in a supporting capacity without overwhelming this story. The end sets up the continuing saga of the Arcane Nightshade conspiracy but that’s something I’ve come to expect from these novels. Although each story ends in a satisfactory way, the ultimate conflict between Nightshade and Arcane continues to fuel more stories in the series.

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Series: An Arcane Society Novel

Next Book in the Series: The book is followed by Quicksilver with Jayne Krentz writing as Amanda Quick.

Previous Book in the Series: Midnight Crystal

Quicksilver looks to be an exciting follow up in the Looking Glass trilogy and I’m anxious to get my hands on the book. Although I generally don’t buy Jayne Ann Krentz novels in hardcover, I do buy Amanda Quick’s books for my personal library when I find them for sale at a bargain. So, here’s to some bargain hunting in my future as I await my chance to purchase Quicksilver by Amanda Quick in hardcover at a super bargain price. ;-) LOL.

Small Favor – Jim Butcher – Hardcover Bargain

Small Favor Dresden Files Jim ButcherSmall Favor by Jim Butcher is book #10 in the Dresden Files series.

The Dresden Files series is up to book #13 now and having the books of this series in hardcover is a great addition to any science-fiction and fantasy fan’s library.

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

Small Favor is an intricately plotted mystery of extranormal goodness. This tense tale keeps the trademark touches of humor, and the book manages to keep the large cast and necessary backstory straight for readers.

Bargain Price

If you’ve ever wanted a hardcover copy of any of these books, this is your chance to buy Small Favor in hardback at a discount. The hardcover is in the Bargain Books section at the moment, and it’s a real deal at 60% off. Click here to check the current price. Hopefully, you can still get a copy at a bargain price. When you can buy a hardback book at the price of a paperback, it’s time to do some library building.

Currently, Small Favor’s price in hardback is less than the Kindle ebook or the paperback edition.

The full Dresden Files series includes the following books to date.

  1. Storm Front
  2. Fool Moon
  3. Grave Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
  7. Dead Beat
  8. Proven Guilty
  9. White Night
  10. Small Favor
  11. Turn Coat
  12. Changes
  13. Side Jobs

There are also some short stories and graphic novels associated with the Dresden Files series.

There was a short lived Dresden Files television series based on the books, but the books have outlived the cut-short-too-soon TV series.  I enjoyed the TV series, don’t get me wrong, but the books have many, many more fans. The books contain paranormal mystery elements, combining real mystery with all out paranormal stories.

Buy the bargain hardcover :: Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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Virginia Kantra Books

Virginia Kantra writes suspense novels and paranormal romance novels.

I highly recommend the Children of the Sea books to anyone who enjoys shape-shifter romance. You can buy Virginia Kantra books by following any of the links below. If you try only one book, pick up Immortal Sea. It’s my current favorite and it’s seriously enjoyable reading.

Virginia Kantra Books & Ebooks

Novels by Virginia Kantra

Virginia Kantra Anthologies

Books containing stories or novellas written by Virginia Kantra.

Virginia Kantra Series

Virginia Kantra has contributed to the following series.

Immortal Sea is fantastic, and the latest in the series, Forgotten Sea, is also a great read. I posted my commentary on Forgotten Sea just recently.

Best places to find more Virginia Kantra books

  • Virginia Kantra books in print, ebooks and audio books at Amazon.com.
  • Virginia Kantra ebooks for download at ebooks.com.
  • Virginia Kantra books in audio download formats at Audible.com

Arcane Society Novels from Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, Jayne Castle

The Arcane Society Series

Contemporary Setting
Book #5Jayne Ann Krentz weaves together historical, futuristic, and contemporary stories in her tales of the Arcane Society, writing as Jayne Ann Krentz and her pseudonym Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle.

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An interesting aside is that the newest Jayne Castle book, Dark Light, is set in the Harmony universe and as usual revolves around psychic ghosts and alien ruins. In it, there is a clear tie to the Arcane Society. So it’s not an Arcane Society book, but it’s definitely linked.

[Update: The link is complete. With Midnight Crystal, Jayne Castle’s books are now part of the Arcane Society novels.]

Second Sight

Historical Setting
Book #1

Like many other of Amanda Quick’s most recent historical romance novels, this particular book was heavy on the suspense plot and light on the romance. If that’s what you most like, then you’re going to be more than happy with this book. As for me, I’d rather have had the romance.

The thing I’ve always love most about Amanda Quick books is how much the hero needs the heroine, and how much the heroine needs the hero. That’s been lacking lately, but not just in Amanda Quick’s novels. Many authors have taken to writing more “mainstream” and less romanticism into their works. Lately, I’ve seen that trend in many Amanda Quick novels.

Gabriel was a great guy, but he wasn’t a particularly enthralling hero. Venetia was an interesting female, but she lacked much of the singularity that makes Quick’s heroines so appealing to me.

That’s not to say this was a bad book. It just wasn’t a great book. As the start of a series, this book was good. As a romance, it lacked the impact and emotionalism that I needed to completely enjoy the romance between Venetia and Gabriel. The book read quickly but it’s not one of the many Amanda Quick novels I’ll be rereading anytime soon.

White Lies

Contemporary Setting
Book #2

White Lies introduces the psychic detective agency J&J (Jones and Jones) and the Arcane Society into a contemporary 21st century setting. The second book in the Arcane Society series, White Lies is a fast-moving tale of romance and mystery as Claire Lancaster and Jake Salter try to discover who might be out to harm Claire and put the blame on her for murder.

Claire’s ability to tell truth from deception is all that saved her half sister from death at the hands of her husband eight months prior. Now Claire is back in Arizona at her father’s behest and she’s suddenly become the target of someone out for revenge. Jake Salter works for the psychic detective agency of J&J as a consultant using his psychic abilities to work a very important case. Claire wasn’t supposed to be a factor, but now she’s here and Jake has an immediate desire to get to know her very well indeed.

Jake is a somewhat less than politically correct hero with a take charge attitude and a talent for dealing with danger. I liked him enormously and think his attitude is mostly to blame. I prefer Amanda Quick’s historicals for this very reason usually, because I prefer the strong, take-charge heroes–at least those who have an equally strong appreciation for the heorine and her abilities.

Compared to Sizzle and Burn and Zack Jones, Jake Salter is much more my style. I’m sure this is one big reason why I prefered White Lies to the more recent addition Sizzle and Burn.

As for Claire, her take on lying is a key part of the story, and honestly, this is what made her such a great character. Krentz did a fabulous job of building Claire’s personality, not to mention the very visual descriptions. This was one heroine that stands out in my mind, and although I love Jayne Krentz’s and Amanda Quick’s heroines, even I can admit that sometimes there just isn’t that much to differentiate them. In this case, though, Claire is well-defined and memorable.

I liked White Lies, but I will warn you that this isn’t a character focused book. The focus stays firmly on the mystery and suspense plot. The romance is hot, but you won’t wonder if the characters will get together, only if they’ll survive to enjoy it.

Nevertheless, White Lies was an excellent and engaging read. Highly recommended.

Sizzle and Burn

Contemporary Setting
Book #3

Certainly not the strongest book of the series, Sizzle and Burn is nevertheless a nice read. I almost feel like I’m insulting JAK when I qualify any story she’s written as less than stellar, but the fact is, I compare everything she writes to the best of her works, and those best are spectacular indeed.

In this addition to the Arcane Society, Raine Tallentyre hears voices, but they’re all in her head. The voices of victims, murderers and the like lead her to save an intended victim of a serial killer who is locked in the basement of Raine’s desceased aunt’s home. Zack Jones is hired by the Arcane Society’s PI firm, J&J. He has visions. Together, Zack and Raine must figure out the mystery surrounding the death of Raine’s aunt. Woven throughout is the continuing arc of the founder’s formula and the dark organization that’s developed a way to produce and use the psychic energy enhancing drug.

Although the two leads in this story were intriguing, the plot was a little flat and the twists seem to come out of nowhere, with little to tie it all together. However, I can’t stand to read a series and skip a book, and the rest of the books in this series certainly make it hard to pass any new addition to the tales of the Arcane Society.

There’s some interesting byplay between Zack and Raine that gives the book a readability factor that might have been missing otherwise. A weak plot for Krentz but an entertaining read anyway.

The Third Circle

Historical Setting
Book #4

The Third Circle is my favorite historical entry in the Arcane Society books. I liked Second Sight, but I didn’t love it, not the way I usually love Amanda Quick’s novels. This book dealt much more heavily with the romance between the characters, Leona Hewitt and Thaddeus Ware.

Leona is can work psychic energy through crystal and Thaddeus is a strong mesmerist. Leona is mostly immune to his psychic powers, and that’s a great thing for Thaddeus, since his abilities have made it difficult for him to find love.

They meet when they both happen to be looking for a very special crystal and end up standing over the dead body of a woman who appears to have become the latest victim of The Midnight Monster.

This book had both a mystery and a romance that entertwined nicely. I enjoyed Leona’s spirit, and Thaddeus is an intriguing hero.

I learned more about the mysterious Mr. Pierce and Adam in this book, and although they aren’t my favorite characters (they often bring out a little too much womens’ lib preachiness in Amanda Quick’s writing), I found that in this book, they started to grow on me—somewhat.

My only complaint about this one was that I wanted a bigger ending. I won’t say too much about that to avoid spoiling the book for another reader, but I thought Leona’s powers could have been used much more effectively at the end so that I could have the big ending I wanted. Ravished and other older Amanda Quick novels have very well done high-impact endings. That’s what I would have liked to have seen here.

This is a book I could enjoy rereading.

Running Hot

Contemporary Setting
Book #5

The Perfect Poison

Historical Setting
Book #6

There’s a video book trailer for The Perfect Poison, although it’s not one of the best. I enjoyed this book a lot, and in a way it reminded me of an earlier Amanda Quick book, Wicked Widow, because in both books the heroine is believed to be involved in wicked deeds.

Fired Up

Contemporary Setting / Hawaii
Book #7
Dreamlight Trilogy Book #1

Burning Lamp

Historical Setting
Book #8
Dreamlight Trilogy Book #2

Midnight Crystal

Futuristic/Paranormal Setting
Book #9
Dreamlight Trilogy Book #3

In Too Deep

Contemporary Setting
Book #10
Looking Glass Trilogy Book #1

Quicksilver

Historical Setting
Book #11
Looking Glass Trilogy Book #2

Canyons of Night

Futuristic/Paranormal Setting
Book #12
Looking Glass Trilogy Book #3

Dark Light by Jayne Castle

Writing as Jayne Castle, bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz is able to explore paranormal worlds where extra-sensory perception and interaction with Alien Ruins is the norm. These books take place in her Ghost Hunters universe, the most recent being Dark Light.

I liked Dark Light a lot. I thought it was a great new chapter in the series and offered a tantalizing look into the different spectrums of the paranormal plane from which the ghost hunters are able to pull energy and ghost light.

I admit Elvis was one of my favorites from the book. I’ve enjoyed seeing the interactions of the people with these “pets” that are native to the world of Harmony. I don’t think for a minute that they’re insignificant. When I’m reading these books and enjoying the antics of the dust bunnies, I can’t help but think there’s a lot more to these guys and gals than what appears on the surface. There have been hints galore that the dust bunnies have a psychic connection to the planet and the alien ruins. I look forward to the day when I’ll learn more about them.

This is what series are all about. The opportunity to see a universe grow. It’s a fascinating and fun experience and I love it!

Jayne Castle Books

Jayne Castle, Also Writing as Amanda Quick, Jayne Ann Krentz

Books written as: Jayne Ann Krentz | Amanda Quick | Jayne Castle | Stephanie James | Jayne Bentley | Jayne Taylor | Amanda Glass
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All the Jayne Castle books I’ve read have been from her more recent science fiction paranormal series that involve the Curtain. These books are all exceptional. I admit, though, that I’m very good at suspension of disbelief when it comes to matters of sketchy science fiction.

bookcover image for Dark Light Silver Master bookcover

The truth is, these books are much more paranormal than sci-fi or even futuristic, regardless of the premise of humans having traveled to other worlds and coloning alien planets. The Curtain that allowed the space travel has since closed and stranded those colonists on planets that gave rise to psychic advancements of the human species.

Ghost Hunter bookcover After Glow bookcover

These Jayne Castle books are great fun because they allow for not-so-politically-correct heroes who are larger than life. Strong, competent, dangerous men who know how to protect what’s theirs (namely, the heroine). Reading is often a fantasy fulfillment

Also, I’ve created a page outlining Jayne Castle’s (Jayne Ann Krentz’s) pseudonyms.

Harmony (After Dark and Bridal Jitters) bookcover

Books by series or connection and interconnected stories

My Favorites

I particularly love the St. Helens series, but I’ve grown very partial to the Ghost Hunter books too lately. It helps that there are new books being added to that series, whereas it look as if St. Helens has been abandoned.

Silver Master is another great book by Jayne Castle that I particularly like.

Honestly, it’s hard to pick favorites because there just aren’t enough Jayne Castle futuristics to go around.

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