Archive for category Paranormal

Working Stiff – Rachel Caine

Love the title, love the cover. Content? well, s’ok.

Stars: Three of five.

Review format: Note plus links.
Summary: Bryn Davis never really knew what to do with her life but after a stint in the military dealing with death and destruction on a daily basis, Bryn believes she has found her true career calling as a funeral director.  Giving dignity to the dead and comfort to those left behind has given her a purpose.  Unfortunately, her curiosity leaves her much closer to death than she bargained for.
 (from goodreads via fellow blogger)
Provenance: e-book from my local library.  Needed something to bring on vacation.
Date Read: December 27, 2011.  Review written January 2011. 😦

While reading Working Stiff, I was carried along by the confidence and competence of the writing; but afterwards, what was I really enjoying?

There’s fairly-good existential angst about being a reanimated corpse, certainly… But in some ways it’s equivalent to Monster Hunter, International dressed up as paranormal-romance plus dead people.  It’s grim… but in a just-for-entertainment way. I didn’t feel like my world was expanded.

I won’t avoid future books by this author, but on the basis of this one book, I am not going to search out sequels or her other series.

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Monster Hunter International – Larry Correia

Owen does slayage.

Stars: Three out of five.

Review format: Brief review plus links.
Monster Hunter International – Larry Correia. Summary: Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.
It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.(from the publisher’s site)

Why I read it and provenance: I read some free chapters, and decided to buy the ebook (

Good voice, droll, reasonably suspenseful. It’s worth reading in the vein of The Dresden Files, with the hard-boiled snark of The Stainless Steel Rat or Spenser for Hire. If that does not ring a bell for you, think of it as American-Gods-Lite…  without the award-winning lyricism and challenging plot, and with more guns and guts.  If none of this sounds appealing to you, then go with your judgement and steer clear.

This is a vacation book to read in electronic form, so no one can see the title or comic-book cover.  Personally, I’ll keep the series in reserve and perhaps request the sequel from the library.

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Kitty and the Midnight Hour – Carrie Vaughn

Kitty and the Midnight Hour – Carrie Vaughn.

Stars: Three and a half of five.

I am posting this review retroactively – since I read it in early June and it is now September.  This is a quick-not-doing-it-justice note, and moving on now to post more of the backlog.

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Succubus Shadows – Richelle Mead

Cover via Amazon

Succubus Shadows is Richelle Mead’s fifth book about Georgina Kincaid – a conscience-plagued succubus in Seattle with romantic tribulations galore.

Four out of five stars.

In this book, Georgina continues to suffer the karmic fallout from cheating with her best friend Maddie’s boyfriend Seth Mortensen, who happened to be Georgie’s secret ex.  As with the whole series, there is a paranormal mystery to solve and foes to vanquish.  The character development of Georgie is this book’s strongest point.

I first read this four months ago, forgot to review it, and then forgot what it was about! As a re-read, I can see why:  the plot starts out very, very similar to the previous books.  Georgie is having strange dreams, maybe hallucinations.  Something seems to be luring her to a bright light and feelings of peace and joy, almost like she’s to commit suicide. Her relationship with Seth Mortensen is off-again: in fact, Maddie strong-arms Georgie into being a bridesmaid.

This book is really about exploring Georgie’s character and moral misgivings about her role as temptress from Hell. Let’s discuss with some spoilers…

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