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Books read (part 2 of 3)

I had meant to post these a whle back, but I've just been going through books pretty quickly lately, and just haven't sat down to write about them. Anyway, so hopefully it won't be two months before I do another one of these...

White Night is book nine in the Dresden Files series, but it doesn't feel like it. And that's a good thing. I'm not tired of Harry just yet, or his story. I liked that Harry's half-brother got a good chunk of this book, it makes me even more excited about the Thomas comic that's coming up this fall. I think what makes this a little different from the previous books is that it's far more magic focused, which sounds weird for a series about a Wizard...but it's different. We get a glimpse into some of the other magic users in Chicago, as well as what it's like to have Harry as a magical mentor. Good stuff.

This is the third book in the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine. They're YA novels, but good quick reads, and I like the city that Caine has set up. The story takes place in Morganville which is a town completely run by vampires, and our main character is a young girl that's come to town to go to the local college. Most of the out-of-town college kids, like Claire, never know what's really going on in the city. But Claire runs into trouble at school and moves into a house in the town, which is where things go weird in book one and she learns what's really going on. By the time we get to Midnight Alley a lot of stuff has happened to Claire and her friends in Glass House. There's a bit of Claire being overly cool and in-the-know, but that's pretty typical of these types of YA novels, which is why they're so popular. The good news is none of the vampires sparkle, they're scary and rightly so. I've got the fourth book sitting on the shelf and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Poison Study is one of those books that Amazon just kept recommending to me no matter what I was reading or looking at. So, I looked it up and it sounded like something I might like and I took a shot. I loved this book. The second and third books are already out, and they're definitely on my list to read soon. It takes a bit to get into Snyder's world, it's a very militaristic society where magic has been banned. The main character is a young woman who starts the book in a dungeon awaiting her turn for execution. In this society though, when a food taster for the Commander is needed, the position is offered to the next in line for death. Yelena gets this offer, and takes it, hoping that she'll avoid a poisoned death with enough time to escape to the South. There's a lot of really in-depth world creation here, and the way Snyder writes it makes it enjoyable without distracting from the plot.

I've heard good things about Powers and about this book. I'm not sure I can say I agree that thi is a good book. It's interesting in a steampunkish time-traveling sort of way. But the flow of the story itself is really hard to follow in places and very predictable in others. And the time it took for the main character to figure out what was going on just dragged on and on. It wasn't so horrible that I won't read anything by Tim Powers again, he's definitely got interesting ideas, but I wouldn't really recommend The Anubis Gates.

Oh, and I reviewed Game Boys: Professional Videogaming's Rise from the Basement to the Big Time by Michael Kane for GamingAngels.com, you can read that review here if you're interested.