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Book Log: April 13

April 14, 2008

I would have posted this on Friday — because I’ve decided Friday is Book Log day — but I was at a writer’s conference on Friday. So here I am now.

I finished The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II on the 7th. It’s not a book I’d like to own, but it did exactly what I wanted it to do, which was feed my imagination, and not just for the story I’m working on now. There’s another story on my imagination’s back burner that this book helps.

After The Court of the Last Tsar, I read Meljean Brook’s Demon Angel. It’s marketed as a romance and it is one, but it’s also about free will, good and evil, angels and demons, with a hint of metaphysics. Just the kind of thing I lap up with a spoon. I loved the book, not least because I don’t think I grasped everything. That means when I re-read the book — not if, when — I’ll find things I missed, and that will enrich the experience.

Basically, it’s the story of Hugh Castleford, once a medieval knight, then a Guardian, engaged in an ongoing battle with demons over human souls, and Lilith, the demon he fights across the centuries…and wants to save. I’m not sure how to say more without venturing into serious spoiler territory. Brook’s website describe it this way:

“While facing an unspeakable evil in modern day San Francisco, a woman of lies and a Guardian of Truth will make deception a Virtue…

…and resisting temptation a Sin.”

You can read an exerpt here.

After finishing Demon Angel on April 9, I read Virginia Kantra’s novella “Sea Crossing” in the anthology Shifter. The novella introduces the world of her Children of the Sea series, a series I’ve been waiting for since she told me about it last summer. I’m a big Virginia Kantra fan, so of course I enjoyed the story. The Children of the Sea are selkies, beings who are seals at sea, but take human form on land. When these selkies take human form, they don’t become human — they’re definitely “other”, which comes across quite strongly, but conveying it is handled with subtlety.

I didn’t read anything on April 11 — and last night I started to re-read Demon Angel because I didn’t want to start anything else. Well, I did want to start something else, but I didn’t have it: Demon Moon, the next book in Brook’s series. 

And that’s where I’ve been as a reader this past week.

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