September 2014

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Post Modern Family

Post Modern Family

In A Shiver of Light, Laurell K. Hamilton writes about family; what it should be, and, as she notes, so seldom is. I’ve been traveling with my family again, spending time in California in places that we used to call home and no longer are. Ms. Hamilton (I have the strongest urge to call all of my beloved authors by their first names, partially because I feel like I know them, and partially because women are usually referred to by their first names while men are usually called by their last names—but I’ve digressed—again), or Laurell, also writes about the way home should be, but, like family, seldom is. A Shiver of Light is part of the Meredith Gentry series, and in Merry’s world home and family are very, very complicated concepts and entities, involving relatives who want to kill you and multiple biological fathers of the same children (this… READ MORE

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

I’m in a dry spell. I’m between books. I hate that. As I’ve noted previously (www.truthinfantasy/oldfamiliarplaces.com), I could opt for a retread or look for new blood. I’m just not in the mood for any of my old favorites right now, and I’m having trouble finding a new love to settle down with. So I’m on the market. I’m dating. Thank God for the Internet, too, because it makes meeting new authors so much easier, although it’s important not to discount the joys of bookstore browsing. And there are so many ways to look for love these days:  I can speed date by downloading a number of samples onto my Kindle (or read the opening pages of hard copy books at the brick and mortar stores); I can find lists and reviews of paranormal fantasy and romance all over the internet; I can spend some quality time with my favorite… READ MORE

Bad Boys-Whatcha Gonna Do?

Bad Boys-Whatcha Gonna Do?

So, I’ve been reading and I’ve been wondering, as I often do. Why is it that we are so attracted to the bad boys?  We know they are no good for us and that they will likely betray us and break our hearts.  We know we should take the late, great Maya Angelou’s advice and when they tell us they aren’t good at commitment or even at hanging around till morning, we should believe them. But we don’t. Or maybe I should just speak for myself–I didn’t. Past tense, mind you, as I’ve been happily married to a nice boy (with an edge, of course, because God knows I could never do straight nice) for a good long while now. But back to those compelling bad boys who I’ve been contemplating, compliments or Darynda Jones, whose boy embodies ultimate badness–as in son of Satan bad. Can’t get much badder than that, can you?… READ MORE

Living in the Now

Living in the Now

I have always had a strong aversion to books written in the present tense. In fact, I have been known to completely avoid books I would otherwise love to read because the author chose a first or third person present tense POV. And I remember being royally pissed off upon discovering that a book I was really looking forward to reading was off the list because of what I’ve always thought of as an annoying pretentiousness on the part of the author. Once again, however, I’ve had to reexamine the stories I tell myself to preserve my own self-righteousness. This is one of those occasions. First came the Hunger Games trilogy, which I felt compelled to read so that I could join the conversation about this cultural phenom. Now it’s Lilo J. Abernathy’s The Light Who Shines that has grabbed my attention and won’t let go. And as I felt… READ MORE

Taming Our Inner Ugly

Taming Our Inner Ugly

I just finished Jessica Sims’ (aka Jessica Clare) latest Midnight Liaisons novel, Wanted: Wild Things (I wonder: is there someone whose job it is to sit in a room and think up silly book titles?  Must be). I really enjoy the books in this series–light, funny, and quick to read, they feel like a frothy confection one might consume at the end of a heavy meal. But underneath Ms. Clare’s meringue peaks are some fairly deep themes, if one cares to look for them. Kind of like the prize at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box. In this latest offering, about a faery Changling and her primordial lover (as in large hairy male who shape shifts into a saber tooth cat), Clare explores the concept of self-hatred and its effect on relationships and the psyche. As always in the world of fantasy, the circumstances can be manipulated to amplify whichever… READ MORE

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