March 2015

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

I’m Friends with the Monster

I’m Friends with the Monster

I’ve just finished the fourth installment of Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series, Dead Heat. I actually like this series even better than her Mercy Thompson series, which I like a whole lot. And it’s kind of fun that my sister-in-law lives in the area the Mercy books are located. But that’s not the topic at hand. I’m sure you are surprised. Today, I want to talk about the monster within. In the story, Anna, a woman who is transformed into a werewolf forcibly and then horribly abused, works to hide her monster–not the werewolf she now becomes during the full moon, but the one borne of her abuse that dwells secretly inside her. She doesn’t let this monster out, and she hides it even from her beloved husband, who is also a werewolf, and the one who saved her from her tormenter. Anna is convinced that if her husband,… READ MORE

A Life’s Work

A Life’s Work

I just finished Rose Montague’s first foray into the world of YA paranormal fantasy, Norma Jean’s School of Witchery, Book I, Jewel.  which I thoroughly enjoyed. There were many elements of the book that I liked and that may very well provide blog fodder in the future, but for today I want to focus on a small piece of the story where Jewel, the heroine who lends her name to the title, reads a book that helps her to understand her magic. In the story, Jewel comments that the book she is reading was written by an author who dedicated his life to the topic at hand. In fact, the book represents his “Life’s Work,” which is pretty much what it sounds like. Jewel comments that not many people pursue a life’s work these days. And that got me to thinking. Uh, oh. I think Jewel is right (or at… READ MORE

Sarcasm R Us

Sarcasm R Us

For Christmas a few years ago I bought my husband a sweatshirt that said, “National Sarcasm Society: Like We Need Your Support.”  He still wears that sweatshirt, despite the fact that it is the color of baby poo (not sure what the manufacturer was thinking there, but perhaps it was something along the lines of, “Yeah, like we need your business” and therefore chose the ugliest color they could come up with). The point of recounting this anecdote is to illustrate that we are one sarcastic family. I think it started with my father-in-law and has been passed down the generations to his son and now his grandsons, who are teenaged sarcastic wits, which is actually somewhat frightening. Why this focus on sarcasm?  I’m reading Kevin Hearne’s seventh offering in the Iron Druid chronicles, Shattered. As always, Mr. Hearne provides numerous amusing passages and turns of phrase for me to… READ MORE

Acceptance Is Key

Acceptance Is Key

I’m just finishing Lisa Shearin’s second installment of the SPI Files series, The Dragon Conspiracy. These books are a fun romp through my hometown of New York City, now inhabited by vampires, goblins, elves and dragons (always my favorites), among other mythical creatures. The aspect of this book that captured my thoughts today is the concept of acceptance. Now, I’m a big believer in the serenity prayer. For those of you living under a rock, this prayer asks the Divine to “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  It’s a good prayer, and an excellent blueprint for living a contented and productive life. In The Dragon Conspiracy, several of the major characters are called to accept their lot in life, including major illness and its concomitant limitations, as well as the… READ MORE

Projecting Personas

Projecting Personas

How do we choose which persona to project onto the world? Some of us choose to be people pleasers, while others choose to be tough guys. As we know, our projected persona is but one aspect of our authentic selves (and often it is a minor aspect rather than a major player). So how do we settle on it in our own minds?  What do our choices say about us? I’m reading book three in the Dragon Kin series.  This one is about Dagmar Reinholdt, otherwise known as “The Beast” and Gwenvael the Handsome, a total tomcat of a dragon. I think their nicknames say it all about their choices—although some might argue that nicknames are often conferred, not selected. Sometimes nicknames are meant to be insulting (I was called four-eyes and Pinocchio in grade school, which was devastating at the time, but then I got contacts and a nose… READ MORE

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