February 2016

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

I’m Not Listening

I’m Not Listening

I’ve just started John Hartness’ Bubba the Monster Hunter stories. I’m still not entirely sure if this is a novella series like Quincy Harker or more of a collection of short stories, but no matter.  I’m digging Harkness’ style mightily, and I love that he moves these plots along in a timely manner, rather than dragging them out over three hundred pages. You go, John Hartness! Your efficient storytelling style working for me. But, enough literary critique. The topic at hand is the phenomenon of things that go in one ear and out the other. I would love to say that this is an injustice that has been visited on me while my own auditory skills remain wholly unaffected. That would be a bald faced lie (although you know what they say—lie big or go home—you know, like Donald Trump—oops, did I say that out loud?!). What, they don’t say… READ MORE

Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Thank You, Thank You Very Much

“Thank you,” I said to the woman who held the door open so that I could walk in ahead of her. Our pupils collided and I offered a small smile that made it to my eyes. It was an insignificant exchange, one of many I enjoy. I’d say I thought nothing of it, but that would be a lie. I think a lot about these random connections to strangers, acquaintances, friends and family alike.  These simple contacts mean a great deal to me, and I go out of my way to create, foster and nurture them throughout my day. Not so in the world of the fae, as I’ve read most recently in Kalayna Price’s latest Alex Craft novel, Grave Visions.  In this book we learn, as I’ve read before, that to thank the fae is to acknowledge a debt that must subsequently be paid, rather than to express appreciation. And… READ MORE

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder

I’m halfway through the new Alex Craft novel by Kalayna Price, Grave Visions, and I’ve been struck by the many questions her central premise raises. Magic abounds in these books filled with witches, faeries and the realm of the dead (sounds like a weird combination, but she’s making it work). I read the earlier books in this series a number of years ago, and I didn’t remember most of the details (which happens often and doesn’t speak well of my memory), but Ms. Price does a good job of summarizing past action, which I appreciate.  One of the more interesting aspects of her world-building involves the liberal use of glamour, which is the ability of the fae to change their appearance at will, about which I’ve written before. In this case, a putative suitor for Alex’s hand in marriage morphs his shape to look like one of her old flames.… READ MORE

Helping the Parentals

Helping the Parentals

I’m intrigued by adult authors who write so convincingly about being in high school.  Personally, I’ve blocked out a lot of what I went through during those years. But it came flooding back to me as I read John G. Hartness’ foray into YA lit, From the Stone (New Knights of the Round Table, Book 1), a re-imagining of the King Arthur story where the characters are the geeks and freaks of our teenaged memories. Mr. Hartness captures the gestalt of that phase perfectly—the camaraderie, the debilitating insecurities, the ubiquitous stereotypes walking around masquerading as originals, because no one at that age really wants to be original—even the outsiders trying to be original do so in distinctly unoriginal ways.  You remember, right?  It was a nightmare. I love it when an author nails the teenaged zeitgeist, mostly so I can be grateful that I’m well past that particular circle of… READ MORE

Everyone’s a Winner

Everyone’s a Winner

Welcome to my faithful followers and to all my new friends!  I am so excited to unveil my new site—(big shout out to Jamie Higdon at The Balanced Biz for all of her help!), now powered by Word Press, with an all-new look and a lot more functionality.  I’m grateful that you’ve joined me so far, and I hope you will continue to walk with me on this amazing journey.  It’s definitely been a road less traveled, and I’ve been delighted with the companions I’ve met along the way, including and especially YOU! Thank you and ENJOY!! I’ve just started digging into Elle Boca’s latest Weeia novel, Gypsies, Tramps and Weeia. Fortunately for readers everywhere, this series is getting better with each installment. This most recent offering starts with a bang and hasn’t let up.  Anyway, the bang that opens this novel got me thinking–and you know what that means! As… READ MORE

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