March 2016

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

The Wall

The Wall

I’ve just finished the very deep, very excellent Staked, by Kevin Hearne. He provides so much food for thought and material for this blog, that I am very grateful to him. In the character of Granuaile, the Fierce Druid and ladylove of the Iron Druid after whom the series is named, Mr. Hearne contemplates emotional wholeness and the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving such balance. While Atticus, the Iron Druid, is over 2000 years old and has worked out most of his emotional angst, Granuaile is a brand new Druid and is only in her early thirties. She’s got lots of baggage to unpack, and I can relate to almost all of it. In this installment, Granuaile goes after her stepfather—a man who openly disdained and dismissed her, leaving a very wounded inner child behind. As Granuaile determines how to resolve her hurt feelings, she suspects that… READ MORE

More Bounty than I Could Reasonably Expect

More Bounty than I Could Reasonably Expect

I’m reading the eighth book in the Iron Druid series, Staked, here in beautiful Costa Rica. I love this Kevin Hearne series, especially the premise of the last living Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan, who draws his powers from the earth and uses organic bindings to effect magic. He is mostly protected from others’ magic by his cold iron amulet, bound to his aura—the Fae hate iron. It’s such an original premise and the characters are so well drawn, that I wish Mr. Hearne published more than one novel a year. Thankfully, he gifts us with always-fun short stories in between novels. By this point in the series, there are two more Druids, Atticus’ apprentice and girlfriend, Granuaile (which is such a great name—up there with Hermione) and his ArchDruid, Owen, who was trapped on an island where time stood still for 2000 years and is having some difficultly adjusting to modern… READ MORE

Needs and Wants

Needs and Wants

It’s been too long since I’ve been able to read an entire book in a day. I’d forgotten the sheer joy of being caught up in another world for hours at a time. I’ve been on vacation in spectacular Costa Rica (again! Lucky, I know!) and the living is easy. We came back to the place where I originally had the idea for this blog, and its magic continues to work for me and in me. I’m so grateful for the healing sounds of the surf and the fire of the sun, fueling my creative spark. It’s heaven on earth. But I’m digressing, again. For my first selection, I chose Patricia Briggs’ latest Mercy Thompson novel, Fire Touched. I enjoy this series, and I love how the characters are developing over the course of the stories. This book was no exception, and a particular area of development was the relationship… READ MORE

Use It or Lose It?

Use It or Lose It?

I’m reading Cherise Sinclair’s Eventide of the Bear, the third in the Wild Hunt Legacy series. This book is about a bear shifter who is unjustly banished into the forest, only to return to civilization several years later. As the story develops, we learn that Emma had been a bard before she was banished, but she’d been living alone in her bear form for over three years by the time she is integrated into a new community. She doubts her ability to sing anymore, and declines the invitation to entertain and educate the local shifters with her music. She explains that she is out of practice and no longer has the capacity to serve as bard, an honored position in the clan. The leader of the clan rejects her reluctance and assured Emma that she could no more lose her capacity to sing as she could lose her ability to breathe.… READ MORE

I Want What I Want

I Want What I Want

I want what I want when I want it. When this refrain buzzes in my mind, I quickly walk to the other side of the street to avoid it. This kind of contemplation is bad for the soul and dangerous for the psyche. Why dangerous? Because many of us only think we know what we want, and the rest of us have no bloody clue. But we won’t admit that we don’t know, not even to ourselves, and thus we pursue our “dreams” to extremes, convinced we must attain them or be miserable and unfulfilled. What a sad mess. Why am I thinking about these potential tragedies? Because, as I discussed in my last post, I’ve been contemplating the content of my favorite paranormal HEAs. And I think I’ve discovered a common theme among them: every one of my favorite female characters ends up with an HEA that is significantly… READ MORE

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