September 2016

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

It’s Better to Be Lucky than Good

It’s Better to Be Lucky than Good

I’m still thinking about Hot Lead, Cold Iron, the first of the Mick Oberon “jobs” (books) in the series.  Mick is a member of the Fae, but he’s in exile on Earth from Elphame (Faerie) for sins not yet disclosed. He’s busy making a living as a PI in 1930s Chicago and working his particular brand of magic. One of the original elements of this series and its world building is the specific nature of Mick’s magic—the way he manipulates luck to his advantage and the disadvantage of his foes.  I’ve never read anything quite like it, and, of course, it got me to thinking, as I am wont to do. I’ve often heard the expression, “It’s better to be lucky than good.”  I’ve also heard that, “The harder I worked, the luckier I got.”  And, finally, we have the admonition that luck is a backstabbing bitch, deserting us when… READ MORE

Humanity without the Humans

Humanity without the Humans

I just finished Fashionably Dead and Wed and I not only couldn’t put it down, but I laughed my ass off. Which was apparently wildly inappropriate while my husband was listening to QBVII on Audible in the car seat next to me. Oh, well. He’s used to my sloppy hysterical giggles when I read my beloved books. That’s one of the many reasons I love him. But my mad love for my honey is not the subject of this post, or at least not directly. The subject is humanity, a topic I’ve explored before; because nothing prompts me faster to ponder the essence of humanity than a bunch of Vampyres, Fairies and Demons. You know, the usual suspects in a Robyn Peterman novel.   In this particular outing, one of my favorite heroines, Astrid, a True Immortal and the personification of Compassion, wants to marry her vampire prince in homage to… READ MORE

Of Signs and Symbols

Of Signs and Symbols

I’ve started a new series, although I’m not quite sure where I found it. Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell is the first Mick Oberon “job” (story/book) and it’s different enough to be intriguing. The book is an homage to the hard boiled dick novels of the early and mid-twentieth century coupled with faithful adherence to the traditional tropes of urban fantasy in the style of Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne, with language from my favorite Star Trek episode, A Piece of the Action thrown in for good measure. What could be bad?  Turns out, nothing. The book is a delightful discovery and my only disappointment is that there are only three books so far in the series. I am also indebted to the author for highlighting an oversight in my understanding of magic, which I’ve discussed before. I’ve always said that the formula for magic was focus, energy and… READ MORE

Healing the Past

Healing the Past

I’m enjoying Jessie Donovan’s Stonefire British Dragons series. The books are fun and flighty, and you know me and my dragons. Love. In the fourth installment, Healed by the Dragon, Arabella is a female dragon shifter who was captured and tortured by dragon hunters as a teen (they also killed her mother, so she has some major scars—and not just the ones on her face).  She hides away for a decade, afraid of her dragon and everyone else until the leader of a neighboring dragon clan swoops in to win her heart and give her an HEA.  The moral of the story, beyond that most paranormal fantasy usually ends with a happily ever after, is that everything we need to heal the past can be found in the present. According to Jessie Donovan (and me) it’s not necessary to relive the past in order to heal it. The Universe gives… READ MORE

Love after Love

Love after Love

My new ambition is to be a writer who is so successful that my deleted scenes and alternate endings, middles and beginnings can be pulled from the trash and put together into a book that becomes a bestseller.  I want to be Jeaniene Frost. Her Outtakes from the Grave was not only interesting and exciting, but an original and brilliant concept. Here, Ms. Frost provides insights into a writer’s mind and process. We see what she left out and why. Fascinating read, and it leads to the topic at hand, which is about second chances for love. In Outtakes from the Grave, the longest and most compelling section was an alternate plot line where the central couple, Cat and Bones (one of the great paranormal couples of all time), are challenged by his complete memory loss of her. Bones doesn’t remember who Cat is, or that they are married and… READ MORE

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