October 2016

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

Who Are You?

Who Are You?

I’m almost finished with Changeling’s Fall by Sarah Joy Adams and Emily Lavin Leverett. It’s good enough that I’m feeling seriously resentful that I have to take time away from the book to write this blog. I’m anxious to know how it ends and wondering if it will be the beginning of a series. I’m also wondering how two people write a novel together—does one write one chapter and the other write the next one, or do they write scenes from different POVs, or what?  Anyway, the novel has some interesting themes, the foremost of which involves questions of identity and how who we perceive ourselves to be affects who we are versus how others perceive us. These are interesting questions.  In the novel, Deor, a changeling raised in the human world by her human mother, has come to the land of Faerie to find her father and attempt to… READ MORE

Why We Gotta Hate?

Why We Gotta Hate?

I’m finishing up Laurell K. Hamilton’s latest Anita Blake novel, Crimson Death. I love this series, although I have to adjust my mental pacing when I read her books because Ms. Hamilton is the queen of detail – both interior and exterior. But just as the devil is the details, so too are the angels. And, the Anita Blake books contain a wealth of insight into the human psyche, illuminated through the lens of vampires and were animals, most of which don’t like each other. Unfortunately, Anita’s world is filled with tragic hatred. And while I’d always assumed that these fantasy novels exaggerated reality to make their point, I think the hatred highlighted in these books doesn’t go far enough in reflecting our reality. In the world of Anita Blake, the humans hate the vampires and the lycanthropes (werewolves and other were creatures), the vampires hate the lycanthropes and the… READ MORE

Bad Hombres and Nasty Women

Bad Hombres and Nasty Women

Note:  This is a shamelessly partisan post. I am viscerally, deeply opposed to Donald Trump and an enthusiastic supporter of Hillary Clinton. So if that offends you, stop reading now. I’m reading the new Anita Blake book by Laurell K. Hamilton, Crimson Death. I want to be Anita Blake. I also want to be Mac Lane, Jane Yellowrock, Mercy Thompson, and Meredith Gentry. These are nasty, nasty women in the very best ways possible. And they hook up with some pretty bad hombres, which works for me. This election has provided endless fodder for Saturday Night Live, and I’ve laughed along with everyone else (except for Donald, of course, who has no sense of humor, but I digress). But there are real issues here and it is deeply disturbing that the American populace is becoming inured to each fresh revelation of the revolting actions and attitudes of a presidential candidate who… READ MORE

He’s a Keeper

He’s a Keeper

I’ve finished reading the first two (of three so far) Mick Oberon “Jobs” by Ari Marmell. Good stuff. Mick is a very cool guy, for being one of the Fae and all. The second book, Hallow Point, is a complex romp through 1930s Chicago, and the strange imitation of our world that the Fae have created in their own world (and if Ari Marmell wasn’t inspired by my favorite Star Trek episode, “A Piece of the Action,” then I’ll dress up as Oberon the wolfhound for Halloween!). Anyhoo, one of the interesting aspects of this series is that Marmell carries through several plot points through more than one book. So in the first book, Hot Lead, Cold Iron, we learn that Mick often accepts barters from clients as payment for his private investigative work. Sometimes, Mick isn’t sure why he asks for certain things, but he follows his Fae instincts… READ MORE

It’s a Dog’s Life

It’s a Dog’s Life

I love Kevin Hearne. The Iron Druid is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. Hearne’s humor always makes me chuckle – I sometimes laugh out loud. I also appreciate his insight and advice; he’s one of my best literary therapists. It’s no wonder, then, that I eagerly awaited the release of his novella, The Purloined Poodle, despite the fact that it’s written in the first “person” from the perspective of the Iron Druid’s Irish Wolfhound, Oberon. [And no, it hasn’t escaped me that I’m reading a lot of books whose main characters are named Oberon. Truth is definitely stranger than fiction]. I’m not normally the kind of person who reads books written by dogs. Or by humans channeling dogs. But I love Oberon, and the first of his Meaty Mysteries did it for me in a big way. Not just because I was entertained and amused. But also because… READ MORE

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