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You Say You Want an Evolution

You Say You Want an Evolution

When three paranormal fantasy superstar authors (Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione and Gena Showalter) get together to put out an anthology, Blood Red Kiss, well, I had to read it, of course. I was a bit disappointed to see that the Kresley Cole offering was a retread of “Warlord Wants Forever,” an excellent short story, but one I’ve read and listened to, although not written about previously. The second offering, by Larissa Ione, called “Forsaken by Night,” was a real page turner and left me wanting more, as only a master writer can do. In the story, Ms. Ione gives us just enough of the world building to give the story weight and coherence, but not so much that I fully understand all that I’d like to know. She skillfully weaves several themes into the short piece, but the one that caught my attention, as it often does, is the theme… READ MORE

Hope Is Not the Thing with Feathers

Hope Is Not the Thing with Feathers

I’ve written about hope several times. It’s a topic that fascinates me, and one I contemplate often. I’ve written about the relationship between hope and fear, where, according to Karen Marie Moning, hope strengthens and fear kills. I’ve also written about the two faces of hope—the uplifting one and the one that crushes us under the weight of disappointed expectations. But Gena Showalter gives us a whole new spin on an old topic. In her Lords of the Underworld series, as introduced in The Darkest Pleasure, she depicts Hope as one of the scourges of humanity, unleashed from Pandora’s Box, and hosted by the most evil of the Lords of the Underworld.  Hope is a demon who, “purposely raises expectations, makes people believe there’s a potential for a miracle, and then he crushes those expectations, leaving nothing but ash and despair.”  Wow. Harsh.  In case you don’t remember your Greek… READ MORE

The Blame Game

The Blame Game

I’m still enjoying Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series (and will be for quite a while, as there are at least 14 books, maybe more—this gal can write!). Today’s contemplation comes from The Darkest Pleasure, although my thought experiment reflects the premise of the entire series, so it is not specific to any one story. In the Lords’ world, Hunters seek to capture the Lords, enslave their demons back into Pandora’s Box, and rid the world once and for all of Pain, Misery, Disease, Death, Violence, etc. The Hunters believe that once the demons are no longer able to influence the world, then all will be utopia. I first thought that this particular aspect of the backstory was a little weak, because, really, who would believe something so stupid and patently false?  But then I started thinking about the world today and even those in my own household, not to… READ MORE

Hurts So Good

Hurts So Good

I’m in the middle of book three of the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter, The Darkest Pleasure. This is Reyes’ book, and he is host to the demon of Pain. This guy has a serious issue with cutting, a disorder I’ve never understood, although it seems to be the preferred method of self-destructive behavior for American Millennials. These poor souls, like Reyes, seem compelled to inflict pain on themselves. Without it, apparently, they don’t feel alive. How terrible to be so desperate to feel—something, anything— that the sting of the knife in one’s flesh is the only available relief. In the book, Reyes’ demon exhorts him to administer pain, emotional and/or physical, either to himself or others. I’ve written several posts on the human tendency to avoid pain at all costs—even the cost of perpetual numbness. But what about the other side of that coin-—the pursuit of… READ MORE

Endless Loop

Endless Loop

I like to multitask. I’m totally ADHD and it takes a lot to hold my attention. Which is why I sometimes have several books going at once: a hard copy book (whatever non-fiction book is tickling my fancy); an audiobook (almost always a novel I’ve read before and want to revisit with someone reading it to me); and a new paranormal fantasy on my Kindle (unless I’m in a reading desert and have opted for an old friend to keep me company while I find a new author/series). So it’s always kind of cool when I notice a theme or plot device in two books I’m reading at the same time. In the most recent occurrence, I was listening to Kresley Cole’s Dark Needs at Night’s Edge while reading Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Night. And the common trope in both books was a curse that caused one of the protagonists… READ MORE

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