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#1 Feb 05 2007 at 12:58 AM Rating: Decent
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So, two books are coming out in one specific month not so far in the future.

The Harlequin is the latest Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novel by Laurell K. Hamilton. As critical as I have been on this series lately, I'm actually looking forward to this one, because it looks like maybe, just maybe, the sexcapades will be coming to a slowdown and the vampire hunting will once again commence. At the very least, it will have Edward in it. I'm looking forward to it if for no other reason than this is the book that will decide if I am going to continue to follow this series or give it up entirely.

Kushiel's Justice is one I'm REALLY looking forward to. Yeah, the first book of this new trilogy, Kushiel's Scion, didn't blow me away, but even a mediocre Kushiel book is still worth reading, and I'm willing to give Jacqueline Carey the benefit of the doubt that the trilogy will still be worthwhile.

Unfortunately, both these books are due out in June.

My estimated due date for having my baby is May 31.

What are the odds I'm going to have ANY brainpower available for reading in June?

I'm not holding out a lot of hope for being in a headspace for reading these anytime in the near future.
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#2 Feb 05 2007 at 11:24 AM Rating: Decent
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both these books are due out in June.

My estimated due date for having my baby is May 31.

What are the odds I'm going to have ANY brainpower available for reading in June?
If you can't think laterally now AmBrya, you're really going to be in trouble when said offspring hits 3.

Suckle and read at the same time, Unless you have twins that should pose no significant difficulty.

Unless you plan on Bottle feeding anyway, and lets face it Breast feeding is both more healthy, more natural and promotes larger bewbs for longer! it's a win/win/WIN situation!

And besides, as the wife just pointed out you getting your slim figure back much faster when breast feeding, just to complement the humungous Bewbs.
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#3 Feb 05 2007 at 12:06 PM Rating: Decent
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tarv of the Seven Seas wrote:
If you can't think laterally now AmBrya, you're really going to be in trouble when said offspring hits 3.

Suckle and read at the same time, Unless you have twins that should pose no significant difficulty.

Unless you plan on Bottle feeding anyway, and lets face it Breast feeding is both more healthy, more natural and promotes larger bewbs for longer! it's a win/win/WIN situation!

And besides, as the wife just pointed out you getting your slim figure back much faster when breast feeding, just to complement the humungous Bewbs.


Oh, I plan to breastfeed (not that I need larger bewbs), but both books are going to be large (well, the Carey novel will definitely be large) hardcover novels, not the sort of thing you can hold in one hand while nursing the baby in a football hold with the other.

Besides, I was thinking more in terms of energy and sleep deprivation rather than the inability to multitask.

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#4 Feb 06 2007 at 11:05 AM Rating: Decent
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didnt edward die in one of the books? i forget which. If he didnt, and he does come back that would be great, as having him try and kill an obviously turned anita might spark her to examine what she has become.

I havent read the kushiel's series. The cover seems a bit too "red-hair" for me. There's sort of an aesthetic to certain books and authors that focuses more on female empowerment than story, and often they seem to have protagonists on the cover with red hair. I know its shallow in a way, but i have read enough of those kinds of authors to be critical of those that present themselves that way. Its like "oh look, here's another sorceress/courtesan/undead killer who will have fabulous sex with a variety of men while fighting various evil menaces who may or may not have sex with her at some point too." While kushiel technically doesnt have red hair, the half-naked or naked woman thing tends to be a close alias.

If you want a good read, try and dig up octavia butler sometime.



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#5 Feb 06 2007 at 6:00 PM Rating: Decent
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Neispace wrote:
didnt edward die in one of the books? i forget which. If he didnt, and he does come back that would be great, as having him try and kill an obviously turned anita might spark her to examine what she has become.


No, he was very much alive and even engaged when last we saw him in "Obsidian Butterfly". Which was, incidentally, the last time Anita spent more time hunting vampires than shagging them.

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I havent read the kushiel's series. The cover seems a bit too "red-hair" for me. There's sort of an aesthetic to certain books and authors that focuses more on female empowerment than story, and often they seem to have protagonists on the cover with red hair. I know its shallow in a way, but i have read enough of those kinds of authors to be critical of those that present themselves that way. Its like "oh look, here's another sorceress/courtesan/undead killer who will have fabulous sex with a variety of men while fighting various evil menaces who may or may not have sex with her at some point too." While kushiel technically doesnt have red hair, the half-naked or naked woman thing tends to be a close alias.




I think the word you're looking for is "Mary Sue." And that is very much NOT what Phedre, the protagonist of the first trilogy, is (and the protagonist of the second trilogy isn't even female, so the idea of acting out some girlpower message though the protagonist falls apart there.) She may be an exceptional heroine, but she's not a paragon by any stretch of the imagination.

You're missing out. It's not about the girl power with this series--I mean, the protagonist of the first trilogy (Phedre) is a submissive/masochist, and the protagonist of the second trilogy is the son of the villainess of the first trilogy. It's just a fascinating "alternative European history" world filled with political intrigue, upon which Phedre stumbles unwittingly because she is indentured to a spymaster who trained her as both courtesan and spy. Her sexual proclivities, while being important in giving her role in this world a context, don't dominate the story--they just serve as a catalyst for it, the means by which she comes to be involved in the intrigue. And frankly, a lot of her encounters aren't about "fabulous sex with a variety of men." They're about survival, and occasionally a dollop of self-loathing when her very nature prods her to places she doesn't want to go.

The main thing for me is that it's so very elegantly and gorgeously written--the prose is just amazingly rich and poetic, and finding an author who knows how to use elevated language and use it WELL these days is a rare and blessed event. You should really give it a try, I think you will find most of your assumptions about the series to be unfounded.




Edited, Feb 11th 2007 12:18am by Ambrya
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