Books to the Sky

“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.” ― Arnold Lobel

The Girl in the Box Series

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One of the nice things about being from a family of avid readers is the recommendations. My tastes coincide with my mother’s frequently, so when she said I had to read this series, I got it immediately. I’ve blasted through the first three and I’m definitely getting the rest of the series very soon.

Sienna Nealon is not a typical teenager. Educated, intelligent, proficient in a number of martial arts, and trapped in her home for twelve years.

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Games Creatures Play

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This is the sixth anthology from Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner.  These two accomplished authors have once again drawn together a wonderful selection of authors and stories. They consistently manage to bring a balance of humor and serious, light and dark. The stories are all tied together with the theme of games, but there is also a thread of family, biological and otherwise, running through most of them.

There are a few standouts for me. Hide and Shriek by Adam-Troy Castro is a very funny take on the Elder Gods and The Case of the Haunted Safeway by Scott Siglar is funny but sweet. Hide and Seek by William Kent Krueger  and On the Playing Fields of Blood by Brendan DuBois are both chilling.

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Home Improvement – Undead Edition

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This fourth collaboration from talented duo Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner has a nice balance of humor and darkness. I particularly like the Green Lantern reference in In Brightest Day by Toni L.P. Kelner and the macabre humor of Woolsley’s Kitchen Nightmare by E. E. Knight. Both Squatters’ Rights by Rochelle Krich and The Mansion of Imperatives by James Grady gave me chills. And I’m always happy when I get to visit the world of Sookie Stackhouse. I enjoyed all of the stories and I love the theme.

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Death’s Excellent Vacation

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This is the third anthology edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. They have again brought together a varied collection of stories from accomplished authors, this time with a theme of supernaturals out of their usual environment. The Perils of Effrijim is really funny,  The Boys Go Fishing is poignant, and The Demon in the Dunes is singularly well done. A very enjoyable collection.

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Many Bloody Returns

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Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, this anthology brings together the dichotomous ideas of the undead and birthdays. They’ve brought together a lot of talented authors resulting in a very enjoyable read. The editors had fun putting together this book and it shows.

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The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers

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While her boss is out of town, teenage witch Laney has been left in charge of the bookstore. All is going well until Kody, the cute new guy from school, finds a note on the floor. Apparently Laney was also in charge of feeding her boss’s pet, Mr. Whiskers. And it has been 6 days.

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Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-hunting Soccer Mom

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Kate Connor has a lot on her plate. Teenage daughter, toddler son, lawyer husband seeking election, high demon Goramesh attempting to raise an army of the undead, and a dinner party to throw together in the next 2 hours. Author Julie Kenner has brought us a smart, funny story about a retired demon hunter being thrown back into the fray. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sookie Stackhouse, Books 1 – 3

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The Southern Vampire Mysteries series began when the first book published in 2001, changed for an HBO adaptation (True Blood) in 2008, and the last of the thirteen novels was released in May 2013. In addition, Charlaine Harris has written several short stories and novellas in this series and a final follow-up novel (After Dead) came out in late 2013. After reading one of those short stories I realized that I had read only one or two books in this series, and they were from the middle. There are a few advantages to being this much of a late comer to a series, mainly the fact that they are all available with no waiting for the next one to come out. So I have gone from not much of a clue about the series to absolutely in love with it in the space of a week. I’m really glad that I finally started this series. Having just finished the seventh book with the next two checked out and waiting this seems like a good place to pause and review.

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Every Day

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After reading this review for Every Day over at sleeps with notebooks, I immediately went in search of this book. I’m glad I did. David Levithan has written an engaging book with a unique perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

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Must Love Hellhounds

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Acid blood, demonic eyes, nine inch fangs, lovable, gigantic, three-headed, serpentine tongues, shape shifting, mischievous. Four different stories, four different takes on hellhounds. Intriguing concepts and the entries in this anthology fit well together.

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