Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book of the Week - Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Definitely one of the best books of the year. I can't imagine it not being a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and other SFF awards. While it is the middle book of a trilogy I can promise you that it stands on its own as I did not read Finnikin of the Rock, a situation that must be remedied as I wait impatiently for the next book.

Froi, fiercely loyal and fiercely independent accepts the task of going to the neighboring kingdom that had perpetrated horrific acts upon the people of his adopted country Lumatere during their recent war. In Charyn he is to take the place of one of the last "last-born" so he can gain access to the palace and assassinate the king before Quintana, the mad last-born princess, comes of age. Charyn was cursed nineteen years earlier with sterility and later a prophecy written in Quintana's blood decreed that "the last will make the first" understood as the last children born before the curse took effect will have to conceive in order to break the curse. This has led to Quintana being fruitlessly mated each year since her thirteenth birthday, the day called by the Charynites, the day of weeping.

This sweeping epic combines politics -- national, sexual, and interpersonal, with amazing complex characters.

Don't miss it.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

No Copyright on Titles

The Bistro Book Club teens have been turning in reviews on books eligible for BFYA and on other recent books so we've been getting a lot of hits over at Suddenly, this week, teen reviews of a terrific debut novel from last year have been generating a lot of traffic. The book is Morris Honor and BFYA Top Ten book Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I wonder if people are looking for reviews of this heart wrenching book about the strength of a teen girl facing the genocide perpetrated on the Lithuanians and others by Stalin or if they were really looking for a recent bestseller with a similar title that is an entirely different kettle of fish.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Got the email today informing me I have Guest status for Dragon*Con. Very exciting. It is so much fun to spend Labor Day weekend immersed in Science Fiction and Fantasy in Atlanta. I haven’t faxed back my letter of agreement yet so my name isn’t on the list but the list of confirmed guests is at It is an awesome convention with great tracks for readers and writers along with the celebrity stuff (which I avoid). Last year had some quality time with some of my favorite authors.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Novels Set in the South During the Civil Rights Movement

Sometimes I'll pick up a notion and not know why. Often I find that those notions are completely wrong. When The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine showed up on my door step, I thought oh no, another boring Civil Rights novel. Haven't we seen enough of them already?

As I read Marlee's story I become immediately submersed in her life. I'm not a numbers person but I love when someone else's passion lets me see the beauty in what they love. As someone who does not look like the stereotypes of my own ethnicity, I could really relate to Liz. After I finished this book that ended up all too short because I didn't want to leave the good people of the world Kristin Levine illuminated so beautifully I realized I don't dislike Civil Rights novels. I loved Spite Fences by Trudy Krisher, My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow, The Help, and many, many more. Where the heck did I ever get that notion. I do know that every time I have hesitantly picked up one of these books even though it wasn't one of my preferred genres, I have been surprised and delighted.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Thrilled to see the Nebula Winners

Two of my favorite authors took home awards. The amazing Jo Walton for her novel Among Others that I must rush out and buy immediately and Delia Sherman (been a big fan of her short stories) for her Andre Norton award winning The Freedom Maze.

There were eight nominees for the Norton and I had read six of them. They were amazing! Don't know how I missed The Freedom Maze but from the caliber of the books it beat out, it will be a great read. The six I read are:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson
Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Chime by Franny Billingsly

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Baby Shark - An Old Favorite for Free

Baby Shark by Robert Fate was one of my favorite books of 2006 so I was glad to hear from the author that it was being offered for FREE on Kindle ( a few days. I went back to my old review at

Please let me know if you read it and what you think.
Crime/ Noir/ Mystery/ Historical/ 1950s
Baby Shark
Fate, Robert 

Capital Crime Press0977627691 2006
Kristin Van Dijk was only seventeen on the west Texas October night in 1952 when an outlaw biker gang overran Henry’s pool room killing her father and Henry’s son, beating and gang raping her, and burning the place to the ground. Henry, a Chinese immigrant, and Kristin survive. When they are healed from the beatings they wonder why the police don’t seem to be concerned with chasing down the murderers. The insurance company has paid the claim as an accidental fire. Henry and Kristin start training to survive, knowing that they won’t be safe as long as the four bikers are on the loose and that there is a mystery behind why they targeted Kristin’s father, a pool shark. Kristin takes up her father’s trade and acquires the nickname Baby Shark. This first novel is Texas noir at its best. Readers will be eagerly awaiting Baby Shark’s Beaumont Blues.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


After using a web site since 1996, I'm trying for something a little easier to update. Part of it is because when I upgraded my OS Dreamweaver was no longer compatible. I've tried other software builders, and Tumblr and haven't found exactly what I wanted so I'm trying again. Let me know what you think in the comments.