I decided I needed a place to vent and/or to celebrate about writing. I'm a Wordsmith: stories, novels, poems, religious statements, political commentaries. I Post on writing: how to-venting-updates on my writing, and on anything I'm excited about. I will also be posting a story or three. And I review on books and /or writers I'm reading and anything else that might strike my fancy such as concerts I've been to, adventure dreams I recall etc..
I don't do near as many book reviews as I would like to but I decided to do this one:
"Late Eclipses" by Seanan McGuire. It's the latest in a series she is doing, I think the only one. http://www.seananmcguire.com I love this series this series is my top number three or number four of all the UF books I read. Seanan better not decide to halt the series like two or three other writers have done. One of those was my number two top UF series. But there will be one more, at least, in this one.
I've said this before but I still want to use Seanan's name as a character.
Anyway, I started reading this more because of circumstances but I kept reading it because it's hard to put down. I finally finish the last book I was reading, The Remy Chandler book byThomas E. Sniegoski... it wasn't bad at all except for two things I really wish the writer hadn't put in. One was back store but the other was placed of the ending. Still if you like darker and sometimes bloody stories try this series.
But back to "Late Eclipses" . Good story, GOOD Story. Funny thing was that after the first two or so chapters I ended up thinking "the writing isn't the best, but the storytelling is" Whoa, where did that come from? I can't point to why I think the writing isn't great. It's not bad, but it may have something to do with the opening. The MC is in a grocery store shopping. She just got paid big time and is looow on food so she, her room mate and a friend, are shopping. Not sure why the friend is there. He just shows up now and then. The room mate is... well you have to read the last book in the series and maybe the one before it. She is very unusual.
But I'm probably wrong about the writing, Seanan won the John W. Campbell award for best new writer. But I wasn't trying to say I thought the writing was bad or even mediocre but something made me think it wasn't the top writing. Still not sure what.
One last thing for those who have read any of my Bright Lights novel, this is the inspiration for it. I changed a bunch: Daye has been a PI and a Knight for years- mine is just learning to be a hero, Daya was married once and has a grown daughter who so far isn't doing much in the stories.. .to my disappointment..., Mine has had bad romances and is maybe having one now, Daye has a very powerful Fey Queen who doesn't like her much at all, she grew up with her mother who is now crazy... I'm still not sure what happened to her father but he isn't around at all.- mine has a dad who calls, and her mother is distracted but not crazy. There are other differences. I have someone sort of like the King of the Cats but you might not recognize him especially since there seems to be a romance growing between Daye and him, mine is a different relationship. Plus Daye tends to be short on money, my character isn't.
The cover of "Late Eclipses" is great except I'm not sure about the expression on Daye's face. It's a very simple cover but the artist knew what was in the book. And I just saw something in the background that makes it even better.
Highly recommend it but start the series from the beginning.