Jun 21, 2006

The Last Days

Date: June 19, 2006 3:09 PM

Topic: The Last Days

I recently received an advance review copy of The Last Days (by Scott Westerfeld) which is a sequel to Peeps. Both books are aimed at YA because of the late teen protagonists but from what I’ve read and heard the stories also appeal to adults. Peeps was on my list of T0-BE-READ. Unfortunately I haven’t done that yet. However, I won’t let it stop me from reading and, I hope, enjoying The Last Days.

Peeps (Razorbill, 2006) by the way are parasite-positives. This name is preferred to the V word. Not sure why yet. Perhaps there will be sufficient back story to help me catch up with what happened in book 1

Jun 18, 2006

Nora Roberts

This is a writer whose novels most often make every bestseller list. Mostly she’s known as a romance or mystery author and she writes books as J D Robb in the science fiction/mystery realm. Recently I discovered that she will publish a trilogy with a vampire theme.

Morrigan's Cross. Jove, Aug. 29, 2006

Dance of the Gods. Jove, Oct. 3, 2006

Valley of Silence. Jove, Oct. 31, 2006

Years ago I was asked to write essays on romance writers and one of the authors I was assigned was Nora Roberts. This was rather early in her career, but she definitely had already gained a following. I admit I was a bit of a snob when it came to romances thinking, like so many, that the authors were all Barbara Cartland clones. Not true, especially in the case of Roberts. Her characters were intelligent and believable as were the plots. Because there are “so many books, so little time” I have only read a few of her stories in recent years. She is still an excellent writer although some of the plots seem a bit tired. Anyway I look forward to reading her take on vampires.