As I’ve told you in previous posts, I listen to audio books while I knit. I used to read actual books, but that was very awkward and required too much set up to be easy and enjoyable. I was somewhat forced into audio books when I received my concussion because you’re not allowed to watch TV, or read, or do anything that causes eye strain. Audio books were pretty much it.
I was really apprehensive about audio books because, what if you don’t like the voice of the person who reads it? Wouldn’t that ruin the whole book for you? For me, yes it would, but luckily on Audible.com you can listen to a snippet of the book and see how you like the person who reads it. Another thing about audio books that I like, you can usually get them from your local library.
Regardless of physical, audio or ebook this is a wonderful time of year. The next installments of most book series come out in the next few months. I am going to go over the series I read and the books I am looking forward to. I will warn you now; I am a hardcore fantasy reader, so if you’re not into this genre, look the other way.
February 25th marked the release of Kim Harrison’s newest book The Undead Pool; it is the 12th book in the Hollows series. I came across Kim Harrison books in a discount bookstore, I read the inside of the dust cover and thought it was intriguing. So I picked it up, I mean, discount books; I probably brought 40lbs of books home. When your counting the amount in weight and not number of individual books, you know it’s been a good day.
The individual book happened to be For a Few Demons More, which is actually the 5th book in the succession. Of course, I had to go out and find the first book because I am physically not able to read them out of order. It’s a sickness, it really is.
Luckily the first book, Dead Witch Walking, was not hard to find. My local Chapters had it in stock. I took it home and immediately started reading; the story line was good, the characters had depth, but for some reason I just couldn’t really get into it. It was a few months later while talking to one of Paul’s friends I realized why. It was the language, Kim Harrison uses colloquialisms in the main characters speech. For example, she calls vampires, vamps. I am not sure why, but it just wasn’t resonating with me. This friend of Paul said his wife reads this series and she is crazy about them so I decided to give it another try. I am so glad I did. Once I got into the main character, Rachel Morgan, a little more the language didn’t bother me all that much. If fact, I don’t even notice it all that much. Then again, the character has gone through some pretty huge transformations within the storyline and I am sure Kim Harrison herself has continued to develop her writing style.
This video was on Kim Harrison’s website. It’s the books from the main character; in her own words no less.
As someone who majored in English Lit, I am picky with the things I read. Right now I am reading another series and the author keeps saying “me and [insert character name]” and EVERY TIME I think “It’s [character name] AND I!!!!!”There are little things that grate on my nerves in ALL books, but I have already said I am persnickety and compulsive. Overall this means any book I choose to read and continue with the series, must be AMAZING!
There have been a few other books come out, but I think I will just give you one more for now. I don’t want this post to go on forever, and trust me, I could.
The Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neil is something I’ve come across more recently, but I really like it. The characters are sassy, sarcastic and everything that appeals to me. There is a nice martial arts base within the storyline and it’s fairly accurate. Another one of the things I do not like is when books misrepresent martial arts. For me, it puts an extra shine on the book when the research is done and proper form and terminology used.
I didn’t actually read this book, I came across the audio version and I think this may have been a stroke of luck. Chloe Neil also uses a lot of colloquialisms in her characters speech; especially the dialogue between the main character, Merit, and her best friend, Mallory. Cynthia Holloway reads these audio books and does a great job at bringing the characters to life. They say things like ‘for serial’ instead of ‘for serious’. I think that may have bothered me in print, but in audio I find it endearing.
The most recent book, Wild Things, came out on February 4th this year and I couldn’t wait. The last book left us at a crucial point on many different fronts, so I was impatient to see what happened! I was not disappointed at all. Just looking through web pages for the release date of Wild Things I found out that Chloe Neill had the NEXT book, Blood Games, coming out on August 5th! I can’t believe how fast she is getting these books out there; I love it!
I highly recommend both these series; they’re fun and well written. In a few weeks I’ll go over another the next books that have been released. If anyone has any suggestions for reading material, I am always looking for more. I am a notorious re-reader and I feel that I SHOULD read more new things than I do. Please, save me from myself and comment with books!