Confessions of a bookaholic

Friday, October 14, 2005

Damage done in the last week: (click the covers to get to the Amazon page)

And wow, while doing the links for Nora's book, I saw this one:

"Lyra is a strange orphan girl living in a version of London not-unlike our own. She accidentally uncovers a plot to rid people of their Daemons (spirit-like creatures that accompany everyone everywhere, like an extension of one's soul) and sets out to rescue her friends from the clutches of a sinister church-based organisation. Along the way she makes some unusual friends and discovers that her ultimate goal will take her far beyond the reaches of her own world.

I also grabbed a couple of books from the library:

hmmm.... I just noticed this book, while doing the link for NECTAR. Looks interesting, no? (I told ya I needed help) :

Finally, I'm almost done reading Marcos M. Villatoro's latest -

I almost had a heart attack when there was no mention of a 4th Romila Chacon novel. But I'm pretty sure some reviewer mention that there would be. Each mystery is entertaining and suspenseful enough. But I just love the characters and the weight of 'latino' verisimilitude with which he imbues their personalities and interactions.

I have a soft spot for Romila and her mother and son--since for many years my own family had this exact construction/ living arrangement. And (OMG!!) Rafael Murillo aka TeKun Uman. Drug lord, cold blooded killer, yet not without his own code of honor. Well read, sophisticated, damn good looking. And deeply so in love with Romila (FBI).

Very interesting watching these two together; Romila with her need to do her duty, yet fighting her growing emotions for the man. Tekun loving this woman who he almost do anything for, yet cannot afford to trust. Tanto que te quiero, que quiero quererte otro tanto. He says this to her. What the hell does it mean? Something incredibly, intensely, heartbreakingly romantic, yes?

If I plug it into babelfish I know I'll get some f'd up translation:
"As much that I want to you, that I want quererte the same."

WTF? See what I mean? ::scowl::
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Diana Peterfreund said...

His Dark Materials (Pullman) is a great series. I think it's going to be made into a film soon. Best get in on the ground floor.

Sela Carsen said...

As much as I love you, I would love to love you that much more. It's a little convoluted, but yes, terribly romantic.

Jaye said...

I love the original title too, Diana. Much more evocative than Northern Lights. It's a 'series' you say? *sob* ::checks bank account::

*sigh* see, I knew it was something incredibly romantic. Even more so given the context he says it in. He's on the FBI most wanted list, and this happens at a moment when a kiss almost happens, but he has to flee for his life. And it's up in the air as too whether he survives his escape (it's pretty much the last we see of him in the book).

I should clarify that each book is a stand alone mystery/thriller. Well paced and researched. Tekun is at the center of the first book, but after that he's on the run, yet manages to keep an eye on Romilia, getting involved at different times, during each subsequent investigation/book.

Danica said...

You, my friend, are a terrible influence. At least that's what That Man would think if he knew I was drooling over more books.

Anonymous said...

I already have Private Demon, and I've got my eye on Dark Lover...but I'm ignorign the rest. yes I am.

*being strong*

Canadian Dude said...

Where do you find the time to do all this reading?

Jaye said...

Unlike you, I take the TTC to and from work, Dude. That's good for *at least* an hour's worth of reading. Plus I like to read a couple of pages/or a chapter before I call it a night and hit the hay.

raine said...

Well dang, Jaye--why didn't you pick up a decent book or two??!

jessiegirl said...

All those books, a woman after my own heart.

I'm dying to read Dark Lover except i'm poor at the moment and the local library is closed for renovations.

Kate Allan said...

Amazon's like that. I think it's the free postage thing... I collect up stuff I want to buy, and then every couple of months go for it with at least 10 things in my basket. :)

Sela Carsen said...

I couldn't resist picking up Dark Lover recently. Once you get over the completely lame-ass character names, it's extremely hot. Great character development, gripping plot and a cast of heroes that I'm looking forward to keeping up with. Recommended!

Jaye said...

Hi Jessie and Kate, don't think I've seen you folks comment before. :-) Thanks for dropping by.

You know, I never used to pay attention to those Amazon rec's, but lately they've been piquing my interest. :-P

Sela, it was you, Dream and PBW primarily, who convinced me to give this go. Although I have read alot of positive buzz about books. I'm not real big into vamps. Don't hate them, just have a 'meh' reaction to them. (On the other hand I do sooo love werewolves...) The names are lame--and the reason I had no interest in these books when I first heard about them-- but everyone says the worldbuilding is awesome, and I author's voice works for me, from the pages I skimmed, so we'll see.

Btw, if you're looking for a good werewolf story you should check out Dream's contribution to the HOWLING anthology (details on her site I've only read the excerpts so far, but ::phew::. Now if only I could recommend a certain werewolf's, Maddox, story.... ;-)

Sela Carsen said...

I'm sorry. Did you say something? ;-P

Amie Stuart said...

That's good for *at least* an hour's worth of reading...

What about writing? ahemmmmmmmmm

BTW Sela, I read RAine's novella this weekend (so i could interview Red). It's SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!! Gonna go back and read the other two stories next =)

Jaye said...

What about writing? ahemmmmmmmmm

I'm sorry. Did you say something? ;-P

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