I've added Peony in Love
and the Elegance of the Hedgehog
to my Amazon cart...
Books since last post -
Cesar Millan's Dog book - Cesar's Way
- He's pretty controversial, because he doesn't limit himself to positive reinforcement, but I agree with most of his stuff. I agree with his take on dog psychology/pack mentality, which is backed by most scientific study, as opposed to the American tendency to anthropomorphize and treat pets as human.
Lois McMaster Bujold - The Sharing Knife Vol. 4
- Thousands of years after a post apocalyptic disaster, the world slowly recovers...the continuing the love story of a girl from the Farmer culture and a hard bitten Patroller from the LakeWalker culture, whose mission is to protect humanity from the powerhungry mutant Malices that arise as a result of ancient science gone awry. Top notch writer, superb science fiction.
Jeanne Birdsall - The Penderwicks
- A really great 9-12 yr old novel about 4 sisters on vacation. The style reminds me of Nesbit, Eager, but without any magic. Just an ordinary bunch of kids having ordinary summer adventures. Big controversy over it winning the National Book Award when it was so *ordinary* and not Meaningful and Important. Getting the sequel next week.
Barbara Hambly - Those Who Hunt the Night
- Awesome vampire novel, with a sequel I'm starting soon. Set in early 1907, an Oxford don who doubles as a British spy in Europe is forced by the vampires of London to act as their *daytime* agent and help them discover who is killing vampires. Fast paced, creative, disturbing, well written. And some creepy real life background: I never knew about the catacombs of Paris---
Click cautiously....this is a virtual tour of the catacombs of Paris, including ossuaries of thousands, millions, of bones moved from the city cemeteries.... http://triggur.org/cata/
Another link... http://www.quovadimus.org/paris/cat/thumb.html