It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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People of the Longhouse by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear-  I love the Gears’ series about Native American lives. This book is the start of a four book series about the origin of the Iroquois nation. In this book children from several villages are stolen during raids and sold to a trader woman who trades them to men who want to abuse them. Warriors from rival villages have to work together to track the missing children.

The story is good but since it is the start of a series nothing is resolved. I can’t stand the suspense since the others aren’t out yet!

Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong-  This is book four in the Otherworld series. This book contains most of the characters from the previous books but focuses on the witch Paige and the sorcerer Lucas. Lucas is the heir to the Cortez Cabal in Miami, a sorcerer group that makes the Mafia look friendly. He has refused to be involved but his father won’t give up. He invites Lucas and Paige to investigate the murder of several of the teenage children of Cabal members.

Jingo by Terry Pratchett- I’m a huge fan of the Discworld novels. I didn’t own this one yet until I found a used copy this week. This is a reread but I never get tired of rereading these books. An island has suddenly appeared in the ocean midway between the rival areas of Anhk-Morpork and Klatch. The only reasonable thing to do is have a war, right?  This is a satire on xenophobia.

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black-  I got this recommendation on this meme. Dana is tired of living with her alcoholic mother so she contacts the father she has never met. He lives in Avalon, a city in England that is the border between the human world and Faerie. Dana is half human and half Fae and finds herself in the middle of a political struggle when she arrives in Avalon. When she discovers that she has powers it makes her situation even more precarious. This is the beginning of a YA series.  I enjoyed it.

Fish! for Life: A Remarkable Way to Achieve Your Dreams by Stephen C. Lundin – This was the absolutely worst audio book I’ve ever heard in my life! It was so bad that I listened to the whole thing just so I could keep mocking it. It is supposed to be a non-fiction book about applying the business principles of Fish! to your personal life. The principles aren’t bad (Have fun, be present, make their day, and choose your attitude) but this book is written as a story of a family where they are going to use the principles. The writing is horrible. No one talks like the dialogue in this book. They also use the name of the person they are talking to over and over. I started doing it at home and only got to my second repeat of the SO’s name in as many sentences before he threatened me.

My main concern was the side plot of Grandma Ida. Early in the book Grandma gets picked up by the cops for driving the wrong way on a one way street and the main character takes her car away. Grandma points out that she lives in a place where there is no public transportation and no grocery store in walking distance. Then you don’t hear about her again for a month. I had visions of her starving to death in her house. Right about the time I was going to start printing up “Free Grandma Ida!!!!” t-shirts, they decided that she should live with them. In order to show her how much they wanted her they decided to spring for a spa day. While she was there they broke into her apartment and stole her favorite furniture and put it in their house. This was supposed to “Make Her Day.” If I did that to my mother she’d use “Make My Day” in the Dirty Harry sense right before killing me dead.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – I’ve seen this recommended all over the place and it is as wonderful as everyone said it would be. Andi is a senior at an elite private school in Brooklyn. If she doesn’t turn in her outline for her senior paper at the end of winter break she will not graduate. She is depressed after the death of her little brother and doesn’t see the point. Her father forces her to go to Paris with him over break to force her to work on her outline. While there she starts reading a diary written by a 17 year old girl caught up in the events of the French Revolution.
This is a book that was very hard to put down.

Where Am I Reading – New York, England, Miami, France, Washington, and I’m going to have to put the Discworld on the map somewhere.