The “Office of Mercy” was ok. And if you are into dystopian fiction this may be right up your alley, I’m not as familiar with dystopian fiction as with other Science Fiction and fantasy. With that being said…..It did leave a few things unexplained such as the references to other America settlements that America – Five seemed to have information about, but it was never revealed on how this knowledge was accumulated, or if there was any contact between the other settlements with America –Five.The ending was ironic in how the views of the two main characters were reversed.All in all it was a good debut novel, but the story was slow in developing, and it was just the promise of more being revealed that kept me reading.
This one kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning however in the last couple of chapters it changed from a mystery thriller to a romance. The change in story type really killed it for me because I had really enjoyed it up to that point.The romance chapters was really not needed and seemed an after thought by the author because the story and mystery had already been solved.
There were a few authors I was familiar with in this collection of short stories like, Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Phillip Jose Farmer, Robert E. Howard, and Franz Kafka. The stories I liked best was Edgar Rice Burroughs “ Tarzan in Love”, Philip Jose Farmers “After Kong Fell”, Robert E. Howards “Red Shadows”, Pat Murphy’s “ Rachel In Love”, and Joe R. Lansdale’s “Godzilla’s Twelve Step Program”.All in all this was a pretty good selection of stories and some of the essays that talked about the Ape in literature and movies were interesting.
Christi Phillip’s “Rossetti Letter” has the right mix of history and present day.The sequences between the past Venice and the present day Venice were very good. It was like reading two stories at once. And the similar situations between Claire and Alessandra, being two women from two different eras, who are alone in the world and trying to make the best of it gives the story a very timeless theme. I also seem to get the message that you do not need to give up femininity to make it in the world either.Claire seems to have lost any interest in the opposite sex and her femininity and only gets it back with the help of Gwen and Giancarlo and the atmosphere in Venice. As Gwen puts it Claire needed to get her groove back.Without giving too much away it was a great read. I enjoyed the historical parts of the story as much as the present day escapes of Claire and Gwen and would recommend it to anyone who likes a light hearted story laced with history.
I loved the first Dan Shamble PI book and was not disappointed in the second book in this series.Kevin Anderson has a way of being able to take the most outrageous situations and still have his protagonist come out on top. It was another wild roller coaster ride and I’m looking forward to the next Dan Shamble adventure next month “Hair Raising”.
I just met another of Pratchett's characters, Granny Weatherwax.Terry Pratchett seems to be able to give his characters memorable personas and can paint with words so that the image stays in your memory long after you have read the book.This was the third discworld book and now I am quite addicted to this realm of reality.
I have found another British Author that I love.This book was very enjoyable and I fell in love with Rincewind the Wizard. I recently watched the Colour of Magic movie so had to check out the book. I'm thinking that the movie must have combined the Colour of magic and the light fantastic because there were things in the movie that did not show up in this book. Well the light fantastic is on my to read list so I will be reading that soon anyway.I really love Terry Pratchett's imaginative world he put together and really did not want the story to end. And of course it didn't I just have to read the next book.Some of the words used I believe were more of a British nature but that's understandable since he is a British author.I didn't mind looking them up and take it as a mind expanding experience.