A fun, action-filled story of vampires, shape-shifters and mages. I haven't read the first book in the series, though Price fills in the back story well enough, which can be a challenge I"m sure - not to bore readers following a series with too much old news, yet give new readers enough background that they're not floundering. I would probably have enjoyed the characters a bit more if I'd read Once Bitten, the first book in the series, but that's likely just personal preference. This story has Kita, a shape-shifter and fledgling vampire, and Nathaniel, the vampire who turned her, smack in the middle of some intense vampire politics. At the same time Kita is trying to fulfill a quest to track down people she may have "tagged" as shape-shifters during an attack that occurred in the first book. Complications ensue, including murder and mayhem. I think I'll go find a copy of the first book to see how things start out.
*Yoga and Scoliosis: A Journey to Health and Healing* by Marcia Monroe is a comprehensive guide to strengthening and balancing the scoliosis back with modified yoga asanas. The author states in the preface that she is not offering a cure for scoliosis, but is providing information based on "lifelong studies and experience on how yoga has helped" her. Though she reiterates that these exercises are to be be done with a teacher, I think that the book provides enough information about movement, balance, and modifying the poses to be useful even if a yoga teacher is not an option. At least It's got me to hoping that I might be able to keep my back from getting any worse as I get older, and perhaps even improve it. Contents: Part I: Introduction - "Introduction to Scoliosis" by Dr Loren Fishman, MD; Yoga; Concepts of SequencingPart II: Yoga for Scoliosis - includes floor, seated, and standing asanas; a modified selection of forward, lateral, abdominal and back extensions; inversions; and restorative savasana (relaxation postures and breathing practice)Part II: On Daily Life - a brief section on ways to work with scoliosis in daily lifeThe appendix provides several additional exercises
I've enjoyed reading the books in Michelle Sagara's Elantra series - I find the various races and characters intriguing (especially the Barrani). Cast in Fury is the fourth and latest book in the series, and in which the Leontine race is largely featured. I did miss seeing more of some characters from the previous books, especially Lord Nightshade - though he does appear in this book briefly. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
This is a nice general, and gentle, introduction to yoga as well as including a comprehensive list of facial exercises. Additionally, it is an attractive and well illustrated book. The book is in three parts: There are 17 facial exercises in Part I, starting with the forehead massage, and covering strengthening or tightening forehead, cheek, chin and neck muscles. Part II: Yoga for the Rest of the Body starts with a general overview, and includes breathing exercises, and exercises for the abdomen and spine. Part III: A Simple Daily Program, includes seven basic yoga exercises, Sun and Moon Salutations (27 poses), relaxation pose, and brief sections on meditation, mudras or hand gestures, and nutrition.
This was a fun read. The Devil You Know is a detective story set in a London where the dead tend to rise - as ghosts, zombies & were. Oh, and there's demons too. Felix "Fix" Castor is a freelance exorcist who uses music (via tin whistle) to capture ghosts. Fix is wonderfully and darkly humorous. Although the book had me snorting with laughter here and there, the story itself is not at all comedic. It's a good and dark detective story, filled with interesting characters - living and dead. I'd recommend it, as well as the next book Vicious Circle, to anyone who enjoys their urban fantasy or paranormal mysteries a bit on the darker side.