One of the most common questions we’re asked at book signings and cons and other public appearances is “What are you reading?” It’s also one of my favorite questions, because when I read something I like, I loveloveLOVE to tell everyone about it. Since AJ is prepping for Tuesday’s paperback release of Act of Will, I dropped in today to tell you about some great books I just finished.
Mike Carey’s The Devil You Know is a marvelous combination of urban fantasy and noir mystery. I absolutely devoured this book, in about a day. Felix Caster used to be a freelance exorcist until one of his jobs went horribly wrong. Since then he’s been eaking out a living as a party magician. But when his friend and landlady runs into desperate financial trouble, Felix takes on an exorcism job to help her out. Except that it’s not the ordinary job, this isn’t an ordinary ghost and suddenly Felix finds that he is no longer an ordinary exorcist. This book was wicked fun, the kind of urban fantasy that I love best. If you’re a fan of Jim Butcher or Glen Cook’s Garrett PI series, you will love this one.
I read Robin Hobb’s Dragon Keeper on my Kindle while travelling. The book picks up where the Liveship Traders left off, with the serpents having reached their cocooning grounds, but in poor condition and nearly starving. The few that survive become dragons, but because of their weakened states when they began their cocoon phase, they’re all sickly, deformed and weak. In an attempt to help them reach their ancestral home of Kelsingra, the humans of the Rain Wilds recruit a group of people to accompany the dragons on their journey. The story was good, of course – Robin Hobb can always hold my attention. One of the characters particularly interested me, but by the end of the story, I was ready to smack her myself for not seeing certain signs that would have explained things to her. I suppose I shouldn’t be so mean, since in real life we often choose not to see what’s before our eyes. If you read and enjoyed the Liveship books, you’ll enjoy this as well. If you didn’t read the Liveship books yet, read them first, This is not the book to introduce you to Robin Hobb.
And then there’s Kate Griffin’s A Madness of Angels. I actually read this a few weeks ago, but I just received the second book in the series, The Midnight Mayor, so I wanted to mention how good this is! Young sorcerer Matthew Swift wakes up in his bed naked and confused, because he’s been dead for two years. Why he’s back and who’s responsible for his death, he doesn’t know, but he’s determined to find out. And take his well-deserved vengeance. This book was another one that I gobbled up. It’s also got a noir flavor to it, which apparently appeals to me. It’s set in present-day London, a city that charms me all by itself, and Griffin takes us into the city’s shadowy secret corners with this book. Swift manages to figure out who killed him, so the reader isn’t left completely hanging at the end, but there’s plenty of room for more adventure to come.
So there you go. What are you reading?