Ink-Stained Scribe

I'm Alive!

Hey there, everyone! Just dropping in to reassure you that I have not been eaten by the zombies. I moved and started a new job, and my childhood just ended with the last Harry Potter movie installment. Mischief Managed. It has left me a bit drained of energy and free-time, so, I decided to devote what I had to my fiction writing instead of my blog.

BUT, I'm taking the bus to work, which has given me the perfect opportunity to do some reading. Luckily, I don't tend to get motion sickness from reading. So here are the books I've recently finished:

BEHEMOTH by Scott Westerfeld ***** The second book in the trilogy was excellent. I adore the main characters. Scott Westerfeld does something I think is very hard, which is writing from two characters' points of view and making them both so completely interesting that you're not bored by POV change. And it's a WWI alternate-history with steampunk bio-engineered airship-whales fighting against dieselpunk mecha. This second book got political, and the stakes got higher, and the characters got more conflicted and interesting. I'm seriously looking forward to the third installment, which comes out in September.

SUNSHINE by Robin McKinley ****1/2 The book was wonderful, glorious--the vampire book for people who don't like vampire books. But I wanted about five more pages after where she ended it which is why I hesitated to give it the final 1/2 star. I loved every bit of the last page. I just wanted a tiny bit more.

THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson **** MY lovely roommate brought home an ARC of this book from ALA, and I read it almost immediately. This is probably my favorite of Maureen Johnson's books, and I think she handled the supernatural element really well. I'm not afraid to admit I stayed up really late reading, because the first half of the book was a bit too scary to put down. Hey, it's about Jack the Ripper. And ghosts. I did find myself gravitating more toward two supernatural characters as love interests rather than the main character's hunky classmate.

Currently, I'm reading: "Red Sea under Red Sky" by Scott Lynch, "Sabriel" by Garth Nix, and one of Brandon Sanderson's original novels, which I'm reading on the Kindle for iPhone app.

Is it weird that I usually want to buy the novel again in paperback if I've liked it? Does anyone else do that?