BOOK & BLOG
November 19, 2006
Books of the week: FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE by Kim Harrison, and FANGED AND FABULOUS by Michelle Rowen
This past week, Ive had the great pleasure of reading Kim Harrisons next book FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE, and Michelle Rowens FANGED AND FABULOUS, so its been a super reading week for me. Both are very good books. As always, its fascinating how two writers can take roughly the same elements and mold them into such diverse and pleasurable entertainment. Knowing both these writers adds another dimension to the fun of reading them.
FOR A FEW DEMONS MORE, of course, is the much-anticipated next installment in the adventures of Rachel Morgan, extraordinary witch who needs a few sessions on the therapists couch in terms of her willingness to take unnecessary risks. Impulse control is a real issue with Rachel, but her power and her determination and her genuine desire to Do the Right Thing give her charm and keep us rooting for her. Of course, this is a great book, and I guarantee there are enough shockers to keep ardent readers as hooked on this series as ever.
Canadian Michelle Rowen writes a series thats lighter in heart and intent. In the first installment of the series, BITTEN AND SMITTEN, nice girl Sarah Dearly was turned into a vampire during the blind date from hell. Sarah is such a good scout that her fate is doubly shocking. By chance, she hooks up with ancient vampire Thierry, and they strike up a relationship. In Rowens world, there are two kinds of vampires; some are limited to nighttime, some not. Some can eat solid food, some not. (Poor Sarah is in the not category, much to her dismay.) At the end of BITTEN AND SMITTEN, Sarah seems set up for good times. But no! From the opening of FANGED AND FABULOUS, Thierry is distant, Hunters are after her, and Sarahs brand-new world is going to hell in a handcart.
Youll have to wait till March for the Harrison, and July for the Rowen, but I guarantee, the waitll be worth it.
The hills are alive with the sound of gunfire, to paraphrase The Sound of Music. In other words, its hunting season in southern Arkansas. Our local paper has pictures nearly every day of proud kids, ages roughly seven through twelve, whove shot their first deer. In all the pictures, the kid (and this is true for both boys and girls) is kneeling next to the deceased deer, beaming proudly.
I didnt grow up in a hunting family, so this is like watching an alien ritual to me. My two sons hunted a bit, my older one much more enthusiastically than my second. Older brought home his share of deer meat, and we ate it. Its good, no doubt about it. But Older never elevated his yearly hunt to the status of religion, which is the case with some hunters I have known.
Our house has a good stand of woods behind it and to the west. Sometimes we get hunters fairly close to the house. At least once a hunting season, our dogs drag deer remains into the yard, having visited a spot where someone field-dressed their kill. (Thanks, hunters. We love having a front lawn decorated with deer vertebra, or a nice skull.)
This is the time of year when its wise to wear orange if you want to walk through a field. Its also so common to hear gunfire that I dont think twice about it. And in view of the annual toll of hunting accidents, I guess its just about the perfect season to shoot someone and get away with it.
Im not coming down pro or con on the general subject of hunting. There are plenty of deer -- in fact, more deer than the dwindling habitat can support, so the herd can miss a few. And if the people who kill them, eat them, I am glad the deer didnt die in vain. But theres always the niggling fear that Ill be mistaken for a short, round deer, or one of our dogs will be that flash of brown that attracts the hunters rifle. So, if any hunters actually read this, please, please making this hunting season a safe one, for you and for those around you.
® 2010 Charlaine Harris