desertvixen: woman reading a book (reading)
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
2010 answer: Visions in Death (runners up Witness in Death and Haunted in Death)

So, thinking about this, and it's really hard to pick just one book in this series.  Visions in Death does have one of the hands-down best Peabody moments of the series.

Thinking about it, however, I think I'd want to go with Divided in Death.  This is where the series went hardback, and it features a mystery that hits a lot closer to home than some.  I'd pick this one, though, because I think it has one of the pivotal moments in the series - when Eve tells Roarke that he can't get vengeance for what happened to her when she was a kid, because if he does what he wants to do, it's murder committed in her name.  ([ profile] desert_sdwndr, guess which In Death title we'll be listening to?)

There's some honorable mentions, however.  Memory in Death features another crime for Christmas, and has a bad guy you actually kind of sympathize with.  New York to Dallas brings a lot of things full circle in a way that was true to the series that I really enjoyed.  Celebrity in Death played off several of the others, including Origin in Death and Witness in Death, and was quite enjoyable.

Haunted in Death is still the best short story.  The short stories incorporate too many paranormal slants for me to really enjoy, but Haunted in Death is a well-done ghost story and murder.  It's a staple of car trips.

I've seen several In Death books over here, and everytime I do, I pick it up and look through it.  It's like meeting an old friend and curling up for a chat.

The Rest of The Meme )
desertvixen: (thorny)
 Just finished Thankless in Death, JD Robb's newest.  General verdict is that it's not as great as some of the best books, but a solid outing.
Spoilery details under cut )
All in all, worth the read.

desertvixen: (thorny)
One of the benefits of night shift is that I've just spent that last four hours (pretty much) reading the latest Eve Dallas novel.

Verdict: It's good.  I was starting to get worried in the middle of the book, but the climax has power.

They've also redone the cover again, and I wonder if there's some reason for ditching Nora Roberts' picture on the back of the cover.  The title's also a change.

Spoilery verdict:  This is in the form of notes as I read the book, bear with the format please!

Spoilers Inside... )
I still wouldn't say it's the best one ever, but it's pretty well up the list.

desertvixen: (thimble pricks)
 This looks like it's going to be good:

From Amazon: The number-one New York Times–bestselling author J. D. Robb presents an intense and terrifying new case for New York homicide cop Eve Dallas, one that will take her all the way to the city that gave her her name — and plunge her into the nightmares of her childhood. When a monster named Isaac McQueen — taken down by Eve back in her uniform days — escapes from Rikers, he has two things in mind. One is to pick up where he left off, abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. The other is to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago

desertvixen: woman reading a book (reading)

Days 1-24 )

Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most - Yet another one where it's hard to just pick one.  I have to go with Delia Peabody (from the "In Death" series), with Ancilla Trent from The Nonesuch following closely behind.  Peabody is the sidekick, the smoother-over, the accomplisher of administration, although she manages to get enough smart-ass remarks in that she holds her own.  Especially as the only female in my job (where I am), I feel like I'm in this role a lot.  Eve also sticks her with a lot of the touchy-feely-girly stuff, and I end up doing a lot of it myself.  Ancilla is a bluestocking - smart, independent, and good with dealing with difficult people, which I hear a lot myself.

Days 26-30 )

desertvixen: (prickly and pretty)

Days 1-15 )

Day 16 – Favorite female character - Much like I couldn't just list one, I bring you a top 16 list - because female characters are awesome, and don't get enough love, IMO.

#16 - Cherry Ames (Cherry Ames series) - I prefer the Cherry-during-the-war stories, because after that, they were a little on the silly side sometimes.  Cherry is a nursing student when we meet her, and dabbles in detective work.  She's fearless and cheerful and not super goody-goody.  She's fun, and I like that the books have been reissued. 

#15 - Charlotte (Charlotte's Web) - I know she's not a human female, but she gets stuff done.  And she's smart, and uses her words.

#14 - Elizabeth Shelby (Star Trek: New Frontier) - Peter David's brought her a long way from the two TNG episodes she appears in - he's given her humor, back story, and a willingness to go along with the crazy, because it just might work.  She gets to be authoritative without being considered a bitch. 

#13 - Kristy Thomas and Mary Anne Spier (Baby-sitters' Club) - Yes, I'm serious.  I love the "best friends who are opposites" thing, and I like that the relationship between the two of them feels real.

#12 - Amelia Peabody Emerson (Amelia Peabody series) - I enjoy reading about her, although maybe I wouldn't want to be in her path when she's on a mission.  (Plus, every time I read the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys novel that's set in Egypt, I wonder if she's the reason the tour guide is named Mrs. Peabody.  It gives me a giggle.)

#11 - Elizabeth Bennet and Fanny Price (Jane Austen) - These characters couldn't be less alike.  Yet they both make their respective books worth reading. 

#10 - Ariadne Oliver and Jane Marple (Agatha Christie) - They each have their own style, but I like them.  Mrs. Oliver, a mystery novelist (sort of a self-insert of Christie) insists that if we had a woman at the Yard, crimes would get solved.  Miss Jane Marple of Mary St. Mead solves all her crimes through knowing human nature - and knitting.

#9 - Laura Ingalls Wilder, Caroline Quiner Ingalls (Little House) - When I was a kid, I really liked Laura, and identified with her (especially as I had dark hair, dark eyes, and vivid imagination).  As I get older, I find I like Caroline more and more - and admire the courage both characters show.  (They're also the only "real" characters to make the list)

#8 - Parker Brown (Nora Roberts, Savor The Moment) - She's the sister of Delaney in yesterday's question, and "her book" is coming out in November, so I am quite excited.  She's organized and cool under pressure, and she gets stuff done. 

#7 - Jenny Chawleigh Lynton, Lydia Lynton, Kitty Charing, Ancilla Trent, Anthea Daracott (Georgette Heyer Regencies) - There's several wonderful female characters in the books, but these five are at the top of my list.  Jenny is from A Civil Contract, which isn't very romantic and dashing, but is touching and real.  Lydia is her young sister-in-law who consistently steals the scene.  Kitty is the heroine of Cotillion - she seizes hold of an opportunity to change her life, and she's smart enough to realize that she's found a better man than the one she had dreams about - and she helps out the people around her.  Ancilla Trent is a governess, and the heroine of The Nonesuch, in which it's nice to see the bluestocking get her man and the spoiled brat man-trap to get no one.  Anthea Darracott is one of the dysfunctional Darracotts in The Unknown Ajax, and deserves an award for not killing any of her relations.

#6 - Prudence Merryweather, Emily Faringdon, Lucinda Bromley, and Venetia Jones (Amanda Quick romances) - Prudence is one of my favorites because she's a peacemaker and problem solver, and drives a hard bargain.  Emily was really the first romance novel heroine who made me think that she was worth reading about - and I sympathized with her habit of withdrawing into fantasy to get away from the reality of her family.  Lucinda and Venetia belong to the Arcane Society novels (with Caleb and Gabriel from yesterday, respectively).  They get things done and keep me entertained.

#5 - Eve Dallas, Delia Peabody, Nadine Furst, Louise Dimatto, Mavis Freestone, and Charlotte Mira (JD Robb "In Death" series)
- These are the core female members of the series, and I love them.  More importantly, I love the way they work together and play off each other, and everything does NOT have to revolve around men (unless they're a criminal).  They have work lives and personal lives and they act like real people.  Eve is prickly and pragmatic, Peabody soothes all the people Eve irritates, Nadine wants her next media accomplishment as much as she wants to breathe, Louise is the crusader, Mavis keeps an eye on everyone's mental health, and Dr. Mira provides the insight.  I can't wait to see what they're up to next.

#4 - Judy Bolton (Judy Bolton series) - She's considered to be more feminist than Nancy Drew, and she actually grows and changes.  I enjoy reading her, although I don't like the later books as much.  In one, she really impressed me when comparing her two suitors, noting that one wants to do things for her, and one wants to do things with her.  She's smart enough to pick the second one.  She also has a temper, and sometimes acts without thinking.  She's worth reading.

#3 - Anne Shirley Blythe (Anne of Green Gables) - I already talked at length about the Anne of Green Gables books, so let me just say: She's delightful.  She gets lost in daydreams, loses her temper, and never loses hope.  She also doesn't give up, and while she might be accused of having rose colored glasses, she really doesn't - at least, she knows when to take them off.

#2 - Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan and Alys Vorpatril (LMB's Vorkosigan Saga) - I love Aral Vorkosigan, but I don't think he would be as interesting without Cordelia.  The two of them together make a formidable team, and they share a talent for cutting through to the heart of things, so to speak.  Alys handles all of the social things (which on Barrayar is much needed) and ensures everything is done Properly - or people suffer. 

#1 - Nancy Drew (Nancy Drew series) - Yes, I am serious.  I love her, in her various incarnations.  She has provided me with many a break for a tired-out brain that can't take one more serious book.  From the original Nancy in the 1930s (yes, there are class/race issues in the books, but Original Nancy takes charge and has adventures) to the revised "yellow spine" Nancy Drew, in which the books were updated (i.e., let's get rid of the lazy Irish stereotype and bad dialect for anyone NOT white) in which she lost some of her moxie and got more correct, to the 80s and 90s, when she got back into action and flirted with Frank Hardy, to the newest update, which I'm not liking so much.  And yes, I write Nancy Drew fanfic, because she's fun to read about, and fun to play with.

Days 17-30 )

desertvixen: (thorny)
 So I've been listening to my collection of Eve Dallas on CD.  I picked up Born in Death, unabridged on CD for under ten bucks, so that's the one up now.  And I've been thinking.

 Eve is a relative of Mary Sue.  I don't think anyone disputes this.  I mean, I love the books, and the characters are fab, but... Mary Sue alarms.  The books, however, are well-done enough that I don't mind, and because Eve is getting rid of some of her issues in a logical pattern.

 However, I don't think she's NR's actual character insertion.

 I think that's supposed to be Dr. Mira.  The closest thing Eve has to a mother figure.  She gets to get inside everyone's head, and she usually provides Eve with needed shoves.

 Any thoughts?

desertvixen: (schroedingers cat)
I've been listening to Eve Dallas and the crew on CD (the abridged Survivor in Death on my trip to Atlanta and back, Creation In Death unabridged the tail end of that and today) and so her world's been on my mind.

1. Timing of the Urban Wars

For those who haven't read Creation, the catching-the-criminal plot has to do heavily with the Urban Wars. Summerset tells Eve she's too young to have experienced them. Someone else makes the comment that if the criminal was fighting in the Urban Wars, he's pushing 80 in 2060. Summerset worked as a medic, but also mentions that the Urban Wars lasted longer in Europe than they did in the US.

So, my question is, when DO the Urbans take place? None of the Wiki entries I've found mention the dates, and I can't remember if they've ever given a date in the books. Are they going on right now and I'm just missing them? Or are we looking at a date more like 2020s?

Or do I just have too much time for my mind to wander?

2. The ever-present ploy of fake addresses

Okay, so the series is popcorn, but I love it. However, does it seem to anyone else like the fake address ploy gets used a lot? I.E., the military whackjobs in Survivor in Death used 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for their HQ.

But, if the computer network is so all powerful, WHY don't they pick up this little issue? (I know, I know - it would make the cases a lot shorter!)

However, while looking at the Wiki stuff to keep my questions from being too stupid, discovered the next book is due out in February!

The Wiki stuff is pretty up-to-date and complete:

Lastly, I'm sure that NR will "desire" to write it as long as we're all snapping it up at the rate we are, but I did NOT know that she had promised we'll never see Eve and Roarke's kid, because the series will end with her pregnancy.

I'm sure that's a long way off, however.

desertvixen: woman reading a book (reading)
I left this one off the reading update, partly because I forgot to record it on my running list, and partly because I usually cover them pretty in-depth. They could be compared to mental popcorn, although I like potato chips as a better model: you may only intend to eat one or two, but before you know it, you've eaten the whole bag.

Unspoilered version: Good, but not her best. I was a little apprehensive about a certain aspect after reading the book jacket, but it was handled nicely. I also managed to pick the villain, but it basically came down to choosing the more shocking of two choices. It's an enjoyable read though, but I wouldn't recommend this as a starting point for someone to enter the series.

Spoilered version: Read more... )



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