Sunday, November 6, 2011

Death Magic and 'star miserliness'

Eileen Wilks returns to The World of the Lupi with Death Magic and reminds us why the series is such a favorite with her readers.  Lily and Rule are getting closer to their wedding, trying to please her family and his pack but there are many external forces that they have to deal with as well, especially given Rule's high profile as the "face" of the werewolves.  I love this series, if only because the meld of cultures is so fascinating...I really liked the book that featured Lily's grandmother changing into the tiger and showing everyone else a thing or two!  Adding dragons to the mix and the issues of the werewolves "coming out" give such an intriguing flavor to the series.  The secondary characters all have such interesting backstories of their own that it is tempting to hope that they will continue to be featured in their own books rather than having such brief cameos.  My Night Owl Review is at this link

I read a blurb on Goodreads the other day asking whether you are a 5 star miser.  I most definitely am.  It is relatively rare that I will assign that rating to a book and for me, it will only be given to books that I would (gulp) pay to purchase in hardcover format and read over and over again.  I used to have certain books that I would faithfully read every year (e.g. the Lord of the Rings trilogy) but somehow don't seem to have the time to do that any longer.  Most of the hardbacks that I read are checked out from the library unless I have received them to review so I have to REALLY like an author to be willing to purchase (and fill up my overburdened bookshelves) a book in that format.  I am still very old-fashioned in that I prefer to have a print copy of a book because I just can't seem to bookmark and get comfortable with scanning through my e-books.  Anyway, the books that I really like are usually given a 4 1/2 star rating...those that I am caught re-reading long passages even as I am trying to write the reviews get a 4 3/4 and those that I sit down and start over as soon as I finish the first time get 5 stars!  That's my idiosyncratic system...I am sure that everyone has a different version.


  1. I only buy print books, I don't have an ereader and have no plans on getting one. I will buy a hardcover of certain books that I really want the book.

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  3. Fortunately, most of the e-books that I have can be read on the computer or on my iPad. It really does make it easier when I travel (my poor husband usually has to put up with anywhere from 4-20 books in the luggage when we travel, depending on how long the trip will be). I will admit that I just spent 24 hours in the hospital and took 4 books with me and was wishing for 1 more since I wasn't comfortable having the iPad there with me! Amazon has graciously provided Kindle apps for computers and iPods and iPads so I have quite a library of free reads from them and unfortunately, a lot of the review books are only being provided in e-format. It's really frustrating because Netgalley is gaining in favor and they don't even allow you to keep the e-book, it is given to you for a limited amount of time!