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I'm usually quite happy to putter around on the weekend, reading voraciously and surfing the 'net and doing a bit of desultory housework and catching up on all the Netflix movies I've left lying around during the week and never had time to watch. But today I'm too restless to pay attention to anything on screen, sigh, and both my inbox and my ljs are DEAD as can be...not even much news yet coming from the big SPN convention in England this weekend. The few youtube vids that are up are so raucous and chaotic sound-wise that I can barely understand what is being said on them, so I will just wait for someone who was there to translate it all, ha. I've read a lot of complaints about how disorganized it's been and how the lines were so horribly long for everything, but maybe that's all been sorted out by this point. Jensen's hair is definitely longer, he looks younger that way and less Dean-like, ha, but I confess I like the Dean look better!

Anyway...since I am so bored, sigh, I have decided to list ten books that I am currently reading (I read like a zillion books all at the same time, drives my daughter nuts cause she says I can't possibly keep up with all the plot lines from each, but I am too ADD I guess to just stick with one book at a time); and along with listing the titles, here are the first sentences or paragraphs from each one, behind a cut since I've already used up so much space...

1. THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan (number 5 of The OLYMPIANS series)
...The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.
This is a young teen novel and is number five in a great series about Percy Jackson, a seemingly ordinary kid who discovers he is the son of Poseidon; lots of fun and drama and angst revolving around ancient Greco-Roman mythology.

2. SHATTER by Michael Robotham
...There is a moment when all hope disappears, all pride is gone, all expectation, all faith, all desire. I own that moment. It belongs to me. That's when I hear the sound, the sound of a mind breaking.
(That was the prologue; here is a bit of chapter one:)
...It's two o'clock in the afternoon, late September, and outside it's raining so hard that cows are floating down rivers and birds are resting on their bloated bodies.
The book jacket blurb reads, "In Micheal Robotham's latest thriller, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin--the appealing hero of SUSPECT--tries to prevent a suicide and finds himself locked in a deadly duel with a very clever killer.

3. THE PERFECT POISON by Amanda Quick
...Lucinda stopped a few feet away from the dead man, trying to ignore the fierce undercurrents of tension that raged through the elegant library.
Another lovely Arcane Society mystery and romance combined! I love her spunky, pert, intelligent female heroines of another time and age.

4. STRANGE ANGELS by Lili St. Crow
...I didn't tell Dad about Granmama's white owl. I should have.
There's that space between sleep and dreaming where things--not quite dreams, not fully fledged precognition, but weird little blends of both--sometimes get in. Your eyes open, slow and dreamy, when the sense of someone looking rises through the cotton wool fog of being warm and tired.
Reminds me a LOT of SPN, the whole premise of a child whose mother died when she was young, raised to help her father hunt paranormal things and then something terrible happens to her father...This is Lilith St Crow's first Young Adult novel; I loved her adult Dante Valentine demon hunter series!

5. THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN by Sherman Alexie
...I was born with water on the brain.
Okay, so that's not exactly true. I was actually born with too much cerebral spinal fluid inside my skull. But cerebral spinal fluid is just the doctors' fancy way of saying brain grease. And brain grease works inside the lobes like car grease works inside the engine. It keeps things running smooth and fast. But weirdo me, I was born with too much grease inside my skull, and it got all thick and muddy and disgusting, and and it only mucked up the works. My thinking and breathing and living engine slowed down and flooded.
A teen category novel, by turns horribly tragic and angsty and then hysterically funny, with shrewd wit and humor and a frank look into the life of a young Native American teen who tries to leave the reservation and venture into the 'white' world with rocky but always intriguing results. Also, the cartoons throughout the book just make the whole novel so much better. I highly recommend this one.

6. WINTER HAVEN by Athol Dickson
...The Gulf of Maine lay easily beneath the mail boat's keel, passing gentle swells below the vessel like a mother's soothing stroke upon a baby's back. This was misery to me. The slow rise up, the slow sink down, the laborious roll to one side at the crest of every swell, the inevitable correction back the other way as the boat slipped toward the trough beyond--all of it had worked upon my stomach without mercy.
I groaned, "How much longer?"
"Ain't far now, hon," replied the big woman at the wheel.
A woman whose autistic brother has been missing for over a decade is notified that his body has been found, not in his home state of Texas, but far north in Maine; and the woman is shocked upon viewing her brother's body to realize that he apparently has not aged one day in the thirteen years he was gone but still seems to be about 15 years old. A tense mystery/thriller with paranormal hints ensues as she tries to figure out not only how and why her brother disappeared but why he was still apparently alive and NOT aging for over a decade before washing up dead on a small rocky island off the coast of Maine.

7. RANGER'S APPRENTICE: Book FIVE, THE SORCERER OF THE NORTH by John Flanagan
...In the north, he knew, the early winter gales, driving the rain before them, would send the sea crashing against the shore, causing white clouds of spray to burst high into the air.
Another wonderful young teen book detailing the adventures of young Will, an orphan inducted into the legendary Rangers and trained to carry out stealth missions for king and kingdom. Lots of adventure and drama and great characters!

8. MADAPPLE by Christina Meldrum
...The women resemble school girls with gangly limbs, ruddy cheeks, plaited flaxen hair; they walk holding hands. Yet the older of the two is pregnant; her unborn baby rides high and round. And the younger woman's left foot scratches a path through the leaves. She seems comfortable with her limp, accustomed to it.
A fifteen year old girl accused of double murder recounts her strange life history as the daughter of a troubled mother who uses herbal lore as a religion of sorts and raises Aslaug in a rigid, unconventional manner. Upon her mom's death Aslaug ends up with her equally strange aunt who pastors a cult-like church; when Aslaug turns up pregnant, she at first accuses her cousin Rune of rape and is locked away by her aunt, who feverishly works to convince Aslaug that Rune never touched her but that she was immaculately impregnated like the virgin Mary. A very odd, intense novel with alternating sections dealing with her trial. This is a Young Adult book but I think it could easily fit in the adult category.

9. ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS by James Lecesne
...I was stalled in aisle 7 of our local supermarket, musing over the selection of potato chips and saying something like, "But really, don't you think thirty-seven different types of chips is a ridiculous number to choose from? I mean, how did we end up living in a country that makes a big deal over everything squeaky-clean and then at the same time makes you pay extra for chips called 'dirty'?"
This is the story of a luminous force of nature; a boy who encounters evil and whose magic isn't truly felt until he disappears. Okay, this one is KILLING me; right when I fall in love with thirteen year old Leonard Pelkey, who is unapologetically and buoyantly aware that he is gay and who has come to live with his aunt and his cousins Phoebe and Deirdre (ages 15 and 17), something AWFUL happens to Leonard. The main thrust of this book is showing the remarkable and life-altering effect his brief but irrepressible life has on everyone around him. A young teen book but just beautifully done and stays with your heart.

10. SHADOWFALL by James Clemens
...In darkness it glides, a shadow seeking the light.
Its true name cannot be spoken within the logics of flesh and breath. It is no more than a trembling, a dark vibration along the plane that lies beneath rock and storm. It has no form, no shape, no substance.
(That was the prologue; now a bit of chapter one)
...Some nights simply never end.
Tylar de Noche rolled to one knee atop the broken cobbles and wiped blood from the scrub of dark beard under his chin. A moment ago, tossed out of the Wooden Frog, he had landed hard on an arm that was more club than limb. His support had given way, slamming him facedown onto the unforgiving street.
Meeryn, goddess of the Summering Isles, has been murdered. The only witness was Tylar de Noche,a crippled and disgraced former Shadowknight who lives in agonizing shame of his past. He saw the dark entity that killed Meeryn. And as he held the dying goddess, her last breath bestowed a powerful blessing on him--a mark that healed his broken body. A mark that many see as proof that he killed a god. A mark that unleashed a powerful force of darkness within him.

Date: 2009-05-31 12:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chase_acow
I usually read about half a dozen books at the same time too. It used to drive my parents crazy because I'd start talking about one, but never remember to clue them in about which one I was currently talking about.

I haven't read any of those, although I've heard a lot of good things about that Percy Jackson series. I tried to read a book by Lilith Saintcrow, but I couldn't get through it.

I'm going to have to go hunt up some pictures of long haired Jensen now. It's been awhile since I've seen him. : )

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