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What I Just Finished Reading: Spiritride (SERRAted Edge #7), by Mark Shepherd. Well, if Elvendude was a fantasy anti-drug PSA, this tried to be a cautionary tale set during the Satanic Panic of the late 80s/early 90s. It just didn't work for me.

Death by Silver, by Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold. A gaslamp fantasy with an intriguing murder mystery, metaphysicians working as detectives, magic as a part of everyday life, well-developed characters (even minor ones!), and a slowly blossoming love story between the main leads.  The worldbuilding is just fantastic; not a single thing feels forced or info-dumped, and it blends so very well with the Victorian age. Murder, mystery, and scandal. Lovely! I'm so glad I finally picked this up.

Dangerous Spirits (Spirits #2), by Jordan L. Hawk. (I talk about the 1st one here.) See how I was talking about Henry having room for growth on that first entry? He hasn't hit it yet. If you read Whyborne & Griffin and had times where you wanted to tell Whyborne to get his head out of his ass, you'll probably want to slap Henry. We did get more of Vincent and Lizzie's background, which was nice, but I didn't think there was nearly enough of Jo. The ghost story is very interesting but doesn't feel as well fleshed out as it could have been. I'm waiting till book 3 - where I really fell for Whyborne & Griffin and SPECTR - but so far it's average.

Mocker of Ravens (SPECTR 2, #1), by Jordan L. Hawk. SPECTR series 2 picks up a few months after series 1 ends. Sadly, Kaniyar and Tiffany have both moved off-page (hey, Tiffany grows on you, really) but Caleb, Gray, and John wind up with a new partner, Zahira, who I just adored from the start. (It's that thing I have for smart women again.) Gray likes her too, actually. On the down side, Caleb and John are experiencing workplace harrassment - garlic oil on the doorknob of their office for Caleb, an ass of a new boss who thinks John should go back in the closet - and no one but Zahira is willing to work with them, largely because of her fascination with Gray. So that, and the scent Caleb and Gray pick up of an unknown NHE that also isn't a demon, seem to be the arc for this series.

Heart of the Dragon, by Jordan L. Hawk. Short story, threesome porn, about a virgin set to be sacrificed to a dragon and the knight who comes to save him. Turns out that while the dragon doesn't eat people, he does shift into a handsome man and invite the virgin to stay the night. It was OK. I did like this quote though:

"...so let me get this straight. They dressed you up – the silk shirt is very nice, by the way, quite fetching – dragged you here, and chained you to this post. Which they planted in my doorway, thank you very much – with the expectation I would eat you. And this is supposed to make me less upset? Is logic a foreign concept to you people?"

Dancer of Death (SPECTR 2, #2), by Jordan L. Hawk. Set on desk duty by the aforementioned asshole boss, Caleb, Gray, John, and Zahira (henceforth referred to by initials, because OMG so many names) are sent back to the field when the bodies of people who have been danced to death start showing up. The plot in this one is possibly the tightest of the series, and includes another instance of world-building that might not actually hit you unless you're familiar with the ballet Giselle. (There's a handy author's note at the back if you're not.) Oh, and Gray starts referring to C, J, and Z as 'his' mortals.

You know, just in case he hadn't been compared to a cat enough already. :P

What I'm Reading Next: Still working on that annoying problem where my library loan isn't recognized on my Kobo with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I think I'll just bring my knitting up here and read it on the computer, it's probably easiest. Then Hainted, by Jordan L. Hawk, and then possibly The Inheritance Trilogy, which has only been staring at me across the living room for, like, a month.
Date: 2016-02-24 03:30 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] just-ann-now.livejournal.com
*dances* I'm so glad you enjoyed Death by Silver!
Date: 2016-02-24 07:50 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] hours-gone-by.livejournal.com
I did! Thank you so much for the rec!
Date: 2016-02-24 07:28 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] hamsterwoman.livejournal.com
I've heard good things about Death by Silver, and everything you say sounds very much up my alley as well.

Sadly, Kaniyar and Tiffany have both moved off-page

Aww, that's too bad! I'm now on the last book of series one, and I like Kaniyar a lot, and Tiffany has indeed grown on me. Kinda meh at the asshole boss thing, too -- one of the things I really liked about the first series is that the brass was competent and/or well-intentioned, if not both at once.
Date: 2016-02-24 07:56 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] hours-gone-by.livejournal.com
I think you might like it, yes. (Certainly Goodreads saw fit to rec The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal and Widdershins to me based on it.)

I like Kaniyar a lot, and Tiffany has indeed grown on me.

Yeah, I was sad about that. But we might very well see them again, who knows?

Kinda meh at the asshole boss thing, too -- one of the things I really liked about the first series is that the brass was competent and/or well-intentioned, if not both at once.

Same here. I liked that Kaniyar was competent, no-nonsense, and strict while still being fair. Bosses in fiction tend to either get pushed to the background, or be incompetent and she was definitely neither of those.

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