what i read this week (fat vampire and widdershins)

So, again I spent some lovely time reading some lovely books, and I learned some lovely things.

First, I read Fat Vampire by Johnny B. Truant. What a great find this was! Perfection, for me. Honestly, it was just the type of book I love to read (it could only have been improved by including a little m/m romance, lol).  What I loved about this was, of course, the humor. It actually helped me through a traumatic event – riding a city bus. Buses scare the shit out of me. I know it’s irrational, so I try to act cool when I have to do it, but inside I’m secretly terrified. Anyway, there were some kind of repairs happening on the T and so they diverted a section of the red line to shuttle bus service, throwing me into a near panic! Luckily, I had this gem to entertain me and take my mind off the impending crash that I was sure was right around every corner.

So, I was laughing out loud like a crazy person on the train, and even on the horrible bus. The writing was great and the satire was perfect.  I don’t know if I could ever duplicate the comedic writing genius of Johnny B. Truant, but it is definitely something to shoot for.  Moral: I love funny books! I should try to remember that more when I’m writing, and not be afraid to put in some lines that are purely for comedic effect. Usually, I try to lay out a funny scenario, or have some funny dialogue, but in this book Truant made lots of little observations that were funny, just in the narration, and it really added to the experience.

Next I read Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) by Jordan L. Hawk, which I really enjoyed.  It took me a while to get into this one, but I think that was just due to my mood and my scattered thoughts, and not the writing or the story, which were awesome. What I really liked about this was that the voice (it was first person) was perfect. I really felt I could almost hear the character speaking, and it was consistent throughout the book. So many times when a book is historical and written in an old-fashioned kind of “voice”, the character slips into modern-speak when there is an action sequence or a sex scene. This stayed very nicely in character, and it was pleasant to read. I know I really need to work on  developing more distinct characters of my own. I will try.

Also in this book, the sex scenes were really well written. Very graphic, but not trashy. It’s a fine line (I know because I often cross it) and Jordan Hawk did a wonderful job of writing very sexy, hot, explicit scenes that were still romantic and tasteful. Maybe it’s the historical voice?

Now I am off to read the final installment of Robin Hobb’s Rain Wilds series Blood of Dragons. I love love love Robin Hobb, and have only waited so long (two months!) to read this book because 1. I’m too poor to buy $12.99 e-books so I’ve been waiting on the library copy to be available, and 2. It’s the last book in this series, so I know I will be upset when I finish it.

Happy reading!

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