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Strangers in Death – an Eve Dallas novel

Strangers in Death
by J. D. Robb

Did you know that this is the 26th book in J. D. Robb’s In Death series? Twenty-sixth! There are three more coming in hardcover in the next year. So many books since the first (Naked in Death) came out and I am still loving them.

Unlike Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series (which went south around books 8 or 9, with horrid writing style and quite frankly, every character became incredibly unlikeable) I still love Lieutenant Eve Dallas and the cast of characters she is surrounded by. I still laugh at the dialogues between her and her partner Detective Peabody. Those two are written so well, they never fail to make me smile. In fact, I want to be Peabody if they ever make a movie of this series. (Take note, Nora Roberts! I’m a great choice!) Many people generally read a book and long to be the main character, I don’t in this case. I want to be Peabody and have witty conversations with my boss.

In this 26th book, Dallas is trying to find the murder of a wealthy business man who appears to have been murdered during a sex act while his wife was out of the country on a get-away with her friends. All the In Death regulars make an appearance, if not in person than in name. Whereas other books have had a larger “friend” quotient this book focused mainly on the murder mystery and a little less on the personal life of Eve Dallas. Which is one of the things I like about the series (aside from the great writing) is that it can switch moods from book to book and balance the focus between personal and professional in each.

I do find myself relating to Dallas’ aversion to children and pregnancy and all sorts of girly stuff. I totally get when she says she doesn’t understand these things. I hear her loud and clear. I have often asked my husband why there are children outside, and they aren’t in school. He generally replies with things like “Well, it’s Sunday” or “It is the summer”. Humph. So? ;

Oh, there was one thing that stuck out for me throughout the entire book. Early on in the story Peabody says to Dallas “Love makes you do the wacky.” and I thought to myself, Self, you have heard this before!

Turns out I was right. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2, Episode 2 (Some Assembly Required) :

BUFFY: I couldn’t believe Angel. He was acting all jealous, and he wouldn’t even admit it.
WILLOW: Jealous of what?
BUFFY: Of Xander.
WILLOW: Because you did that sexy dance with him?
BUFFY: Am I ever gonna live that down?
WILLOW: No.
BUFFY: Anyway, he was being totally irrational.
WILLOW: Love makes you do the wacky.
BUFFY: That’s the truth.

I wonder if Nora Roberts is a Buffy fan? That would be cool.

I don’t know what Nora Roberts has that authors like Patricia Cornwell and Iris Johansen don’t seem to, but after 26 books I am still wanting more. The other two? I have to learn to stay away because they jumped the shark a long time ago. So very sad.

In Death Series

  1. Naked in Death
  2. Glory in Death
  3. Immortal in Death
  4. Rapture in Death
  5. Ceremony in Death
  6. Vengeance in Death
  7. Holiday in Death
  8. Conspiracy in Death
  9. Loyalty in Death
  10. Witness in Death
  11. Judgement in Death
  12. Betrayal in Death
  13. Seduction in Death
  14. Reunion in Death
  15. Purity in Death
  16. Portrait in Death
  17. Imitation in Death  *
  18. Divided in Death
  19. Visions in Death
  20. Survivor in Death
  21. Origin in Death  *
  22. Memory in Death  *
  23. Born in Death  *
  24. Innocent in Death
  25. Creation in Death
  26. Strangers in Death *
  27. Salvation in Death *
  28. Promises in Death *
  29. Kindred in Death *
  30. Fantasy in Death*
  31. Indulgence in Death – Hard Cover – November 2010
  32. Treachery in Death – Hard Cover – February 2011

(mass market editions, unless otherwise noted)

*books in series that I own
*books in series that I own

Polgara the Sorceress

Polgara the Sorceress
by David & Leigh Eddings

Even though it feels like a billion years ago since I mentioned I wanted to post about one of my all-time favourite books, it’s really only a year ago this month. Ah, time and it’s mysterious way of passing.

This is the first book I have ever read by David Eddings. It was only after having read it and discussing it with customers in the bookstore that I worked that I found out it was actually a part of a series. That’s when I discovered The Belgariad and The Malloreon books.

The first thing that caught my eye was the cover. Yes, yes, I know. But it’s true. The covert art was so enchanting I had to pick it up. I love fantasy books with strong female leads and if they also have magical abilities, well then, it’s pretty much a done deal that I will read the book. Ever since I first read this book when it came out in paperback I have wanted to BE Polgara. She is one of my favourite literary characters of all times and I don’t really have many issues with her.

I hadn’t read anything by Eddings prior to reading Polgara and I found his writing clever and humourous. It was a fun read, all 760 plus pages of it. I fell in love with all the people she meets through her life and of course, with her father, Belgarath the Sorcerer.

The thing about reading this book before I read the first books of the series, is I felt like I already knew the characters in the Belgariad and it made the story seem more full and entertaining.

Polgara the Sorceress is a tale of Polgara’s life from birth, through 3000 years until the birth of Garion, who is the main character of the Belgariad. She is asked by Garion (now, Belgarion) and his wife Ce’nedra to tell them about her and how she grew up. You follow Polgara through losses and loves and the fall of entire cities and her sacrifices and contributions to protecting the Orb of Aldur from the evil god Torak.

The whole story was just so captivating I read it all in a flash and have since read it over and over again too many times to count. The only other books I have done this with were LJ Smith‘s Secret Circle trilogy and Kate Forsyth‘s Witches of Eileanan series. All of which have strong lead females who practice magic. Can you see a theme here?

night out

I was looking forward to last night. Sadly one friend wasn’t able to make it (her softball team made the playoffs and she had to ditch us for that. Humph!) but there were others. I went to Hurley’s Pub downtown to listen to Salty Dog play and watch Elise dance. Elise has to be the most graceful creature I have ever seen in action.

Band came on at ten and by eleven were done their first set. They were good, it was great to see Elise dance, but by that time so many people had come by and were piling on top of each other because there was no room to sit, Shawn and I needed space and air.

I didn’t stay for the second set. I was feeling too crowded and I also have this weird swollen gland behind my right ear which is making it hard for me to move my neck and it was making me dizzy. Shawn couldn’t even move, nor could he get back to the table after stepping away for a few mins. Too many people. So we left a little after eleven. We’d both had enough.

Gosh, we’re old. Heh.

Even Ravi dropped by. It was fun until it was too crowded to move. Alas.

Photo fun!

Elise always gets up and dances during the performance. This time she had other gals from her Highland Dance group with her. She’s so unbelievably graceful. It’s amazing to watch!

R.I.P. III Update

We’re about a month in to the RIP Challenge hosted by Carl V and I thought I might post a little update on my progress. This update was actually inspired by the fact that I had to return my library books on the 24th and wasn’t able to renew one of them for the challenge – and I didn’t like another enough to keep reading it.

So this is the link to my original post. And now I shall let you know what I am no longer going to read…

A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton was a bust. It was so awful from the start I gave up after about 5 chapters. Way to jump into the sex right at the start. So unbelievable that I was rolling my eyes too much to see the words on the page. So, sorry, book, no go.

The Lost Mind by Christopher Pike, though I was looking forward to trying out one of his books, since I was a devoted R.L. Stine fan when I was a kid and never cheated with Pike, I didn’t get a chance to pick this one up. My lack of posting since I moved the site to my own server wasn’t due to the move, but more because life got in the way and I had no time for reading or internetting. Sad, but true. I would have renewed it, but it had a hold on it when I brought it back the day it was due, so that one is a bust as well.

Is it too late to change my titles? Because I now have Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast in my possession and will be reading that one very soon. And for another scary/gothic/suspense book, erm, I’ll think of something. If I could actually FIND American Gods by Neil Gaiman in the boxes downstairs I will try that one (though my husband does not think I will like it at all). Hmm. I really only need one more to complete the FOUR requirement, right? So I am going to sneak in Untamed. Muahahah.

waitasecond…

When I wasn’t looking the leaves all changed colour on the trees. When did that happen?