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20 September 2010

Manic Monday: Amageddon's Children by Terry Brooks

Each Monday (or the closest I can get to Monday) I will be posting a Past/Present/Future Reading Post called Manic Monday. Don't hate me if I post it on a Tuesday - it just indicates how "manic" my Monday really was! If you want to see more of what I have been reading, I try and update my Goodreads account with each book I am reading.

What I just finished reading
Blameless by Gail Carriger
Stars: 4/5

Blurb from Goodreads:
Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.

Why I picked it up: Because I liked the first two books in the series.
Why I finished it: Because I liked the first two books in the series. I didn't find Blameless as engaging as the first two books. It wasn't as tight or witty, and I only finished it to see what happens next, not for the pleasure of reading it. Truth be told, I got bored with it. I think the infant inconvenience will be an intersting feautre of the book, and I liked how Carringer meshed it into Etruscan mythology.
I'd give it to: Anyone who read the first two books and liked them.

What I am reading now
Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks

Blurb from Goodreads:
Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity. Navigating the scarred and poisoned landscape that once was America and guided by a powerful talisman, Logan has sworn an oath to seek out a remarkable being born of magic, possessed of untold abilities, and destined to lead the final fight against darkness." "Across the country, Angel Perez, herself a survivor of the malevolent death-dealing forces combing the land, has also been chosen for an uncanny mission in the name of her ruined world's salvation. From the devastated streets of Los Angeles, she will journey to find a place - and a people - shrouded in mystery, celebrated in legend, and vital to the cause of humankind...even as a relentless foe follows close behind, bent on her extermination. Meanwhile, in the nearly forsaken city of Seattle, a makeshift family of refugees has carved out a tenuous existence among the street gangs, mutants, and marauders fighting to stay alive against mounting odds - and something unspeakable that has come from the shadows in search of prey." In time, all their paths will cross. Their common purpose will draw them together. Their courage and convictions will be tested and their fates will be decided, as their singular crusade begins: to take back, or lose forever, the only world they have.

On a side note, I have been reading this as a back up book for a while, but only have been concentrating on it for a few days (in between other books LOL). I am really enjoying it's dystopian take on the future of America, and can't wait to see how the story unfolds! At the moment I am following street kids in the ruins of Seattle and finding it facinating!

What I am reading next
I am not sure. I am too broke to buy books, so I have just been digging around in my shelves for whatever takes my fancy next.

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