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I'm reading Sparrow Hill Road by [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire. I found I was really reluctant to read the book initially. It sat in my Kindle library for almost two weeks before I started reading it in earnest. Usually when Seanan comes out with a new book and I'm reading it the moment I realize it's in my e-book library. I suppose my reluctance came from loving the story in its original form on the Edge of Propinquity. While I know that Seanan tightened it up, it went through a more rigorous editorial process, and she filled out the world quite a bit, I was afraid it wouldn't be what I remembered.

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Coffee Service for the Dead by Amber Clark. Copyright 2010, Stopped Motion Photography. Originally published on February 14th, 2010, in the Edge of Propinquity for Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire.
Let me just say that I was wrong. I should not have put any credence in that little voice that told me to be afraid of the changes. So far, I am delighted. I am half-way through the fifth chapter, Bullets and Bad Coffee, which maps to the second episode in its 12 story run on TEOP, Deadman's Party. I wanted a bigger world during the TEOP run and now I have it. This is more than what it was before and I'm okay with that.

So many visuals came to mind reading this chapter as they did back then and that's wonderful. Now if you don't mind, there's a girl in a diner I want to get back to.
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CopyrightIn about three hours I will take the stage at the Skylark Cafe and Tavern on Delridge in West Seattle for the Black Friday edition of the West Side Burlesque Revue.

Tonight I will be debuting a new fan dance to [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's song "Take Advantage". The starts at 9:30 and features an array of local talent, both burlesque performers and amazing belly dancers.

For more information, see my website.
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I just finished reading One Salt Sea by [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire.

You might be asking how I got a copy of the unreleased book? It was a prize for a treasure hunt where I called every Toys R' Us in the greater Seattle area. And then it took some hefty bargaining with [livejournal.com profile] lunargypsie to get her stamp of approval.

Oh well, the things you do for love and good books. And I am glad I did!

Where do I begin? First, it's a fast and engaging read and I was hooked pretty much near the beginning of the story. As the story progressed, there were lots of "Oh crap" moments where things just went from bad to worse for Toby. I'd even say that there was an "oh fuck" moment in the third act. There were moments, especially in the third act where I cried, turning the pages one after another.

Here's what the product page on Amazon says...
October "Toby" Daye is settling into her new role as Countess of Goldengreen. She's actually dating again, and she's taken on Quentin as her squire. So, of course, it's time for things to take a turn for the worse.

Someone has kidnapped the sons of the regent of the Undersea Duchy of Saltmist. To prevent a war between land and sea, Toby must find the missing boys and prove the Queen of the Mists was not behind their abduction. Toby's search will take her from the streets of San Francisco to the lands beneath the waves, and her deadline is firm: she must find the boys in three days' time, or all of the Mists will pay the price. But someone is determined to stop her-and whoever it is isn't playing by Oberon's Laws...
And really, this doesn't even cover half of what's going on. Which is good in my opinion.

I was very happy to see more of my favorite character in the series, the Luidaeg, and learn more about her and her line. Color me very, very happy.

Hands down, this is my favorite October Daye novel to date, knocking An Artificial Night out of that position. Further more, Deadline and One Salt Sea are currently brawling for which is my favorite book by Seanan.

I'd write more, but I need to get ready for a concert tonight so I'll leave you with this: If you've read any of the Toby books pre-order this book now. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Seriously, I'm not kidding.
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Feed is an amazing ride!

Mira Grant is the open pen name of Seanan McGuire, author of the October Daye books from Daw Books and the Sparrow Hill Road series appearing in the Edge of Propinquity. The short of it is that she writes a lot and manages to keep the quality level consistently high across her work.

Feed is a political thriller involving up and coming journalist who run an online blog and the story just happens to have zombies in it. Don't get me wrong, the living dead are important to the story she's telling, but it's not just about the zombies. Unlike most stories of the living dead, this story does start at the beginning, but starts about 20 years after the Rising. Seanan deftly and vividly builds her world, one populated by people leveling in fear, and builds a subtext to the story that pushes a sharp social commentary on the state of our world without being overbearing.

Feed is a story in which our heroes and heroines are smart and the stereo-typical "rules of surviving" in a horror story don't come into play here. I like that a lot because we get to see how people who are used to living with the horror that doesn't lie down. You would think that with a story like this that would be a lot of exposition that interrupts the flow of the story. In many stories, we don't know the origins of the monster and in other stories we and wish we didn't. Here, Seanan, solved the boring exposition problem though an ingenious way. Blog entries by key characters are attached to the end of each chapter, shedding light on the pages before or setting you up for a hard fall in the next chapter.

Seanan's love the genre is apparent in the approach she took with Feed. The zombies in this book are a monster of our own making, science with ramifications that no one could see coupled with a well intentioned act of terrorism and the world goes sideways. But the worst monster in the book isn't the undead. No, that monster still lives and breathes and walks among us. Seanan ups the ante in third act of the story and slams the hammer down on the reader by taking a huge gamble in the story arc. That gamble pays off for her in a huge way, but like me, you may be calling her names at that point.

In all, Feed was an excellent and fascinating read for me and I highly recommend it. This is her book that I like most so far and it will live on my bookshelf next to Stephen King and Clive Barker when I finally get it back from the friends I've lent it to. I'll be coming back and reading this story again.
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Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

I admit it, I've been on a bit of a reading binge lately. Yesterday, I finished up Rosemary and Rue and I liked it. I liked it a lot and I'm not a big fan of fantasy, preferring horror and science-fiction for my reading time. To be fair, the story of October Daye is urban fantasy, rather than pure fantasy and the book is very urban in tone.

Here's the basic premise of the book: October "Toby" Daye is a changeling, half human and half fairy, who works as a private investigator. The story opens with Toby doing a job that goes wrong and she spends the next 14 years as a fish. In that time, the world has moved on without her, including her husband and daughter.

For the next 6 months following her escape from the pond, Toby turns her back on the fairy and its politics. That is until the Countess Evening Winterrose curses Toby to solve her own impending murder. Now Toby must solve the crime and bring the murderer to justice or die from Winterrose's binding.

I had the hardest time putting the book down. I was reading while walking to the deli to get lunch, reading while code was compiling, where ever I could get. The action was well paced. Toby was brutalized like Bruce Campbell in a Sam Raimi film. The world is rich and vibrant with so many nooks and crannies that have yet to be explored. Plots relevant to main story arc were tied up nicely, but there are plenty of loose threads hanging in the winds for future books.

If you haven't read Rosemary and Rue yet, you should drop everything, go get it, and enjoy. If you ask me, March 2nd, 2010 cannot get here soon enough.

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