This week, even though I have library books to read, on a whim, I picked up a favorite to re-read. While I'm at it, I will probably re-read the whole series.
Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff.
This is the first in her Smoke series with Tony Foster. As those who have read her Blood Books (this week's hot lick is one of the stars of the series based on them) know, Henry left Toronto and moved to Vancouver and Tony went with him. In this book, they have ended their intimate relationship but remained friends as Tony has moved into a profession in his chosen field, a PA for a tv show about a vampire detective.
On the set, strange things start happening. Tony and his friends end up in a fight against a shadow force from another world to save their own.
This is very much a favorite book of mine bad puns, dry wit and all.
Ok, I sleep on a futon so I really don't have a beside table so no shadows. It still sounds better than "on the floor by the bed."
Ok, and the Bedside Table doesn't actually encompass the entirety of my reading. I have a 5+ book a week habit.
Bunny slippers remind me of who I am. You can't get
a swelled head if you wear bunny slippers. You can't lose your sense of
perspective and start acting like a star or a rich lady if you keep on
wearing bunny slippers. Besides, bunny slippers give me confidence
because they're so jaunty. They make a statement; they say, 'Nothing
the world does to me can ever get me so far down that I can't be silly
and frivolous.' If I died and found myself in Hell, I could endure the
place if I had bunny slippers. -Dean Koontz
Ah, I can't believe that it has taken me so long to get around to this studly young gentleman. He is a talented young actor with credits such as the TV show Blood Ties, and the movies such as Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Pacifier.
Goodreads has a trivia game composed of numerous, and let me reiterate NUMEROUS, questions submitted by readers. It is freakishly addictive even as you curse the authors of some of the questions (really do we need that many questions about Anne of Green Gables). I've answered over 1,000 questions and I'm still only about 15% through it all.
I found a description of this book at a friend's website (Blog A-Go-Go on the right). She in turn had it recommended to her by a reader of her blog. If you can find it (I got it at my local library), you should check it out.
The Suspicions of Mr. Wincher by Kate Summerscale. (Amazon link)
It is a Victorian detective novel with a slight twist; the crime actually happened. Using contemporary news articles, letters and police reports, Summerscale pulls you into the investigation of the murder at Road House in 1860 England. Though some parts feel a little bogged down with technical facts, it is a fascinating foray into the minds of not only the killer but the investigators and the general English public.