Tana wakes up the morning after a big party in the bathtub hungover. But when she leaves the bathroom she discovers she is the best off, because everyone else at the party is dead, drained by vampires. Trying to leave Tana finds her ex-boyfriend and a vampire chained up in the spare bedroom. She makes a plan to get them all out. But Aiden, her ex, is infected and she might be as well. They head toward Coldtown, the place where vampires and the living infected are quarantined. The vampire Gavriel is not entirely sane but he helps as he can and Tana finds herself liking him more and more. He wants to go to Coldtown to kill a vampire he once knew. As Tana gets caught up in one mess after another she learns a lot about her own strength and never lets go of the will to stay human, no matter what it takes.
Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, translated by Rex Warner
In this Greek play Prometheus has just given all of his gifts to mortals, the most well-known of which being fire. He is chained to a rock and talks about what happened and what will happen (since his name means foresight) to his friend, the old god of the sea Okeanos and Okeanos’ flock of daughters (the chorus.) Then Io comes through. Zeus forced himself on her and then he turned her into a cow and sent a gadfly to sting her and keep her moving from place to place. Prometheus tells her about her future before she is driven off. Then Hermes arrives with a message from Zeus demanding to know how he knows this stuff or they will increase his torment. Prometheus refuses. And the play ends in thunder.
It was a great translation. I enjoyed it a lot, I actually had the chance to read a large part of it out loud which helped. Great historical play.
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
This is the second book in the Dresden Files. Harry Dresden has to deal with werewolves, multiple different kinds of Werewolves in fact. There’s some fallout from the first book as well with Internal Investigations looking into Murphy. When the evidence piles up against Harry he has to flee police custody, because even though it makes him look more guilty, he may be the only one who can keep the murders from escalating.
I read the first one about a year ago. They are good, a little formulaic but one that works. When I was looking for Horror books in the online library and the Dresden Files was one of the top entries I picked it up gladly.
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Dresden has to deal with ghosts. Something is stirring up a lot of them. On top of this there’s a girl who can see the future who comes to him for help and his friend Michael, who is a paladin, is on Harry to tell Susan that he loves her. When Harry manages to lose Michael’s super powerful sword to his Fae Godmother (Who wants to turn Harry into one of her hellhounds) they have to get it back. Also an old vampire enemy of his has invited him to a party, and he decides to go since that’s where he thinks he can find all his answers.
These are like the wafer cookies of books. I enjoy them, they’re the same every time, there isn’t a huge amount of substance to them, and yet you can’t stop with one.
Montmorency by Eleanor Updale
Once a thief, Montmorency was badly injured. A doctor goes to great lengths to save him as a medical experiment. Finding himself in posh company, to be ogled at and shown off, Montmorency begins to learn. When he gets out he doesn’t plan to stay in the gutters long. Although the sewers are a different matter. Posing as both a rich gentleman and his own servant he uses the new sewer system to steal from the rich and get away unseen. But the more time he spends pretending to be a gentleman the less it feels like an act…
I enjoy books where the main character is actually clever. And the character growth is great!