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I've been reading like a fiend this month! I hope it keeps up now that my desktop computer is finally fixed and I have all of the Sims 2 expansions installed, finally, plus I installed the Sims 3 as well, but I need a different video card to play it.

Farscape: House of Cards by Keith R. A. DeCandido: I don't read much media SF anymore but I'm a Farscape addict, so now that I have all three tie-in books, I'm reading them. This one was really good and I can see why DeCandido was chosen to write the Farscape comics. He's spot-on with the characterization and this almost felt like watching an episode of the show. I've heard the other two Farscape books aren't nearly as good, but I'll read them anyway (and possibly put them back out into the book swapping pool when I'm done). House of Cards is a keeper though.

A Different Light by Elizabeth A. Lynn: Several years ago, I read Lynn's Chronicles of Tornor Trilogy and I liked book one, disliked book two, and loved book three. I have most of her other books but hadn't read them, so the time had come to finally tackle another one. I found A Different Light unpleasant, mostly due to the physical abuse, interference with an indigenous culture, and depressing ending. I liked that bisexuality was the norm though and I liked the psychics. If this book hadn't been so short, I doubt I would have finished it.

Dead in the Scrub by B. J. Oliphant (pseudonym for Sheri S. Tepper): I'm not much of a mystery reader, but I collected all of Sheri S. Tepper's mysteries since I love her SFF so much. This book was so much fun to read and I loved how Oliphant worked in some of Tepper's politics into a completely different setting. The mystery was compelling, the setting was so well describe that I felt like I was in Colorado again, and I love Shirley McClintock. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Blood Price by Tanya Huff: I think I've made it pretty obvious that I don't usually like urban fantasy, especially the vamps and weres variety, but I hadn't read any old school, pre Anita Blake and Buffy UF when I said I didn't like it. I gave this book a chance because I loved Huff's Quarters series and I also liked the show Blood Ties. I ended up liking it quite a bit and I'm planning on finishing the whole series, plus the sequel trilogy this year. I've shied away from horror over the past 10 years or so and the horrific elements here did bother me, but the good things balanced things out. I also love Vicki Nelson- she goes on the ever-increasing list of female SFF characters I adore. One thing that really drew me in here was the detail about Toronto. Most of my real world meets fantasy world reading has been of Clive Barker's parallel world dark fantasy where the magical world was the star of the show or LKH's books which I'm drawing a blank about the outside world because I think the supernatural world took precedence, so St. Louis was just a backdrop rather than really feeling like I was moving through it (if that makes sense). And Henry didn't get on my last nerve because he wasn't an over-bearing jerk (yes, I'm looking at you, Jean-Claude).
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