Monthly Archives: February 2014

Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 12, 2010

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
This is a bit different than the Percy Jackson series in a number of ways. First, this is not presented in first person. And that definitely makes sense as Riordan is no longer focusing solely on Percy as the protagonist of this series. Second, even though the world is the same, be prepared for a whole new slate of characters to be joining the world of Percy and the other Half-Bloods.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It contains the spirit of the previous series, pulls in even more mythology and history, and delivers another great adventure with a few unexpected twists and turns.

Title: Night of the Hunter
Author: R.A. Salvatore
Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
The story of the Companions of Hall, returned and reunited, continues in Night of the Hunter. But why exactly did Mielikki send them back into new lives? Now that they’ve returned to Drizzt’s side, is their mission complete? Is there something greater that they need to accomplish?

Moving out of The Sundering, Salvatore masterfully builds the new world of Drizzt Do’Urden. While setting out to tie up loose ends from The Companions – finding rest for Pwent, helping the dwarves figure out what to do about the orcs – a whole new range of people (and problems) begins to emerge, setting the stage for an epic battle that will bring Drizzt up against his past and his people, perhaps for the final time?

I really enjoy Salvatore’s writing style. The world-building is easy to follow (except sometimes there are so many names when the drow are involved that it can be more difficult to follow in general) and you don’t need to have an extensive knowledge of Forgotten Realms to understand where things are coming from and where they might be going. Certainly recommend this for anyone interested in fantasy.

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Title: A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World
Author: R.B. Parkinson
Publication Date: September 3, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
A very quick and easy read highlighting moments in history (from antiquity to the present) that illustrate or have a connection to behaviors and lifestyles that modern society would label as “LGBT”. None of it was anything too new to me; I’m certain I’d heard most of it before. But I found it nice to just refresh some of that history and to see it put into somewhat chronological order.

Title: Running in Bed
Author: Jeffrey Sharlach
Publication Date: May 15, 2012

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
I had some difficulty getting into this book. For about the first third, there’s almost a level of superficiality to it all. I found it hard to connect with the characters and the narration just didn’t seem that engaging. But I decided to keep going and, in the end, I found it to be enjoyable.

There are parts that some might find difficult to read. As a story centering on gay men in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s, the characters are greatly affected by the emergence of the AIDS epidemic – the realities of which are presented in great detail by Sharlach. And, in the end, it really has a great message, even if it gets there via a roundabout set of twists and turns and superficial connections between the reader and the characters.

Title: The Red Pyramid
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: May 4, 2010

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
In one night, the lives of Carter and Sadie Kane are changed forever. After their father releases Egyptian gods that have been imprisoned for centuries and is taken captive by one of them, they find themselves on the run in world they barely know. They quickly learn the history of their family and are forced toward a destiny they never wanted nor expected.

I’ve been enjoying the Percy Jackson series, so I definitely had to pick this up and give it a try. My personal love of mythology and ancient culture just seems to keep being fed well by Rick Riordan’s books. And the masterful way he presents this book in first person – alternating between the two very distinct voices of Carter and Sadie – makes it very easy to get drawn into the world of the Kanes. There were a few parts I thought were just a bit slow – hence the rating of 4 instead of 5 – but I highly, highly recommend this and plan to pick up the second book once I’m caught up on the Heroes of Olympus series.