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May 8, 2013

Books of the Week:

  • The Vampire Tapestry, Suzy McKee Charnas
  • Under the Hill: Bomber’s Moon, Alex Beecroft
  • Blood Oranges, Kathleen Tierney
  • The Last Policeman, Ben Winters

Suzy McKee Charnas wrote The Vampire Tapestry in 1980, and I’m sorry to say I read it for the first time last week. I thank Paul Goat Allen for publishing his list of vampire novels that everyone should read, because this book came straight from that list. An unromantic and detailed account of one segment of the life of Dr. Edward Weyland is probably truer to what the “real life” of a vampire would be like. I don’t want to spoil any of this book for the reader, but I really admired it.

 

Alex Beecroft’s Under the Hill: Bomber’s Moon is the first part of a story, though I don’t know how many subsequent books he plans. His main characters, Ben Chaudry and Chris Gatrell, meet when Ben is attacked by elves. He is pretty sure no one will believe him, so he calls the Paranormal Defense Agency. Chris, retired from the RAF (on grounds of insanity) arrives to defend Ben, and the two feel an immediate attraction. Through a complex plot, their adventure continues, and there are other characters to meet who add to their story. Ben is not the only one in danger; there’s a plot to take over the world! These are pretty scary elves, and this is a really interesting book.

 

Blood Oranges is another book from Paul Goat Allen’s list, and it’s the story of junkie Quinn, who has a talent for killing supernatural creatures and an equally great talent for lying. Through a series of misfortunes, mostly set in motion by herself, Quinn becomes both a vampire and a werewolf. This is not a happy combination, though it does make her extremely notorious in the supernatural world. This is not a desirable thing, but Quinn is determined in her bad-assery.

 

Ben Winters won an Edgar award for The Last Policeman, which has the novelty of being a PRE-apocalyptic novel. Newly made Detective Hank Palace knows that an asteroid is going to hit the Earth in mere months; everyone on Earth knows that. So why does he keep on investigating crimes in a society that has largely disintegrated? This is a high-concept book, obviously, and it’s the first of three about Hank Palace. The premise is riveting and the writing is excellent.

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It’s hard to know where to start. The past two weeks have been tumultuous, but I’m beginning to emerge from the roller coaster ride more or less back to normal. (By the way, I hate roller coasters.) I’ve seen lots of ugliness, and even more kindness. I’ve seen lots of irrationality, and lots more sense. Some virulent hatred, and much more love.

 

I’m going with the love.

 

I’ll be happy to put this behind me and go back to doing what makes me happiest: writing the best books I can. This has been my pattern for 32 years, from way before the Sookie books, and I hope it’ll be my pattern for a few more.

 

Being alone with a computer (or a typewriter, or a pad and pencil) can ill-equip a writer for the strong and widely-assorted reactions of readers. I think I’d written four books before I ever met anyone who’d read one of them! It astounded me. It still astounds me.

 

I’m turning away from the controversy to face the remainder of a very busy year.

 

There are two family events, a graduation and a birth, that are more important than any professional developments. There are new writing projects that demand my attention and my focus. There are always books to read and recommend.

 

Yep, going with the love.

 

Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After

Dead Ever After

Book 13 (and the final novel) in the Sookie Stackhouse Series.
Ace, May 7, 2013, ISBN-10: 193700788X ISBN-13: 978-1937007881 (H)

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Dead Ever After Ltd EditionLIMITED EDITION: A slip-cased, linen-bound edition of the 13th and final Sookie Stackhouse novel. Only 2,500 signed and numbered copies, with new art (for both the book and the slip-case) created by famed Sookie artist Lisa Desimini and high-quality paper stock, will be printed.
Ace, May 7, 2013, ISBN-13: 9780425269206

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News: Dead Ever After

Dead Ever AfterDEAD EVER AFTER, which will be on the shelves May 7, 2013, has the best cover ever. Lisa Desimini has given my books a distinctive look from the very beginning with DEAD UNTIL DARK. I’m so glad she’s still with me for the last book in the series. I hope all my readers will have fun speculating over the artwork and debating what may happen in the next Sookie. Most of all, I hope you enjoy the book when you read it.

Charlaine Harris

News: Lisa Desimini Prints

Dead and GoneLisa Desimini, the talented artist who designs the Sookie Stackhouse covers, offers prints of the cover art for sale on her website. Since Lisa is a working artist, these prints are not free, which Lisa says has surprised some visitors to her site.

 

A signed archival print (14×20) is $160,  a 10×14 print is $110. Plus shipping.

 

Please visit www.lisadesimini.com to see all the wonderful things Lisa has done and to look at these beautiful prints.

February 21, 2013

Books of the Week:

  • Undead and Underwater, MaryJanice Davidson
  • City of Dark Magic, Magnus Flyte
  • Hit Me, Lawrence Block
  • And When She was Good, Laura Lippman

What a wonderful lot of books I had to read this time. Sadly, there were a couple I just couldn’t make progress on, too, but these four books were fabulous entertainment. I’ve known MaryJanice Davidson for years, and I’m always glad when our paths cross. Undead and Underwater contains three novellas, one about human resources representative Hailey Derry, who has a mighty big secret, the second about Betsy (queen of the vampires) meeting the sullen mermaid Fred, and the third about Lara Wyndham assuming leadership of the pack and gaining a mate during one excruciating day. They’re all fun, and for fans of Davidson’s, required reading.

 

It’s a great day when I read a book by writers hitherto unknown to me, and I realize I’ll buy anything they write in the future. Magnus Flyte is Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch, and they’ve written a wonderful book (City of Dark Magic) about a heroine that MaryJanice Davidson would totally approve of. Sarah Weston, a Beethoven expert, is given an amazing chance to spend the summer in the castle of one of his patrons in Prague. She has to be careful, though; her predecessor died in what may have been an accident . . . or it may not have been. If you like time-travel, immortal dwarves, Beethoven, impulsive sex, and old castles full of scholarly treasure – and who doesn’t like these things? – this is the book for you.

 

I’ve always loved Lawrence Block’s Keller books, and I would have stood in a long line to get Hit Me. Luckily, I didn’t have to. I read it in a huge gulp. Keller, hit man, formerly of New York, is now living in New Orleans, a husband and a father. (He seems just as surprised as anyone at this turn of affairs.) Unfortunately, his new career flipping houses has come to a standstill, so when his old contact Dot calls him with a job, he accepts. We knew he would, right? And when he’s accepted one contract, he’s going to accept others . . .

 

Laura Lippman is universally respected in the mystery field and beyond, and deservedly so. Her books are as layered as a seven-tier cake, and her writing is impeccable. I don’t say that lightly. And When She was Good is the story of a suburban madam; how she came to be what she is, what she will do after she must shift her executive skills to something else. This suburban madam is a mom, and her son’s dad is due to be released from prison. He must not find he has a son. And other madams in the area, women Heloise knows, are turning up dead. This is a fascinating book, and I was intrigued from beginning to end.

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You know those weeks when everything seems to happen? When you just long for your routine to fall back into place? This is one of those weeks for me. Our grandson generously passed along his cold to my husband, and I fear I’m going to get the hind-end of that. My husband’s schedule just got turned upside down by his decision to participate in a two month program, which requires he be gone at odd hours. And (worst of all, from a time-consuming point of view) my publisher sent me thousands of tip-in sheets for DEAD EVER AFTER.

 

Let me make it clear that I volunteered to do this, since I’m not touring with DEA. No one is holding a gun to my head. But – insanely — I said I would sign 7,000 tip-ins for the book. That means I sign 7,000 sheets, and send them back, and they’re bound into the books. And this was after agreeing to sign over 2,000 sheets for the super deluxe collectors’ edition. (Before you ask me, I don’t know how those are going to be distributed, but I’ll find out.)

 

Yes, I am an idiot. I’m supposed to be writing a book, and I’m trying to, but at the same time if I have twenty minutes or so free, I’m sitting at our breakfast table signing sheets. And whining about it. Then I scold myself and tell myself it’s dumb to complain about something I agreed to do. Rinse. Repeat. I need to have a time maven living with me who will slap me upside the head when I agree to do things like this. Right? But then I think, “Well, I’m not touring, and people will want signed copies, and I should sign them . . .” Both are valid points of view.

 

My husband pointed out that if I were touring, I’d sign that many books. I’ve never added up the number of books I sign on tour, so he may be right. But this way, I don’t have the fun of meeting readers as I sign. Yet I can stay home, which . . . oh, well, This is what I’m doing with every spare moment these days. I hope you all enjoy the book, and I hope those of you who buy the signed ones really love having a signed book.

 

By the time I write my next blog, I imagine that things may be back to what passes for normal in my world, and I hope your world is on an even keel, too.

 

Charlaine Harris