Book: Anthology ‘Hex Appeal’ part 3

It was a bit of a struggle but I managed to finish all the stories in ‘Hex Appeal’.

The remaining stories were:

P. N. Elrod’s Outside The Box
Simon R. Green’s How Do You Feel?
Lori Handeland’s There Will Be Demons
Erica Hayes’ Cherry Kisses
Carrie Vaughn’s The Arcane Art of Misdirection

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‘Outside the box’ was rather good, it felt like an introduction to a universe – in this case P. N. Elrod’s ‘Vampire Files’ universe. However when I looked at the ‘Vampire Files’ books they were set in 1930s Chicago… whilst ‘Outside The Box’ feels pretty modern.

So despite enjoying the story I am not sure I can actually read anything else by Elrod – which is vexing!

Simon R. Green’s ‘How Do You Feel?’ was odd. An unwilling zombie goes on a quest to find the person ultimately responsible for his murder years before. It is an odd story and doesn’t really make me want to touch anything else by Green – personally I didn’t think urban fantasy involved cars from the future that turn into sex bots.

Lori Handeland’s ‘There Will Be Demons’ made me uncomfortable. The female lead is  set up by multiple people and clearly used sexually, and it bothered me that the reader was meant to be ok about this setting up the wider universe. It features fairies, skinwalkers, dhampires and angels – it was a vaguely interesting premise but it went downhill very very quickly.

Erica Hayes’ ‘Cherry Kisses’ was sleazy and the female lead was not a nice person – at all. It features fairies, vampires and demons, if it hasn’t been for the sleaze it might have been ok.

Carrie Vaughn’s ‘The Arcane Art of Misdirection’ wasn’t even 30 pages long and this was a pity as Odysseus Grant is one of the most interesting characters in the Kitty books.

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Film: ‘I, Frankenstein’ – “You’re only a monster if you behave like one.”

Gargoyles VS demons is an iffy premise for a film. Adding Frankenstein’s creation into the mix doesn’t seem necessary.

But someone decided it was a good idea  and even gave the filmmakers about $65 million to blow of special effects.

There really isn’t a plot apart from demons wanting to rule the world and gargoyles – who are in league with the never-seen angels, trying to stop them.

There is also a love interest in a Scientist, who really serves no purpose – although she was probably A LOT cheaper than the special effects so counted as cheap screen filler.

I have definitely seen worse films, but ‘I, Frankenstein’ felt rather pointless and will soon be forgotten.

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Book: Richelle Mead’s ‘Succubus Shadows’ and ‘Succubus Revealed’ – “Your truths are worse than your lies.”

I started reading Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series at my local library, however the library only had the first four books and in order to find out what happened I had to buy the last two books.

The first four books were a long time ago but they must have been interesting enough to make me care about the ending. I’m aware that my taste in music has, bluntly, grown up noticeably in the past couple of years and I am wondering if the same is true with books as on rereading I found ‘Succubus Shadows’ to be a 276 page long build up to a rather dull sex scene.

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Things improved slightly with ‘Succubus Revealed’ as stuff at least happened, even if it was a long wander into a demonic trial with a predictable and dull Happy Ever After ending.

The plot and characters felt disposable and predictable, perhaps it was all the cheating, lying and being unfaithful but I didn’t really feel like the Happy Ending went to those who deserved it most. Perhaps the charity shop can find a happy final resting place for these books.

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Book: Faith Hunter’s ‘Bloodring’ – “I lost track of time. I was hopelessly off course”

I’d read one of Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series and thought that it was ok if not super, so when I saw ‘Bloodring’, the first book in the Rogue Mage series, in a charity shop it seemed worth a go.

The angelic cover art and the backblurb made it clear that it was set in a post-apocalyptic world, which is fine however there is standard apocalypse and then there is ripping off the Rapture-style apocalypse. This is the latter, full on seraphs descending with flaming swords and wings, plagues, a new ice age, war and demons.

When the celestial bloodshed ended humans then decided to enforce a worldwide oppressive and vague religious regime. In addition they forced mages into a enclaves, a gilded cage apart from the human population.

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I have a soft spot for the end of the world – regardless of how it is done, so can deal with bleak books and mass death. I’ve even read some of the ‘Left Behind’ series, mostly because it seemed an amusing idea and my library had them in stock – despite having very little else on the shelves, and the first couple were less dire than I expected. This meant I was at least a bit interested in someone else’s take on avenging angels and wiping out humanity for its own good.

The main protagonist is Thorn St. Croix who is a mage in hiding amongst the human population, she makes jewellery and has a very promiscuous ex-husband. When the male-slut is kidnapped she has a not-entirely human policeman arrive on her doorstep who she is very attracted to.

This is part of my issue with the book, page 33 informs me that female mages go into heat. As if this wasn’t offensive enough they produce LITTERS. I’d be unimpressed if a male author was this tacky and it is a great way to put me off a series – and an author.

After the litters revelation I started skim reading, I just wanted the book to finish so it could go back to the charity shop. Thorn is rather dull, hiding constantly is rather dull, everyone in the book is rather dull – including the angel beings who seem more likely to be evil aliens, and who honestly thought LITTERS were a good theme?!

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