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Nibbling away at my backlog with some re-reads; for these ones, either the books or I have changed since our first encounter.

Tanya Huff, Summon the keeper (re-read) and The second summoning. )

Steven Brust and Emma Bull, Freedom and necessity (re-read). )
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These are spin-offs from her Blood series (see earlier entry), which are urban horror/fantasy set in Toronto and feature the vampire bastard son of Henry VIIIth and ex-cop PI who’s going blind teaming up to fight crime, a combination which induces a certain amount of eye-rolling in this particular readership segment. The Smoke series follows Tony, who’s a street kid in the first Blood book (the only one I’ve read) and ends up in a relationship with the vampire bastard (bastard vampire? Where’s my list of adjectival order when I need it?) sometime later. He’s broken it off by the time this starts, which is the first thing that got me interested – it’s presented as your standard very intensive blood feeding/dominance thing, and it’s all too common for that to be the ideal vampire books strive for. Tony, however, has obviously found this a little too overwhelming and claustrophobic (yes, yes, projecting, I know), and has moved on, albeit with regrets. Instead, he works as a production assistant on Canada’s highest rating syndicated vampire detective show...

Smoke and Shadows. )

Smoke and Mirrors. )

Smoke and Ashes. )

Apparently there won’t be any more of these unless sales suddenly pick up, which I think is a shame. What I’d like would more ones about Tony, on the small-scale horror level, with no overwhelming demons or transdimensional portals (and ideally no vampires, but Henry as a walk-on's fine), but that is apparently not what the market wants.
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My books-read-and-not-recorded stack is approaching ridiculous lengths. Leaving out books I want to discuss at more length, here are some catch-ups.

Blood Price, Tanya Huff. )

The Death of Dalziel, Reginald Hill. )

Bad Medicine, David Wotton. )

Snake Agent, Liz Williams. )

And some even shorter summaries...

Die Trying, Lee Child. Solid thriller, good characters, smart plot.

Killing Floor, Lee Child. See above. I worked out the gimmick to this one just when Jack Reacher did (a few pages ahead of the explanation) and liked it a lot. I do like thrillers where neither the good guys nor the bad guys are dumb.

Tripwire, Lee Child. Not quite as good as the first two, but I think he’s also setting stuff up for later books. The gimmick here was, unfortunately, much more obvious to the reader than the characters, which (for me, anyway), creates the wrong sort of suspense, where I feel that the characters are just being dim. A little unfairly in this case, as they know a lot less than the reader for much of the book.

Lady Friday, Garth Nix. Latest one in the series. I must re-read the earlier ones before the end, as it’s been a long time since Monday. Good and inventive, as always; slightly less complex than some of the earlier ones. Looking forward to the weekend…

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