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Happy Valentine’s Day!! Recommendations for my hubby….

Today I want to celebrate the awesomeness that is my husband. There are about a million reasons that I love him but here are a few reasons:

1) He is a great father (especially for girls!). He plays with them and listens to them. He even knows about the things they like – he knows all the princesses and little ponies. He is totally the fun daddy but NOT a total pushover. He loves to take them to sporting events, the comic book store, and teaching them important things like riding bikes and throwing balls.

2) We have been married for 10 years and I can truly say they have been the happiest of my life. I can’t say that I’m happy all the time every day but I can say that I feel happy at least once a day. And that’s pretty awesome.

3) He is an extremely thoughtful husband and he knows me in ways that nobody else does. Ex – When Elizabeth Taylor died, he called me because he knew I’d be upset. (I know it’s weird but just go with it…)

4) Even after being together for 16+years, he still manages to surprise me! There are so many times he tells me a story I have never heard before about himself. I’m not sure how that even happens.

5) He tells me all the time that I am beautiful and means it. (Sometimes that is all a girl needs to hear. )

Okay, enough sappiness… My husband loves to read long and complicated (and usually I think boring) science fiction/fantasy books. He is having a harder and harder time finding books he likes so I thought I would do some research to see if I could find some books he might like. Some of his favorite books are Anathem by Neal Stephenson (really anything by Neal Stephenson) and  Dune by Frank Herbert. So with those books in mind here are some recommendations for my hubby:

1) 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

(from Goodreads) The long-awaited magnum opus from Haruki Murakami, in which this revered and bestselling author gives us his hypnotically addictive, mind-bending ode to George Orwell’s 1984. The year is 1984. Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public. When they get tied up in traffic, the taxi driver suggests a bizarre ‘proposal’ to her. Having no other choice she agrees, but as a result of her actions she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. She has been on a top secret mission, and her next job leads her to encounter the superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange disturbance that develops over a literary prize. While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting. Eventually the two of them notice that they are indispensable to each other. Is it possible for them to ever meet in the real world?

I tried to read this one about a year ago and I loved and hated it at different points. It comes in at 945 pages so it is quite the undertaking but I think that he would love this. Super complicated and intricately detailed…just like he likes it.

2) The Book of the New Sun Omnibus containing #1-4 by Gene Wolfe

(from Goodreads)Recently voted the greatest fantasy of all time, after The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit, Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun is an extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, on an Earth transformed in mysterious & wondrous ways, in a time when our present culture is no longer even a memory. Severian, the central character, is a torturer, exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his victims, & journeying to the distant city of Thrax, armed with his ancient executioner’s sword, Terminus Est. This edition contains all four volumes: The Shadow of the Torturer, The Claw of the Conciliator, The Sword of the Lictor & The Citadel of the Autarch.
I picked this one because it sounded adventurous, a new world but a little dark.
3) City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff VanderMeer
(from Goodreads) In City of Saints and Madmen, Jeff VanderMeer has reinvented the literature of the fantastic. You hold in your hands an invitation to a place unlike any you’ve ever visited–an invitation delivered by one of our most audacious and astonishing literary magicians. City of elegance and squalor. Of religious fervor and wanton lusts. And everywhere, on the walls of courtyards and churches, an incandescent fungus of mysterious and ominous origin. In Ambergris, a would-be suitor discovers that a sunlit street can become a killing ground in the blink of an eye. An artist receives an invitation to a beheading–and finds himself enchanted. And a patient in a mental institution is convinced he’s made up a city called Ambergris, imagined its every last detail, and that he’s really from a place called Chicago.…By turns sensuous and terrifying, filled with exotica and eroticism, this interwoven collection of stories, histories, and “eyewitness” reports invokes a universe within a puzzlebox where you can lose–and find–yourself again.
Again, sounds like a complicated and intricate story of a fantastic world.
4) The Borrible Trilogy by Michael De Larrabeiti
(from Goodreads) A small group of feral, street-wise Peter-Pan-type beings set out on three very different but related missions across the darker side of London. They are missions combining excitement, violence, low cunning, betrayal, loyalty, greed, generosity, cowardice and insane bravery. This is an epic fantasy adventure that is both thought-provoking and thrilling until the very last second, set against the backdrop of an all too familiar yet weirdly different urban landscape.
For the first time, Michael de Larrabeiti’s much-loved, classic novels THE BORRIBLES, THE BORRIBLES GO FOR BROKE and ACROSS THE DARK METROPOLIS are brought together in one volume.

‘A strong and vivid fantasy, much recommended’ “Observer”

‘There are books we like, and books we love, and books we need. And then there are books that mean so much to us that they embed themselves in us, irresistibly, and become permanent parts of our mental landscape. Ever since I first read it, THE BORRIBLES has been such a book for me.’ China Mieville

I picked this one because it had a quote from China Mieville who wrote Perdido Street Station and DH is currently loving that book.
5) The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert V.S. Redick
(from Goodreads) Told with infectious joy and enthusiasm by an immensely talented new writer this is a landmark fantasy debut. The Chathrand – The Great Ship, The Wind-Palace, His Supremacy’s First Fancy – is the last of her kind – built 600 years ago she dwarves all the ships around her. The secrets of her construction are long lost. She was the pride of the Empire. The natural choice for the great diplomatic voyage to seal the peace with the last of the Emperor’s last enemies. 700 souls boarded her. Her sadistic Captain Nilus Rose, the Emperor’s Ambassador and Thasha, the daughter he plans to marry off to seal the treaty, a spy master and six assassins, one hunderd imperial marines, Pazel the tarboy gifted and cursed by his mother’s spell and a small band of Ixchel. The Ixchel sneaked aboard and now hide below decks amongst the rats. Intent on their own mission. But there is treachery afoot. Behind the plans for peace lies the shadow of war and the fear that a dead king might live again. And now the Chathrand, having survived countless battles and centuries of typhoons has gone missing. This is her story.
Another long and complicated one (noticing a theme??) this time about a ship….sounds interesting to me as well.
Here we are on our wedding day!!

Here we are on our wedding day!!

I love you! Hope you enjoy these books.




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Friday Five List – Vampire Edition

Since I’m adding new things to the blog, I’ve decided to make Friday my list day. These lists will be mostly book related but really could be anything….. This week, I decided to do a Vampire Porn list in honor of Halloween for those times when you are feeling sexy and fang-y (but definitely not sparkly).

1) The Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris

Starting with Dead Until Dark (and continuing for now 12 books) you can read the books that inspired the True Blood series. These books are filled with sly humor, mystery and of course lots of erotic moments. Sookie is a fun heroine who is brave, kind and hopelessly attracted to vampires (not to mention she is supposed to be a curvy girl – which I love!).

2) Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

I know, I know – totally cliche but sometimes you just gotta go back to the original. Rice writes a totally engrossing memoir of a vampire’s life. Not just any vampire, but one who has a conscience and is torn up by his very nature. Along the way, we get to delve into the vampire world and meet the irrepressible Lestat – both villain and friend. There’s plenty of vampire porn in this book and the subsequent followups written by Rice. This book was made into a horrible movie although I always thought that Tom Cruise was an excellent Lestat (yeah I totally just said that…)

3) The Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I was turned onto this series by my good friend Sara ( thanks!). It has all the earmarks of excellent vampire porn – immortal with sexy good looks and dark disturbing past is handcuffed to a  young beautiful woman who just happens to be an accountant (yep…). They fight, they feel passion, they seethe, they fight their passion….sexy times ensue. Throw in some dangerous evil that they must battle. Start with Night Pleasures…there are about a million more.

4) The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R Ward

I haven’t read this one personally but I know many people who are quite into it. Taken from Fantastic Fiction :

“In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.”

There are 11 of these books so far with plans for even more.

5) Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton

There are 21 books in this series following the petite vampire hunter. She lives in a parallel world of supernatural beings including vampires, werewolves, and other were animals where vampires are given equal protections under the law. Anita is a bad ass who doesn’t trust any supernatural folk but is strangely attracted to both the head vampire of the city and the head of the werewolf troop. LOTS of sexy times.

These are just a few of the more popular series. There are many, many more….Obviously, none of these books is what I would call child appropriate (unless you want to have frank conversations about the birds and the bees). I know I can’t be the only one. What is YOUR favorite vampire porn?


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