Feb. 9th, 2011

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Title: Kindred Spirits: How the Remarkable Bond Between Humans & Animals Can Change the Way We Live
Author: Allen M. Schoen
Genre: Nonfiction, animals, natural medicine
Reason for Reading: Someone from my bio-family recommended it, actually.
Finished In: Days, it was surprisingly fast-paced for nonfiction.
Pages: 280
Copyright Date: 2001
Cover: A human reaching out a hand, a dog putting its paw in.
First line: "Several years ago, Carol, a fifty-year-old single working mother, entered my office with her fourteen-year-old son Scott, and King, their German shepherd."
Best part: The stories about the animals Schoen has met.
Worst part: The author clearly thinks very highly of himself.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Living Planet" by Jay Mankita
Grade: C+. I really liked it, and the appendices were great, but I probably won't read it again.
Recommended for: Animal lovers who are curious about natural medicine should definitely give it a look.
Related Reads: Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote, The New Natural Cat by Anitra Frazier.
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Title: The Time of the Dark
Author: Barbara Hambly
Series: Darwath Trilogy, book one.
Genre: Dimension-traveling fantasy.
Setting: SoCal in the late seventies, Darwath 3000 years after the last invasion of the Dark.
Reason for Reading: My metamour let me pick through a box of books she was giving away, this trilogy was among them.
Finished In: Days. Hambly is a good writer, though somewhat unpolished in this one.
Pages: 263. Fantasy novels are written much longer than they used to be.
Copyright Date: 1982
Cover: A wizard holding a staff sits at a Formica table. He has a Budweiser in his other hand. His expression is forbidding. Also, I somehow managed to drop this book a couple of times so the cover is kind of falling apart.
First line: "Gil knew that it was only a dream."
Best part: It was very engrossing, and I enjoyed the characters.
Worst part: It was also pretty derivative.
Imaginary Theme Song: LOTR theme song.
Grade: A solid B. I'm pretty sure I'll want to read it again once I'm done with the whole trilogy.
Recommended for: Fantasy fans, especially those who like female swordswomen and nonromantic pairings.
Related Reads: Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Sabre and Shadow by SM Stirling and Shirley Meier.

Gil is a scholar of medieval history, troubled by dreams of an impossible city beseiged by mysterious dark creatures. Rudy is a happy-go-lucky motorcycle afficianado with some talents in the spraypaint department. A chance encounter with the otherworldly wizard Gandalf Belgarath Ingold soon takes them far from their homes, to a place more passionate and frightening than they've ever known before.

This is a good one, folks. Sure, it's not the most original plot in the history of the universe, but the characters kept me turning pages. I'm interested to see where she goes with the rest of the trilogy, and particularly with the Darwath standalones she apparently wrote later.

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