Every once and a while I get the desire to re-read a book I enjoy in Junior High. 9 times out of ten, I can't believe I even remembered the book let alone remembered liking it. The Catswold portal (besides not remembering the title or the author) is as wonderful a story as I remembered.
The story takes place in Northern California in 1957 and in a magical underground world. This underground world is under the rule of an evil queen that using lies as a weapon is taking over the world, one nation at a time. (An example, she streads a lie that the king of a nation is selling children into slavery) results revolution and she takes over another nation. Reviews note: This book was published in 1992, before push polls like, "Whould you still love for McCain if you knew he had a black child out of wedlock".
Mellissa doesn't know about the upper world, and she doesn't know much about who she is. She is kept ignorant of her past, and so is the reader. The author doesn't give too much information away that the chareters themselves don't know.
The good news is good triemphs over evil and in the end that is all that really matters.
This is book two. The Hidden Queen 0060765704 is book one, and is a must read. The young queen returns home to claim her throne. Upon her return to take back her nation from her half brother, the young queen changes the very fabric of her world. Really great story, look foward to more from this author.
Written in 1988, in the height of Reagan America and Thacher England, Chronosequence (The sequential set of changes in structure and composition of (plant) communities over time). Tells the story of events over 100 years that leads to a discovery that aliens might have visted earth long ago.
While the book has reference to Sherlock Holmes, it has more in common with Frankenstien. While the only monsters in the book are 100% human, the fear is in this book is about technology.
The question of technology being a savior or man or the downfall of man.
Book one of a very popular seriers, takes place in an alternative history of the world. Instead of reaching into space during the cold war, humans reached into them selves and worked with bio-engering. A virus was created that got loose and killed a large percentage of the humans. Bring an equallibrium to humans and peoples of magic (witches, vampires, werewolves, pixies and faries).
The author creates a very complete world where humans and these magical being interact and have thier own history. pixies and faries are not good friends for example.
The plot revolves around Rachael (a witch that works for the FBI of magic) her boss hates are and gives her all the worse assisnments (so she claims). But she has messed up a lot lately and they have to pay hazard pay just so she gets a partner. Jenks her partner is a pixie and Ivy is a vamp. As the plot unfoldes they team up and go against some very powerfull people in this interesting world.
At times difficult to read, with its mixture of dreams and reality. But on a whole well worth the time and effort.
Deepwater Dreams (now that I look at the title I guess I shouldn't be surprised). Is about discovering the mystery of life, the universe and everything. The people on a water world, bred for life on both land and see have been given dreams from their creator to teach them how to live and protect the world, and warnings of past humans that failed and destroyed the world.
But these dreams don't match with the world they live in.
A fun read. Dorella is the last living ancient Goddess on Earth. She thinks she is alone, and is just starting to get a hang of living wiht humanity, when an ancient power rises from her past and boy is this guy in a bad mood. (Of course if you are an evil God that has had your but kicked and you've been in pain and agony for a few thousand years, you might be groucy also).
Like all Sherri Tepper Novels, yes it does get preachy at times. But this book stays away from her feminist male bashing and doesn't preach too often. The story telling is strong and the format is unique and enjoyable.
In a small Oregon town, fantasy life lives on a reservation. But the natives are not happy... A powerful family who has keep the fantasy life safe from the human world is all that stands between fantasy and reality. Pretty damn cool
A debut novel, about a fairly unique subject. With the world about to end, 2 soilders are sent back in time, 6,000 years to help old European Goddess worshipers fight off the invading hordes of horse rides that raped and pillaged and destoyed the peaceful Peagans. Can two people teach a peace loving people how to make war not love? And will they be able to save the future?
Yeah it is listed under romance, but I love this series. In this book an interior decorator and formally abused woman finds herself in Las Vegas. Of course she soon finds herself the love interest of the Greek God of Light. Its hard to say this with a straight face about a book in the Romance category or about a woman falling in love with a Greek God visiting Las Vegas for the weekend, but I found her reactions and action entirely believable.