A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.
I really did enjoy this story, but I had a hard time with the description of the pictures. I personally did better with the physical copy. I'm glad it's available for audio but I didn't know how to listen to the description of the pictures and have it make sense to me.
Shax, the demon prince of thieves, has reconciled himself to exile. He has a grand time careening around the galaxy as a high-end, intergalactic purloiner of pretties. Everything's going just fine, thank you very much. All right, fine, the anti-gravity cows are a bit problematic and some of his buyers are bad for his health, but he manages until he comes across an injured angel in a psychedelic alien jungle.
I am just all about the longing in a novella. This is a funny, cute story but I didn't really feel the longing. Also, for all their talk of genitalia there isn't any sex (not that it's a requirement and there probably are sexy times later in the series, just providing what I would find to be helpful information). This really is hilarious. The ship's A.I. is well worth the cost of this book.
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In a society where a common servant girl doesn't have much in the way of prospects, Faith's plain appearance and sharp tongue make a good match even more unlikely. But finding a husband is the least of Faith's worries when she finds herself caught between a beautiful swordswoman and her grotesque, monstrous prey. Given as a reward to the huntress, Faith is beyond terrified.
I enjoyed this and it was definitely interesting it just wasn't what I was expecting though I can't say for sure what I was expecting. I would call this an odd, if not somewhat dark, story. Definitely some creepy elements here! I was looking for a story about a f/f relationship developing in the midst of action. There's good action here but the relationship development is light.
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Former boy band member Justin Hayes isn't looking for a man. He just wants a quiet, scandal-free Christmas at home in Chicago, out of the public eye. But his best friend and bandmate is subjecting everyone to his destination wedding, and Justin can't dodge the "best man" bullet. All he has to do is get to the island on time, survive the reunion, and get Chuck to the altar with as little drama as possible. What could possibly go wrong?
Imagine that you see a woman walking down the road laughing hysterically at seemingly nothing.
This was me, walking my dog, getting strange looks by passersby. This had exactly the right amount of angst, humor, and smut to make me a very happy person.
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Genevieve McInnis is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen's rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress - something warm, wicked, and tempting.
By "trigger-y", I mean that the experiences of the heroine made me a little uncomfortable and it was difficult at times for me to handle the brutal discussions/descriptions of what she'd been through. I don't think Banks handle things badly, however, if you're sensitive to issues of rape and sexual violence (especially to the extent this character experienced), you may want to reconsider.
I enjoyed the story and I liked the characters, but there was a lot of repetition of regarding everyone's feelings which make the book seem 20% longer than it needs to be. Also, I'm now really tired of the word "flesh".
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Wild Invitation is an exciting collection of Psy/Changeling stories from New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh. In "Beat of Temptation", innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond? In "Stroke of Enticement", a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man - and the animal - in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true.
These were were good stories for the most part. A few of them were a little slower than I'm used to with her, but I still really liked them. The only thing I really have to complain about is that I'm so very, very tired of the phrase "quintessentially (fe)male" because seriously, what does that even mean?
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Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.
I love the paranormal-romance genre, but I that doesn't mean I love every book in the genre. This one, however, I thoroughly enjoyed. It had all the things I love: humor, action, a dominant hero, and some good (well balanced) smexy times.
Claire Rutledge still believes in love, despite losing her husband. So, after two years, she's not surprised by the steamy dreams telling her it might be time to start moving on. But she didn't expect her friend Justin to have the starring role.
2.5 out of 5 Stars
This wasn’t a bad story and I actually ended up liking it better than I expected. It was sweet, occasionally amusing, and for something that was a short romance and nothing else, it was surprising lacking in trite. On the downside, the narrator was great for some of the voices, but many of his “female” voices grated on my nerves, pulling me out of the story. The real problem for me was that the characters were kind of forgettable, though I think that is in large part due to the brief nature of the story. I think to make the characters vibrant, the story would have had to have been longer, but sadly making the story longer would have made it too long to be enjoyable, at least not without more plot than what it had. In the end, I didn’t mind spending a few hours listening to it, but it won’t be one that I go back to or that stays with me in the long run.
Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere - spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night - and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city.
Graffiti Moon pulled me in immediately and simply didn’t let go. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Cath Crowley’s words painted a thousand pictures and then some.
Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!
I really enjoyed this story. While I'll say that Miranda's adventures do seem a little over the top, Harper handles each point in the story with humor and charm that make it easy to overlook the outlandish nature of some of the plot points.
This is the second or third performance I've heard from Ronconi and yet again I found myself not only enjoying the performance, but believing it. She handles the different voices very well and uses her performance to highlight Harper's humor and romance to the best possible advantage.
The story is pretty short (under six hours), but it is well worth a listen. I'm currently listening to it a second time and enjoying it no less than I did the first time.
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