The first was Josh Lanyon. Everyone seems to rave about his books, but I always shied away because they are m/m. The other day, I couldn't take it any more and I bought The Adrien English Mysteries, which contain the first two books in that series--Fatal Shadows and A Dangerous Thing. I read both of them in a couple of days. I liked them, but I didn't love them. And it had absolutely nothing to do with the m/m content. As a matter of fact, that is the one thing that I did love about those two books. I really like the interactions between Adrien and Jake. Jake struggles with his sexuality and both of their reactioins seem honest and real. He does do great characterization. I'm just not a huge fan of murder mysteries. But I do still plan on reading more of his work! I want to see how Adrien's and Jake's relationship evolves.
After that, since I had the e-reader out, I decided to browse the books I had uploaded and came across Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight. I bought that one because I love, love her parallel series. That was just an amazing set of books! Well, I rememebered Tracy @ Tracy's Place recently spoke highly of the book on her blog, giving it a 5/5 rating. I figured it'd be good. And boy oh boy was it ever!! Holy Cow, it was on hell of an emotional roller coaster of a read. So utterly and completely heart breaking, yet so full of all the hope and love you could want. I absolutely loved this book! I could not agree with Tracy's rating on this one more. It is a story of overcoming grief from the loss of a partner, and that of a gruesome attack. Both the h/h have a lot of healing to do, and I love how they do that together. And the sweetest thing of all, is it's the hero's daughter that brings the two together initially. Definitely one to read.
And then I finally started reading my first Neil Gaiman book--Neverwhere. I'm not finished with it yet, but I know I'm going to love it. It's, umm, very odd. I think I might have a new fascination with Mr. Gaiman. I discovered last night that three of his books were made into movies. And one of them is a tv movie for Neverwhere. I think it's a six part mini-series. I have it added to my instant qeue on Netflix. As soon as I'm done with the book, I'm watching the movie. So maybe I'll do a comparison review.
I came across two other Neil Gaiman movies, Stardust and MirrorMask (if you click on the movie title, it'll take you to a youtube movie preview trailer.) Both of them are rated for children to watch. I'm a whimp like that. I don't like anything creepy and scary so that little fact is pretty important to me. But MirrorMask really looks like a strange movie, even though Jim Hanson Productions had a part in making it, it looks a little creepy in the previews. I couldn't help myself, I ordered a copy of Stardust. I need to look for a copy of the book first before I watch it. It looks really good! A little romance and fantasy. And it has a well known cast--Robert De Niro, Michelle Phieffer, Claire Danes.
Stardust settles over the viewer like a twinkly cloak. The film, which captures the magic and vision of author Neil Gaiman's fantasy graphic fable, is a transportive journey into a world of true enchantment, which fans of the Harry Potter books will enjoy as well as will adults looking for the perfect date movie. The tale is a not-so-simple love story and adventure, set in 19th century England--and an alternate universe of witches, spells and stars that turn human--and hold the key to eternal life.Does that not sound just perfect? :) The book is YA, but I'm hoping the bookstore has a copy when we go tomorrow. I wonder how many other books of his will make it to movies? I don't think I'll read up his backlist (it's pretty long) but I'm not done with this author!