Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The Revisit - Guilty Pleasures Review and Thoughts

 I binged the last 150 pages or so and I am finally done with my reread of Guilty Pleasures!
So here is my first revisit review!

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #1

This book, when I originally read it in the early 2000's (which I much later learned was ten or so years after it first came out), was a serious turning point for me. I had no idea what urban fantasy was and I had never seen vampires, or any other supernatural characters, in such context and it was mind boggling. It opened my eyes in so many ways.
I immediately fell in love with Anita Blake. And during the reread I was reminded again why I wish she was my best friend (the one liners alone are gold!) and I discovered details about this book that I feel like I missed the first time.
Perhaps it is because I am in the midst of writing my own urban fantasy or the difference between my 25 and 35 year old brains I don't know, but Guilty Pleasures is more wonderful than I can remember. Anita's strength practically leaps off the page. She is a hero for those of us who didn't know we needed one, and inspite of the fact that she wouldn't want to be one.

But I could go on for days, and I won't. I am so pleased that even though I couldn't do much reading for a bit that I was able to get it done and that I am moving on to The Laughing Corpse.

I have read The Laughing Corpse, so it is another revisit, but I haven't read the next four books after that so it will be total new ground for me. I am happy to be piecing together the bits of the series that I had missed and I am really looking forward to it.

Just for your reference, the ones I missed are called (with their numbers in the series):
3. Circus of the Damned
4. The Lunatic Cafe
5. Bloody Bones
6. The Killing Dance

Have any of you ever done a revisit of books you previously read? How did it go?
Have you reread Anita Blake too? Post in the comments!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

General and Revisit Update

Hi everyone

So I wanted to talk a bit about what has been going on with me lately.
I fell into a bit of a funk before christmas, so most of my energy has been focused on trying to get my current WIP done. Which means that things have been cast aside, like reading. I have got so backlogged with my reading that Guilty Pleasures got cast aside.

BUT I am back now, bright eyed and bushy tailed, and I am going to push through Guilty Pleasures, which I have about 150pgs left of, so I can get started on The Laughing Corpse while I finish the WIP.

So it's going to be a fun time the next few months. I will try to do better about updating here!

Saturday, 10 December 2016

So I found out a few hours ago that another member of my Mother's family, her cousin this time, passed away quite suddenly.
There was a time when I had felt close to that person, my Mother's cousin, but we had lost touch in the last few years. Mostly because of me, so consumed in grief for my own mother that reaching out to people just seemed trivial.
I admired her spirit, and her will to fight even at the worst of times. I am sorry she is gone, way too soon and too suddenly. I hope that she and my Mother are together, wherever they ended up.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

It's NaNo time!

Hello all!

So I am officially signed up for NaNoWriMo this year (come be my buddy!  My username is Ravin Tija Maurice) in the hopes that I will be able to finish my non series WIP. Which, if you look on the nano site, you will now know is called Dirty Pretty Things or DPT for short. I am super excited, I have never done nano before and I am hoping that its the push I need to get this shit done.
But I am about mid way through so I won't be starting from the jump off point, which is ok. And because of that if I even get half of the 50,000 word goal done on it to get it finished I will be extremely happy.

So! My stats are as of now, Nov 1:
TITLE - Dirty Pretty Things
GENRE - Urban Fantasy, but is listed as horror/supernatural on the nano site because that was the closest category
WORD COUNT - 63, 987

Good luck everyone!

Wanna chat about NaNoWriMo?
Post a comment or come check me out on facebook!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The Revisit - Update

Hi all

Don't think that I have forgotten about you, or Anita, because I haven't updated in a while. I'm still reading Guilty Pleasures, but as I am sure many of you do it's not the only book I am reading so it is taking more time than I expected.
I'm a little more than half way through. Is it everything I remembered? That and more. I had forgotten more of the plot then I had thought and I'm loving all the little details. I'd forgotten how long ago it was released, the 90's, and it still holds up.
So please bear with me! I'm still on it it's just taking longer to get there then I had expected.

Side note - I think I am going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Hopefully it will get my ass in gear!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Revisit - The Plan

Hello all!
If you follow me on facebook you know already that I have decided to revisit the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton from the beginning.
I decided to go back while I was in the middle of reading Affliction, not the latest in the series but one of the last three. There were some in the series that I missed for one reason or another and I decided that I wanted to read them. And in that thought I said to myself, Hey. Let's just read from the beginning and talk about it online, it could be cool.
So, to make a long story short I started reading Guilty Pleasures last night, the first in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. It has been a long time since I read it and I have to say it's like hanging out with an old friend.

Why revisit such an enormous, and controversial, series you ask?
Because it is one of my favourites. I wish Anita Blake was my best friend in real life. 
Laurell K Hamilton is such a huge inspiration for me, and I admire her greatly. Anita is one of the first major literary characters that I truly connect with  and I hope by doing this I can learn some things that will make my own characters and stories better.

I'm not going to write on here that I am going to read the entire series, because at 24 books that is quite a task. But I will say that I am going to read up until my favourite in the series, Obsedian Butterfly, which is number 9, and then decide if I am going to continue.

Want to read along with me? Come hang out with me on my facebook author page and we can talk about it, or comment on my posts.

Guilty Pleasures is everything I remembered and more.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Research Time!

Even though it takes the longest, and is the least creative, I love the research phase of writing.

Research is when I get to indulge the history geek side of me, and when I get to learn about things that would never come up in my day to day life. For my current WIP I had to expand my private investigator knowledge (I actually went to school for private investigation, but that's another story) and I am also reading a biography of Cleopatra as a side project. It's nice to be learning without feeling forced, like I did in school.
I was a pretty high achiever until I reached high school, then I got caught up. In what, you ask? Life is the simplist answer.
After I got done with high school, college was a revelation. I got to pick what I learned and how I did it, and it was amazing. I miss it sometimes, but I'm not sure I could do it again at this stage in my life.
So I have fun with my research. That old saying 'write what you know' doesn't always work, there are some things that you have to learn before you can write what you know.

Are you wondering about Book 3? I have a pile of research books for that as well. But that one will take time as I am ironing out details before I can even start my research but it is there! So have no fear.