Archive for February, 2011

Talk About Fantasy

Posted February 15, 2011 By Jandy

Kiss Me While I Sleep by Linda HowardMost people realize that romance novels are about fantasy. The girl is always going to get the guy. There will be either misunderstanding between them or a terrible peril overshadowing one of them or both. But it gets worked out, often in the nick of time. That’s what makes a good romance – the conflict and the love.

Of course the mainstream modern romance has to have its sex scene(s) – some more graphic than others. I put disclaimers on my reviews to warn people of that. (The key is here on this blog as well as at the website.)

I just finished Linda Howard’s Kiss Me While I Sleep. Talk about fantasy!

She’s a hired assassin who has worked for the CIA on a contract basis for almost 20 years. But she has now killed a bad guy that the CIA was leaving alone. The bad guy killed her friends, so she kills him. The CIA sends someone after her. He is, of course, the one man who can get under her defenses.

I had so much fun with this book. It certainly isn’t great literature, but the book kept me chuckling throughout. She is an unbelievable character who stays consistent, so once belief is suspended, it’s fine.

Most of the time I was reading this I was shaking my head in disbelief over their actions. Like I said, I enjoyed the book. But it definitely falls into the fantasy realm! Perhaps not wizards and dragons, but it certainly is a dreamt up world where these characters live.

Romance novels are about fantasy – some more so than others…


Posted February 12, 2011 By Jandy

The Waters Rising by Sheri S. TepperHere’s one I’ve found recently that is so true!

From Sheri Tepper’s The Waters Rising:

“To my mind, the worst thing about death is not knowing how the story ends.”

Hear that, Jim Butcher and Carole Nelson Douglas?

Shree has some reading quotes over at her blog as well.

Sad News

Posted February 7, 2011 By Jandy

Brian Jacques, creator of the Redwall series, has died. These books are wonderful good vs bad children’s fantasies filled with woodland creatures set an at abbey run by mice.