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Why I Like Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson Series

Changelings, werewolves, vampires, fae (not cute fairies, but dangerous fae) and other mythical creatures create nasty, bloody battles. Patricia Briggs revels in them in her Mercy Thompson series. It’s scenes like this, though, that keep the books from getting too dark and make the reader laugh out loud…

“…the house phone rang.

‘I’ve got it,’ called Jesse. I heard her voice as she answered the phone, but didn’t catch what Fire Touched by Patricia Briggsshe said. Then she called brightly, ‘Hey, Dad. Baba Yaga is on the phone for you.’

I followed him into the kitchen, where Jesse stood with the handset. She gave it to him. Then she looked at me and raised her eyebrows in an exaggerated fashion that made her eyes bulge, and mouthed, ‘Baba Yaga. Really?’

I nodded and mouthed, ‘Really.’

She hugged herself and, as she passed by me on her way out of the room, she whispered, ‘Now how many people have gotten to say that? “Hey, Dad. Baba Yaga is on the phone for you”?'”

From Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Finished! And Worth It


1Q84 was due back to the library today. I was able to finish it at lunch time. I highly recommend it – if you have perseverance. It’s fascinating. It’s not easy reading. It challenges the mind with its twists and turns. It’s long. It has strong characters. It takes a while for it to become coherent in your mind. The backup characters are also strong, but strangely murky at the same time. The story line cannot be explained in a couple sentences – but a longer explanation would ruin the story.

If you like fantasy and you like a challenge, you should try 1Q84. It’s not witches and wizards fantasy, but rather an alternate reality fantasy. And it’s done extremely well.
Here’s my review.