Staying Dead

by Laura Anne Gilman | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0373802099 Global Overview for this book
Registered by AlexiBlue of Seattle, Washington USA on 2/23/2005
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by AlexiBlue from Seattle, Washington USA on Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Very good sci-fi/fantasy mystery thriller from a first time author. Great fun read.

Journal Entry 2 by BrynnSC from Chesapeake Beach, Maryland USA on Monday, March 07, 2005
My mother-in-law and some other family members are taking a 1 week cruise leaving Saturday from Charleston, SC. Since they live in MD and we're in Columbia, SC we went to see them off. They were running very late so I talked hubby into stopping by Rutledge Coffee & Cream for some ice cream for our boys while we were waiting for them to arrive. I was very impressed with myself that I found the place considering I'm not familiar with Charleston at all, didn't have a map, and had only been to Rutledge once before back in Nov. to meet up with bookczuk! lol

The book seemed to jump right out at me because I was looking for it at the used book store just the day before! CheriePie was kind enough to loan me her 4 Kelly Armstrong books (Women of the Otherworld series) from her private collection and I wanted to get some books from her wishlist as a 'Thank You'. I had read and passed on my copy already. You can see my review HERE.

As it turned out, we didn't get to meet up with our family-they arrived too late to get together. But as you can see, it wasn't a wasted trip! :-)

Journal Entry 3 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Wednesday, June 01, 2005
You are sooooo silly grrl! :) I saw the big box on my porch this morning and thought, hmmmm don't I know it that Bren probably went shopping at the USB before sending the Otherworld books back to me. hehe

Thank you so much for sending me this book since as you know I've been looking for it, and since also joining, I put it on my wish list out there too so if someone were to come along and register it...

Anyhoo, hope you have a good move, or had a good move since I think it was this past weekend you did so, and I need to stop using this space as if it were email. :) *sm00ches*

UPDATE 13-JUN-2006: Reserved for woosang after I've read it.

Journal Entry 4 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Book Description

Manhattan's night life just got weirder...

It starts as a simple job—but simple jobs, when you're dealing with the magical world, often end up anything but.

As a Retriever, Wren Valere specializes in finding things gone missing—and then bringing them back, no questions asked. Normally her job is stimulating, challenging, and only a little bit dangerous. But every once in a while...

Case in point: A cornerstone containing a spell is stolen and there's a magical complication. (Isn't there always?) Wren's unique abilities aren't enough to lay this particular case to rest, so she turns to some friends: a demon (minor), a mage who has lost his mind, and a few others, including Sergei, her business partner (and maybe a bit more?).

Sometimes what a woman has to do to get the job done is enough to give even Wren nightmares....

My Review
I really liked the premise of this book, but I wasn't too crazy about the author's writing style, she kinda had a lot of run-on sentences so I found myself rereading some things. And at another point, when she started off a chapter with one of Wren's dream sequences, which went on for like 3 pages, you didn't know the whole time whose dream it was. So I flipped to the end of the dream sequence to find out... I mean, if it's a character who hasn't been introduced yet, or someone we're not supposed to know, I can see that strategy, but for the main character, it was just unnecessary and kind of a pain in the ass because I like to be able to envision the story in my head while I'm reading.

However, since this was Gilman's first novel, I'm expecting better things in this regard in later books. As a matter of fact, I recall reading a short story from her as part of the Powers of Detection anthology and the writing didn't bug me then, so my point stands.

I liked the characters, Wren and Sergi, and imagined P.B. as a little Gizmo... you know from that Gremlins movie. :D And I'm looking forward to reading more about them in Curse the Dark.

This is now reserved for woosang in Australia, who has this book on her wishlist. :D


Sent as RABCK to woosang in Australia.

Yvonne, Thanks for all the good books you've shared this year, and for your friendship. I hope 2007 is great for you!! Enjoy!!

Journal Entry 6 by woosang from Campbelltown, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, January 02, 2007
A terrfic surprise on the first postal day of 2007. Thanks Cherie for remembering (I didn't)Looking forwards to a fabulous 2007!

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