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Oct. 21st, 2005 | 11:30 pm

Haven't had much time to update lately, so ten books instead of five in this installment.

116.) Title: The Analects
Author: Confucius (or, rather, his disciples)
Marcia's Grade: N/A. See my comments on King Lear for an explanation of the N/A thing. Again, I don't really feel like I'm qualified to give The Analects a grade based on how much entertainment I got out of them. All that being said, I read them for my Intro. to Chinese Civilization class, and it took me a while to get through. Not quick reading at all.

117.) Title: The Grey King (The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Book Four)
Author: Susan Cooper
Marcia's Grade: A. This is the fourth book in the series, and it's excellent. Focuses on Will, who is my favorite, and takes place in Wales, which is one of my favorite fictional locales and one of those many countries I'd like to visit some day. Can't wait to read the next one, Silver on the Tree!

118.) Title: One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich
Marcia's Grade: A. I don't know why I waited so long to read this! Just as funny, fun, and fluffy as everyone said it would be.

119.) Title: Rage
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Marcia's Grade: A-. Fast, twisted Kellerman. A good read. Now I have to wait for his next book to come out. *whines*

120.) Title: Brighter than the Sun
Author: Julia Quinn
Marcia's Grade: B+. Julia Quinn is one of my favorite romance authors, and this was pretty good, with interesting characters, but it definitely dragged a bit towards the end. Still a good read, though.

121.) Title: Jumping the Fence
Author: Stephanie Vaughan
Marcia's Grade: B. This is a romantic erotica ebook from Looseid. It's pretty typical of male/male sex stories geared toward women (which I can find written just as well in a lot of fanfiction, for free) but it was readable. And hot. Nothing too groundbreaking, but it was a quick, titillating read. (What can I say? If it's okay for guys to be turned on by lesbians, it's okay for me to turned by on hot gay guys.)

122.) Title: Naked in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Marcia's Grade: A-. I don't care what anyone says, I'm a big Nora Roberts fan. Love her romances (well, most of them, they're are so freaking many that there are bound to be a few stinkers), but until now I hadn't tried any of her thrillers written as J.D. Robb. This was quite a pleasant surprise, very different from her romance writing style, although there is a certain amount of romance and sex involved. Gritty, dark... of course I enjoyed it! I also liked the futuristic setting muchly. However, I have a big problem with whoever did the cover work for this book! Obviously, they hadn't read it, because, yes, Eve works for the NYPD but in the fricking future! Please don't put modern police cars on the cover. Please. But yeah, good book, I'll read the rest.

123.) Title: Sweetblood
Author: Pete Hautman
Marcia's Grade: A. Great YA vampire book! Really different, although there is a lack of actual vampires. Very thought provoking, especially the ideas that the vampire legend might be based on untreated diabetics, which is interesting, especially after reading Michael Bell's Food for the Dead earlier this year, which proposed that the legends might be based on tuberculosis. The writing style is short and snappy, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.

124.) Title: Night Swimming
Author: Laura Moore
Marcia's Grade: B. Well-written romance. The characters had believable sexual tension, and the heroine was a marine biologist, which was very cool. The sex scenes were tepid, however, and the book was overly long and very slow towards the end.

125.) Title: Two for the Dough
Author: Janet Evanovich
Marcia's Grade: A. Just as funny and sexy as the first book. I'm so loving the Stephanie Plum novels; does this make me a sheep?

Currently reading:
Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

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