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02/21/2004 Entry: "Danielle's Recent Reads -- LMB and ACK"

Curse of Chalion
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I thought CURSE OF CHALION was quintessential Bujold: strong plot, wonderful characters, large dollops of political intrigue. The self-deprecating hero was especially charming and the romance, while low-key, is believable and sweet. What little you see of Ista and her tragic past in this book is very intriguing and I'm really looking forward to seeing more of her in PALADIN OF SOULS (altho Preeti, I think, found it rather blah?).

THE SILVER KISS, by Annette Curtis Klause, was also great. Lovely prose, that very occasionally tips over into the purple variety, and a unique story about a girl who attracts the attention of a vampire while she's dealing with the terminal illness of her mother. I found myself crying at the end (of course, absolutely anything makes me cry these days, including TV commercials).--Danielle

See also ACK's Blood and Chocolate

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