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Went to Austin this weekend to visit family.  Reinforced that flying is the modern form of torture 🙂  But I hit the jackpot, and I can’t find out who recommended it, but I want to thank whoever recommended Rachel Caine and her Weather Warden series to me.  If I had proper searching on the blog I would be able to figure out who that was.  Step forward and claim credit now! 😀  It was a girl, definitely.

I am addicted to this series.  I love it SO MUCH!  I read all 6 books in the series in 4 days.  Yes, crazy cram session, it was GLORIOUS!  I gorked out like a crazy geek.  Has anyone else had that experience where you’re so immersed in a book that it feels like real life is just a pause from the life that going on in the book that you can’t wait to get back into?  I have that a lot, part of my susceptibility to MMORPG’s I think, total immersion is pretty easy for me.  Well, I stayed in a Weather Warden state for 5 days, resentful to be forced out of it. I can’t wait for the next one!  It kills me that books take so long to come out! (Yes, I hate reading comments like that about The Guild, so why am I saying it?  Because I finally realize it’s a compliment, not a guilt trip! 🙂 )

I don’t even want to say much about the series to not give it away.  It’s set in modern time, the main character can manipulate the weather with magic, that’s all you need to know, just read.  If you like Anita Blake or any of that genre, you’ll absolutely love this series.  Are there leaps where you go “What?” Sure.  But I couldn’t even put on my critic hat because it’s so enjoyable, so right on for what I was looking for, I decided to just go with whatever was dished out.  Definitely the earlier books are better, but I thought for a long series it sustained pretty well, and the magic system is really interesting and the Djinn are a hot alternative to Vampires and Werewolves which are all the rage.

The character goes through so much awful stuff, kinda like when Nancy Drew was always getting a concussion and you start to think,”Wow, is there some long-term brain damage going to happen here?” but she fights through, and it’s very inspiring, I was totally on her side to kick first and take names later.   I kinda want to go study Kung Fu now, even though she kicks butt with magic not fist, it’s as close as I can get because magical abilities are probably not gonna happen.

On another note, I will be redoing the out of date Halloween banner soon, I promise 🙂

  • Edgar

    First!

    Same thing happened with Ender’s Shadow, first two Eregon books and Kiln People by David Brin recently… Also with The Man Who Was Poe back in elementary school days…

    Is this book recommended for le guys? You’ve mentioned some books in the past not for males… this sounds like its not gender biased.

  • i definately can’t read anything that fast. wow you are like speed-reading girl.
    I think the fastest i read was the DaVinci Code and the Back to the Future novelization both took me 3 days each.
    Took me 2 years to read Fellowship of the Ring – well that was after the delayed 11 years after trying to get through chapter 1.

    Slow to read, slow to write I suppose.

  • I would definitely say it was girl-oriented, but I wouldn’t bar guys liking it. There’s a pretty strong romance angle in it. I promise my next book will be more guy appealing! 😀

  • Pedro Morelos

    Haha, nice, another chapter of “Felicia’s Adventures”.
    You made my day!!
    And I’m super-slow at reading books you know, you’re my heroine.

    Ohh btw, i loved it when you said “magical abilities are probably not gonna happen.” – So you still hope that magic becomes real, how cute ^^
    Greetings from Mexico 😀

  • William George Ferguson

    (sorry this is going to be long)The Weather Warden books (and some of the other nominal ‘paranormal romance’ series have fairly strong male readership, although that isn’t the target audience. The Weather Warden series is squarely in a sub-genre that was pretty much triple-handedly established back in 1990-91 by the independent publication of three similar books, Lackey’s Creatures of the night (1st diana Tregarde novel), Huff’s Blood Price (1st Vicki Nelson novel) and Hamilton’s Guilty Pleasures (1st Anita Blake novel). Basically, all three took the basic Hard-Boiled Detective tropes, made the detective female, and plunked her into urban fantasy/horror Current series following this pattern are

    Kelly Armstrong “Women of Otherworld” her heroines so far have included a werewolf, a witch, a ghost, a necromancer, and a demon. They’re interconnected and the heroines appear as supporting characters in each other’s books.

    Patricia Briggs “Mercedes Thompson” heroine is a shapeshifting VW mechanic in Kennewick, WA

    C.E. Murphy “The Walker Papers” heroine is a Seattle policewoman who is a shaman

    Carrie Vaughn “Kitty Norville” heroine is a radio call in show host who is a werewolf. These aren’t easily descibed, but they’re addictive

    Rachel Caine (wesides the obvious) “The Morganville Vampires” heroine isa 16 year old college freshman in Texas (stop if you’ve heard this before)

    Kim Harrison “The Hollows” aka “Rachel Morgan” heroine is a witch in an alternate world Cincinatti. An author conciet is to use pastiches of Clint Eastwood movies as her book titles

    Laura Anne Gilman “Retrievers” heorine is a mage in modern day NYC

    There are a bunch of others, but I espacially like these (and I’m a guy, so there)

  • cirby

    You’ve read “Dark of the Gods,” by P. C. Hodgell, right?

    Not modern fantasy, but I’m certain it’s right up your alley, taste-wise.

  • Dark of the Gods is one book that will always stay on my shelf. I actually want to reread it soon, also the sequel.
    William, thank you so much for the yummy list, I hadn’t heard of the Lackey series, going to Borders today! 🙂 I’ve not tried to read her books in ages, they weren’t my cup of tea at the time. I love the fact that you enjoy these books as a guy, I just didn’t want a guy running out to buy one and complaining to me after, HAHA 🙂 So guys, don’t be afraid to pick the book up, it is masculine approved!

  • edgar

    On another note, Felicia… here you go… http://youtube.com/watch?v=cTWB_ByQD4w

  • SwordSaintSoma

    regarding shaolin_do/kungfu:

    [w/ ryons help] .. you could be cast opposite.. i dunno; jet li.. ?
    [or wushu?]

    my col.ed hellgate arrives on the 14th..

    i would like to thank all those fabulous people at gogamer for
    cancelling my first order. [now i have TWO dye kits :D]

  • Carl

    I haven’t had the pleasure of reading these yet, but I did have the pleasure of misreading your comment:

    The character goes through so much awful stuff, kinda like when Nancy Drew was always getting a concussion and you start to think,”Wow, is she suffering from some long-term brain damage here? How come she hasn’t learned to stay out of trouble?”

    Ok, it’s more than a misread, but it’s 3:40 AM NZDT right now and I’m a little woozy.

    😀

  • Virginia

    I get all grrrrr towards people when they interrupt my reading the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman (The first book has been turned movie coming out before xmas …+10 nerdgasm!!!)

    Aside from being a fun blog to read, I’ve found that there are a ton of great book suggestions, not only by you but other commenters. Madd propz to Flog commenters, word.

    The first year I’ll be able to actually tell people what I want for xmas, and it’s going to be nothing but a very long list of books. Oh the horrors o_o

  • Virginia

    …apparently The Flog has forums of which I was previously unaware. The top topic? …sharing book titles. Anyone got a newb stamp for my forehead?

  • SwordSaintSoma

    *stamp’d

  • kris

    you should take a look at luna publishing and a couple of their books called Poison Study and Magic Study by Maria Snyder.

    I had the incredible good fortune to go to the book store one weekend on a whim and come home with the first two warden books, elantris & mistborn by Mr. Sanderson and these two. I was gleeful for about a week and a half and it may have been the best period of reading I’ve had this year.

  • Jon

    I think that I was the one that recommended the Weather Warden series as part of your “Trashy Girl Fantasy” post.

    I am very glad to hear that you enjoyed the book so much. The latest just came out a month or so ago – “Thin Air”, and I have not found the time to finish it. Got a copy of “Kushiel’s Justice”, and it jumped to the top of the pile.

    I would also re-recommend Kim Harrison’s “Hollows” series from my earlier post and in seconding William George Ferguson above.

    Keep reading and posting.

    J

  • Mike

    Jim Butcher’s “The Dresden Files” series would probably make a good male counterpoint to this series. Check it out! I guaran-damn-tee you it won’t disappoint.

    Cheers!

  • HOLY COW. Somebody just now sent me a link to this post, and I am absolutely stunned.

    LOVE YOU. LOVE YOUR WORK. I just had a total fangirl fainty moment.

    You probably heard my Squeee from Texas …

    Rachel

  • Lance

    It totally could have been a guy, we read teh series too, and fyi, if someone else hasnt posted it, Rachel has been informed of your new love xP

    -Lance

  • Lance

    lolz, and look, i didnt even realize it, but theres rachel herself,

    gya, im brain dead when its this late

  • AAAA Fan girl moment, Rachel posted on my blog!!!! 😀 I <3 your work! I gotta read your other series ASAP!!!!! So squealing myself right now 🙂

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