Being the musings of a Yorkshire lass living in the USA. I'm a book geek, bird nerd, grammar Nazi, and hockey nut. Sarcasm is my default setting.
This retirement lark is pretty darn good.
Yep, it finally happened. At the end of July I walked away from the life of an office drone to start a new life as... well to be honest, I'm not sure yet.
And not only did I retire, but my husband and I also upped sticks and left Massachusetts to start a whole new adventure in North Carolina. We love Boston and have both left a huge part of our hearts there, but the winters were beginning to take their toll, so we decided to move south.
But I will not change my allegiance to the Carolina Hurricanes. I am still a Boston Bruins fan, and always will be.
I can't believe I'm about to be finally up to date with Toby's adventures. Night and Silence is currently 'in transit' to my library and I can't wait to get my hands on it.
I read the first book in the October Daye series back in January and for the past seven months I've worked my way through the books and have become more and more invested in Toby and her friends as I finish each one.
Yes, they have a tendency to be a wee bit formulaic. But they're so entertaining I can overlook that. And Toby's friends are fabulous. I love Dianda the kick-ass mermaid, the scary Luidaeg, and of course Tybalt the King of Cats, who knows how to rock a pair of leather trousers. (Although I'm not sure who would win in a fight between Tybalt and Greebo from the Discworld books.
There is definitely a pattern to these books.
Toby enjoys a brief respite from whatever it was she had to deal with in the previous book, before all hell breaks loose and she has to do her knight errant thing.
Someone dies, one of her close friends is badly hurt, there is a lot of blood (mainly Toby's) and everything works out OK in the end, usually thanks to the Luidaeg and a deus ex machina. (McGuire actually has the Luidaeg admitting to this).
But for all that, these books are ridiculously good fun and thanks to McGuire's writing I really care about the characters. Especially Dianda, I love the idea of a kick-ass mermaid.
"I'm going with May," said Quentin. Well, I mean, at least until I can find a bus or taxi that will take me to Powell's."
"Powell's?" I asked blankly.
"It's a bookstore so big it takes up an entire city block. They have a rare books room bigger than the Safeway near the house. I'm going to ship things home, don't worry".
I do love Quentin. Faerie may be on the brink of war, but he's got his priorities right and is going to the bookstore.