it looks like beach (reading) season…

and, since i read a lot (over 900 wpm with 80% retention), i’ve decided to share some of my summer reading recommendations.

’cause that’s just how nice a guy i am.

so, here’s some light stuff i’ve been reading lately that i think would do well on the beach. i’ve tried to keep this on the lighter side, i’ve got some more thought-provoking stuff for another post.

first, i’ve been enjoying Vicki Pettersson’s Signs Of The Zodiac series (books one and two are both available now in paperback). it concerns a young woman, living in Las Vegas, who discovers she is a “superhero.” she also learns her father isn’t, and her real father is a created being, rather than a born human (he’s also the evilest bad guy around). wacky fun ensues.

Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series has a similar feel, if very little else. the first five books are available in paperback (though i’ve only read book one so far). again, our hero is a young woman, though in this case she’s one of the secret corps of elemental magicians who keeps Mother Earth from smashing humanity to flinders. plus, she’s got a nice car (’71 Ford Mustang Mach 1). looking forward to the rest of the series (book six is out in August, so we all need to get caught up!).

another female-centric fantasy series (i swear, it’s just that all these are perfect beach books – i read other stuff, honest!) is Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. set in a reality just slightly skewed from our own (well, maybe a lot skewed), it centers around the business and personal lives of a three-way partnership made up of a witch, living vampire, and a pixie. yeah, that seemed weird even as i typed it. with fun titles like Dead Witch Walking and The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, it’s a series that keeps rocking right along. the first four books are out in paperback, with book five being new in hardcover.

other recommendations:

the Hendees’ Noble Dead series. dark fantasy, set in a standard sword & sorcery venue.

Simon R. Green’s Nightside series. more dark fantasy, but set in London’s seedier side. much seedier, actually.

and, of course, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files!

i’ll have some of the “heavier” reading recommendations up later in the week, for those who just have to read with their brains engaged…

quote of the day:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

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