Monthly Archives: January 2012

‘Narcotrafficante’ Tale Worth Reading

I’m enjoying T. Jefferson Parker’s IRON RIVER, a violent yet poetic account of the international drug war between the United States and Mexico.

Parker is a great storyteller but he’s also an acute student of political science, and has a keen grasp on the forces that lead to a flow of guns south across the border (Parker’s titular “Iron River”) and the flow of narcotics north to the States.

I love it when authors deftly blend their fictional tales into the realpolitik world in which we live.

IRON RIVER is a fine read.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Ms. King, MacBook Air in hand, oversees her city and her stories with equal style.

Portrait of the novelist in her aerie: Writer Katy King hammering out her next whodunit, overlooking the city of Portland.

I saw her first, guys.

Return to Smoke & Bone

Portland author Laini Taylor this week unveiled the title of the sequel to her wonderful fantasy novel, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.

As a fan of Taylor’s writing, this is sanguine news for me. Remember, please, that “sanguine” means both “hopeful” and “bloody.” I think that pretty much sums up my emotions about her 2011 novel.

Book 2 in this lovely and violent trilogy, to be released later this year, will be DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT.

A mock-up for Book 2 in Laini Taylor's fantasy trilogy

If you haven’t read the story of Karou, the part-time art student in Prague and full-time messenger for a family of demons, go do so right away. The novel is romantic and lush and dangerous and stunning.

Learn more at Taylor’s delightful website.

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