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Books: Angelology 
5th-May-2011 01:54 pm
Today to Read
Angelology is a novel about the bloody spy-vs-spy war that has been going on between mortals and semi-such since the angels fell and bred with humans to create a race of superbeings called the Nephilium. The story starts small, as it should, with 23-year-old Sister Evangeline relishing her orderly life at the Convent of St. Rose. That order is disrupted with a letter from an artistic scholar that states his desire to read World War II correspondence between Abigail Rockefeller and the Mother Superior of the Convent. From there, the story spirals outward and backward to the glittering and bloody confrontations between human and Nephilium over the search for, discovery of, and subsequent loss of the fabled lyre of Orpheus (among many other celestial treasures). We are reading present-day confessions of a dying nun, past confusions of a young angelologist student who is consumed with passion for her work and jealousy for her fellow students, current day intrigues of a woman who is quite spry for her old age, and multiple quotes from- and references to bibliogical texts from both common and esoteric libraries.

Confusing? Nope. Danielle Trussoni does an excellent job of picking one voice per section from which all of that story's branches flow. What she just doesn't quite manage to do is convince me that the original subject person - Evangeline - belongs where she is in the first place. That little seed of original sin was left to sit and sprout while I romped merrily through the book, and when I got to the final two plot twists, all I could say about one was "Yup. I knew it all along." The other was more of a shocker, but I have to respect why it was crafted that way. Suffice to say, with all the build-up, I was expecting a simple answer to where the lyre had gone.


-- New-to-me books read in 2011 (as opposed to re-reads) --

January
Little Dee vol 2
Little Dee vol 3
Unusual Suspects
Harvest Moon
The Black Stallion (yes, I know, I should have read it with Black Beauty)
Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name, with a pre-finished commentary here
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Fang Bangers: An Erotic Anthology of Fangs, Claws, Sex and Love
Must Love Hellhounds
Truthseeker

February
Dark and Stormy Knights
Tortall and Other Lands
River Marked (2/28 - it arrived a day early)

March
Questionable Content, vol 1
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
Lifeblood
Magic Bites
Skinwalker, A Jane Yellowrock Novel
Running with the Pack
Magic Burns
Blood Cross

April
"Skyblaze" Adventures in the Liaden Universe #17
Kings of the North
Goblin Tales
Do Not Sniff the Bees, Two Lumps book 6
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds
Mercy Blade
The Initiate Brother

May
Angelology

-- Books abandoned rather than completed in 2011 --

February
Sing the Four Quarters, by Tanya Huff

-- Books Still in Progress --
These are books that I haven't totally given up on, I've just... put them aside... for now. And gee, look at how many of them are non-fiction!
The Brand Within
Gamestorming
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails
Swords and Dark Magic
Battlestations
Wise Man's Fear
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