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April 7th, 2010
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Book review: On the Prowl
Next is On the Prowl, four unconnected novellas by Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny.

I bought this because it is the starting point of Briggs' Alpha and Omega series, and I figured I should read it before reading the novels that follow it.  Actually, Briggs is good enough at making books, even in a series, stand on their own that I think Cry Wolf would be fine without reading "Alpha and Omega", but "Alpha and Omega" is excellent.  It's the Mercy Thompson universe, but with a new thing added that is interesting and appealing.

Eileen Wilks' "Inhuman" also turned out to be interesting, very engaging, and make me interested in reading the novels that are in the series with it.

Karen Chance's "Buying Trouble" is entertaining but pretty much just some fast-paced exploits, without much depth (even by the standards of light escapist fantasy).

Sunny's "Mona Lisa Betwining" is less straightforward, a bit darker and more confusing, some interesting stuff, but not really grabbing me.

8 out of 10 overall; the Briggs is the best.

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Date:April 8th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
I actually bought this book specifically for Alpha and Omega after I read Cry Wolf. I didn't read any of the other stories for fear that they wouldn't compare because of other reviews about them. But I enjoyed Alpha and Omega so much that I didn't mind not reading the others.
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Date:April 8th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thanks for the comment. Do I know you, or did you just catch me because I mentioned Alpha and Omega?

I did buy the book just for the Briggs story, but I figured I should try the others too. The Wilks story is worth reading too.
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Date:April 9th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Hi:) You don't know me, I just saw that you mentioned Alpha and Omega and wanted to comment. I also liked some of the other reviews you wrote.

I am definitely thinking about giving it another go. I was being a bit biased the first time I picked up the book, and in the other reviews I've read many said Wilks was their second favorite story. I'll give it another try.
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