Please welcome Lu, our other new reviewer! A Southern Belle with bite!
Greetings from the bowels of the Deep South! Call me Lulu Bell. (That rhymes nicely with “Call me Ishmael,” dontcha think? But don’t worry, I don’t like Hemingway any more than you do.)
I have been, among other things: a debutante, a Biology and English major (yes, both), a girl abroad (lived in Argentina for a year and a half), a borderline misanthrope who loves animals, and a room mother for the first grade who dodged the draft when we got to second. I also quit the Junior League and declined to join the DAR. Hence, the Failed Southern Lady title.
The one constant thing I have always been is a reader. I read anything and everything, but my first love is anything Fantasy. (I blame C. S. Lewis.) Urban, dark, comedic, whatever. I never read a book that couldn’t have been improved by the presence of a unicorn, dragon, or were-something. Think how many more readers Faulkner could have reached if the Compsons were a coven instead of a decaying archetype of the Southern Aristocracy!
I also prefer happy endings. (Because, really, who doesn’t ;)?) Quickies are good, novellas for our purposes here, but long and slow is better. Series do the best reader foreplay for developing a relationship. That’s right, baby. Make me work for it. Payoff in book 3 with the promise of more to come? That’s juuuuuuuust right.
I’m not too good to admit that I not only like genre, I prefer it. I’ve read some damn good writing in genre fiction. I don’t believe that a cast of characters who are all candidates for anti-depressants coupled with a series of unhappy incidents strung together to create a “plot” automatically gives a book depth. Obviously, fantasy is my favorite, but I also like historical romance, steampunk, young adult, middle grade, mysteries and thrillers, and I’ll dabble in anything that has a strong romance thread. Much like my real life romantic preferences, a sense of humor is critical to a successful relationship.
Favorite authors list: Any current UF bestseller (Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Nalini Singh, Shiloh Walker, Kim Harrison, Gail Carriger, Faith Hunter, Karen Marie Moning, you know. All the usual suspects.) Also: Laurie King, Anne Rice, Charles DeLint, Loretta Chase, Eloisa James, David Eddings, Elizabeth Moon, Rick Riordan, Suzanne Collins. I could go on. And on. But no matter how many I list, there will still be some greats I forgot.
Favorite heroes list is a little trickier. I think Sherlock Holmes in the Laurie King series might be at the top, but I wouldn’t kick Curran or Barrons out of bed. Just sayin’. I’ll overlook nearly any flaw as long as he’s working on it, especially if there is a superb grovel scene. I live for a good grovel. I think that’s why I developed a taste for the historicals. No one grovels better than a stuffy 19th century duke when he really puts his heart in it.
I’m fairly new to official book reviews, but I’ll do my best to give it to you straight! Go forth and read!