Squee! So I got this book in the mail:
I think it’s not out yet. Kim Harrison said something on her blog about “if you’re not going to NY Comicon you can’t get a copy,” — But I got one.
Because the good people of Virginia love Kim Harrison. And the good people at the VA Festival of the Book (see my Love Fest page) know this–they were drooling to have Kim Harrison come to the Festival again. So she will be making an appearance in March. On an Avon paranormal romance panel. A panel that I’m (ahem) moderating. That’s right folks, I’ll be hangin’ with Kim Harrison — look for more updates, especially in February. (Hey–as a moderator the big perk is come up with questions to ask panelists. Are there any questions you’re burning to ask Kim? Maybe if you share them with me, and I end up asking, I’ll share her answer on this blog.)
For now though, I get to read her lovely collection. I just really like her writing, you know? Of course, I have a huge soft spot in my heart for heroines who kick major ass. Also, I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book before that had such an interesting torque to the girl-girl friendship of Rachel and Ivy. (Let me take a moment here to savor and shiver. Mmmmmm)
If you haven’t read the books, I don’t want to give too much away. It’s just that Ivy is a vampire, and she has desires, yearnings, and issues. She tries to stuff them down and march away from her instincts. Yet living with Rachel, who’s a witch, provides some complications. Possessiveness, boundaries, intimacy, and yes,—clothes-sharing—all these girl topics that we don’t reallllllllly discuss are not talked about openly between the two characters, but Harrison lets them simmer right under the surface. She makes us aware of these tensions to a subtext as the heroines form a working relationship and eventually live together.
I mean, we’ve had so much bro-mance spoonfed to us for the last half decade or so. Time for someone to march off into that weird-boundaries territory that happens with women too. Right? — Right! I find myself always wanting more of the Rachel/Ivy mix. A heroine-who-doesn’t-care-she’s-a-heroine and a heroine-who-worries-she’s-a-villainess make a GREAT mix. If you haven’t read Harrison’s series, give yourself a treat and grab a copy of DEAD WITCH WALKING. (Copies are dead cheap on amazon, btw).