Kearsley, Susanna. The Shadowy Horses.

NY: Bantam, 1997.

I read a great deal, in nearly every genre and flavor of fiction, and I strongly disagree with the elitists who insist that certain entire categories of books simply aren’t worth their time. That’s pure snobbery, and it’s generally based on prejudice, not experience. Because a book is either well-written or it isn’t, and while there are plenty of books that I haven’t bothered to finish, and certain authors whose repeated lame attempts I have learned (usually) to avoid, the occasional losers are spread across the whole of literature. There are almost always books in any niche that are worth your time. And this one, a romance novel with a strong psychic flavor, is one of them.

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Koontz, Dean. Odd Thomas.

NY: Bantam, 2003.

Koontz has been writing novels (often characterized as “suspense thrillers,” though usually they also incorporate science fiction and horror elements) since the late 1960s and I tried several of them during that early period. But they simply weren’t to my taste and so I ignored most of his subsequent 100+ books, which take up half a dozen shelves at my favorite used-paperback store. Then a couple of friends strongly recommended this new series, so I gave this first volume a shot. And I’m glad I did.

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Harrison, Kim. Ever After.

NY: Harper, 2013.

I almost hate to confess it, but this series is a guilty pleasure that I buy without even bothering to read the reviews. Ordinarily, vampire/witchcraft romances are absolutely not my thing. Authors like Charlaine Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton hold zero interest for me. But I read the first book about Cincinnati witch Rachel Morgan sort of by accident and now I’m hooked.

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Adams, Richard. The Girl in a Swing.

NY: Knopf, 1980.

Adams is best known, of course, for Watership Down, but this later work of slightly supernatural romance is, I think, a superior piece of work. Alan Desland is in every way an entirely inoffensive young man, the heir to a small but thriving porcelain and ceramics retail business in Berkshire, a talented linguist, an enthusiast in Greek drama and German literature, and a believing member of the Church of England whose best friend is a practical-minded clergyman. He’s content with his life and seems to have pretty much everything he could reasonably want. The one thing he doesn’t have is a love life. (more…)

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