lauantai 10. joulukuuta 2016

Elizabeth Thornton: You only love twice ja The pleasure trap

Helmetistä on saatavissa kaksi Elizabeth Thorntonin historiallista viihderomaania, kummatkin sijoittuvat 1800-luvun Englantiin. Thorntonin romaanien juonenkäänteet tarjoavat monenlaista yllätystä, mutta omaperäisyyttä teoksissa ei ole kuin nimeksi.

You only love twice (Bantam Books, 2011; ISBN 978-0-553-57426-5)

For three years she’s been a mystery even to herself—a young woman who awoke in a London convent bereft of her memory. But now Jessica Hayword knows her name, her birthplace, and one other thing: By some terrifying twist of fate, she has the power to read another’s thoughts—the thoughts of a man who has killed and will kill again.

Convinced that she must unmask the murderer before it’s too late, Jessica goes home to Hawkshill Manor—and discovers that no one is happy about her return, especially the dangerously handsome earl Lucas Wilde. What kind of girl was she, Jessica wonders, to have earned such scorn? And whose murder is it that continues to haunt her? The deeper Jessica digs, the more scandalous details are revealed. Yet even as the clues point to Lucas as the killer, Jessica can’t keep herself away from his embrace. And now all she can do is pray that the man she’s falling in love with isn’t the man whose deadly voice she hears in her dreams.

The pleasure trap (Bantam Dell, 2007; ISBN 978-0-553-58957-3)

After years of heroism in the fight against the French, Ash Denison wants nothing more than to savor the good life. But an urgent request has sent him to a writer's symposium. His charge: to unmask an author who has rattled several members of the town by revealing their most intimate, most scandalous secrets. Not one to be left out, when Ash encounters a bold, beautiful, irresistibly aloof woman writer, he can't help stirring up some gossip of his own.

Much to Eve Dearing's surprise, Ash is far from the well-mannered gentleman she's heard about. In fact, he's shockingly brash and has taken an inexplicable interest in manhandling her at every turn. Yet something about his searing embrace makes her forgive his wicked behavior--and succumb to his dangerous seduction. And when a fellow writer is brutally attacked and Eve becomes the killer's next target, Ash surprises her once more by vowing not only to keep her safe ... but to win her heart.

perjantai 9. joulukuuta 2016

Courtney Milan: What happened at midnight ja The lady always wins

Nämä kaksi Courtney Milanin pienoisromaania ovat kevyitä välipaloja, ja kummassakin rahalla (tai pikemminkin rahan puutteella) on iso rooli juonen kuljettamisessa. Erityisen omaperäiseksi tarinoita ei voi sanoa, vaikkakin yllätyksiä piisaa. Tarinoiden mieshahmot ovat melkolailla pliisuja, mutta naispäähenkilöissä sentään on kohtalaisesti potkua.

What happened at midnight (NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC, 2013; ISBN 978-1-937248-12-3)

When John Mason discovers that his fiancee's father has embezzled thousands of pounds from their mutual business, he's furious. When his betrothed, Miss Mary Chartley, flees, taking the money and all the evidence with her, he's outraged. He plans to bring the woman he once loved to account -- and he'll shed no tears when he does. But when he finds Mary, she's not living a life of luxury. Instead, she's serving as a companion in exchange for a pittance. The more he attempts to untangle the truth, the more he remembers why he first loved Mary...and how much he wishes he could do so again.

The lady always wins (NLA Digital Liaison Platform LLC, 2013; ISBN 9781620510711)

Railway financier Simon Davenant has waited seven years for a second chance with his childhood sweetheart and best friend. He's not about to let his impending financial ruin destroy the opportunity. This time, he'll do anything he can to secure her hand in marriage -- even if it means losing her heart for good.

torstai 8. joulukuuta 2016

William Goldman: The princess bride - S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure

William Goldman leikittelee kirjoittajan roolilla fantasiatarinassa, jonka kehyskertomus väittää että kyseessä on lyhennetty käännösversio tuhatsivuisesta teoksesta: The princess bride - S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007; ISBN 9780156035422).

Teos ilmestyi alunperin vuonna 1973. Myöhemmissä versioissa kirjaan on lisätty uusia kehyskertomuksen elementtejä, joissa sepitetään taustoja tarinalle ja annetaan ymmärtää että jatko-osakin olisi olemassa. Paikka paikoin kirjailija kertoo omasta perheestään, uskottavan oloisesti, vaikka kaikki tämä on sepitettä.

Parhaimmillaan Goldman osaa kirjoittaa sujuvasti, ja vaikka joissakin osissa teos tuntuu pitkitetyltä vitsiltä, on siinä myös omaperäisyyttä ja terävää kommentointia.

Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So, when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts (no survivors) her heart is broken.

keskiviikko 7. joulukuuta 2016

Margaret Atwood ja Johnnie Christmas: Angel Catbird

Margaret Atwood on kirjoittanut ja Johnnie Christmas piirtänyt tämän tieteis- ja fantasiakirjallisuuden teemoja yhdistelevän sarjakuvakirjan: Angel Catbird (Dark Horse Books, 2016; ISBN 978-1-50670-063-2).

Kovakantisessa kirjassa oli sarjakuvaa yllättävän vähän, sillä iso osa sivumäärästä oli sarjakuvaan liittyvää muuta kuvitusta ja materiaalia. Melko lupaavalta sarjakuvan tarina vaikutti, tätä voisi lukea eteenpäinkin, huumoriakin on tarinassa mukana siinä määrin että tuntui kuin tekijät olisivat viihtyneet urakkansa parissa.

On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment when his DNA is merged with that of a cat and an owl.

tiistai 6. joulukuuta 2016

Julia Quinn: To catch an heiress ja How to marry a marquis

Julia Quinnin kirjasarjaan Agents of the Crown kuuluu kaksi romaania, jotka eivät liity toisiinsa muuten kuin tematiikan kautta, kummassakin kun on eräänlaista jännärimeininkiä, jota on sotkettu romanttisiin juonenkäänteisiin ja monenlaisiin väärinkäsityksiin niin että romaanin sivumäärä saadaan täyteen. Kevyttä helppolukuista höttöä.

To catch an heiress (Piatkus, 2008; ISBN 978-0-7499-0882-9)

When Caroline Trent is kidnapped by Blake Ravenscroft, she doesn’t even try to elude this dangerously handsome agent of the crown. After all, she’s been running from unwanted marriage proposals. Yes, Blake believes she’s a notorious spy named Carlotta De Leon, but for six weeks until her twenty-first birthday, when she’ll gain control of her own fortune, hiding out in the titillating company of a mysterious captor is awfully convenient—and maybe just a little romantic, too.

Blake Ravenscroft’s mission is to bring “Carlotta” to justice, not to fall in love. His heart has been hardened by years of intrigue, but this little temptress proves oddly disarming and thoroughly kissable. And suddenly the unthinkable becomes possible—that this mismatched couple might be destined for love.

How to marry a marquis (Piatkus, 2008; ISBN 978-0-7499-0880-5)

When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of How to Marry a Marquis in her employer’s library, she’s convinced someone is playing a cruel joke. With three younger siblings to support, she knows she has to marry for money, but who might have guessed how desperate she’s become? A guidebook to seduction might be just the thing she needs—and what harm could there be in taking a little peek?

James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has been summoned to rescue his aunt from a blackmailer, a task that requires him to pose as the new estate manager, and his primary suspect is his aunt’s companion, Elizabeth. Intrigued by the alluring young woman with the curious little rulebook, he gallantly offers to help her find a husband… by practicing her wiles on him. But when practice becomes all too perfect, James decides that there is only one rule worth following—that Elizabeth marry her marquis.