Saturday, January 17, 2009

First Book-- Succubus Dreams

Despite the obscene amount of money spent on my education, I read a lot of books that are less than edifying. I have a single, weak rationalization for this: at least I'm not watching TV.

This year's first book, started on 1/2 and concluded on 1/10 was Succubus Dreams, by Richelle Mead. This is the third book in a series, the 4th book comes out in June and the author's website indicates a fifth is in progress.

The main character, in case it is not obvious, is a succubus. Georgina Kincaid is an evil temptress (with red hair, of course) who can steal life from a man during sex. Actually, she has a quota she has to meet in order to satisfy her demonic supervisor and to maintain her own shape shifting abilities. The Bureaucracy of the Damned even have boring manuals.

Like most of the Urban Paranormal Series, each book has an enemy to overcome-- and in Georgina's world, she has to overcome the forces of one evil without pissing off her boss to the extent that she's banished to Hell or destroyed completely. She's dancing on the head of a red hot pin here, as there are not a lot of Individual Development Plans in Hell-- one improvement over the corporate world.

There is a strong element of moral ambiguity in these, which many readers may object to. There is also a lot of graphic sexual content, so don't say I didn't warn you.

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