Saturday, September 30, 2006

Old School

Teaching at your old high school is, in a word, surreal. The worst is when my students accost me
in the hallways, asking if I remember their older siblings/friends/etc. (This is awkward, as often the answer is "no," followed up by, "Well, he remembers you. He said you hung out all the time!" The super awkwardness, however, came when a student tried to place me in her brother's high school experience by mentioning my ex-boyfriend and the girl he dated after I left for college. Very weird. Check out my full accounting of the experience here.)

But thus far, I'm actually having a good year. It's early days yet, but I prefer to be an optimist. My 6th period class alone would give me a reason for optimism! Those honors sophomores kids are fabulous; not only are they hard-working and self-motivated, they're well-read! And by "well-read" I don't mean that they sit around debating Sophocles and Kant all day. No, they bring books like Twilight to class with them. And one of my students--after talking to my mother--even loaned me the new Nora Roberts, Morrigan's Cross.

Now, I haven't read Nora Roberts in years. This is partially because (a) most of her books now release to hardback (b) I don't always like all of her novels and (c) sometimes it feels like if you've read one Nora, you've read them all.

But then my delightful student loaned me Morrigan's Cross, and I was instantly reminded why Nora Roberts is the Queen of Book Sales, and why she makes such a great gateway drug to people dipping their toes into the genre. MC is the first book in a paranormal trilogy that involves time travel, vampires, prophecies, and Irish deities... a combination which could have made me hate it, but actually that wasn't the case at all.

I loved this book! Hoyt, the hero, was deliciously broody and somber. Glenna was his perfect counterpoint, and you'll love the secondary characters as well... some more than others, admittedly. The most fascinating part of the book is actually Hoyt's relationship with his family. We meet him as a medieval sorcerer whose twin brother just got vamped; then Morrigan charges him with a quest that sends him to the 21st century in the blink of an eye. He loses his whole family... and they were very important to him... except for his twin brother who, as a vampire, lives on. And this is the most interesting bit of all, because for Hoyt it's been merely a day since the last time he saw his brother and for Cian it's been a millenium. Oh, the awkwardness! The guilt! The ties that bind us through time! Yum.

I would suggest reading this book, if only so you can keep up with the reviews on this site... I get the sense that I'll be posting about the other two in the trilogy as well, though how they could top the opening remains to be seen.


Holly said...

Aww, sorry about the awkwardness but I got all warm and fuzzy when I read about the honors class! That's awesome! And how cute that a student loaned you a book.

I feel about NR like you do. She's very hit and miss for me, but I'll try this one and see if I like it. Jazz sent me Blue Deliah(sp??) and said that whole trilogy was good, but I haven't read it yet, so we'll see.

Tara Marie said...

Your story about high school brought me back to my senior year. 1. My accounting teacher's brother was a sophmore and would come into class and beg for lunch money just about everyday. 2. French 4/5--everyone traded all sorts of books. The entire class read Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna and Danielle Steel's Palomino, my contribution.

Even if you don't love everything she writes, Nora Roberts is consistantly good and definitely the Queen of Romance.

ames said...

That's funny about your student B. LOL

I haven't been too interested in MC, but you make it sound good. :P

Theresa said...

Funny, I've been hankering for a good (bad?) Nora Roberts lately. The predictability is just so worthwhile . . .

Anonymous said...

I feel famous, but in a more positive light then some of my other classmates. I swear that nothing I read on here comes back to school with me.
-You fellow NR fan

Anonymous said...

I feel famous, but in a more positive light then some of my other classmates. I swear that nothing I read on here comes back to school with me.
-You fellow NR fan

Dylan said...

Aww that was a great post! I just finished this book and LOVED IT!