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Michelle Scott, urban fantasy author

I love urban fantasy and paranormal romance! Although I'm not too keen on books that are overly sexy, I don't mind a little heat if it goes along with the story. At the same time, I'll read pretty much anything from classic novels to contemporary fiction.

Currently reading

Shutter Island
Dennis Lehane
Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style (Tim Gunn's Guide to Style)
Tim Gunn, Kate Maloney
Oaths of Blood (Ascension #2)
S.M. Reine
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro Although this book could be considered a sci fi novel due to the subject matter, it's more of a philosophical look at what it means to be human. Its tone is quiet and restrained, yet it's one of the most emotional, heart-rending novels I've read in a long time. The story is told from the point of view of a young woman who was raised in a strange boarding school, and who spent her youth trying to understand her purpose in life.

Never Let Me Go is a a beautiful, understated novel and it may not appeal to hard-core fans of science fiction. And because the author is more interested in the metaphysical aspects of the soul rather than the scientific basis for his setting, the world-building is sub-par and there are many, many problems with his scenario. But because the book is meant to be a statement on what it means to human rather than what it takes to build such a society, I was able to overlook the problems and focus on the strengths.