I’ve finished both books for these clubs already.
For Sword and Laser I read Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. It was excellent. Scalzi is a great writer- I also loved his Redshirts. He writes Science Fiction, but in a very real, easy to read, approachable way. And he is funny. Both books made me laugh out loud. Check him out- you’ll thank me.
For Vaginal Fantasy, the main pick was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This is one of my favorite books/authors/series of all time. Really. I fan girled all over her at the 2011 Arizona Library Conference, and got to hear her speak at a luncheon. Amazing. I highly highly recommend the series- its great writing, great story, great characters, great sex scenes. Its not your typical “highlander romance”. There is action and romance and political intrigue and revolutions and a bit of sci-fi and I really cannot describe how good it is. Go read it now and then we can gush about it. So, since I’ve read this entire (ongoing) series multiple times, I decided to read the alt pick for the month- In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks. Ugh. So bad. It is a typical romance book. Poorly written. I didn’t care about the characters, or the plot really. The sex scenes were explicit, but I found myself incredulous, that a virgin who didn’t know you could kiss with tongues before her wedding, was able to give an amazing blow job two days later. I couldn’t even tell you what the hero looked like- I’m note sure they ever described him other than “big”. I also was frustrated trying to figure out when it took place. There is a king who was an actual King of Scotland in the 1100s, but a lot of things seemed anachronistic. Maybe its because Gabaldon is such an excellent writer- but this book was bad. Don’t waste your time.
So- what book should I read next?