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After Glow

– tekijä: Jayne Castle

Sarjat: Ghost Hunters (2), Harmony World (2)

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Dear Listener:Welcome back to my other world - the rules are a little different here.Life is complicated for Lydia Smith. She's working at that tacky, third-rate museum, Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, trying to salvage her career in para-archaeology - and dating the most dangerous man in town. Just when she thinks she might be getting things under control, she stumbles over a dead body and discovers that her lover has a secret past that could get him killed. Just to top it off, there's trouble brewing underground in the eerie, glowing green passageways of the Dead City.Of course, all of these problems pale in comparison to the most pressing issue: Lydia has been invited to the Restoration Ball and she hasn't got a thing to wear.If, like me, you sometimes relish your romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, join me for After Glow.Sincerely,Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Jayne Castle… (lisätietoja)
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I found the book to be less exciting than the selling description indicates but it did have it's moments...loved the 'dust bunnies" and what is a "Mystery Mistress's" job anyway? . I thought the characters were mostly "common"...for lack of a better description. Not an bad series...just not for me. I read the book for a challenge and it served that purpose well but I think I'll skip the remainder of the series. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 5, 2018 |
After I listened to the audiobook of the first book in this series, I looked at the icon for the second book on my computer and figured it was as good as anything to listen to while doing other things. So I queued it up. I do silly things like that now and then.

And there they all were, the issues that annoyed me in the first book: repetition galore, long moments and lost weekends even moreso, one fluffy creature standing in for the entire native fauna of a planet, and rezzing. So much rezzing. And rezzes. Hey, look, I can do a search through Google Books: there are rez-shrinks and mag-rez locks and para-rez and rez-jazz and rez-screens and instincts going into high rez and oh lord what does that even mean? Oh, and rez-tea, for heaven's sake. It's as though instead of actual world-building the author decided to just add "rez-" to everything. Dinner rezzes on the stove. Characters rez a lock or the ignition of the stand-in for a car or the stand-in for a tv. (The latter two things are absolutely indistinguishable from plain old televisions or cars. Again, what's the point?) All the rezzing irritated me more in this outing. Obviously.

The word "munch" is wildly overused, too. Somebody needs to use a word cloud or something.

The writing in general annoyed me more in this one. Dialogue is simultaneously stilted – how many people really say things like "I clutched it"? – and too current; this book takes place in the very, very distant future, since it's over a thousand years after the curtain closed between here and there, and the curtain opened somewhere around now. And yet someone names an off-limits place "Area 51"… and as I mentioned in my review of the last one otherwise the whole thing could easily take place in 2016 Milwaukee with just a few simple changes.

Characters have a habit of asking questions that were answered about a minute ago – "They found [so-and-so's] body…" "Dead?" Yes, that is usually what that means. And Captain Obvious is an unbilled star … as, for example, when the explorers come across thousand-year-old skeletons. Lydia: "I remember them. They were here last time." WERE THEY?? So – you were there within the last thousand years, then? Got it.

There's no point in arguing the finer points of writing with these books; they're meant as pure popcorn. As someone in a podcase I listen to said a while ago, "popcorn fare" keeps the muscles warm, but doesn't give your brain a workout. My mistake is trying to make things make sense – like why this is supposedly set so far away in space and time when the writer obviously doesn't feel like making much effort at incorporating that into her world or writing. Or why characters are so insta-jealous with absolutely no cause – they just are, maybe because the author finds it entertaining. I must remember to put these books on my just talk to each other shelf, because the diffident "I'm not worthy" nonsense coming from the heroine and the primal "my woman, other men must stay away or I will kill them" crap coming from the hero is … nonsensical crap.

So these two books killed a few hours, and perhaps a few brain cells, and my patience. I don't quite regret the time spent listening to them. But they are sure as sure can be the last books by this author I ever try. (Note to self: investigate writer's pseudonyms in order to avoid them.) ( )
  Stewartry | Dec 29, 2016 |
I liked this paranormal mystery but it was part two of the first book in the series and I felt like I was jumping into the middle of the romance which was over powered by the plot. It was also too heavy on the rez terminology. Emmett is named guild boss and his lover Lydia isn't happy about it.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
A direct sequel to Castle's first Harmony novel, After Dark. Lydia and Emmett are now a couple, but she hasn't lost her habit of stumbling across dead bodies. Meanwhile, the local Guild boss is badly wounded and names Emmett as temporary boss, complicating their lives horribly.

Another nice paranormal romance from Castle, who handles the fantastic elements well. ( )
  readinggeek451 | Jun 13, 2009 |
In this sequel to After Dark we are taken back to the alternate dimension of Harmony which is populated by dust bunnies and rez-ghosts, where the decedents of stranded settlers from Earth have developed paranormal abilities to manipulate the dangerous and powerful energies left behind by ancient aliens.

Lydia was one of the best Tanglers around before a Guild double-cross left her temporarily burnt and with a seemingly permanent case of amnesia. Emmet is the Hunter and former Guild leader who is determined to win Lydia's heart despite her reservations against his past position. When Lydia stumbles onto another dead body after a cryptic phone call, she is sure it is all tied in to the Guild conspiracy against her and is determined to find out the truth.

This was another very good suspense/mystery/romance which brings back the characters of Lydia, Emmet and, most importantly, Fuzz. In this story Lydia seems to have mellowed a bit in her attitude which made her much more likable to me. Despite the forces surrounding her and Emmet and facts that you would think might drive them apart I was happy to find that they wasted no time arguing against each other and actually leaned on and listened to each other in an attempt to figure out exactly what was going on. Fuzz was once again my favorite character and I'm certainly fond of the dust bunnies as a supernatural creature. The ending did seem a little drawn out but it might only have been my perception because I kept getting interrupted by outside forces (i.e. my family)! This is certainly a very readable series so far with a well-developed world and interesting characters. I'm sure I'll be reading more in the future. ( )
1 ääni Jenson_AKA_DL | Apr 20, 2009 |
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Dear Listener:Welcome back to my other world - the rules are a little different here.Life is complicated for Lydia Smith. She's working at that tacky, third-rate museum, Shrimpton's House of Ancient Horrors, trying to salvage her career in para-archaeology - and dating the most dangerous man in town. Just when she thinks she might be getting things under control, she stumbles over a dead body and discovers that her lover has a secret past that could get him killed. Just to top it off, there's trouble brewing underground in the eerie, glowing green passageways of the Dead City.Of course, all of these problems pale in comparison to the most pressing issue: Lydia has been invited to the Restoration Ball and she hasn't got a thing to wear.If, like me, you sometimes relish your romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, join me for After Glow.Sincerely,Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Jayne Castle

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