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Title: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Has on July 26, 2009, 03:47:21 pm
I thought I would start a thread for Ann Aguirre.

I love her Grimspace series which is similar to Farscape/Firefly in tone and style as well as being an Urban Fantasy set in space. I highly recommend this series if you want to check out something different.
The series is about a navigator called Jax who is able tro guide ships into grimspace only a few are able to do so and she gets caught up in consipiracy from the corporation that she works with and ends up with a crew of rebels.

First book is called Grimspace, 2nd book is called Wanderlust and the upcoming book 3rd book will be out in Aug/Sep Doubleblind. There will be 6 books in all and Ann recently stated that she just finished the final book.

She also has an Urban Fantasy set in Mexico and Texas and is called Blue Diablo. Its about a woman who is able to touch and read objects. I also recommend this series it has great characters/pacing and good touches of humour like the possessed diaphragm (yes that is right) and Butch the dog!
Title: Re: Aguirre, Ann
Post by: Good Mazoku on July 26, 2009, 05:54:05 pm
The possessed diaphragm!! :D :D I have to say, I had known all along what he had brought, but for it to be possessed... *snicker, snort* that one I would have never thought. ;D ;D

Now, I can't wait for the sequel to Blue Diablo, that was an evil cliffhanger there. *pout* At least Doubleblind is coming up soon. ;D
Title: Re: Aguirre, Ann
Post by: Has on July 26, 2009, 06:14:01 pm
I agree!!!  Although i wonder if its still haunting him though :D LOL

You know I didnt think it was a real cliffhanger lol. But I had a proper rethink and now I am definitely on team Chance!
Title: Re: Aguirre, Ann
Post by: Good Mazoku on July 26, 2009, 06:31:39 pm
Me too. ;) And yep, at first it doesn't feel like a cliffhanger...but let a couple months pass and then, voilĂ , cliffhanger served!! ;D
Title: Re: Aguirre, Ann
Post by: Has on July 26, 2009, 06:46:27 pm
You need to read KMM and Rachel Caine and then you will know the meaning of the Cliffhanger :D

But when we will get the excerpt for Shady Lady then it wont be hopefully :P
Title: Re: Aguirre, Ann
Post by: CheeseBK on July 27, 2009, 09:32:32 am
You need to read KMM and Rachel Caine and then you will know the meaning of the Cliffhanger :D

I have to agree! waiting for the next installment in the series is very, very painful...

I'll check out ann aguirre's books... I know you mentioned them to me before, has, but I think I forgot .... *blushes*
Title: Re: Aguirre, Ann
Post by: Has on July 27, 2009, 09:50:14 am
Its ok hon!
I know I think I must have deluged you guys with lots of recs - But def check out her Grimspace series I think you will love that!
Title: Re: Aguirre, Ann
Post by: e_booklover on July 27, 2009, 03:00:32 pm
They are dark and gritty yet still have hope flowing thru.  Quite good reads :)
Title: Re: Aguirre, Ann
Post by: Artangel on July 27, 2009, 08:28:21 pm
I enjoyed the Grimspace series but did not fall in love with it. I do really like Blue Diablo though.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on August 19, 2009, 08:26:46 pm
I loved Grimspace.  It was exciting, took some old ideas and mixed them up new, and the relationship between them had me alternatively awwing and cracking up.  Then I read Wanderlust, and I fell out of love with the series.  To me, the sequel did not live up to the promise of the first book, and the answers to the mysteries raised in the first one were boring, and not nearly as exciting as they sounded like they should be.  I will definitely be checking Doubleblind out of the library before/if I buy it.  If that one doesn't fix the problems of Wanderlust then I won't be following the series anymore.  Right now I prefer to read Grimspace as a stand-alone. 
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I loved Blue Diablo.  I'm afraid to read the sequel now.  I probably won't buy either one until I've checked out Corine 2 and made sure it doesn't suck.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Has on August 24, 2009, 11:49:21 am
Sylvia have you read the short story at Ann's site about March? Its like a prequel of sorts and explains why he does that
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I hope this makes sense :P


By the way Ann has an ARC giveaway- its for her new book under her pen name of Ava Grey. I love the description of a crossover between Linda Howard and Anne Stuart!
http://www.annaguirre.com/archives/2009/08/24/skin-game-arc-contest/
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on August 24, 2009, 07:12:19 pm
I had read the short story, and I understand why he made that decision.  I just feel that the decision made for a substantially weaker story.  Also, the mystery and charm of the first book wasn't very present in this one.  If Doubleblind is good, maybe that and the first one can carry the second one between them.

I simply didn't like Wanderlust.  But I wouldn't discourage anyone else from trying her books.  Grimspace and Blue Diablo were both four star novels in my accounting, well worth the read.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Cerulean on November 10, 2009, 12:27:42 am
I see your point about Wanderlust - now that you point it out, it is a bit frustrating. Having recently finished Doubleblind, though, you may like it since I think that Ann neatly avoids several cliches and the characters definitely show signs of moving forward.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on November 10, 2009, 12:37:01 am
I'm keeping my eyes open for Doubleblind at the library.  I will be reading it, just not buying it until after I'm sure the series picked up again.  But I have heard good things so far.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Good Mazoku on November 20, 2009, 08:15:17 am
I absolutely loved Doubleblind! :) Vel has become my favorite secondary character, it was great to get to know so much about the world he comes from and how much his behavior is different from that of the other Ithtorians.
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Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: CheeseBK on November 20, 2009, 08:38:00 am
I absolutely loved Doubleblind! :) Vel has become my favorite secondary character, it was great to get to know so much about the world he comes from and how much his behavior is different from that of the other Ithtorians.
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i totally agree!!!! 
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Good Mazoku on November 20, 2009, 08:51:22 am
I can't wait to see what will happen now,
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Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: CheeseBK on November 20, 2009, 09:00:13 am
I can't wait to see what will happen now,
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hmmmm. when does the next book come out?
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Good Mazoku on November 20, 2009, 05:39:40 pm
I think september 2010... DrOOl
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: CheeseBK on November 21, 2009, 02:15:39 pm
I think september 2010... DrOOl

THANKS
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Good Mazoku on November 22, 2009, 03:34:32 pm
This is what she wrote on Hurog about release dates. :)

Grimspace / Feb 2008
Wanderlust / August 2008
Doubleblind / Oct 2009
Killbox / Sept 2010
Aftermath / Sept 2011
Endgame / Sept 2012


 paW
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Ying on November 22, 2009, 06:53:02 pm
Thanks Maz!
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Good Mazoku on November 23, 2009, 04:24:02 am
You're welcome. ;)
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on December 17, 2009, 06:37:01 pm
So I finally got my hands on a copy of Doubleblind.  I liked it a lot.  I wouldn't go so far as to say I loved it, but it definitely redeemed Wanderlust for me.  I finally got what some other people meant when they said that the relationship between Jax and March was mirrored.  In book 1 March is making the first moves and calling the shots.  In book 3 it's Jax's turn to fight for them.  I am re-intrigued by the worldbuilding and by their romance.

I still don't get why it's called "Doubleblind" though.  "Grimspace" because it's all about a grimspace pilot and some of the mysteries associated with grimspace.  "Wanderlust" because they wander all over the galaxy on their little political feel good tour, and probably some philosophical stuff about wandering that I missed while mentally bitching.  But why "Doublebind"?  I don't even remember any references to blindness.

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Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Has on December 22, 2009, 07:25:28 pm
I think the blindness was meant about Jax's dealings with the Ithtorians and March. She was initially just thrown into the whole kaboodle and she had to deal with it blindly. By learning about their customs and by instincts and experience with March :D
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on December 22, 2009, 08:45:40 pm
Oooo, that makes sense.  Doubleblind, two situations she knows nothing about.  Much better now, thank you.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Guenivere on January 18, 2010, 02:33:17 pm
I love Jax as a character and her development has been so well done, especially given what she had to go through in Doubleblind.

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Hopefully, they have learned their lesson and in the future WILL NOT SEPARATE.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: white_unicorn on January 18, 2010, 05:17:49 pm
I LOVED Blue Diablo, can't wait for the next book and I am definetely Team Chance... (one more book that left me tearing up...) I loved Butch and the hilarious scene with Corine and Chuch's wife... :)

I knew who the 1st bad guy was when they went to the air-strip but the final story? I wouldn't pick it up oon my own... also... Twila made me think of the 'Callysto' character in the Pirates of the Caribean... actually every time I read of Twila i think of the Pirates's 'witch' and the other night I watched the 3rd Movie I thought of Twila while watching the witch on the ship.... I will try to get Grimspace at some point soon....

Oh! forgot... I have to thank (and blame :)) Has for the possesed Diaphragm that really made me wander what was going on.... sometimes a LOLpic just beats all the book-pushing and recomendations you can have.... :)
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: MinnChica on February 15, 2010, 10:28:15 pm
I just finished Blue Diablo, and I LOVED it!!  ;D Corine is so spunky, and Chance... so broodish  <32
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: mrsj on February 16, 2010, 12:09:29 am
Oh! I loved Blue Diablo too and I am looking forward for book 2!  ;)
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: MinnChica on March 09, 2010, 04:45:45 pm
Ann is doing a contest through her blog and is giving away TONS of books. All you have to do in order to win is comment on her blog! You should check it out, she is giving away some awesome books (some are even signed!  ;D) www.annaguirre.com/blog (http://www.annaguirre.com/blog)
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: CheeseBK on March 10, 2010, 02:30:47 am
 thankU thankU thankU
for the info, minn
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on April 22, 2010, 03:42:56 am
More thoughts on the title.  "Doubleblind" is what you call a science experiment in which neither the subjects nor the administrators know what's going on.  Frex a drug test in which the nurses passing out pills don't know which ones are true drugs and which are placebos.  This eliminates bias that the patients might pick up from the nurse's attitude or body language.  And in that sense, maybe it's called Doubleblind because neither Jax nor the Ithtorians know exactly what's going on.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Guenivere on May 20, 2010, 08:14:39 pm
I love the Jax books (although I skipped the second because I got angry...with March and Jax). I can't wait for the next book to see what aftereffects will be had from Jax's, um, new talent.

SIGH. Being vague to avoid spoilers is not my forte.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: alias on May 21, 2010, 11:06:03 am
It feels like so long since I have read the Jax series!  I cannot even remember what Jax's new talent is! ha

Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Guenivere on May 23, 2010, 08:09:07 pm
You know, I just realized I don't have to be vague. I can use the spoiler function. *head-desk* Yup, I be brilliant today.

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Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: alias on May 24, 2010, 09:57:37 am
You know, I just realized I don't have to be vague. I can use the spoiler function. *head-desk* Yup, I be brilliant today.


Ah that!! hee
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on May 24, 2010, 07:01:09 pm
Should we discuss Ava Gray's work in the same thread or start a new one? ???
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: MinnChica on May 24, 2010, 07:12:38 pm
Should we discuss Ava Gray's work in the same thread or start a new one? ???

we have a seperate thread for Nora Roberts & JD Robb, so I would say a seperate one...
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Argantel on May 25, 2010, 03:29:05 am
Thanks to kikucat who got me onto Ann Aguirre. I seem to have stopped somewhere at the beginning of Wanderlust last week. For no apparent story-dislike, so I will have to pick it up again. But now you all made me wary.  :(
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: CheeseBK on May 25, 2010, 08:39:49 am
Should we discuss Ava Gray's work in the same thread or start a new one? ???

we have a seperate thread for Nora Roberts & JD Robb, so I would say a seperate one...

go ahead and open a new thread if you want to ;)
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: kikucat on June 26, 2010, 02:48:24 pm
I just finished reading Blue Diablo & Hell Fire. I thoroughly enjoyed them & hope there's a third book coming out. I couldn't find anything on her site...
Have just opened Skin Game... ;D
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on June 26, 2010, 06:39:37 pm
Shady Lady, Corine Solomon 3, is out April 5.  No idea whether this is the end of a trilogy or if she's hoping for another contract, though.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: kikucat on June 26, 2010, 07:17:06 pm
April 5th, 2011 :( I finally found a blurb on the book thru her blog. Sounds good ;D
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Post by: SylviaSybil on June 26, 2010, 08:33:15 pm
Ooo, linkies?
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: kikucat on June 26, 2010, 08:58:21 pm
http://www.annaguirre.com/books/corine-solomon-series/shady-lady/ (http://www.annaguirre.com/books/corine-solomon-series/shady-lady/)
Here ya go :)
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on June 26, 2010, 09:26:26 pm
Sounds exciting!

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Post by: kikucat on June 26, 2010, 09:38:23 pm
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Post by: SylviaSybil on June 26, 2010, 10:33:08 pm
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Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Has on June 27, 2010, 01:17:13 pm
LOL

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Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: kikucat on June 27, 2010, 01:59:50 pm
But cooties can be so much fun  ;D RoFl
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Good Mazoku on June 28, 2010, 07:32:54 am
Me no likey Jesse. *pouts*
The fact he can tell exactly how you're feeling all the time irks me to no end. Yiiikes, privacy much? Also, he feels too perfect most of the time. :P
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Hurog_Kate on June 29, 2010, 12:44:39 pm
I was just talking on the Hurog board about how rarely I get all irrationally "shipper" on book characters, but I am totally Team Chance.
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Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: milo on July 25, 2010, 08:47:27 am
im wondering wether to buy r=these books sounds good but have spent my book budjet for the month. Sould i buy them anyway?
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Good Mazoku on July 25, 2010, 01:41:53 pm
You could start with her Grimspace series first and then move on to her Corine Solomon series if you like the way she writes. :) I like both her series, but if I had to choose between the two, I'd go for the Grimspace series. ;)
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on July 25, 2010, 05:59:38 pm
To be honest, I don't think either series is quite good enough to blow your budget over.  Well, Grimspace might be by itself, that's a five star read.  But the rest of the series, while good, doesn't set off any fireworks or shake the earth.  I'd put them on your list and buy them in August.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: milo on August 16, 2010, 10:00:14 am
ive just finished blue diablue and really enjoyed it the only problem I had with the book was when it switched to spanish i know a lot of american learn spanish especally those that live in states close the mexico but as a australian i had no idea what was being said so it kind of runied the flow of the book. However Im interested to know what happens next. Also enjoed the fact that cornie was not tall and thin like all the other heriones.

 Tonight I start grimspace.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: mrsj on August 16, 2010, 12:12:24 pm
I just finished reading Hell Fire and I lurve lurve lurve it!!!!

I want Chance!!!!!!!!!!  :(  :(  :(
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: alias on August 16, 2010, 04:09:34 pm
To be honest, I don't think either series is quite good enough to blow your budget over.  Well, Grimspace might be by itself, that's a five star read.  But the rest of the series, while good, doesn't set off any fireworks or shake the earth.  I'd put them on your list and buy them in August.

Could not agree with this more.  Grimspace was amazing - the rest meh.....I will still continue to read them, but they have a hard act to follow.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: milo on August 21, 2010, 08:52:01 am
really enjoying both series almost halfway through doubleblind i'm really glad i joined in when the next book is released next week Ive already preordered and recieved an email today saying its beening sent out.
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Post by: milo on August 30, 2010, 10:32:33 am
 ParTy killbox arrived off to  bOOk
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Post by: CheeseBK on September 02, 2010, 10:20:08 am
read killbox. mostly loved it. caught two things that irked me a bit, but that might just be me.

but... (spoiler!!)
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Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: milo on September 02, 2010, 10:55:05 pm
read killbox. mostly loved it. caught two things that irked me a bit, but that might just be me.

but... (spoiler!!)
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I agree and thats onlly one thing !
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Foxen on September 19, 2010, 02:10:42 pm
Will not touch spoiler buttons!!!  weightS

I just got into these books, and I love 'em! <32 I have Killbox but I haven't started it quite yet, so no spoilers for me!
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Guenivere on October 10, 2010, 09:11:28 pm
Cliffhangers are just cruel and unusual.

I can't believe we have to wait a YEAR for AFTERMATH to tell us what the heck happened!
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: SylviaSybil on October 12, 2010, 07:01:40 pm
Books 4 and 5 in Corine Solomon series have been sold.  Devil's Punch and Bloody Mary, out in April of 2012 and 2013. :)
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: CheeseBK on October 18, 2010, 03:04:25 am
Books 4 and 5 in Corine Solomon series have been sold.  Devil's Punch and Bloody Mary, out in April of 2012 and 2013. :)

awesome!
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Has on October 22, 2010, 12:08:57 pm
Ann posted the cover for Skin Dive!

I WANTZ this book badly :D

http://www.avagray.com/books/skin-dive/
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Raven on October 22, 2010, 12:28:19 pm
In the past few weeks I've read the four Sirantha Jax books and the two Corrine Solomon books.  I read Jax first and absolutely LOVED the whole series.  It's my first foray into SciFi and boy did I pick a winner. 
So I went on to Corine's books and I didn't particularly care for them.  I really liked Chase but just couldn't get into it.  Where I immediately liked Jax, I couldn't warm up to Corine. 
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Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: kikucat on November 30, 2010, 03:50:16 pm
I read all of the Grimspace books in the last few days & liked them all. There weren't any that I liked more than the other. Each book had it's own story to tell & Ann told it very well. Of course now I'm dying to know what happens to Jax after the end of the last book...Guess I'll just have to wait & see ;D
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: jojane on November 30, 2010, 06:51:14 pm
I really hated the ending of the second Corine Solomon book, it annoyed me and I was grumpy about it for a few days.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: milo on April 10, 2011, 06:28:12 am
Ive just finished Shady Lady. Has anyone else read it would love to know what u thought. There were some interesting twists through the book.

Not sure how I feel about it though will have to think on it for a day or so
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Post by: Has on April 10, 2011, 10:30:58 am
I have!!! I actually think its the best book yet - and the twists def made things interesting.

I thought that
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Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Cerulean on April 13, 2012, 07:21:17 pm
I just picked up Devil's Punch. I may start it tonight.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Bat on December 15, 2014, 01:30:47 pm
I loved Grimspace.  It was exciting, took some old ideas and mixed them up new, and the relationship between them had me alternatively awwing and cracking up.  Then I read Wanderlust, and I fell out of love with the series.  To me, the sequel did not live up to the promise of the first book, and the answers to the mysteries raised in the first one were boring, and not nearly as exciting as they sounded like they should be.  I will definitely be checking Doubleblind out of the library before/if I buy it.  If that one doesn't fix the problems of Wanderlust then I won't be following the series anymore.  Right now I prefer to read Grimspace as a stand-alone. 
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I loved Blue Diablo.  I'm afraid to read the sequel now.  I probably won't buy either one until I've checked out Corine 2 and made sure it doesn't suck.

I have to agree.  "Wanderlust" went into a completely different direction and left our main characters at a stalemate... Or totally sliding backwards and was very unsatisfying.  I have been looking at "Double Blind" for years but just can't make myself pick it up, "Wanderlust" left such a bad taste.

I found "Blue Diablo" ok, but wasn't as taken by it as "Grimspace".  Maybe I'll do a re-read and see if it digests better this time.
Title: Re: AGUIRRE, Ann
Post by: Bat on May 02, 2015, 12:58:43 pm
I just finished reading Aguirre's Razorland books and I quite enjoyed them. I'm not sure I would want my 15 yo (if I had one) reading them, but I wouldn't have a fit over it either