Konran - that was my book purchase for our Saturday date visit to B&N.
I'll do the library on Regenesis.
I haven't tried Sarah Monette - it's one I've considered, though. The books I've bought lately that were highly or enthusiastically recommended that I did not warm to - were just dark, cynical, and had a take that leaned toward the futile...might check into those MP3's.
I'd ask Starstorm and Max - do these books have heart, as well as the dire stuff? I prefer a balance in the range of emotions...don't spoil, but why did this author stand out for you? How'd the books make you feel? Did the story GO somewhere?
Janny, the MP3s are the first two chapters of the fourth (final) book in her series, so those might not be the best place to start
I think they do have heart, though they are fairly dark, in setting as well as the story. The world has a sort of gothic or dark Victorian feel to it, but I found it a really interesting place, especially so in the last volume where the characters travel to a province with a bit of a steampunk feel, a mixture of science and magic.
The main characters are also two half brothers--Felix, a mage, and Mildmay, with no magic--but that's where the similarity to two other half brothers ends Their conflict is of a much different sort. They were raised apart, and are pretty much thrown together by circumstance, discover their relationship... and then have to try to figure out how to trust one other, when neither of them have ever really trusted anyone before. And at the same time, they each slowly realize that maybe they aren't the terrible person they each think they are. I enjoyed seeing them finally figure out that they didn't have to be defined by their past.
Some other things to note that sometimes bother readers: The language is pretty graphic. Mildmay narrates quite a bit, and he drops f-bombs left and right. There's also some sexual violence, but it's not gratuitous. And there are terms she uses for the passage of time that drove me half-batty at first, though once I figured it out I was fine with it. But it probably took me at least 20 pages to get over being annoyed with it and Mildmay's narrative before I got caught up in the story.
I hope that helps!
I have a real draw to books where the main characters are siblings, so when the back reads brothers or sisters or both I usually pick up the book and get cranky later when it turns out not good. And we won't even get started on if one of the siblings die!!! It's probably because I have so many sibs myself that I am pulled towards these stories. Janny I would say I really don't think you would be disappointed in these books. Sarah Monette is a skillful writer at building her world and making you see it also. The humor in the stories is dry but it also has moments like a ghost story that raises goose bumps. The Melusine books are told in two distinct voices as each of the brothers were raised in like atmospheres but end results make them two different humans. But the sibling bond is there!! I hope you get the time to read them and I would love to hear if you liked them. I really enjoy the fact, Anna, that even tho the language annoyed you the story still held your attention. I actually had to read them a couple of times before the details that flesh out a story became apparent to me. You know when you are excited to find out what happens next, so you fly along in your reading and miss really fun stuff. [Yes, I eat my dessert first] smilin' at ya!!
Hi Max - the burning question would be, then, would you class the ghostly goosebumps as Horror?
I dream way too rather vividly, and avoid horrific books, in general.
There is one fairly horrific scene toward the beginning, involving Felix -- the rest, if I remember correctly, might be a little unsettling to some but nothing that I would classify as outright horror. Maybe on the level of a tame Stephen King, if that. The scary isn't really the focus. However! I read thr most horrifying horror novels with impunity and I can watch blood and guts while eating, so you may want to take my opinion with a grain of salt.
Konran's got it right... some disturbing scenes, and a good deal of the supernatural (ghosts, mostly), so a bit creepy in places but nothing I'd call horrific or nightmare-inducing. Like you, Janny, I steer clear of horror stories and movies in general, especially those that are nothing more than pointless gore-fests.
Janny, not horror but goosebumps from the atrocities that humans are capable of to each other. [I really didn't think anything was as horrible as the battle at "Tal Quorin"] But I have a terrible burning curiosity what it takes for one human to hurt another.
Finished Conspirator by CJ Cherryh - always awed.
Still waiting on that one from the library Hopefully by the end of the month...
Good to know - haven't read that one yet. I do love her work though.