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Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.

 

Currently reading

Kushiel's Dart
Jacqueline Carey
Progress: 1 %
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
John Scalzi
Progress: 56 %
The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling Book 3)
Erika Johansen
Progress: 1 %
An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1)
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 56 %

Favorite Book Quotes


"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold

 

 

 

 

 

 

#24in48 -- LET's GET IT STARTED IN HERE...

It's here!  The 24in48 Readathin has started!

 

"If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48-hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between, whatever you’d like."

Source: http://24in48.com

#24in48 One Hour to the 24in48 Readathon

 

Signup at the link which also explains:  

"If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48-hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between, whatever you’d like.  

 

And that’s it. The format never changes but it’s always an adventure."

Source: http://24in48.com

Two Hours to the 24in48 Readathon

 

Signup at the link which also explains:  

"If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48-hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between, whatever you’d like.  

 

And that’s it. The format never changes but it’s always an adventure."

Source: http://24in48.com

#24in48 Three Hours to the 24in48 Readathon

 

Signup at the link which also explains:  

"If you’re new to 24in48, this is the basic gist: beginning at 12:01am on Saturday morning and running through 11:59pm on Sunday night, participants read for 24 hours out of that 48-hour period. You can split that up however you’d like: 20 hours on Saturday, four hours on Sunday; 12 hours each day; six four-hour sessions with four hour breaks in between, whatever you’d like.  

 

And that’s it. The format never changes but it’s always an adventure."

Source: http://24in48.com

The Seven Books Every Woman Must Read: Must-reads that have paved new roads, broken glass ceilings, and redefined female sexuality.

A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf Fear of Flying - Erica Jong Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation - Melissa Rivers #GIRLBOSS - Sophia Amoruso Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg
Source: http://www.readitforward.com/bookshelf/the-seven

THE 30 MOST ENTERTAINING AND UPLIFTING QUOTES FROM ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

Anne of Green Gables Novels #1 - L M Montgomery

Among my faves:

"I’ve done my best, and I begin to understand what is meant by ‘the joy of strife’. Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing."

 

"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” 

 

"Don’t you just love poetry that gives you a crinkly feeling up and down your back?”

 

“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.”

Source: http://bookriot.com/2016/12/07/the-30-most-entertaining-and-uplifting-quotes-from-anne-of-green-gables

Literacy-Based Organizations and Charities

Source: http://www.readingrockets.org/resources_new/c604

Finished Chapter Ten

Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) - John Scalzi

I'm still finding this amusing.  I'm not sure if everything I'm finding funny was intended to be.  So far, despite it being a booklikes book club read, I think I'm the only one reading this for the book club.

 

Some random snippets:

 

 

 

 

Feel free to join the booklikes Virtual Speculation Book Club read of Old Man's War at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation .


New bookclub for Shadowdance series in case anyone wants to join the read

A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish A Dance of Mirrors  - David Dalglish A Dance of Shadows - David Dalglish A Dance of Ghosts - David Dalglish A Dance of Chaos (Shadowdance) - David Dalglish
Source: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/info/94/shadowdance-series

Do I start another read?

I'm hesitating to start a new book knowing the 24-in-48 Readathon starts after midnight.  I have a few to read that I know will be ass-in-seat-until-completed ones.

 

I could read more in the booklikes bookclub book that apparently I'm dud using just with myself -- but, I'm trying to space that out throughout the month in case someone joins in.

 

Not in the mood to read more shorts in some anthologies in progress.

 

Hmm...think I'll put in a bunch of requests to the librarians in order to clean up my shelves (it's been four years since I imported data when joining booklikes and I still haven't cleaned  up oddities) and to combine stray audio editions (if title and author do not match 100%, booklikes doesn't combine editions of a work and having a narrator listed often means the audio book doesn't appear as an edition of the work).


Review of "A Dance of Cloaks" (Shadowdance, #1) by David Dalglish

A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

I will be reading the next book in this series—which is probably the best indication of how I felt about the read.  (No, this book did not end with a cliffhanger).

 

It's fairly usual for fantasy genre gone a bit dark with thieves, assassins, corrupt folk in high places, religions, magics and a whiff of larger worldbuilding with snippets of other countries and races.  Yet also orginal.

 

Frantic almost in the pacing and everything that happens.  Somehow managed to not be chaotic with all the new characters that show up.  Great story arc — something many first-in-series books miss.

 

Yet that "frantic" kept me from rating higher because it meant I was slower to get into specific characters and the worldbuilding stayed pretty light (for example, new magics show up with no explanation; kinda video game-ish because as soon as one character seemed too powerful *poof* here comes an opposing power).  Even the main character did not really get a great deal of "on stage" time.

 

I read the traditionally published (Orbit) reissue of the self-published book.  Lo and behold, I had actually downloaded and shelved the self-published one when free (partly because the series had several books in it but mostly because liked the sample).  I won't be curious to read the self-published version — but, the author added a note to the new edition about how the self-published one was even more frantic with even more stuff thrown in.  I'm having trouble imagining ...


My Fairy Librarian just downloaded this from the waitlist

The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling Book 3) - Erika Johansen

Just in time for the 24in48 readathon this weekend.

 

Looks like I've gone and developed an unplanned reading list of booklikes bookclub books and library finds for the readathon.  Which I may lighten with some quicker books to clear book hangovers.

 

The Fate of the Tearling is the third book in The Queen of the Tearling which has hooked me completely even while sometimes losing all patience with the main character.


Reading progress: 36%.

A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

This is certainly building.  I like it more and more and am more and more drawn in.  A bit dark in places.

 

It's also unfortunately easy to set aside between chapters because each seems to switch off to other scenes or characters.  I have a feeling I will like this book and the series — but, not likely to binge read back  to back because have to know immediately what happens next.

 

I'm hoping to prove that last statement wrong by the end of this book (but this is almost the halfway mark so doubt it).

  

 

Old Man's War - John Scalzi    Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey   Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda JonesDeath's Mistress - Karen Chance

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist which just brought me this A Dance of Cloaks while binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free has turned out to be  Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey;  the 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.

 


"A friend once told me that the real message Bram Stoker sought to convey in 'Dracula' is that a human being needs to live hundreds and hundreds of years to get all his reading done; that Count Dracula, basically nothing more than a misunderstood bookworm, was draining blood from the necks of 10,000 hapless virgins not because he was the apotheosis of pure evil but because it was the only way he could live long enough to polish off his extensive reading list. But I have no way of knowing if this is true, as I have not yet found time to read 'Dracula.'"

—Joe Queenan


Review of "The Blinding Knife" (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife - Brent Weeks

I'm not sure I'm going to able to write proper reviews of the individual books in this series -- this is one of those where the entire series likely needs to be reviewed.

 

Not really a cliffhanger ending to this one, but definitely not one to read as a standalone.  Mostly everything and everyone just progresses.  Oh, I really enjoyed the read because I'm invested in these people and this world.  I wouldn't say it moved the series that far along though.

 

Yet, hard to review without spoilers.  Let's just say I loved the book, the two brothers man-in-the-iron-mask got resolved, found out more about everyone, more about banes and wights, major reveal about the oldest Guile ... and yet and yet and yet clearly more to follow with nothing exactly resolved.

 

See?  Not a very good review to basically say "loved it and found out more."


Reading progress: 22%.

A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

This seems headed into becoming either a great fantasy genre series or levels of a video game (this character, X skills, y weapons, this allegiance ...).  

 

Potential is there, I'm enjoying the action so far, I think I could get invested in some characters (jumping POVs so don't really "know" anyone yet, definitely no pure-as-driven-snow ones), wisps of worldbuilding and magic, society a bit different (oligarchy? with three trade families but also a king), 

 

 A library borrow with rest of series also available (with a waiting list).

  

 

Old Man's War - John Scalzi    Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey   Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda JonesDeath's Mistress - Karen Chance

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist which just brought me this A Dance of Cloaks while binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free has turned out to be  Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey;  the 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.