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Debbie's Spurts

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


Currently reading

A Beautiful Friendship
David Weber
The Gate to Women's Country
Sheri S. Tepper
Wild Things
Chloe Neill
Progress: 51 %
Dark Queen
Faith Hunter
Progress: 1 %
Magic Rises
Ilona Andrews
Progress: 100 %
The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of The Black Company'
Glen Cook
Progress: 100 %
Shannon Mayer
Progress: 100 %
Amazing Stories: Fall 2018
Steve Fahnestalk, Gary Dalkin, Robert Silverberg, Kameron Hurley, Julie Czerneda, Jack Clemons, Dave Creek, Drew Hayden Taylor, Paul Levinson, Shirley Meier, Allen Steele, Rudy Rucker, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Steve Davidson
Progress: 1 %
A Match Made in Spell: Lexi Balefire, Matchmaking Witch
Regina Welling, Erin Lynn
A Thousand Words for Stranger
Julie E. Czerneda

Favorite Book Quotes

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







Just starting for booklikes YA Book Club

A Beautiful Friendship - David Weber

Just starting.  A favorite author -- but not one I would associate with YA.


For booklikes book club at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/12/ya-book-club 

Source: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/12/ya-book-club

Just starting for booklikes book club "Virtual Speculation"

The Gate to Women's Country - Sheri S. Tepper

One of the classic SF/F always been meaning to read.


For booklikes book club at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation 

Tor's Monthly Freebie

The Black Tides of Heaven - JY Yang

Hurry before it's gone: 


Download at https://ebookclub.tor.com/ once you submit your email to get notice of each month's free ebook.


Publisher page for more info on the book is here


Book club reading the TOR freebies on booklikes is here.    



Reading progress: 51%.



Wild Things - Chloe Neill  Wild Things - Chloe Neill  

Reading progress: 29%.



Wild Things - Chloe Neill  Wild Things - Chloe Neill  

Reading progress: 16%.

Wild Things  - Chloe Neill

Series has been uneven for me, but so far liking this one.


Still around ... internet issues.

I've had a fun few days.  Internet issues then cell phone issues where couldn't even internet on my phone (went through a new battery, a new phone, another new phone, and now a new phone and a new carrier)).  


I'm actually moving into a new house so getting new service from Cox -- a long story with lots of service visits but finally today have wired internet at least and they are crying uncle and bringing a new router for the wifi.


Will catch up with dashboard and my own reading/shelving later.


Missed you!

Signups are open for "Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon" -- which takes place October 20, 2018

Source: http://www.24hourreadathon.com/october-2018-reader-sign-ups

Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1980s, Part III

The Manse - Lisa W. Cantrell Watersong: Kore - Mary Caraker Starbridge - A.C. Crispin Sabazel - Lillian Stewart Carl Final Frontier (Classic Star Trek ) - Diane Carey Obernewtyn - Isobelle Carmody Dreams Of The Raven - Carmen Carter Up the Rainbow - Susan Casper In the Garden of Dead Cars - Sybil Claiborne Am I Free To Go? - Kathryn Cramer

I love these series of articles despite what they do to the TBR pile.


Lots of new and familiar authors.  Most I haven't tried.  I think these were when I was a very broke person just starting working for a living without a good book budget.


Ones that wouldn't fit the "big" pictures at top of post:


Overshoot - Mona Clee  Overshoot - Mona Clee 

The Stars as Seen from This Particular Angle of Night: An Anthology of Speculative Verse - Sandra Kasturi,John Rose,Phyllis Gotlieb,David Clink,Kathy Shaidle,R.G. Evans,Donna Farley,Patrick O'Leary,Kiel Stuart,Gemma Files,John Tranter,Charlee Jacob,Mark McLaughlin,Peter Crowther,Bruce Boston,Yves Meynard,Carolyn Clink,Tom Piccirilli,Heather Spe  The Stars as Seen from This Particular Angle of Night: An Anthology of Speculative Verse - ,Carolyn Clink, et. al.

How Like a God - Brenda W. Clough  How Like a God - Brenda W. Clough 

Legacy - Molly Cochran  Legacy - Molly Cochran  

The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen  The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks - Joanna Cole

Sunglasses After Dark - Nancy A. Collins  Sunglasses After Dark - Nancy A. Collins  

The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit - First Book of the Wraeththu - Storm Constantine  The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit - Storm Constantine  

Love and War - Margaret Weis,Tracy Hickman,Harold Bakst,Barbara Siegel,Scott Siegel,Nick O'Donohoe,Nancy Varian Berberick,Richard A. Knaak,Paul B. Thompson,Laura Hickman,Kate Novak,Kevin Randle,Michael Williams,Tonya C. Cook,Dezra Despain  Love and War - Tonya C. Cook, et. al.

Mask Of The Wizard - Catherine Cooke  Mask Of The Wizard - Catherine Cooke  

The Black Horn - Clare Cooper,Trevor Stubley  The Black Horn - Clare Cooper


Author of article also mentions (but not sure of works or where to start with them):


Source: http://www.tor.com/2018/10/10/fighting-erasure-women-sf-writers-of-the-1980s-part-3

Love how author puts it in " Five Books That Improve Upon Heinlein’s Juveniles "

I love how article's author puts it: 

"For me, that requires the intended audience to include teens, that the genre be science fiction in the narrow sense, that the protagonist be a young adult, and that they get to do something that actually matters in the course of the book."

I think that last is a big part of why some YA books, particularly SF ones, miss the mark with me.  I need something to matter, to make me care about the characters or turn the page to see what happens next; something to invest in.  Endless angst and who winds up with who and vain things don't cut it for me.  And, yes, I realize the Heinleins looking back are problematic -- particularly in gender issues -- but at the time they actually were progressive and did have females doing something other than being queen bee mean girls or underdogs needing rescue, being prizes or objects or worse merely encoujraging admirers.

Source: http://www.tor.com/2018/10/08/five-books-that-improve-upon-heinleins-juveniles

New freebie in TOR's eBook of the Month Club

The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle

The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle   is currently free on publisher TOR's (Macmillan) site at https://ebookclub.tor.com. Only free October 9 through midnight October 12.  


They tout it as "H.P. Lovecraft’s legacy has been the subject of intense debate. And this book has its finger on the pulse of that discussion."


Yeah, I'm late posting this but once again I did not get my email notice and only spotted it in today's emailed newsletter.


Publisher page for book details is https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765386618 

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com

25 Everyday Examples of Rape Culture

Source: http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/03/examples-of-rape-culture

I haven't disappeared; "Exit Strategy" interrupted everything.

This book ... ah ... wow.


I wish RL would back off and let me read.


*whisper* even Book Shelf BINGO taking a backseat (and I'm the team captain).

What is Rape Culture? 5 Ways We All See it Every Day

Asking for It: Slut-shaming, Victim-blaming, and How We Can Change America's Rape Culture - Kate Harding
Source: http://www.bustle.com/articles/106307-what-is-rape-culture-5-ways-we-all-see-it-every-day

Five Books That Give Voice To Artificial Intelligence

Only five?  And Mike and Hal not making the cut?


Article also mentions a free online read at https://uncannymagazine.com/article/fandom-for-robots/ :

"Bonus short fiction - 

Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny Magazine) is a fantastic Nebula-nominated story that gets inside the head of a vintage robot called Computron who starts writing fanfic for a TV show because its favourite character (a robot) is handled so badly by all the humans in fandom. A clever, fun piece about the value of #ownvoices perspectives and how robots can be compelling characters to read about even (especially) when they don’t sound remotely like humans. –Tansy"


Source: http://www.tor.com/2018/09/05/five-books-that-give-voice-to-artificial-intelligence

Attention, Kindle and e-book lovers!


I have good news for you. If you are interested in checking out my first novel, Heartstrings, the e-book will be one sale for one week starting next Friday.


Take advantage of this deal to get the e-book for only 99 cents 10/5 to 10/12.


Paperback copies are also available on Amazon.


Happy reading!




Source: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FZSF2B2?pf_rd_p=d1f45e03-8b73-4c9a-9beb-4819111bef9a&pf_rd_r=K7VJN35JPB8HS247HT2Q
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