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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

Under Witch Aura
Maria E. Schneider
Leia Stone
Magic in the Blood
Devon Monk
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 12 %
Elizabeth Bear
Progress: 100 %
Tempt the Stars
Karen Chance
Progress: 96 %
Elizabeth Bear
Progress: 46 %
Bound by Faerie
John P. McKay
Pursuit of Magic
Linsey Hall
Ghost Gifts
Laura Spinella

Favorite Book Quotes

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







I'm shocked by a survey from goodreads

That I got one in my email, not by the survey itself.


Survey is about goodreads feedback group (aka the site issues helpdesk and suggestion box) and pretty standard how-satisified, what-should-we-stop/change/continue, any suggestions, etc.

Maintenance works on BookLikes on Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018


We're planning some more maintenance works on BookLikes on Tuesday, Feb.20, 2018, CET. 

We'll do all to make BookLikes available during the updates, however, some hiccups and temporary interruptions may happen.


Sorry for all the inconveniences!

Reblogged from BookLikes

Reading progress: 25%.

Moth - Daniel Arenson

I'm glad I started this -- an author and a series I kept meaning to start but kept losing in Mount TBR.


So far, I'm really into it.  I was in the mood for good science fiction -- it is; from the book description and the hype I wasn't sure this would suit — it does; or the lightside/darkside planet could have been too derivative of the numerous books already using that theme — so far, not with its own spin on worldbuilding, races and characters.


*crosses fingers* hopefully stays this good and author can handle a good story then series arc well.

Reading progress: 46%.

Chill - Elizabeth Bear

So far, I'm liking this better than the first book in series (Dust).


I think it's because I have some characters to root for, less POV switches to lose them or murkiness about who-is-who/ what-is-what/ less-mucking-about-bits-of-meandering-possibly-unimportant-or-going-nowhere-ship-parts-briefly-introducing-then-abandoning-folk-and-places-and-theories.


It's very easy to put down and get distracted by a new shiny, though.  Less a reflection of the book than my mood and how the chapters are written somewhat as convenient stopping points.  And still way too much wandering about ship bits.  


I'm reading this for a bookclub on booklikes, Virtual Speculation, if anyone cares to join us.


Jacob's Ladder Trilogy in order:


Dust - Elizabeth Bear  Chill - Elizabeth Bear  Grail - Elizabeth Bear  

Source: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation

New in book series this weekend and Monday (aka my weekly finding of books likely initially missing from or missing covers on booklikes)

Fifty Fifty (Harriet Blue) - James Patterson, Candice Fox Bound in Ashes: Paranormal BBW Shapeshifter Dragon Romance (Drachen Mates Book 4) - Milly Taiden Earthbound (Dragons and Druids) (Volume 2) - Leia Stone A Shade of Vampire 56: A League of Exiles (Volume 56) - Bella Forrest Dark Strength (Refuge Book 3) - Cynthia Sax, Amanda Kelsey PACO: Night Rebels Motorcycle Club (Night Rebels MC Romance Book 5) - Chiah Wilder, Hot Tree Editing, Lisa  Cullinan Up In Smoke - T.M. Frazier
Source: http://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar

Scholastic Wants To Help Young Creators Showcase Their Works... By Stripping Them Of Their IP Rights

Added Lawyer breakdown of the terms of contract. 






Reblogged from Rane Aria

Reading progress: 96%.

Tempt the Stars - Karen Chance

It had been this way my whole life: people keeping things from me. Sometimes for what they thought were good reasons, sometimes, most times, because knowledge was power, and the less I had of the former, the less I’d be able to challenge them for the latter.

Reading progress: 91%.

Tempt the Stars - Karen Chance

A corner of his mouth quirked. “No. You would not understand that. You never stop trying, do you?


“What else is there?”


“Despair. Hopelessness. Anger. Depression.”


“But those don’t get you anywhere.”


He huffed out something that might have been a laugh, only it didn’t sound happy. “No. They don’t.”

Reading progress: 89%.

Tempt the Stars - Karen Chance

And it didn’t look like there was enough left in that bottle to get me drunk...


“Sorry,” Casanova said, which might not have meant anything. But then he handed me the bottle again.


“It’s okay,” I told him, looking at it blearily. “I think I’ve had enough.”


“No such thing,” he muttered, glancing around. And upended it.

Reading progress 60%.

Tempt the Stars - Karen Chance

Leaving me looking like I Dream of Jeannie had gone on a two-day bender in bad company.

*ack* the notifications ...

I'm finding myself unhappy to see notifications of all the likes on my posts.  Don't get me wrong, I like getting likes and knowing they are seen -- but, that's all I get.  None of the conversations I'm trying to follow, nothing about comments on my posts, nothing about activities in my book clubs, ... just the "liked my post."


(Yes, I know booklikes has posted about scheduled maintenance and that they are working on the notifications issue.). I am very grateful they are communicating about it; it's still frustrating )


Reading progress: 23%.

Tempt the Stars - Karen Chance

The universe kept throwing these curveballs at me, and I was mostly going with it, but not when it came down to decapitated robots.

Reading progress: 21%.

Tempt the Stars - Karen Chance

“Perhaps I’m losing my mind,” I muttered.


“It’s not so bad, once you get used to it,” he said, making me do a double take.

Reading progress: 5%.

Tempt the Stars - Karen Chance

Billy [ghost] made a disgusted sound after a minute and looked heavenward. Why, I don’t know. He’d been actively avoiding it for something like a hundred and fifty years.

Reading progress: 4%.

Tempt the Stars - Karen Chance

“She’s one of the sweetest ghosts I ever met. She just likes to play.”

“Yeah, I bet. With my bones, if I had any!”

“She isn’t like that!”

“Sure. ’Cause when the innocent little girl shows up in a horror flick, it’s always a good thing!”

Reading progress: 12%.

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life - Helen Czerski


No one has ever seen the battle between a sperm whale and a giant squid.