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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

Peace, Blood and Understanding
Molly Harper
Progress: 100 %
The Hills Have Spies
Mercedes Lackey
Progress: 100 %
High Stakes Trial (Magical Washington #3)
Mindy Klasky
Progress: 100 %
Right Hand Magic (Golgotham #1)
Nancy A. Collins
Progress: 15 %
Sisters of the Raven
Barbara Hambly
Progress: 100 %
Gemina (The Illuminae Files)
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Progress: 100 %
The Dragonbone Chair
Tad Williams
Progress: 14 %
Terminal Uprising
Jim C. Hines
Progress: 100 %
Heroine Worship
Sarah Kuhn
Progress: 100 %

Favorite Book Quotes


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading progress: 12%.

The Hills Have Spies - Mercedes Lackey

Okay, this will pull any Valdemar fan out of a reading slump (although Mags books should be read before this set).

 

"And the puppies—were puppies. Who wouldn’t be happy with a head full of puppies?"


Reading progress: 84%.

Accidental Sire - Molly Harper

As usual, I'm enjoying the heck out of Half-Moon Hollow.  Could use more Ophelia, though.

 

"“Their investigation was unsubstantiated and inconclusive,” Ophelia spat.

 

“You should have that tattooed on your forehead to save time,” Jane told her."


Reading progress: 80%.

Accidental Sire - Molly Harper

"“Yeah, probably, but I’d rather go out for helping a friend than, say, playing ‘Candy Crush’ on my workstation, which is probably how I’ll be fired.”"


Reading progress: 1%.

Accidental Sire - Molly Harper

Shamefully, I seem to have missed some publications in the Half Moon Hollow books.  Fixing that and starting this one.

 

"Usually I was of the opinion that kale was God’s way of making CrossFitters suffer karmic payback for all those humblebrag selfies."


Reading progress: 75%.

Accidental Sire - Molly Harper

"He had managed to escape from his cell using a stolen ID badge, a tiny bit of plastic explosive tucked inside his shoe, and a spork. We weren’t sure how the spork came into play"


Reading progress: 35%.

Accidental Sire - Molly Harper

"It’s important to document your childe’s milestones. But make sure you know the difference between “memorabilia” and “evidence.”"


Reading progress: 19%.

Accidental Sire - Molly Harper

"If I’d known I’d never taste chocolate again, I would have maybe lived my last few human hours differently. Like at a Dairy Queen."


Reading progress: 7%.

Accidental Sire - Molly Harper

"I cannot believe I died in a tragic Ultimate Frisbee accident. Who dies as an Ultimate Frisbee bystander?"


Reading progress update: I've read 2%.

Accidental Sire - Molly Harper

"Something about him made me feel like he saw me, not body parts that happened to have a personality attached or a chance to brag to his friends. But me, as a person. And for a female undergrad at a state college, that was a pretty rare thing."


This month's free ebook from publisher TOR

The Murders of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson

In order to download free, you do need to subscribe your email address.  They don't flood you with other marketing emails.  You do have to act lightning fast when you get the email because these stay available free almost no time.  This one is short at 128 pages.

 

There's a bookclub on booklikes for these at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy   (TOR publishes mainly science fiction and fantasy genre books).  Publisher page for book.

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com

Essential Reading?

Hmmm...for me I think that's more "essential authors" or "essential to the genre" type of list.

 

I'll have to think about it (I'm traveling with "adventures in internet connection").

 

"Essential authors" formed my reading tastes, but I also grew up with the public library card catalog where I would wolf through all the cards for an author I enjoyed.

 

I'm curious to see how much I deviate from that first 30/31 day post a lot of us goodreads refugees used to introduce ourselves and find each other when I think about what I consider "essential."


Reminder: If you use FictFact, please download your data before July 1

Thanks to amazon, fictfact.com is shutting down.  Until July 1, you can download your data as a csv file.

Source: http://fictfact.com

Name of that book?

I'm with a friend driving me nutty to find a book with a lot of "only if" plot points and a 31-year old bride dying on wedding day.  At first they insisted Mitch Albom was autbor then maybe Nicholas Sparks -- went through all those and they said nope.  At first said was "new" now saying published last year or year before.


Surprise - it's four free LGBTQ+ novellas this month from publisher TOR (deadline June 8)

In Our Own Worlds: Four LGBTQ+ Tor.com Novellas - Ellen Klages, Margaret Killjoy, Kai Ashante Wilson, JY Yang The Black Tides of Heaven - JY Yang A Taste of Honey - Kai Ashante Wilson Passing Strange - Ellen Klages The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain) - Margaret Killjoy

In order to download free, you do need to subscribe your email address.  They don't flood you with other marketing emails.  You do have to act lightning fast when you get the email because these stay available free almost no time.  Download = http://ebookclub.tor.com .

 

Publisher info on the books is at https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250305923 

 

There's a bookclub on booklikes for these at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy   (TOR publishes mainly science fiction and fantasy genre books).  

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com

Oh Horrors! Fictfact closed. Please do reblog so everyone using knows to download their data.

Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!  Just went to update my series read to see this from fictfact:

"FictFact is closed.

We recently lost our primary source of income, Amazon Associate sales. Due to a minor error on our part, we unknowingly had in infraction of their terms. We tried to appeal after we corrected the issue, but was not successful and they terminated our account. Over the years, we have had donations from our wonderful supporters, but it is not enough to cover our operating costs. We are extremely sad to have to close down the site after almost 10 years. Thank you for all your support over the years!!

 

Please login to download your book data as a CSV file before July 1, 2019."

Even back in goodreads' heyday, I tracked my series reads there.  No other booksite has their series features.  Leafmarks might have gotten there then went defunct; Shelfari was close ... with booklikes purchase links missing or no longer working, I even made sure to use fictfact's links when buying books in order to support them.  I wish they'd have tried asking for funding from members and asking members to buy more at barnes-and-noble and their other purchase links.

 

I have no issues with the simple series info on goodreads or booklikes (except thoroughness on booklikes) -- but it's just not the features I wanted.  And goodreads has so many new librarians that overwrite series info without reading the descriptions or librarian notes explaining long researched accuracies that it's a gamble -- even if I was willing to go back to goodreads.  Heck, goodreads' "My Books" and search doesn't even have a series column.

 

Source: http://www.fictfact.com

A third in series just released

High Stakes Trial (Magical Washington #3) - Mindy Klasky Fright Court - Mindy Klasky Law and Murder (Fright Court) (Volume 2) - Mindy Klasky

Just downloaded High Stakes Trial - Mindy Klasky  .  I enjoyed the first two -- admittedly on the humorous chick lit side despite paranormal elements.

 

Hadn't realized a third was in the works.