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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

Heart of Venom
Jennifer Estep
Magic in the Shadows
Devon Monk
Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr
Garth Nix
Progress: 10 %
Star Witch
Helen Harper
Progress: 100 %
Spirit Witch
Helen Harper
Progress: 100 %
Sarah Zettel
Ilona Andrews
White Hot
Ilona Andrews
Progress: 100 %
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride
Kristen Painter
Progress: 100 %
Neal Shusterman
Progress: 100 %

Favorite Book Quotes

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







Review of "All Systems Red" (Murderbot Diaries, #1) by Martha Wells

All Systems Red - Martha Wells

I have the worst trouble writing reviews for books I unequivocally ★★★★★.


Probably the best review I can give this is that I immediately pre-ordered the next book, Artificial Condition.


I just loved being inside Murdebot's head.  Grumpy, introverted, snarky, lazy, fighting any emotions or involvement ... anti-hero, indeed.  


The worldbuilding with greedy corporations had a fond déjà vu for me of H. Beam Piper's works—but, original rather than derivative.


This had been on my radar since publisher first announced it.  So glad I read it now for booklikes bookclub http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy when publisher TOR offered as this month's free ebook.

Just starting ...

Reclamation - Sarah Zettel

This is publisher Open Road Media's re-release of her first novel (I've never read).


It's a kindle unlimited borrow for me.  So far, Open Road is only "traditional" publisher I've found participating selectively in KU.


Can't say I care for their cover choice.

What's in a book description...

How did I miss something so iconic of the fantasy genre it has tens of thousands of readers? *snark*


No kidding, this was in a book description of a single book (with under 100 reviews).  I'm deliberately not naming the book because neither stealth advertising for it nor recommending for/against buying it.  Just a reflection of how frustrated I get with lack of book synopses lately:

"Join tens of thousands of readers already loving this epic fantasy adventure. Click or tap 'BUY NOW' to start today...


[redacted book title] is the first novel in an epic fantasy adventure series readers are comparing to Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Saga, Terry Goodkind’s The Sword of Truth, Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles, and David Edding’s The Malloreon.


[redacted series name] sword and sorcery epic is being hailed as one of the best high fantasy series in years, drawing on all the appeal of Tolkien’s deep and soulful characters, Robert Jordan’s sweeping worlds, and Marion Bradley's unyielding heroines. This is a saga full of spirit, determination and resilience."

With quotes from various other writers and editors saying things like "“The world of [redacted], is richly textured and imagined, in the vein of Robert Jordan's very successful Wheel of Time series..."


Kinda suspect sockpuppets or some illegally-not-disclosing-service-of-a-return-review swap going on because writers reviewing this book use same keywords and similar comparisons.  Which is such a shame because more of those actual tens of thousands of readers need to be writing reviews of such a clearly iconic book.


Sales rank not really indicating tens of thousands of readers were buying it on Amazon -- but, I don't believe Amazon counts if was a free download, borrowed via Kindle Unlimited, Prime Reading or KOLL in those rankings.


ETA:  I've had a longstanding rule of not bothering to screen through endless quoted praises.  I think I now have to add not screening through screen after screen of bestelling in whatevers, award nominations, seals of whatevers, and I really don't want to read about a book being "hailed as" whatever.

"The truth will set you free. But first it will piss you off."
Dirty Words of Wisdom - Lou Harry, Stall &. Harry

--Gloria Steinem

OFF TOPIC POST - "Wake" by Mike Finn

The need to write struck me today. I've been thinking about what I've left behind me and the metaphor of a wake came to mind. Then I thought about an Irish wake and I started to write


The first few paragraphs are below. If you'd like to read more, go HERE.




This morning it feels as if we are the only boat on the lake. The barely risen sun is pale, displaying the sharp cold day but too weak to challenge it. As we leave Le Bouveret harbour behind and head west towards Geneva, the Alps are a brooding presence on our left, still mostly in shadow except at their snowy peaks, which deflect the sun like raised blades-


The further we travel, the wider the lake looks and the smaller the fibreglass hulls pushing us through the water seems. If I were here alone, I might be overwhelmed by how little of this world I displace as I move through it. Alone, it is easy for me to let go, to slip beneath the surface of the day and surrender my heat to the pull of the cold indifference of the universe. Basic physics perhaps, heat going to cold. The inevitable triumph of entropy. Yet saying such things aloud draws unwelcome attention at my age, so my thoughts stay silent and solitary.


I am not alone, of course. This is not my boat. I am Stefan's guest. He stands at the wheel, straight and strong, wearing shorts despite the cold and looking determinedly ahead as if his steady gaze is what moves us forward. He is the force behind our almost-dawn patrol. This boat is his realm. I am... cargo, brought along because his wife, my daughter, Sarah, wants me onboard.


Reblogged from Mike Finn - Audio Book Junkie

Fresh off the public library waitlist...

Wildfire -  Ilona Andrews

...what a happy surprise.


The waitlist was such a long one, library patrons must be just devouring this book very quickly and being courteous enough to return it quickly.


I have a cat sprawled in a rare sunspot after months of gloomy gray days so I think 

I'll join hm and read.  


Totally ignoring all the pruning and spring cleaning I ought to be doing.  Maybe I'll stir enough to walk down the car-length driveway to get the mail later.


I've learned I never regret time spent with kitties.

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Pre-Readathon #2 "Read 1,000 Pages in 1 Week"

pre Readathon ticker

Dewey's  24 Hour Readathon takes place April 28,  2018.  Pre-Readathon #2 thread.  Signup here.   Print the free Readathon bookmarks here.   


Source: http://www.24hourreadathon.com

Just starting for Bookshelf BINGO

Blood Kissed - Keri Arthur

Fits tonight's shelf call of Shifters.


I think I've only encountered this author in some anthologies and this is first in series.


If it diesn't grab me quick enough, I'll switch over to my next in series like Jane Yellowrock, Psy-Changeling, etc.  Lots of Shifters books on the TBR.

"In politics, you've got to learn that overnight chicken shit can turn into chicken salad."
Dirty Words of Wisdom - Lou Harry, Stall &. Harry

--President Lyndon B. Johnson

99¢ Flash Sale from publisher Orbit

Behind the Throne - K.B. Wagers Snakewood - Adrian Selby Chasing Embers (A Ben Garston Novel) - James Henry Bennet Forsaken Skies (Silence) - D. Nolan Clark The Ship - Antonia Honeywell Bite - K.S. Merbeth The Rule of Luck - Catherine Cerveny Hope and Red - Jon Skovrun
Source: http://mailchi.mp/hbgusa/flash-sale-eight-ebooks-only-99-cents-each?e=9e1d0fa22b

Down the freebie rabbit hole ...

Darkness Awakened - Stephanie Rowe Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) - Angie Fox The Accidental Demon Slayer - Angie Fox Forced Compliance (The Galactic Outlaws Book 1) - Bradford Bates Witched At Birth (A Paris, Texas Romance) - Dakota Cassidy Thunder Hunter - Rachel Medhurst Necessary Magic - Val St. Crowe The Royal Companion: An epic love story (The Companion series Book 1) - Tanya Bird

Browsing on Amazon to fill in book data and glancing at goodreads SOS group's freebie thread, some kindle edition finds that were free today.


Yes, I do know better and the TBR is staggering.


I had already read and enjoyed (but still free):  Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) - Angie Fox  and The Accidental Demon Slayer - Angie Fox  


There were more on that thread (skipping to the newest posts that's https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/449475-book-freebies-kindle-nook-author-pub-other?comment=178853157&page=174#comment_178700740 ); some I skipped for no other reason than too many quoted praises in place of the book description ( or already read/downloaded, seemed to be short stories,  serial episodes which I'm not really in the mood to read...).

"My dad always used to tell me that if they challenge you to an after-school fight, tell them you won't wait--you can kick their ass right now."
Dirty Words of Wisdom - Lou Harry, Stall &. Harry

--Cameron Diaz

My next book?

I have had a run of amazing reads where whatever book I read next may suffer by comparison, LOL.


I think I'm going to pause reading to update my shelves, booklikes database and write some reviews,  Every book on my booklikes currently reading that says 100% is actually not currently-reading.  I'll stagger when the reviews post to not flood the feed.


I've finished books borrowed from public library so nothing really pending except a couple of group challenges.


Best laid plans ... I'm sure something irresistible will show up on the dashboard, library hold or a forgotten preorder.

"You can't talk about fucking in America. People say you're dirty. But if you want to talk about killing someone, that's cool."
Dirty Words of Wisdom - Lou Harry, Stall &. Harry

--Richard Pryor

More highlights 53%

All Systems Red - Martha Wells

Murderbot still not thinking much of us humans.


Some highlights: 19%

All Systems Red - Martha Wells

I'm seriously enjoying being in murderbot's head.