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donealrice

Debbie's Spurts

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

 

Currently reading

High Stakes Trial (Magical Washington #3)
Mindy Klasky
The Glittering Court
Richelle Mead
Progress: 12 %
Right Hand Magic (Golgotham #1)
Nancy A. Collins
Progress: 15 %
White Trash Zombie Apocalypse
Diana Rowland
Progress: 20 %
Sisters of the Raven
Barbara Hambly
Progress: 80 %
Gemina (The Illuminae Files)
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Caliban's War
James S.A. Corey
Progress: 2 %
Chaos Choreography
Seanan McGuire
The Dragonbone Chair
Tad Williams
Progress: 14 %
Terminal Uprising
Jim C. Hines

Favorite Book Quotes


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free ebook from publisher TOR

Walkaway - Cory Doctorow

Go to https://ebookclub.tor.com/ to download (they do ask for your email) until April 20.

 

Publisher's page for more book details is here.

 

Book club on booklikes is here.

 

 

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com

Reading progress: 2%.

Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey

Oh my, I'm really caught up in this series.  (Still not viewing the tv adaptation.)

"Ganymede didn’t erode or weather. It changed when rocks fell on it from space, or when warm water from the liquid core forced itself onto the surface and created short-lived lakes. Neither thing happened all that often.

 

At home on Mars, wind and dust changed the landscape hourly. Here, she was walking through the footsteps of the day before and the day before and the day before."


If booklikes closes when domain registration expires in May, I can be found:

UPDATE:  Booklikes (or someone) did extend the domain registration another year.

 

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ORIGINAL POST SAID:

 

I never put my email address public on the internet -- but for booklikes I will put my Kentucky email:  donealrice@twc.com ( in June I'll be migrating to a Nevada one when I'm happy with an isp ).

 

I guess after I finish moving the next week or so I'll try to start a blog, hopefully managing to link that into bloglovin and such.  I'll shout that out when I set it up.

 

I'm on LibraryThing at https://www.librarything.com/profile/Spurts , Libib at http://spurts.libib.com/ , and I'm "donealrice" on Eidelweiss.  Fictfact doesn't have any social but there I'm http://www.fictfact.com/user/DONealRice .  I've kept an account on goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6282458-debbie-s-spurts-d-a but have mostly stuck to some group activities.

 

If anyone finds startups, happy to look into (and to at least upload data file to plump up their book data).


Totally off topic ...

I just mailed my state and federal tax stuff.

 

This branch of the post office literally had exactly one person on the counter during tax season (and was one of the few branches that handled passport applications).


Review of "Vamps and the City" (Love at Stake, #2) by Kerrelyn Sparks

Vamps and the City  - Kerrelyn Sparks

This reader's personal opinion, ©2019, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


I actually don't have much to say about this one other than it was a fun, romp of a read. I liked the first book of this series better, possibly because less breezy. 

I rooted for all the good guy characters. And it was good to see the harem from the first book get a good resolution in this one.  The bachelor style reality tv show, I think, was more interesting as an idea than in the actual execution of the concept.

The ending seemed kind of forced. As fun as the book was, everything was pretty predictable and in some instances too lighthearted or humorous. In other instances, the humor was spot on for me.

If I dwell on the ending too long, I'll start taking stars off my rating because was very much just too glib, almost deus ex machina 


*©2019.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)


Reading progress: 63%.

Vamps and the City  - Kerrelyn Sparks

"Time to stop pretending she was merely a human with an eating disorder who kept odd hours."


Reading progress: 1%.

Vamps and the City  - Kerrelyn Sparks

"The guy was taking breakfast inside DVN?

Didn’t he realize he could be breakfast?"


Hour 13 of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?  Still on same book, Terminal Uprising - Jim C. Hines  
2. How many books have you read so far? Not even a whole one
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? White Trash Zombie Apocalypse - Diana Rowland  
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Yes, unusually amounts including grill out invites, Thunder Over Louisville, Final Four college basket ball stuff -- neighbors haven't heard from in years are suddenly social now I'm busy.  How did I deal with it -- hey, a girl has to eat.
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  How little activity leading up to it; usually more and usually actual date announced sooner.  Instagram (where I don't even have an account ) seems a bigger part of it now.  Presumably because bookstagram portions have grown and Twitter is so frequently toxic or over-spammed.

 

Terminal Uprising - Jim C. Hines  White Trash Zombie Apocalypse - Diana Rowland  

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

Hour 8.5 of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Still going.  The healthy snacks have been ditched -- onto microwaving leftover garlic parmesan fries from one of the Urban Bourbon Trail restaurants visited last night.

 

Some of the mini-challenges this round were too social media orientated for me.  Usually there's a lot more activity and stuff before the actual readathon within book sites groups, bloggers, etc.with more places than just twitter and instagram -- even the goodreads group seems quite of quiet this time as if got as little notice as for the previous surprise reverse readathon.

 

 


Hour One of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Getting to Know You Survey

1)What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Louisville, Kentucky
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?  Terminal Uprising - Jim C. Hines  
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chocolate Fudge
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Already exhausted; restless night
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? More breaks/naps

 


15 Hours and 46 minutes until Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon ...

Their website:  http://www.24hourreadathon.com/ 

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

Two Days Eight Hours and 34 Minutes until Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

(and even after all these years I still hate not having a hyphen between 24 and Hour)


Review of "Shadow's Bane" (Dorina Basarab #4) by Karen Chance

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) - Karen Chance

This reader's personal opinion, ©2019, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


Wow, a lot got revealed in this one. I loved it; possibly favorite in the series with the romance angst gone, lots of action and reveals without all the weird time travel stuff. The flashbacks even worked.

 

Dory and Dorina are more distinct beings than ever. With all the reveals, maybe this is the final book of the series? I hope not because there is clearly still more to the story despite the resolutions and reveals. 


*©2019.  All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have cross-posted on Libib, LibraryThing, and other sites including retailers like kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties or indicate release of copyright.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept reading in hopes would improve.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)


Reading progress: 66%.

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) - Karen Chance

"“Then what is it about?” Marlowe staggered back to his feet, and Louis-Cesare hit him again.

 

“I don’t like his face.”

 

“Oh, that’s mature.”"


Reading progress: 52%.

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) - Karen Chance

"The night was muggy, I was sweating and miserable, and nobody even bothered to try to hijack me so I could take out some aggression."


Reading progress: 32%.

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) - Karen Chance

"She didn’t agree with Claire, but she wasn’t going to argue with a frantic mother who was low on sleep.

 

That never got anybody anywhere."