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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

Room for Improvement
Stacey Ballis
Progress: 100 %
Silver Shadows
Richelle Mead
Victory of Eagles (Temeraire Series #5)
Naomi Novik
Dragon Actually
G.A. Aiken
Progress: 1 %
An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1)
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 56 %




Favorite Book Quotes

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


Status of my Booklikes-opoly play (recycling post)

• • • • • • • • • Bank: $37.00 • • • • • • • • • 


April 21
Roll: 10
Space: Paradise Pier 28 - Victorian Boardwalk
Category: Tagged Steampunk
Page Count: 404 from Empire of Ivory 
$$: $5.00



April 19
Roll: 7
Space: New Orleans 19 - Haunted Mansion
Category: Ghost Story
Page Count: 277 from Southern Spirits (
$$: $3.00


April 17

Roll: 5

Space: Main Street 13 - Lincoln

Category: About an American Politician

Page Count: 224 from Her Perfect Candidate 

$$: $3.00


April 15 - everyone starts with $20.00

Roll: 4 (doubles so can roll again)
Space:  Frontierland #4 - Travel the Rivers of America
Category: Letters in title can spell River
Page Count:  336 from Death's Rival
$$:  $3.00


Roll: 5
Space: Fantasyland #9 - King Arthur's Carousel ...
Category: Fantasy genre
Page Count:  350 from Hard Bitten
$$: $3.00

Free ebook: Barnes and Noble Exclusive: Ina Garten's Mother's Day Recipes and Tips

Free ebook is at http://dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/pdf/2017/mothers-day/BN-Ina-MothersDayMenuTips.pdf 


Her booklikes author page is here.

 Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook - Ina Garten  Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust - Ina Garten  Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook - Ina Garten  Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun - Ina Garten,James Merrell  Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Soup Recipes Signature Vertical Note Cards (Potter Style) - Ina Garten  The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook - Ina Garten,Melanie Acevedo  Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics - Ina Garten  Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again - Ina Garten,Quentin Bacon  

Source: http://dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/pdf/2017/mothers-day/BN-Ina-MothersDayMenuTips.pdf

So, has anyone read or heard of these?

Will Supervillains Be on the Final?: Liberty Vocational    Volume 1 - Naomi Novik, Yishan Li The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History - Jon Morris Empowered, Volume 4 - Adam Warren The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History - Jon Morris

While trying to help with booklikes data on Temeraire series, these caught my eye on the publisher site.


Anyone read, checked into, heard about?  They sound quirky.


Will Supervillains Be on the Final? is by Temeraire's author, which makes me really curious.


The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains pulls from actual comic book history with "...Robbing Hood (steals from the poor to give to the rich), Swarm (a crook made of bees; Nazi bees), and many more..."


Empowered, "... And can she cope with the further problems posed by cross-dressing vigilantes, dying wishes from preteen wannabe supervillains, telepathic “booty calls,” a deeply depressed ninja, bedroom “cosplay” conflicts with her boyfriend, and even… Hummer® fu?..."

Review of "Empire of Ivory" (Temeraire, #4) by Naomi Novik

Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik



Oh, wow.


I did not see any of this coming.


Well, in hindsight, foundations were laid where nothing was out of character for the storyline, worldbuilding or characters.


But, wow!


I don't know how to even write a review of this one without spoilers.  I've been enjoying the books in this series; this one really blew me away.  


Unequivocal ★★★★★ with the next in series (Victory of Eagles ) to be read as soon as the book hangover from this fades and I read something else as a breather.


Reading progress update: 48%.

Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik

Too engrossed to update much.  Still intense, but the below screenshot amused me -- the idea of Temeraire getting a dog (if that's what happens). 


Maybe just because of Flappy, the at-first-tiny dragon that the Jack Russell terrier in Angie Fox's Accidental Demon Slayer books stubbornly adopted as his very own pet:


Reading progress update: 10%.

Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik

Oh dear!  Opens quickly to dire straits and heads for even worse for the Prussian rescues followed by even more bad news.


Reading this for Booklikes-opoly 4th Roll

Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik

Yes, I know it is not steampunk nor Victorian (alternate history if Napoleonic Wars if they had had dragons as air corps) -- but, it was tagged that way on goodreads.


Roll 4 for Booklikes-opoly

Randomly spotted this bookcover

Pops!: Icy Treats for Everyone - Krystina Castella

Doesn't this look mouthwatering?  Synopsis says:

"Cool + Sweet + Refreshing = Pops!

This innovative book gives the ice pop a flavor makeover, providing more than 100 recipes and variations for irresistible concoctions you’ve never tasted before. You’ll also learn fancytechniques for making whimsical pops that look as fun as they taste. Kids will enjoy the juicy pops and flip over the soda fountain and pudding pops. Grown-up kids will dig the energy-boosting coffee, tea, and healthy energy pops and delight in the sophisticated cocktail pops. And for the do-it-yourselfers, this book provides instructions for making your own pop molds from recycled housewares and even silicone. When it comes to pops, the possibilities are endless—and so much fun!"

*snicker* goodreads has Napoleonic War book tagged as Victorian Steampunk

I'll post prettier usual posts in the morning but I just rolled a 10 for booklikes-opoly landing me on a square for a Victorian/steampunk book.


I was going to skip as utterly a genre I'm (a) tired of a and (b) was never that fond of anyway (well, not the ones that just take today's technology and turn it clockwork/steam by making up names or being an excuse to put heroines in corsets having to be stilted-mannered ... ).  


The Temeraire series book (alternate history Napoleonic War with dragons), Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik, I got off library waitlist, however, got shelved as steampunk on goodreads -- https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/users/6412042?shelf=steampunk 

I want to start a new book, but ...

...what if it fits the dice roll for booklikes-opoly I can do in roughly 2 ½ hours?

Reading progress update: 34%.

Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) - Angie Fox

I'm having fun with this one.




Reading progress update: 12%.

Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) - Angie Fox

I'm liking the main character so far.


Reading progress update: 3%.

Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) - Angie Fox

Now I've hopes of a juicy, ex gets comeuppance story (I like those).  Too soon to tell, but I like the tone of this and am settling down to let the author weave her magic.



Psst...still free in ebook/kindle if anyone is interested.  Should be a cozy mystery, paranormal.  Adding Audible narration is not free ($1.99).

This book description for some reason is just cracking me up "... And she still wants her $1.99 refunded."

Oh, not the missing family members, of course.  But, the description for Money Back Guarantee - Hunter Shea  says:

"Protect America’s shores with your very own nuclear submarine! Constructed from durable fiberboard material, this submersible is large enough for two kids! Sail off into imaginative international intrigue for just $1.99! If this toy doesn’t float your boat, return it for a full refund!


With her son’s heart set on piloting his own nuclear submarine, Rosemary Lanchester orders the craft advertised on the back of a comic book. What arrives is more sub-standard than submarine, but her son loves the cheap piece of cardboard. Until he and a friend nearly drown when they take the sub for a deep sea dive in the swimming pool.


Enraged, Rosemary reports the toy’s manufacturer to the Better Business Bureau. The company’s customer service center retaliates with threatening phone calls. Then her son and husband mysteriously disappear.


To save her family, Rosemary tracks down the company’s headquarters with the help of her brother—a survivalist with enough toys of his own to wage an all-out war.


And she still wants her $1.99 refunded."

Reading for 3rd Booklikes-opoly roll

Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) - Angie Fox

Well, a ghost hunter series should fit "ghost story" category, eh?  I have enjoyed other books by this author (a little "fluffy" sometimes) so grabbed this new-to-me start-of-series book when free.  I need something lighter after the disappointment of Widdershins series devolving into some endless-seeming horror demon-Jack-the-ripper thing.