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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

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Samin Nosrat, Wendy MacNaughton
Bring Me Their Hearts
Sara Wolf
House of Earth and Blood
Sarah J. Maas
A Selection of Designs inspired by Iznik & Delft Pottery in Cross Stitch: 16 stunning floral cross stitch designs
Durene Jones
Ain't Love a Witch?
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 1 %
The Old Witcheroo
Dakota Cassidy
Gemina (The Illuminae Files)
Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Progress: 100 %
The Dragonbone Chair
Tad Williams
Progress: 14 %

Favorite Book Quotes

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







Can't wait for this pre-order (out Tuesday)

Honor Lost - Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre

I've had this preordered for what seems like forever (okay actually about a year).



The last two in the series just blew me away. 



Not that I wrote good reviews of them; just fired all cylinders for what I want in a good read and a science fiction book in a way I haven't seen in a long time.



Sometimes the 5-star books are the hardest to review.




Honor Among Thieves - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine  Honor Bound - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine  Honor Lost - Rachel Caine,Ann Aguirre  

Some fantasy books on sale

Ends today -- but I just now saw the notice over on goodreads because I am so seldom on that site.

Source: http://michaelsullivan-author.com/multi-author-winter-sale.html

"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat."

—Rebecca West

"[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers."

—Judy Blume

Hello again everyone!

Boy, I was almost whimpering while booklikes was down.

Washington Post article on RWA cancelling awards

New Year and New Decade

My New Year's resolutions aren't big at all. Just to make sure I do something everyday to get my new home in order. To get some sunshine each day. Pay more attention to my own health. Work in more of what I enjoy like reading and some crafts.

New free ebook from publisher

Wild Cards I - George R.R. Martin, Wild Cards Trust

This month's freebie from publisher TOR (Macmillan) is Wild Cards I - George R.R. Martin.


To download, go to https://ebookclub.tor.com/ .


Publisher's info on book is here . 


There's a book club for these freebies at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/book/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy .

Source: http://us.macmillan.com/books/9781429926454

Reading progress: 15%.

Peace, Blood and Understanding - Molly Harper

“Is there a reason I’m not being asked anything?” Dick asked, raising his hand. “Usually I’m the one that gets questioned in these situations.”

Reading progress: 12%.

Peace, Blood and Understanding - Molly Harper

"...as if Dick had done something to personally offend him (which, honestly, was a possibility with Dick. He’d been around for a while, and he was… Dick)."

Reading progress: 10%.

Peace, Blood and Understanding - Molly Harper

"Jane smelled of old paper and creamy chocolate and kindness, the sort of scent that meant safety and home."


Reading progress: 5%.

Peace, Blood and Understanding - Molly Harper

"...had mutually friend-zoned each other within minutes of meeting, because it just seemed like crossing too many streams to date your neighbor who also happened to be your coworker."

Reading progress: 1%.

Peace, Blood and Understanding - Molly Harper

Oooh...been waiting on a new Half-Moon Hollow book for what seems forever!

"...remember to pursue progress, not perfection. At first, just try to kill fewer people."


A bunch of magazine subscriptions are $5 at amazon and other sites

LOL, I can usually figure out how to shorten amazon links but this one flummoxed me so here it is in full:



The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1) by Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead

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* 

Outright boring.  Surprisingly disappointing.  Surprising because I usually like this author and because the disappointment wasn't with some of my usual YA objections.  


This just was not a paranormal series.  Maybe if I hadn't been expecting a YA paranormal ...?  Maybe if had just been billed as alternate history?


Pretty much take a 1970s historical romance about colonizing the Americas with an uneven heroine (sort of mail order bride-ish) mostly self-involved ... oh heck, it was so utterly boring and trope-y I'm not even going to waste more time on reviewing it.  Prejudice and racism -- well yeah but even that was so utterly typical (male assholes wanting women in their place and assholes, mostly male, degrading a side character of color and all the women brought over to be brides treated like pieces of meat -- and even that was bland).


100% failed to live up to the hype and even the drama about whether or not was racist.


Drama? What drama, everything was so bland and forced and didn't flow.  Even the sudden about face towards end chapters with our shallow heroine now becoming super pioneer hardworking wife-y was just boring and a weird twist on the character that already was uneven.


Doesn't sound like rest of series is exactly "series" although follows some of the characters. I am certainly not interested enough to try the next book.

*©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?)

Libib has an app update

If anyone has been using Libib to catalog books (not a full or social site like goodreads and booklikes but lots of privacy choices and import/export options), there's an update to the app.  Email said:


Libib Mobile App receives major updates

We know it's been a while, but we've been diligently working on a lot of back-end updates to allow for some upgrades in the near future. But just recently, we have released a rather big update to the mobile app!

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