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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







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All Systems Red - Martha Wells

Some highlights

All Systems Red - Martha Wells

Oh My!

All Systems Red - Martha Wells

I dare you to read the sample of this and not get hooked (well, okay, maybe not if you loathe science fiction genre or books with robots/cyborgs).


I actually didn't sample.  Author and description made me wishlist it.  If I had, I would have bought it immediately.


Sheesh, not even sure I want to share tidbits as I could highlight so much.  Certainly did not mean to get more than halfway before posting since also a booklikes book club read.


I'm pre-ordering the sequel.


Early highlights:



Presenting a Year of #FearlessWomen

From publisher's blog post: "Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.”— Beginning this summer, meet a new generation of #FearlessWomen who are shaping new blockbuster worlds—and re-shaping our world..." — continue to https://www.torforgeblog.com/2018/04/09/presenting-a-year-of-fearlesswomen/ for more details, the books, giveaways, etc.


Source: http://www.torforgeblog.com/2018/04/09/presenting-a-year-of-fearlesswomen

55 New Releases tomorrow in series

The Thief - J.R. Ward Her Guardian Angel - Larissa Ione Twenty-One Days - Anne Perry Close Cover - Lexi Blake A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir Ace of Shades - Amanda Foody

Per FictFact.com's Book Release Calendar:


A Baby for the Viking Wolf - Gwen Knight  #42 in Howls Romance
A Reaper at the Gates - Sabaa Tahir   #3 in An Ember in the Ashes
Ace of Shades - Amanda Foody  #1 in The Shadow Game
Angels Fall - J.A. Huss, Johnathon McClain #2 in Original Sin
At the Table of Wolves Kay Kenyon #1 in Dark Talents
Bad Neighbors Maia Chance #2 in Agnes & Effie Mystery
Bull of the Woods Ainsley Booth, Sadie Haller #5 in Frisky Beavers
Close Cover - Lexi Blake  #16 in Masters and Mercenaries
Corey Dale Mayer #16 in Seals of Honor
Cyborg Fever Grace Goodwin #5 in Interstellar Brides: The Colony
Dead Weight Pandora Pine #4 in Cold Case Psychic
Edge of Insanity S E Smith #6 in Alliance
Farewell, My Cuckoo Marty Wingate #4 in Birds of a Feather Mystery
For Love of Distant Shores Adrian Tchaikovsky #3 in Tales of the Apt
Her Guardian Angel - Larissa Ione  #14 in Demonica #15.5 in Masters and Mercenaries
His to Claim Shelly Bell #2 in Forbidden Lovers
His to Protect Carly Phillips #3 in Bodyguard Bad Boys
Homecoming By The Sea Kathi Daley #1 in Haunting By The Sea
Inquisition David Gibbins #10 in Jack Howard
Isle of Blood and Stone Makiia Lucier #1 in Isle of Blood and Stone
Justify Me J. Kenner #4.5 in Stark International
Lord of the Pies Nell Hampton #2 in Kensington Palace Chef
Mafioso 3 Nisa Santiago #2 in Mafioso
Magi, Vol. 29: The Labyrinth of Magic Shinobu Ohtaka #29 in Magi
Masked Desire Alana Delacroix #2 in The Masked Arcana
Misadventures of a Rookie Toni Aleo #12 in Misadventures
Natural Mage K. F. Breene #2 in Magical Mayhem
Nightblade's Honor Ryan Kirk #2 in Blades of the Fallen
Nothing to Gain Claire Boston #2 in The Blackbridge Series
Rafe Maryann Jordan #2 in Heroes At Heart
Rebellion's Fury Jay Allan #2 in Flames of Rebellion
Rescuing Sadie Susan Stoker #6.5 in Delta Force Heroes
River of Fire Erin Hunter #5 in Warriors: A Vision of Shadows
Say You Won't Let Go Corinne Michaels #3.5 in Return to Me
Shoot First Stuart Woods #45 in Stone Barrington
Skyjack K. J. Howe #2 in Thea Paris
Sunny Jason Reynolds #3 in Track
Taste of Wrath Matt Wallace #7 in Sin Du Jour
The Cowboy's Outlaw Bride Cora Seton #2 in Turners Vs Coopers
The Crooked Castle Sarah Jean Horwitz #2 in Carmer and Grit
The Cutting Edge Jeffery Deaver #14 in Lincoln Rhyme
The Dark Clouds Shining David Downing #4 in Jack McColl
The Fairies of Sadieville Alex Bledsoe #6 in Tufa
The Fates Divide Veronica Roth #2 in Carve the Mark
The Gate House Secret Debra Burroughs #4 in Jenessa Jones Mysteries
The Heroic Legend of Arslan Vol. 8 Hiromu Arakawa #8 in The Heroic Legend of Arslan
The Neon Boneyard Craig Schaefer #8 in Daniel Faust
The Shadow of Death Jane Willan #1 in A Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery
The Thief - J.R. Ward   #16 in Black Dagger Brotherhood
The Third Brother Andrew Welsh-Huggins #5 in Andy Hayes
The Year of Us Jessica Sorensen #4 in Sunnyvale
Twenty-One Days - Anne Perry  #1 in Daniel Pitt
Twenty-One Days Anne Perry #33 in Thomas Pitt
Who Gives a Hoot? Jacqueline Kelly #3 in Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet
Winter Glass Lexa Hillyer #2 in Spindle Fire


Source: http://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar

New Releases Today in Series

Circle of Ashes - Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh Peachy Flippin' Keen - Molly Harper The Italian's Marriage Bargain - Annie West

Per FictFact.com's Book Release Calendar.

Circle of Ashes - Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh   #2 in Wish Quartet
Peachy Flippin' Keen - Molly Harper   #3 in Southern Eclectic
The Italian's Marriage Bargain - Annie West   #7 in Hot Italian Nights

Source: http://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar

Reading progress: 1%.

All Systems Red - Martha Wells

Diving into this one.  It's been on my wish-list since the pre-release buzz.  The lines in the description "a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module...Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is..." caught my attention then (plus author meant to try); "murderbot" and being a short novella not so much.


Since it was this month's TOR sudden-death-amount-of-notice/availability ebook freebie (was available April 6 through April 9) -- it was good for my book budget I waited.  The sequel is out May 8, 2018.


On booklikes, it's a bookclub read at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy if anyone cares to join in.

The series page on publisher's site: http://us.macmillan.com/series/themurderbotdiaries 


  Artificial Condition - Martha Wells Rogue Protocol: The Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells  Exit Strategy - Martha Wells  


Publisher TOR's ebook of the Month Club signup (you just provide your email address) is at  https://ebookclub.tor.com if interested in getting future ebooks.  If unfamiliar with TOR, it's a traditional publisher (under U.S. Macmillan publishing group) of usually fantasy and science fiction genre books.  They put it "Science fiction. Fantasy. The universe. And related subjects."

Pre-Readathon #2

I'm on track (planned at least 150 pages per day) for the Pre-Readathon #2: Read 1,000 Pages In A Week challenge (in preparation for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon).




Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon takes place April 28.  Go to http://www.24hourreadathon.com/april-2018-reader-sign-ups/ to sign up.


Source: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19291375-pre-readathon-2-read-1000-pages-in-1-week?page=1#comment_178704081

Reading progress: 50%.

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Still really into this one.  


I certainly did not see that twist coming -- how Scythe Faraday got around the Conclave's plan for his two apprentices.

Reading progress: 27%.

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

From another chapter epigraph:  

...think about religion and how, once we became our own saviors, our own gods, most faiths became irrelevant.


What must it have been like to believe in something greater than oneself? To accept imperfection and look to a rising vision of all we could never be? It must have been comforting.


It must have been frightening. It must have lifted people from the mundane, but also justified all sorts of evil.


I often wonder if the bright benefit of belief outweighed the darkness its abuse could bring. 

Reading progress: 26%.

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Choosing compassion over obligation. There was a lesson to be learned in every gleaning, and today’s was one she would not soon forget. The sanctity of the law . . . and the wisdom to know when it must be broken.

I particularly like that last line.


I am so enjoying this book and these people.  They mostly don't seem like teenagers.

Reading progress: 19%.

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

Nice to think the future still holds emergency cat videos.  (Okay out of all the profound life/death and what if immortality questions -- yeah, I focused on that.). Thunderhead is the AI that developed from the cloud/internet of our day:

“But people could read it. The Scythe Archive is open to everyone.”


“Yeah,” said Rowan, “like the Thunderhead. People can read anything, but no one does. All they do is play games and watch cat holograms.”

Reading progress: 16%.

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

She couldn’t be panicking—flight attendants were trained not to panic.

Not quite sure why, but I found that line really hilarious. 

Reading progress: 11%.

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

So far, I'm impressed.  Exactly why I like reading SF&F -- worldbuilding, taking the what-if and build world, characters and story around it.  Where you get a sense of time and place and how people/characters live and react.


I'm drawn in and hooked.  I wasn't sure from synopsis if I would be.  The writing and depiction of characters and reactions convinced me.  Even the apathy of some fit.


Still plenty could go wrong.  Because has teenagers.  Some of my reviewer friends felt became too defined on the good/bad guys with the "utopia" aspect boring, artificial conflict, and eventually even an inexplicable romance.

Reading progress: 1%.

Scythe - Neal Shusterman

From the opening epigraph:


We are instructed to write down not just our deeds but our feelings, because it must be known that we do have feelings. Remorse. Regret. Sorrow too great to bear. Because if we didn’t feel those things, what monsters would we be?


Lots of hype and mixed reviews for this one.  I am eager to see for myself.

Free ebook from publisher

All Systems Red - Martha Wells

Publisher TOR's monthly free ebook club is offering this one.  Move quick to download from https://ebookclub.tor.com/ , it's usually a short availability.  You do signup your email for the monthly freebie announcement (all will be fantasy or science fiction genre books).


(Thanks Familiar Diversions for posting, I wasn't expecting the next monthly only two weeks after last one.)


There's also a booklikes bookclub for discussing if interested — http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy .


ETA:  Available through April 10.

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com