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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

Dark Queen
Faith Hunter
Progress: 1 %
Magic Rises
Ilona Andrews
Progress: 100 %
The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of The Black Company'
Glen Cook
Progress: 100 %
Shannon Mayer
Progress: 100 %
Amazing Stories: Fall 2018
Steve Fahnestalk, Gary Dalkin, Robert Silverberg, Kameron Hurley, Julie Czerneda, Jack Clemons, Dave Creek, Drew Hayden Taylor, Paul Levinson, Shirley Meier, Allen Steele, Rudy Rucker, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Steve Davidson
Progress: 1 %
A Match Made in Spell: Lexi Balefire, Matchmaking Witch
Regina Welling, Erin Lynn
A Thousand Words for Stranger
Julie E. Czerneda
Witches With the Enemy
Barb Hendee
A Darker Shade of Magic
V.E. Schwab
Sins of Empire
Brian McClellan

Favorite Book Quotes

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







Reading progress 34%.

The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of The Black Company' - Glen Cook

Reading progress 29%.

The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of The Black Company' - Glen Cook

Reading progress 27%.

The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of The Black Company' - Glen Cook

Scavenger Hunt - Win a free LibraryThing lifetime membership

It's Talk Like a Pirate Day, and to celebrate, LibraryThing is holding a scavenger hunt. If you solve five of the riddles and find their corresponding LibraryThing pages, you'll be upgraded to a free lifetime membership.


LibraryThing has a bit of a learning curve, but I like using it to back up my reviews (unlike Booklikes, you can export your catalog) and keep track of my book collection (both what I have and where it's located). At any rate, if you want to give it a go, this is a nice way to get a lifetime membership so there aren't any limitations on how many books you can add to your catalog. Basic free memberships are limited to only 200 books, or whatever else you choose to catalog.

Reblogged from Familiar Diversions

Fall Magic Book Swap OPEN


The Fall Magic Book Swap is open!

Who doesn't love a little bit of hocus pocus? A bit of myth and magic? Let's all gather round the bubbling cauldron, grab our brooms and dust off our wands! It's time for another amazing book swap! Here's the timeline:

Sign ups are from September 1st to the 14th.
Partner info will be sent out on the 15th.
Mailing will be due by the 30th.

Extensions are always fine as long as you check with me first. We all have busy times or get distracted.We get it. :)

Here's the requirements:

1. A grimoire. (a book, of course)

2. A witchy brew (a tea, drink mix or something similar)

3. A focus (a cool object that you think your partner may like. Focuses are often used by witches or other spell casters to help them concentrate their magic without exhausting themselves. Stereotypical items are crystal balls, but they can be anything, even a boot. lol)

4. Something to help prep your partner for winter. (they're so busy with their magic that they may have missed something vital in their getting ready for the cold weather. help them out! get creative!)

5. A spell (a note from you)


I hope you all have fun with this! Magic can mean anything. You can lean toward the magic of mind reading, to the magic of time travel, to the magic of friendship ala My Little Pony. I don't care! Just enjoy yourselves! You know I'm laid back and just want us all to have some laughs. All questions can be sent to me, Mallory. Like I've already said, if you need an extension, just ask. 

I love you guys! You never stop amazing me with your creativity!

Amok! Amok!


Reblogged from Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads

New free ebook from publisher TOR (U.S. Macmillan)

All the Birds in the Sky - Charlie Jane Anders

Download free ebook from https://ebookclub.tor.com/ ; Nebula award winner.


Publisher page is here for more details.

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com

Reading progress: 25%.

The Black Company - Glen Cook

I am liking this book a whole lot.  I was hesitant to start because sounded more grim than I normally like.


The company physician is the narrator; I'm enjoying his wording as he relays the story.  It is military with combat and death.  The Black Company is in the thick of it with a lot of losses.  But, it's more interesting to me than grim or particularly explicit violence (so far).


Yay!  Potentially a really huge new series to engross me.

Reading progress: 22%.

The Black Company - Glen Cook

Reading progress: 4%.

The Black Company - Glen Cook

Reading progress: 2%.

The Black Company - Glen Cook

Busy, busy, busy Fairy Librarian

Magic Rises  -  Ilona Andrews

This ebook downloaded, too.


I have a distinct tone for the notification where my furbabies hear it and bounce over guard the ereaders until ransomed with treats.  Pavlovian response indeed, eh?

My favorite Fairytale retell series

Cinder - Marissa Meyer The Stepsister Scheme - Jim C. Hines The Fairy Godmother - Mercedes Lackey

And the first SOS Bookshelf BINGO call is "military"

The Black Company - Glen Cook



This is one I'd heard of as being iconic to grimdark fantasy.  A huge series kinda intimidating to start.


But I loved the sample; just got lost in the TBR for years.  Then,  the last monthly free ebook from publisher TOR (Macmillan) was ... The Black Company.   Not only is it shelved as military for this round of BINGO, it's also the current read for booklikes' bookclub here if anyone cares to read along.

Source: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy

My Fairy Librarian brought this off the ebook waitlist ...

My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland

...just in time to use it as my free space read for Serious Overload of Series' Bookshelf BINGO Round 17, free space.


Been meaning to give this series a try for a while based on fun posts on my dashboard from other readers.  Sounds funny.


Reading progress 88%.

Immune  - Shannon Mayer

Reading progress 55%

Immune  - Shannon Mayer