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

 

Currently reading

Cast in Flight
Michelle Sagara
Thief's Covenant
Ari Marmell
Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1)
Angie Fox
Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel
Morgan Rhodes
Progress: 100 %
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

 

This book refuses to show up on my currently reading?

Black Powder War - Naomi Novik

Unless y'all are seeing something I'm not.

 

I can shelve other books as "currently reading" and they will show up.

 

I have removed this from my shelves and re-added as currently reading = no luck.

 

Removed from shelves and tried adding a different edition = still no luck.


Interrupting regularly scheduled programming ...

Black Powder War  - Naomi Novik

Grim reminded me I wanted to get back to this series and this just became available at my library.

 

Looking forward to returning to this world.


The 17 Most Effective Insults From Science Fiction and Fantasy

Actually, I don't exactly agree that these are the "best" but it's a cute post.

Source: http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-17-most-effective-insults-from-science-fiction-and-1695367667

New Releases in Series: Monday, March 27

Dirty Filthy Rich Men - Laurelin Paige Lines Drawn - Ker Dukey Nomad - Victoria Danann Say I'm Yours - Corinne Michaels Strays (Urban Soul) (Volume 2) - Garrett Leigh

 Dirty Filthy Rich Men - Laurelin Paige   #2 in Dirty Duet

 

Lines Drawn - Ker Dukey   #2 in Drawn To You

 

Nomad - Victoria Danann   #3 in Sons of Sanctuary

 

Say I'm Yours - Corinne Michaels   #3 in Say

 

Strays - Garrett Leigh   #2 in Urban Soul


Released Today in Series books

Lucky Charm (Spellbound Paranormal Cozy Mystery Book 4) - Annabel Chase

This is #4 in Spellbound Paranormal Cozy Mystery series.

 

From Fictfact's New Release Calendar.  (Which shows that next Tuesday there's a bumper crop of 72 new releases in series.)

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

Reading progress: 85%.

Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes

So everyone is mistrusting each other, misunderstandings abound, paranoid (and inaccurate) conspiracy theories.  

 

None of the core characters have died in this chunk of the book, but seems like several deaths are looming.

 

Aah! The melodrama.

 

The King of Blood has just returned to his kingdom — after uncharacteristically revealing a bit of his own past melodrama — so maybe the rebels will get it together to try and do something other than suspect each other.  Or not; possibly just building up,to next back (not likely to be an actual cliffhanger based on previous books in series).

 

I still like these books.  Seems like this one has spent less time on story than on trying to wallow in the characters having  both good/bad elements (and excuses because of what they've been through and lost).  

 

Not necessarily a negative except that they are starting to all be alike except for names and current injuries.  I guess it's a positive that the females and males all seem alike.


Yes, It Matters If The Science In Your Science Fiction Story Is Accurate

Source: http://io9.gizmodo.com/yes-it-matters-if-the-science-in-your-science-fiction-1685017746

Book Search AAAarrgghhHH!!!

Oh, come on booklikes search.  Really?  These two "books" are what you find for a book ( Dune - Frank Herbert ) with 70 editions and pages of reviews?  

 

 


Hugo-Winning Author Nnedi Okorafor on How Whitewashing Once Came to Her Book Cover

Seriously, a story set in Africa with Africans gets a blonde white woman (see first left cover, an unacceptable to author first revision middle and final post-ARC cover) in African dress walking thru African desert?  Inarguable example shown in cover images:

 

Source: http://io9.gizmodo.com/hugo-winning-author-nnedi-okorafor-on-how-whitewashing-1793374744

Reading progress: 73%.

Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes

And now finally some characters start revealing stuff they should have told their so-called allies way before now.  Well, in one case confirming when discovered.

 

Now I expect will really be picking up.

 

Yeah, I know.  If everything resolved or revealed too quickly, wouldn't make a novel length story.


Oh, and more deaths of loved ones of course.


Reading progress: 43%.

Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes

Picking up and more if the players converge.  Still plenty of melodrama.

 

 


Book Site visits = 1,000s ; Book Pages read = 1

Okay.  I really need to stop reading all you fascinating booklikers and exploring book-related web pages.

 

Like maybe get some actual reading done.

 

Look away from shiny new releases; the TBR piles are just fine.

 

Oops, nope, something good is on tv ...

 

Can I blame 70°F spring weather?

 

(Not that I get to watch tv because that's some sort of bat signal to family that hey-not-reading-so-we-get-to-interrupt — I've been trying for three weeks to finish a one hour episode on Netflix.)


"Why is your fiancée insisting that I dress like Naomi from Mama’s Family?"

— Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs - Molly Harper  


Ooh...this is not yet out but I definitely want to read

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story - Angela Saini

Research by men in earlier decades about women is like a student re-writing a Wikipedia article to prove their paper.  Synopsis says:

"What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knew

 

For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subservient. No less a scientist than Charles Darwin asserted that women were at a lower stage of evolution, and for decades, scientists—most of them male, of course—claimed to find evidence to support this.

 

Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behavior, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different. Biologists claim that women are better suited to raising families or are, more gently, uniquely empathetic. Men, on the other hand, continue to be described as excelling at tasks that require logic, spatial reasoning, and motor skills. But a huge wave of research is now revealing an alternative version of what we thought we knew. The new woman revealed by this scientific data is as strong, strategic, and smart as anyone else.

 

In Inferior, acclaimed science writer Angela Saini weaves together a fascinating—and sorely necessary—new science of women. As Saini takes readers on a journey to uncover science’s failure to understand women, she finds that we’re still living with the legacy of an establishment that’s just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice. Sexist assumptions are stubbornly persistent: even in recent years, researchers have insisted that women are choosy and monogamous while men are naturally promiscuous, or that the way men’s and women’s brains are wired confirms long-discredited gender stereotypes.

 

As Saini reveals, however, groundbreaking research is finally rediscovering women’s bodies and minds. Inferior investigates the gender wars in biology, psychology, and anthropology, and delves into cutting-edge scientific studies to uncover a fascinating new portrait of women’s brains, bodies, and role in human evolution."

 

Another book spotted on  the Early Reviewer ARCs over on LibraryThing.

Source: http://www.librarything.com/er/list

Sounds funny for my writer friends

How to Success!: A Writer's Guide to Fame and Fortune - Corinne Caputo

Well, doubt many of you are seeking that perfect paragraph shape.  From the synopsis:

This parody self-help book for writers is filled with hilariously misguided tips, factual-looking charts, and other advice that knowingly pokes fun at writerly foibles while still cheering would-be authors on.

 

With this book, struggling writers can find suggestions for effective paragraph shapes, tips on where to find inspiration (in your reflection, in the shapes of gum stuck to the ground, in a consultation with your doctor), thoughtful poses for author photos, pull-out procrastination excuses, and much more.

 

How to Success! is filled with enough almost-helpful advice to keep aspiring writers amused, unblocked, and on their way to literary fame.

 

(It's one of March's ARCs (Early Reviewers program) over on LibraryThing.)

Source: http://www.librarything.com/er/list

Printable Bookmarks (LibraryThing)

Some neat quotes and graphics on these free printable bookmarks from LibraryThung.

Source: http://www.librarything.com/wiki/index.php/Printables