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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 %
Immune
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signups are open for "Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon" -- which takes place October 20, 2018

Source: http://www.24hourreadathon.com/october-2018-reader-sign-ups

Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1980s, Part III

The Manse - Lisa W. Cantrell Watersong: Kore - Mary Caraker Starbridge - A.C. Crispin Sabazel - Lillian Stewart Carl Final Frontier (Classic Star Trek ) - Diane Carey Obernewtyn - Isobelle Carmody Dreams Of The Raven - Carmen Carter Up the Rainbow - Susan Casper In the Garden of Dead Cars - Sybil Claiborne Am I Free To Go? - Kathryn Cramer

I love these series of articles despite what they do to the TBR pile.

 

Lots of new and familiar authors.  Most I haven't tried.  I think these were when I was a very broke person just starting working for a living without a good book budget.

 

Ones that wouldn't fit the "big" pictures at top of post:

 

Overshoot - Mona Clee  Overshoot - Mona Clee 

The Stars as Seen from This Particular Angle of Night: An Anthology of Speculative Verse - Sandra Kasturi,John Rose,Phyllis Gotlieb,David Clink,Kathy Shaidle,R.G. Evans,Donna Farley,Patrick O'Leary,Kiel Stuart,Gemma Files,John Tranter,Charlee Jacob,Mark McLaughlin,Peter Crowther,Bruce Boston,Yves Meynard,Carolyn Clink,Tom Piccirilli,Heather Spe  The Stars as Seen from This Particular Angle of Night: An Anthology of Speculative Verse - ,Carolyn Clink, et. al.

How Like a God - Brenda W. Clough  How Like a God - Brenda W. Clough 

Legacy - Molly Cochran  Legacy - Molly Cochran  

The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen  The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks - Joanna Cole

Sunglasses After Dark - Nancy A. Collins  Sunglasses After Dark - Nancy A. Collins  

The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit - First Book of the Wraeththu - Storm Constantine  The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit - Storm Constantine  

Love and War - Margaret Weis,Tracy Hickman,Harold Bakst,Barbara Siegel,Scott Siegel,Nick O'Donohoe,Nancy Varian Berberick,Richard A. Knaak,Paul B. Thompson,Laura Hickman,Kate Novak,Kevin Randle,Michael Williams,Tonya C. Cook,Dezra Despain  Love and War - Tonya C. Cook, et. al.

Mask Of The Wizard - Catherine Cooke  Mask Of The Wizard - Catherine Cooke  

The Black Horn - Clare Cooper,Trevor Stubley  The Black Horn - Clare Cooper

 

Author of article also mentions (but not sure of works or where to start with them):

 

Source: http://www.tor.com/2018/10/10/fighting-erasure-women-sf-writers-of-the-1980s-part-3

Love how author puts it in " Five Books That Improve Upon Heinlein’s Juveniles "

I love how article's author puts it: 

"For me, that requires the intended audience to include teens, that the genre be science fiction in the narrow sense, that the protagonist be a young adult, and that they get to do something that actually matters in the course of the book."

I think that last is a big part of why some YA books, particularly SF ones, miss the mark with me.  I need something to matter, to make me care about the characters or turn the page to see what happens next; something to invest in.  Endless angst and who winds up with who and vain things don't cut it for me.  And, yes, I realize the Heinleins looking back are problematic -- particularly in gender issues -- but at the time they actually were progressive and did have females doing something other than being queen bee mean girls or underdogs needing rescue, being prizes or objects or worse merely encoujraging admirers.

Source: http://www.tor.com/2018/10/08/five-books-that-improve-upon-heinleins-juveniles

New freebie in TOR's eBook of the Month Club

The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle

The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle   is currently free on publisher TOR's (Macmillan) site at https://ebookclub.tor.com. Only free October 9 through midnight October 12.  

 

They tout it as "H.P. Lovecraft’s legacy has been the subject of intense debate. And this book has its finger on the pulse of that discussion."

 

Yeah, I'm late posting this but once again I did not get my email notice and only spotted it in today's emailed newsletter.

 

Publisher page for book details is https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765386618 

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com

25 Everyday Examples of Rape Culture

Source: http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/03/examples-of-rape-culture

I haven't disappeared; "Exit Strategy" interrupted everything.

This book ... ah ... wow.

 

I wish RL would back off and let me read.

 

*whisper* even Book Shelf BINGO taking a backseat (and I'm the team captain).


What is Rape Culture? 5 Ways We All See it Every Day

Asking for It: Slut-shaming, Victim-blaming, and How We Can Change America's Rape Culture - Kate Harding
Source: http://www.bustle.com/articles/106307-what-is-rape-culture-5-ways-we-all-see-it-every-day

Five Books That Give Voice To Artificial Intelligence

Only five?  And Mike and Hal not making the cut?

 

Article also mentions a free online read at https://uncannymagazine.com/article/fandom-for-robots/ :

"Bonus short fiction - 

Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny Magazine) is a fantastic Nebula-nominated story that gets inside the head of a vintage robot called Computron who starts writing fanfic for a TV show because its favourite character (a robot) is handled so badly by all the humans in fandom. A clever, fun piece about the value of #ownvoices perspectives and how robots can be compelling characters to read about even (especially) when they don’t sound remotely like humans. –Tansy"

 

Source: http://www.tor.com/2018/09/05/five-books-that-give-voice-to-artificial-intelligence

Attention, Kindle and e-book lovers!

 

I have good news for you. If you are interested in checking out my first novel, Heartstrings, the e-book will be one sale for one week starting next Friday.

 

Take advantage of this deal to get the e-book for only 99 cents 10/5 to 10/12.

 

Paperback copies are also available on Amazon.

 

Happy reading!

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FZSF2B2?pf_rd_p=d1f45e03-8b73-4c9a-9beb-4819111bef9a&pf_rd_r=K7VJN35JPB8HS247HT2Q

 

Source: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FZSF2B2?pf_rd_p=d1f45e03-8b73-4c9a-9beb-4819111bef9a&pf_rd_r=K7VJN35JPB8HS247HT2Q
Reblogged from FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt

17 Fall Books We [*snicker* the publisher, TOR] Cannot Wait to Read

Vengeful - Victoria Schwab A Blade So Black - L. L. McKinney The Sisters of the Winter Wood - Rena Rossner
Source: http://www.tor.com/2018/09/20/17-fall-books-we-cannot-wait-to-read

The 10 Best Completed SF and Fantasy Series According to. ...

The Runelords - David Farland Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card Heroes Die - Matthew Stover The Gap Into Conflict: The Real Story - Stephen R. Donaldson The Shadow of the Torturer - Gene Wolfe Chronicles of the Black Company - Glen Cook The Eye of the World  - Robert Jordan
Source: http://www.tor.com/2018/09/25/the-10-best-completed-sf-and-fantasy-series-according-to-me

Email from RAINN notes 57% increase in hotline calls

 

Source: http://donate.rainn.org

Today's SOS Book Shelf BINGO call is "Own It"

Dark Queen - Faith Hunter

Just starting this one for Book Shelf BINGO.

 

I think it's the last, #12, in the series (or at least the last so far published).


Review of "My Life as a White Trash Zombie" (White Trash Zombie, #1) by Diana Rowland

My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland

This reader's personal opinion, ©2018, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by goodreads, Google Play, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 

 

No apocalypse, dystopia, Walking Dead type of zombies here. More along the lines of a werewolf bite creating more werewolves. Our world, our time — and zombies just like us so long as they get plenty of human brains to eat (vague mention of something about the enzymes ). Start turning more into movie-usual shambling disintegrating zombies if starved. Also not as slapstick as titles and covers indicate.

 

I'd been curious about these for a while seeing what everyone was saying on my book site feeds. Luckily, I got into the main character and enjoyed Angel's viewpoint on everything that was happening to her post-being-a-zombie. She had both a sense of humor and a serious side about everything going on despite a life that screened stereotypical white trash: high school dropout, dysfunctional and abusive home life, drug problems, wring crowd, etc.

 

I love the story arc and that becoming a zombie meant she thought about and fixed some aspects (well, sort of no drug problems now because don't work on zombies except now she's addicted to brains and safe from abusers with new zombie strength). She did come across way younger than the 21 the book said she was. She didn't ditch everyone she knew, even the ones clearly bad for her.

 

Overall, a very funny book. Too easy on how drug addiction and abuse handled and the ending a little hokey, but I'm looking forward to the next in series.  I like being in Angel's head and watching her growth


*©2018.  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?)


"Big Library Read" October 1-15

Global buddy read and discussion.  Public libraries participating in Overdrive will have ebook 100% available for download, no waiting list.

 

Source: http://biglibraryread.com

Source: http://www.bustle.com/articles/106844-8-ways-to-fight-rape-culture-because-too-many-women-suffer