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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

A Dance of Blades
David Dalglish
Progress: 10 %
For Love of Mother-Not (Pip and Flinx Adventure Series #1)
Alan Dean Foster
By a Thread (Elemental Assassin #6)
Jennifer Estep
Biting Cold
Chloe Neill
The Unyielding
Shelly Laurenston
Progress: 100 %
Wings of Fire
Alma Alexander
Progress: 100 %

Favorite Book Quotes

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







"If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for ... but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.

—Robert A. Heinlein


(talk about eerie foreshadowing...how true is this in our current politics?)

Leafmarks Challenges to transfer to Reading Lists: Community Challenge for Time 100

Challenge description read:  "In 2010, TIME released their list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923 (the beginning of TIME). How many of these carefully-selected titles have you read? Challenge yourself to read through this list; finally read those books you were always meaning to, and discover titles that you may not have considered before.

There are 100 books in the reading list for this challenge and we will not be accepting requests to add more.

Good luck and happy reading!"


Books were:


1984 George Orwell, Erich Fromm


The Adventures of Augie March Saul Bellow, Christopher Hitchens
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren, Joseph Blotner
American Pastoral (American Trilogy, #1) Philip Roth

An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser, Richard Lingeman

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story George Orwell, Ann Patchett, Russell Baker, C.M. Woodhouse
Appointment in Samarra John O'Hara, John Updike
Are You There God? It's Me Margaret Judy Blume

The Assistant Bernard Malamud
Atonement Ian McEwan
At Swim-Two-Birds Flann O'Brien, William H. Gass

Beloved Toni Morrison 

The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr. Norris/Goodbye to Berlin Christopher Isherwood
The Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe, #1) Raymond Chandler
The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Cormac McCarthy
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder, Russell Banks


Call It Sleep Henry Roth, Hana Wirth-Nesher, Alfred Kazin

The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

The Confessions of Nat Turner William Styron
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon


A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement (A Dance to the Music of Time, #1 - 3) Anthony Powell
The Day of the Locust Nathanael West, Alfred Kazin

Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather

A Death in the Family James Agee

The Death of the Heart Elizabeth Bowen

Deliverance James Dickey
Dog Soldiers Robert Stone


Falconer John Cheever

The French Lieutenant's Woman John Fowles



The Golden Notebook Doris May Lessing
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin

Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Handful of Dust Evelyn Waugh

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene

Herzog Saul Bellow, Philip Roth

A House for Mr. Biswas V.S. Naipaul
Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson

I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 (Claudius, #1) Robert Graves

Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

Light in August: The Corrected Text William Faulkner
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order), #1; The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological Order), #2) C.S. Lewis

Lolita Vladimir Nabokov, Craig Raine
Lord of the Flies William Golding

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #1 - 3) J.R.R. Tolkien

Loving Henry Green
Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis, David Lodge

The Man Who Loved Children Christina Stead, Randall Jarrell
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
Money Martin Amis

The Moviegoer Walker Percy

Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf, Maureen Howard

Naked Lunch: The Restored Text William S. Burroughs, James Grauerholz, Barry Miles
Native Son Richard Wright
Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1) William Gibson
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey
On the Road Jack Kerouac


The Painted Bird Jerzy KosiƄski

A Passage to India E.M. Forster, Oliver Stallybrass, Pankaj Mishra

Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov

Play It as It Lays Joan Didion, David Thomson
Portnoy's Complaint Philip Roth
Possession: A Romance A.S. Byatt

The Power and the Glory Graham Greene, John Updike
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark


Rabbit, Run (Rabbit Angstrom, #1) John Updike
Ragtime E.L. Doctorow
The Recognitions William Gaddis, William H. Gass
Red Harvest (The Continental Op, #1) Dashiell Hammett
Revolutionary Road Richard Yates

Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles
Slaughterhouse-Five: Or the Children's Crusade, a Duty-Dance with Death Kurt Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson
The Sot-Weed Factor John Barth
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner

Sportswriter Richard Ford

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (George Smiley, #3) John le Carré
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway


Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston, Edwidge Danticat

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) Chinua Achebe

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
Tropic of Cancer (Obelisk Trilogy, #1) Henry Miller, Karl Jay Shapiro, Anaïs Nin

Ubik Philip K. Dick, Manuel Espin
Under the Net Iris Murdoch
Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry


Watchmen Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, Barry Marx
White Noise Don DeLillo
White Teeth Zadie Smith
Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys

Reading progress: 10%.

A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish

Lots of action, some melodrama and at 10% setting off for a road trip.  Seems like a good breaking point for today.


If you care to join the read, booklikes bookclub is here.


Reading progress: 7%.

A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish

How quickly the game is afoot, familiar players, new players …


Starts off five years since the end of the first book that was so full of just about everything. The merchants still in disarray and fearful after the attempted takeover by the thieves guilds, Haern and others creating bloodshed and disarray among the guilds.


If anything like the first in series, lots will be happening very quickly with the worldbuilding and politics just getting deliciously more complex with the turn of each page.


Care to join the read?  Book club is here.


Source: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/94/shadowdance-series

The Coolest Food and Drink Specials for the Great American Eclipse



Source: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2017/08/the-coolest-food-and-drink-specials-for-the-great-american-eclipse

"Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages."

—George Washington

Just starting for a group/buddy read ...

A Dance of Blades  - David Dalglish

Second in the series.


I'm reading the Orbit published edition.


Feel free to join in via dashboard posts and/or the booklikes book club at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/94/shadowdance-series 

Source: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/94/shadowdance-series

Classic Noir Group Read

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader

Ghosts! Haunted Houses! Romantic Suspense! (Contemporary) Gothic!

The Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton

I am terrible at self promotion.  I feel queasy even doing this much.


But I'm screwing up my courage, because yes, this is my book and it fits a whole bunch of Halloween Bingo squares.  (And if I do say so myself, it's a fun read, with no graphic violence or sex.)  (And I never read the reviews!)


The Looking-Glass Portrait


When Thomasina Ryder inherits her grandmother's house, she expects to quickly arrange for the sale of the estate. She soon learns the disposal of her legacy will be a more complicated process than she expected. And nothing could complicate matters more than the return into Thomasina's life of a forbidden love from the past.

The further she delves into the secrets of that past, the more she is made aware of something sinister and hidden, never to be spoken of even in whispers. She begins to suspect this secret is connected to the silent forms she has seen moving in the old house, from the corner of her eye or in the distorted reflection of a mirror. Then, as her investigations bear fruit, the shadows in the mirrors become more threatening.





Reblogged from Linda Hilton

Reading Progress

The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

Reading Progress

The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

Reading progress: 86%.

The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston

Our intrepid couple are doing Viking heroics throughout one whatever-heim world after another on their quest.


Meanwhile, if anyone was worried about the goat from a previous book that was used in a prank to make someone think they did animal sacrifice:



For "Darkest London" Square, how about trying an author on booklikes?

A Scone To Die For (Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 1) - H.Y. Hanna

Currently free for kindle, how about this cozy mystery for Halloween BINGO 2017?  The "Darkest London" square wants "any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London."


Free or not, any other booklikes authors have books that would suit the BINGO squares?  



Reading progress: 56%.

 Source:  The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston  


The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston 

Barnes and Noble Readouts: Green Pea and Green Chile Soup with Crispy Serrano Ham

Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Cookbook: Explosive Flavors from the Southwestern Kitchen - Bobby Flay

Just sharing link to recipe in Barnes and Noble's Friday Readouts.

Source: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/readouts/bobby-flays-mesa-grill-cookbook-explosive-flavors-from-the-southwestern-kitchen-4

I recommend these free kindle ones For Halloween BINGO 2017 options

Trouble in Mudbug  - Jana Deleon Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 1) - Angie Fox

These I already read.  Fun cozy mystery ones with ghosts or other elements that work for the squares.  Hardly deep, profound, erudite literature -- but fun reads by hybrid (traditional and self-published) authors.