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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

Witch and Wombat
Carolyn Cushman
Progress: 9 %
Magic Shifts
Ilona Andrews
Raising Innocence
Shannon Mayer
Progress: 100 %
Beyond the Empire
K.B. Wagers
Sean Brock
100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know: Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Fabulous Dishes to Get You Everything You Want in Life
Cindi Leive
Susan Dennard
Progress: 100 %
Kill the Queen
Jennifer Estep
Progress: 99 %
Leviathan Wakes
James S.A. Corey

Favorite Book Quotes

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







This month's free ebook from publisher TOR

Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle #1) - C. L. Polk

Publisher page for more book info is here.


Download for a limited time at http://ebookclub.tor.com 


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I'm not sure I'll be reading this one; the book description sounds a little too steampunk for my own tastes.

Source: http://ebookclub.tor.com

Am I missing a noun meaning of "or"?

Witch and Wombat - Carolyn Cushman

This humorous fantasy just came off library waitlist.  What seem like errors are making it hard to get into -- but, they repeat a lot where I'm wondering if maybe I'm missing the point or something not translated into English correctly?  "or" used a lot as if a noun; "an one " is another phrase bugging me.  Commas are weird, too.


For example:

"He picked over the or with pursed lips."

"Now get in that or and get that pack organized."

"The others had settled for donning their or on top of their Outworld garb."

"And expected an one attack with every rustle in the bushes."

In context, the book description is "A magic realm is set on a collision course with wackiness when a witch and her wombat sidekick guide an assortment of tourists from the mortal world through an enchanted forest they think is merely a high-tech amusement park."  


Basically the charactes are gearing up to go on quest in a medieval/fairytale reality.  They pick up a lot of "or" -- which isn't making sense to me.  I don't think it's an abbreviation or acronym.



Review of "Undeniably Yours (Lucy Valentine #5)" by Heather Webber

Undeniably Yours - Heather Webber

A good read; not quite sure it worked as part of the series (possibly the last book) for me.  Not my favorite of the series.


Partly because it tried hard to tug at some heartstrings with babies in danger.


Lucy's love, Sean, was very much exactly what she needed him to be.  Oh, some romantic moments but mostly not nearly as wacky or as interesting on the romance side. I like these two together, the emotions make sense and it's nice that the angst has died where they are confident in their togetherness.  Just disappointing though that Sean turned into cardboard perfection behaving exactly as she wants.


Maybe because Lucy did so much without the usual posse in this one, something was lacking.

Five Fantastic Recent Books about Humans Colonizing Other Planets

The Book of Strange New Things: A Novel - Michel Faber Planetfall - Emma Newman The Stars Change - Mary Anne Mohanraj Windswept: Windswept Book One - Adam Rakunas Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
Source: http://www.tor.com/2019/02/07/five-fantastic-recent-books-about-humans-colonizing-other-planets


Demons Prefer Blondes - Sidney Ayers

I gave this library book a good try.  It had such promise of an interesting storyline.


So uneven.  I couldn't get a fix on any of the characters between fluctuating personalities and dialogue (just jumped all over the place).  Add in some bad stereotypes.  I could even have gotten over the bits that almost seem like an author was tossing in little homages, sendups, bashings or anecdotes about their real life acquaintances.  Worldbuilding was in pretty broad strokes, but had interesting bits I thought could make for a nice long series.


I'm not sure exactly how to put my finger on what went wrong for me.  One minute the good guy was nice and the next a jerk, one minute the mc was capable and quiet but the next petty and prejudiced ... About the time I'd like the book, something would annoy me or break the immersion.  Just couldn't get a feel for the characters and the storyline was better as premise than in execution.


Not completely giving up on author; later books might show more skills as they develop as  writer.  The writing and editing weren't the issues for me; just not connecting to the characters and the storyline uneven.

I need to start this library book

Demons Prefer Blondes - Sidney Ayers

I'm usually good about library books, but for some reason this one got overlooked.


The reviews from people I follow are extremely mixed.


So could be a quick DNF or a new favorite series.

Reading progress: 67%.

How to Date Your Dragon - Molly Harper

Reading progress: 18%.

How to Date Your Dragon - Molly Harper

Reading progress: 3%.

Deader Homes and Gardens - Angie Fox

Publisher Baen's Sixth Annual Contest for Best Original Fantasy Adventure Story

Click link for details.



"...The contest opens for submissions January 21st, 2019 and all entries must be received by midnight on April 30th, 2019. Each entry is limited to an original short story in the English language of no more than 8,000 words, and only one entry per author. .."

Source: http://www.baen.com/pressrelease-bfaa2019

Reading progress update: I've read 34%.

Danger in High Heels - Gemma Halliday

Reading progress: 31%.

Raising Innocence - Shannon Mayer

Reading progress: 18%.

Raising Innocence - Shannon Mayer

Reading progress 8%.

Superheroes Anonymous - Lexie Dunne

Reading progress: 1%.

Superheroes Anonymous - Lexie Dunne

Reading progress: 64%.

Sweet Tea and Sympathy - Molly Harper