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

 

Currently reading

Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr
Garth Nix
Star Witch
Helen Harper
Progress: 100 %
Spirit Witch
Helen Harper
Progress: 100 %
Reclamation
Sarah Zettel
Wildfire
Ilona Andrews
White Hot
Ilona Andrews
Progress: 100 %
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride
Kristen Painter
Progress: 100 %
Scythe
Neal Shusterman
Progress: 100 %
Fearless in High Heels
Gemma Halliday
Progress: 100 %
Honor Among Thieves
Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine
Progress: 100 %

Favorite Book Quotes


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just starting, fresh off library waitlist

Heart of Venom  - Jennifer Estep Dark Heir - Faith Hunter Magic in the Shadows  - Devon Monk

I waitlisted these in anticipation of Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon on April 28 — they came early.  Guess I'll have to get reading ...

 

Odd how all three have similarly colored covers.  I was just waitlist ing according to "next in series."


Not for me. Should appeal more to horror, mystery/thriller and grimdark fans.

Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) - Stephen Blackmoore

I'm abandoning this one.

 

The writing and worldbuilding are very good.

 

The story and the main character are just not for me at this time.  Too dark.


Switching to this for Bookshelf BINGO's "Necromancers" shelf

Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr - Garth Nix

Not happy with previous selection.  This is second in a fantasy genre series (Old Kingdom, Abhorsen) where I liked the first book.


Reading progress: 18%.

Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) - Stephen Blackmoore

Well, so far, this is well written with potentially interesting worldbuilding.  Anyone else read this seris?

 

It's rather grim and violent with a main character who says he's done stuff like bleeding out black Rams as sacrifices, lines of cocaine, and sees detailed murders.

 

I may switch, but nothing on the shelf called for Bookshelf BINGO was really grabbing me.

 

I sympathize with Eric Carter based on what his life seems to be, but I don't like him yet and am not invested in his story.  I like finding a new series and I like the writing style--that's why on the fence about DNF or continue.

 

It is making me want to go buy some Johnny Walker Black (no liquor sales here on Sundays though).  I really don't need any because well stocked with bourbon for Derby ... just not Johnny Walker Black.

 

I will DNF if the book starts doing detailed animal sacrifice (at least the main character says it's too extreme for him to nail a dead cat to the window to ward off the haunts -- if that changes and any pets are harmed, I'm out).


Hurray Google! Google Partners with RAINN on Me Too Rising.

 See https://www.rainn.org/news/google-partners-rainn-me-too-rising for complete article instead of email screenshot.

 

Source: http://www.rainn.org/news/google-partners-rainn-me-too-rising

Just starting for Bookshelf BINGO

Dead Things (Eric Carter #1) - Stephen Blackmoore

Today's call is shelved as Necromanvers.

 

New to me author and first in series.  Some reviewers say remniscient of Harry Dresden (I can take it or leave it when it comes to Dresden Files so we'll see).


Reading progress: 88%

Spirit Witch - Helen   Harper


All the same, I half expected to hear Vincent Price’s voice booming about darkness falling across the land. Somehow I didn’t think I was going to be treated to an impromptu Thriller dance


Reading progress: 24%

Spirit Witch - Helen   Harper


His staff? Who did he think he was? Gandalf

 

I do like a book with a Gandalf reference.


Reading progress: 14%

Star Witch - Helen   Harper

It was almost as if we were monks on a vow of silence. Either that, or nobody here was a morning person. Suited me


Review of Slouch Witch (The Lazy Girl's Guide to Witchcraft) by Helen Harper

Slouch Witch - Helen   Harper

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* 


Posts running across my booklikes dashboard made this one sound good.  It was; I really enjoyed this Kindle Unlimited offering.

 

This is Bewitched and PNR type of witchcraft rather than horror, satanistic rituals, etc.  Book synopsis is accurate.

 

I liked the snarky, lazy heroine. Not at all a grim anti-hero, but not eager to exert.   Loved her cat.  Even liked the building romance (not where it went at the end of this book in the series).  Lazy or not, I do wish she had fought harder against the false accusation tanking her with the order and still tarnishing her reputation.  

 "He stared at me. Screw him. I wasn’t going to apologise for my clothes lying around my home."

Being kicked out of formal magic meant she developed some unique things herself.  At least things she really wanted -- like bespelling her cat to actually speak.  Made for fun worldbuilding.

" Scouts would be looking to hire me as their personal mascot – or better still, the fire brigade. I pictured myself on their annual calendar, surrounded by broad-chested firemen. Now there was an idea"

 

 

" ‘It might not be a drink, it might be an orgy. Well,’ I amended, ‘a threesome anyway.’

Winter looked faintly green. ‘Let’s hope not. Come on. There’s probably a back door.’ "

All in all a good read with even side characters and love interest developed nicely.  Looking forward to reading the next in series.


*©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?)


LibraryThing Acquires Litsy

Happened in March but I just noticed.  Hopefully LT didn't use funds needed to fight off additional Amazon ownership.

Source: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2018/03/librarything-acquires-litsy

The official list of Hugo nominees

Source: http://www.thehugoawards.org/2018/03/2018-1943-hugo-award-finalists-announced/#more-3163

Birthday Wishes: Author Jim C. Hines

His post on Facebook:

 

 

His books on booklikes at:  http://booklikes.com/jim-c-hines/author,4802391  ; there are also some free reads (including audio) on his website if interested.  Based on past activity and campaigns, he really is serious and devoted about supporting shelters.

 

Sampling of books on booklikes:

 

Goblin Quest - Jim C. Hines    Goblin Hero - Jim C. Hines  Goblin War - Jim C. Hines The Goblin Master's Grimoire - Jim C. Hines   Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines  The Stepsister Scheme - Jim C. Hines  Revisionary: Magic Ex Libris: Book Four - Jim C. Hines  Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris, #2) - Jim C. Hines  Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines  Unbound - Jim C. Hines  Red Hood's Revenge - Jim C. Hines  A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters - Martin H. Greenberg,Kerrie Hughes,Jane Lindskold,Nancy Holder,Lilith Saintcrow,Jeanne C. Stein,Tanya Huff,Anton Strout,Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Jim C. Hines,Elizabeth A. Vaughn,P.R. Frost,Mickey Zucker Reichert,Alexander B. Potter,Nina Kiriki Hoffman  The Snow Queen's Shadow - Jim C. Hines  Kitemaster and Other Stories - Jim C. Hines  Sister of the Hedge & Other Stories - Jim C. Hines  Fable: Blood of Heroes - Jim C. Hines  

Source: http://www.facebook.com/jimhines/posts/10156403838764283

71 new releases in book series today and tomorrow

Head On - John Scalzi Star Wars: Last Shot A Han & Lando Novel - Daniel José Older Fairy Tail S Vol. 2 - Hiro Mashima

Per FictFact's Book Release Calendar.

 

Releasing today: Warrior World


Coltrain Diana Palmer #55 in Long Tall Texans
Everwylde Donna Grant #2 in Kindred
Long Shot Kennedy Ryan #1 in Hoops
Micah Rebecca Royce #2 in Warrior World
Moon Riders Tracy Tappan #4 in The Community Series
Rapunzel Untamed Erin Bedford #1 in Curse of the Fairy Tales
Through With Love Tymber Dalton #71 in The Suncoast Society

 

Releasing tomorrow:

 
A Match Made in Bed Cathy Maxwell #2 in Spinster Heiress
A Matter Of Justice Christy Reece #4 in Grey Justice
A Warriner To Seduce Her Virginia Heath #4 in Wild Warriners
Beauty in Lingerie Penelope Sky #2 in Lingerie
Before Mars Emma Newman #3 in Planetfall
Blind Betrayal Nancy Mehl #3 in Defenders of Justice
Chaser Kylie Scott #3 in Dive Bar
Claiming His Hidden Heir Carol Marinelli #13 in Secret Heirs of Billionaires
Collaring Brooke Becca Jameson #3 in Club Zodiac
Cowboy Blues Delores Fossen #12 in Wrangler's Creek
Cowboy Heartbreaker Delores Fossen #Novella in Wrangler's Creek
Cowboy's Redemption B J Daniels #4 in Cahill Ranch
Embracing Her Heart Melissa Foster #1 in Montgomerys
Fairy Tail S Vol. 2 - Hiro Mashima  #2 in Fairy Tail S
Fallen Ink Carrie Ann Ryan #1 in Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs
Fearless Mating Milly Taiden #4 in A.L.F.A. Novel
Finding the Edge Debra Webb #1 in Colby Agency: Sexi-ER
Flesh Into Fire J. A. Huss #3 in Original Sin
Flight Yoshiki Tanaka #6 in Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Friend Zone Nicole Blanchard #1 in Friend Zone
From Unseen Fire Cass Morris #1 in Aven Cycle
Head ON John Scalzi #2 in Lock In
Hell in a Handbasket Denise Grover Swank #3 in Rose Gardner Investigations
Her Wickham Falls SEAL Rochelle Alers #2 in Wickham Falls Weddings
Hopeless Realm A.K. Koonce #3 in The Hopeless
In Prior's Wood G M Malliet #7 in Max Tudor
Killing Town Max Allan Collins #23 in Mike Hammer
Lady Cecily And The Mysterious Mr Gray Janice Preston #3 in Beauchamp Betrothals
Star Wars: Last Shot A Han & Lando Novel - Daniel José Older #2 in Han and Lando (#27 in Star Wars: Disney Canon)
Lone Star Blues Delores Fossen #5 in Wrangler's Creek
Love & War Melissa de la Cruz #2 in Alex and Eliza
Morna's Vow Bethany Claire #7 in Magical Matchmaker's Legacy
Murder at the Mushroom Festival Janet Finsilver #4 in Kelly Jackson
One Intrepid SEAL Elle James #1 in Mission: Six
Pocalypse Road Lilith Saintcrow #3 in Roadtrip Z
Revelations of a Time Traveler Doug Molitor #3 in Time Amazon
Royal Heir Ruth Cardello #3 in Westerly Billionaire
Save Me Tiffany A. Snow #4 in Corrupted Hearts
Season of Storms Andrzej Sapkowski #8 in Witcher
Shadow Call AdriAnne Strickland #2 in Kaitan Chronicles
Shot in the Dark Cleo Coyle #17 in Coffeehouse Mysteries
Taking Vengeance Cynthia Sax #12 in Cyborg Sizzle
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Vol. 5 FUSE #5 in That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
The Battered Badge Robert Goldsborough #13 in Nero Wolfe
The Boardwalk Trust Avery Duff #2 in Beach Lawyer Series
The Courage of a Cowboy Kristin Vayden #2 in Elk Heights Ranch
The Duke Who Ravished Me Diana Quincy #4 in Regency Spymasters
The Fallen David Baldacci #4 in Amos Decker
The Family Gathering Robyn Carr #3 in Sullivan's Crossing
The Last of the Lost Boys N. D. Wilson #3 in Outlaws of Time
The Long Sunset Jack McDevitt #8 in Engines of God
The Nanny's Double Trouble Christine Rimmer #1 in Bravos of Valentine Bay
The Other Boys Sean Kennedy, Renae Kaye #7 in On A Night Like This
The Phoenixes Choice M A Abraham #5 in Tantalus
The Royal Tutor, Vol. 6 Higasa Akai #6 in The Royal Tutor
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh Carolyn Arnold #2 in Mathew Connor Adventure
The Storm Elizabeth Hunter #6 in Irin Chronicles
The Wedding Quilt Bride Marta Perry #2 in Brides of Lost Creek
Traitor Nicole Blanchard #1 in Last to Leave
Traitor Born Amy A. Bartol #2 in Secondborn
Turn Me On J. Kenner #7 in Man of the Month
Unmasked by the Marquess Cat Sebastian #1 in The Regency Imposters
Welcome to Moonlight Harbor Sheila Roberts #1 in Moonlight Harbor
Whispers of the Dead Spencer Kope

 

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

Review of "All Systems Red" (Murderbot Diaries, #1) by Martha Wells

All Systems Red - Martha Wells

I have the worst trouble writing reviews for books I unequivocally ★★★★★.

 

Probably the best review I can give this is that I immediately pre-ordered the next book, Artificial Condition.

 

I just loved being inside Murdebot's head.  Grumpy, introverted, snarky, lazy, fighting any emotions or involvement ... anti-hero, indeed.  

 

The worldbuilding with greedy corporations had a fond déjà vu for me of H. Beam Piper's works—but, original rather than derivative.

 

This had been on my radar since publisher first announced it.  So glad I read it now for booklikes bookclub http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy when publisher TOR offered as this month's free ebook.


Just starting ...

Reclamation - Sarah Zettel

This is publisher Open Road Media's re-release of her first novel (I've never read).

 

It's a kindle unlimited borrow for me.  So far, Open Road is only "traditional" publisher I've found participating selectively in KU.

 

Can't say I care for their cover choice.