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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
Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Book View Café Anthology
P.G. Nagle, Sara Stamey, Gillian Polack, Mindy Klasky, Jennifer Stevenson, Dave Smeds, Vonda N. McIntyre, Judith Tarr
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caroline Fraser
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse)
Jim C. Hines

Favorite Book Quotes

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







Reading progress update: I've read 65%.

Still having a blast with this one.  Everything about it is pretty perfect to me.



From:  Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews 


Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews 

Reading progress: 48%.


From:  Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews  


Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews 

Reading progress: 41%.

Burn for Me -  Ilona Andrews


Reading progress: 31%.

Excellent story so far.  Invested in these characters already.



From:  Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews  

Burn for Me - Ilona Andrews  

Reading progress: 20%.

Burn for Me -  Ilona Andrews

Oh, I am really liking this one already.  Takes little time to establish believable worldbuilding and the main character is very likable.  Rare for an urban fantasy (paranormal? supernatural?) genre, she's actually capable, sensible, not a loner and has good intentions to stay law abiding without pesky instaluv/lust.


"Bookstores and libraries are places of refuge, somewhere to go when the skies are dark and rain is beating on the windows."


Source: http://bibliophileanon.tumblr.com/post/169397740512/bookstores-and-libraries-are-places-of-refuge
Reblogged from Bookloving writer

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

Anaïs Nin

Would you change your book review if... (usual rant ahead)

...you later decided (or other site members bombarded comments and messages that convinced or guilted you) author was nice, that you now understand how hard it was to publish a book, that your review was actually very critical, blah, blah, blah?  (I'm not talking about a review that said nasty things about or personally attacked an author.)


Some days I should only visit booklikes and fictfact on the Internet. I always look forward to visiting booklikes.


I just saw a review that did that, started with an actual apology to author for previous criticism and a resolve that since such hard work to publish no one should ever rate a book lower than "liked it." WTF does that have to do with how much the customer enjoyed their read?  


Me? My reading experience is my reading experience. Doesn't change my experience or my review if later I find out author is a hard-working, wonder person or a horrible human being.  (I might quietly delete the review leaving an unexplained lowest star rating so book comparisons and recommendations stay more accurate if I decide to boycott because of author.)


I assume most authors do work hard and that it is a lot of time, effort, talent and cost to publish a book.  If I start reading a book that seems otherwise, I'm not finishing it.


How on earth is it really a five star scale for reviews if reviewers can only use the top, top two or top three ratings?  If we should only be rating a book 1-3 ways, isn't that a three-star scale?  Sorry for the rant but that always ticks me off.  


One of the paid review sites that illegally posts reviews on U.S. sites (in with consumer/customer reviews instead of editorial/paid/professional sections)  without disclosing the payment also illegally fails to disclose that all reviews have to have a minimum rating of ★★★★☆.  I'm sorry, that's not just illegal but if you can only rate one of two ways (★★★★☆ or ★★★★★ ) that is just not n a scale of 1-5, it's a 2-unit and not a 5-unit scale - a thumbs up or two thumbs up type of scale, silver or gold star, smile or grin emoticon... Heads very fast into the territory of suppressing consumer speech, violating consumer rights, deceptive trade practices, violating consumer endorsement regs, et. al.  (not to mention violating site policies of most U.S. sites with customer reviews).


[ I saw the review while half-heartedly updating my goodreads catalog. It went from a rating of book was "okay" (hardly nasty) to a rating of "liked it."]


At least it wasn't one of those "readers-have-to-tell-author-what-changes-to-make-then-keep-buying/updating-newest-edition-before-you-can-review-BECAUSE ONLY BULLIES DARE REVIEW THE EDITION THEY JUST READ" with socks and others trying to remove reviews from two years and 35 editions ago ... or a review circle where the others will 1-star review the books of anyone daring to rate their book less than ★★★★★ ...


*If I think an author is a horrible person, I exercise my right to a consumer boycott.  I don't consider boycotting retail products and sharing the boycott info to be bullying anyone.   I update my book catalog in a way useful,to me.  I don't buy, read or review their books and may point out the issues I have with them on posts (not in my book reviews) to help others stay safe against some whackjob who attacks their customers/reviewers or is otherwise deserving of boycotting.  I try to remember to post with do-not-link, images and screenshots rather than putting name in text to avoid the drama possibly wanted to improve their product visibility/discovery and their search engine position.  But, my reviews are just my opinion of the reading experience I had with the edition of the book I read.


Review of "A Little Change of Face" by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

A Little Change of Face - Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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* 

This was so hit and miss with me, I need to review it.  I was drawn to this library wishlist-one because of interesting premise (think reverse Pygmalion), an author I've been meaning to try, and wanting a funny read.  


Well, I like the author's writing and the humor.  The premise somehow turned just plain mean.


It was a funny book.


Mixed feelings about the main character.  Every time I thought about DNF'ing the book, she'd do or say something I could relate to or sympathize -- none of which carried through to the end.  I did not like or connect with her or any of the characters.  I expected shallow and vain from the book description, but I expected it to be hilarious and lesson-worthy instead of the woe-is-me-I-can-get-any-guy-and-will-even-if-I-don't-want-him.  Mean-spirited on the part of the default best friend and main character often mean-spirited to others.  Still, she had her moments so did not DNF. 


I think the premise went too far.  If main character had decided to drab herself up to see if guy was attracted to her or her looks, that would have worked better for me than the frenemy harassing her into it from jealousy then pushing it too far.  By too far, I mean changing name, job and residence -- who would do that?  At least MC fought back when frenemy pushed for more like binding breasts and hinted at actual surgeries (that saved a DNF right there).


Everyone was at times judgmental, selfish, jealous, petty, mean, arrogant, blame others good qualities for why others notice their bad qualities ...


Overall all, didn't really like most of it (mostly for characters) but would read more by the author.  Ending seemed a bit rushed and could have been more satisfying without some cheating, hypocrisy and deus ex machina.  


Really close to the end there was a rape-apologist bit that would have made for an automatic DNF had it come anywhere earlier.  It totally soured the book for me despite earlier laugh-out-loud moments.  

That was MC's reaction to a preteen with boobs budding early that main character had given a makeover for a first school dance.  Preteen was actually attacked and her shirt ripped by date wanting to grope boobs.  Returns to MCs house for help/comfort(?) and nothing really.  The  buck-up-it-happens, minimal reaction or lack of advice bad enough.  Inner monologue of MC actually thought it was such a wonderful thing this happened to the girl so young because it was a lesson learned about how boys will be boys and the girl needed to get used to it.  

(show spoiler)

See?  If you read the spoiler you know a big reason I disliked the main character.  I don't think she learned or grew at all from the experience other than dumping the frenemy.

*©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?)

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Isn't a TV Show, It's a 'Series of 10 Movies'

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams - Philip K. Dick

Amazon production previewed in UK; coming to U.S. in 2018 (January 12?).


Anyone seen it yet?

Source: http://io9.gizmodo.com/philip-k-dicks-electric-dreams-isnt-a-tv-show-its-a-s-1819219135

"When the Wood is no more
There will be woe in the World.
There will be no more laughter on the wind.


~ Traditional proverb

from The Speed of Darkness, by Catherine Fisher

Reblogged from Bookloving writer

Official Trailer for upcoming Disney movie for A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle , link to trailer on Disney's site is http://video.disney.com/watch/a-wrinkle-in-time-trailer-55e5e29a2928a80766ffcd1e .

Source: http://video.disney.com/watch/a-wrinkle-in-time-trailer-55e5e29a2928a80766ffcd1e

Teaser Trailer for March's remake of A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle  from Disney.

Source: http://video.disney.com/watch/a-wrinkle-in-time-teaser-trailer-5545f5825d30ab31138c2eaf

Crap. I have a black eye.

No, not from any holiday drinking incidents.


A stupid miss of the last/third step into my concrete-floored garage rushing out because of bad family news.  The family news is nothing I could do anything about or want to talk about yet.


It's ugly and swollen enough to interfere with my reading (my good eye).


 I fell on my left side and raised my head enough so that my cheek and not my skull was injured; have had X-rays and CAT so am positive nothing broken (emergency rooms this time of year ...).  Just painful black eye and left wrist, left lower leg and ankle are badly bruised and sprained.  


It's going to be a few days before I can stand.  Downtime would have made for great reading  ... damn black eye (but thank God no split skull) is interfering.


Yup, that's bookworm me.  Painful injuries and I am upset my reading is interrupted--partly because it is a coping mechanism when I do go through hard things (and hard things tend to come with paperwork to read).


It Came From Hell and Smashed the Angels for FREE!

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Reblogged from Gregor Xane

New Releases in Book Series - Friday thru Sunday (Jan. 5-7)

How To Be Deadly - Trina Schart Hyman A Shade of Vampire 54: A Den of Tricks (Volume 54) - Bella Forrest A Tiny Dash of Death - Carolyn Dean, Angela C Blackmoore, Beth Byers

Source:  FictFact.com's Book Releaee calendar.

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