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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

My Soul to Save
Rachel Vincent
A Second Bite at the Apple
Dana Bate
Marissa Meyer
Progress: 75 %
The Prosekiller Chronicles: Rise of the Spider Goddess -- An Annotated Novel
Jim C. Hines
An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1)
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 56 %




Favorite Book Quotes

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


Reading progress: 67%.

Blood of Tyrants  - Naomi Novik

Hah!  Still seemingly not missing anything by skipping Part I of this book.  In fact, they've all been referring to the last book of this series as if it just happened and ignoring the whole shipwrecked-in-Japan-with-amnesia subplot.


They are gearing up to leave China to return to Britain and the war. Laurence *groan oh of all the over-used truly bad plot points* has

recovered his memory after a battle where he received a head injury

(show spoiler)


Reading progress: 46%.

Blood of Tyrants  - Naomi Novik

China.  More dragons and Temeraire with imperial dragons.  Another assassination attempt.


And Laurence still has amnesia although reunited with Temeraire and his crew.  


I am so not regretting skipping Part I where other reviewers confirm amnesiatic Laurence was shipwrecked in Japan, clueless about everything (although now apparently fluent in Chinese) and angst-ing every page.  An angst-y Japanese teenage noble apparently helped and is now part of Temeraire's crew -- which seemingly has me completely caught up on Part I.

May's Kindle Firsts

The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King Dead Certain: A Novel - Adam Mitzner The First Word - Isley Robson The Lioness of Morocco - Julia Drosten, Christiane Galvani North Haven - Sarah Moriarty The Great Passage - Shion Miura, Juliet Winters Carpenter

The program is still devolved/restricted to just Amazon published titles apparently.  But, a review of one of last month's selections by Obisidan Blue reminded me I hadn't looked at May's offerings.


(Kindle Firsts is for Prime members and let's them get one of the selections free one month ahead of their release date.  Current month's selections will be at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst )


Because it's labeled "Fantasy," I chose to get this first in series:


The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King   The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King 

Source: http://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst

Reading progress: 29%.

Blood of Tyrants  - Naomi Novik

AaaarrrggghhhHHH ... I'm skipping ahead to the second of three parts of this book after checking some other reviewers and having zero interest in amnesia-stricken Laurence on his own in Japan (never come up in series before).  


If I feel like I missed more than filler, I may come back to it.  (No offense to Japan and more no doubt fascinating languages and customs to discover but I want to get on with the story of Temeraire's homeland in China, Laurence's homeland in England and the Napoleonic War without more travelogue/filler to more continents and countries).


The other seven books in the series have been leading up to more of China, England and an eventual resolution of Napoleon -- presumably what will be parts two and three of this book.


Rollicking good last book ended with the delegation en route to China and I'm stubbornly going to start there because that's what I want to read next.  Overall a great series but I don't need to slog through another mini-culture as if fan fiction of some more in depth treatment overlaid with modern western sensibilities (and I doubt Novik will do any more in depth look at Japan than we just had with Africa, Australia, the Incas, or Brazil).

Reading progress: 1%.

Blood of Tyrants  - Naomi Novik

I'm helplessly on a bout of binge reading the final books of this series.  


Oh my, my, my, my, my whatever are Temeraire and Laurence about ...


ETA:  Crap, opens with amnesia.  I hope that resolves soon or else this excellent series just took a nasty dive into the territory of stretching out a series for more money before the finale book (which I believe may be the next in series, League of Dragons ).

Reading progress: 1%.

Crucible of Gold (Temeraire Series #7) - Naomi Novik

Going in.  Couldn't wait.


(I should be writing reviews of four books I just finished — including  the one just finished in this Temeraire series, Tongues of Serpents, which is itself an indication of my ★★★★★ feels for it.)

""Even a manically depressed robot is better to talk to than nobody.”"

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 

"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams  

42 Douglas Adams quotes to live by

(*snicker* of course it had to be 42 of them...)


Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2bcFfMt6rGLTPpbG0yLwPw0/42-douglas-adams-quotes-to-live-by

Potpies: Yumminess in a Dish - Elinor Klivans, Scott Peterson

I'm now craving a beef pot pie.  (More browsing in the library ebook loans.)

Reading progress: 23%.

Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey

And I've slipped comfortably back into the world of Valdemar with Mags and Amily.


I'm sure the shit will be hitting the fan soon — always around the corner with Mags.

Reading progress: 3%.

Oh dear ... where is this one headed?  (Third in series and first two were kinda mixed for me).  I mean this is written by a girl (Mercedes Lackey) in her Valdemar universe where many of the Herald Leaders are female:




Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey  Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey  

Second Half of 2017 Read-a-thons/Challenges

Here is what I have for read-a-thons and challenges in the second half of 2017:


Booklikes-opoly: ends July 31, 2017


COYER Summer Vacation: June 17 - September 8, 2017

       For those doing the summer reading list option, there are three read-a-thons: June 30 - July 2, 2017; July 23 - 30, 2017; and August 20 - 27, 2017.


24 in 48 Read-a-thon: July 22 - 23, 2017.


Bout of Books Cycle 20: August 20 - 27, 2017


Dewey's 24hr Read-a-thon (autumn edition): October 21, 2017


Please let me know if you know of any other reading challenges going on in the second half of 2017!



Reblogged from Tea, Rain, Book

"Meatier" finds in public library ebooks

Michael Symon's Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers - Michael Symon Ribs, Chops, Steaks, & Wings - Ray Lampe, Leigh Beisch ManBQue: Meat. Beer. Rock and Roll. - John Carruthers, Jesse Valenciana Wicked Good Burgers: Fearless Recipes and Uncompromising Techniques for the Ultimate Patty - Andy Husbands, Chris Hart Woman's Day Monday Night is Chicken Night - Woman's Day Magazine, Woman's Day Perfect Grilled Meats: Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-146 - Matt Kelly Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook - F.L. Fowler

More to checkout for me (my library uses overdrive).


Durn autocorrect keeps trying to make "public library" "pubic library" ... er?

Reading progress: 1%.


—from Under Witch Moon - Maria E. Schneider  


Under Witch Moon - Maria E. Schneider 

The Baen Free Library — Lots of free ebooks

On Basilisk Station  - David Weber Cobra - Timothy Zahn Fledgling - Sharon Lee, Steve Miller There Will Be Dragons  - John Ringo Caliphate - Tom Kratman Starliner - David Drake Draw One in the Dark - Sarah A. Hoyt The Honor of the Queen  - David Weber

Not new (been around long time), but in case any SF/F fans overlooked, publisher Baen offers The Baen Free Library -- a digital library of the science fiction and fantasy publishing house Baen Books where e-books can be downloaded free in a number of formats.


Often it's the first book in an ongoing or a backlist series.


(They also have for sale eARCs of brand spanking new books well before available at retailers at http://www.baen.com/baenebooks#eARC  )


Links to the download the ones I featured (they offer many more):


Source: http://www.baen.com/categories/free-library.html