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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

Magic Rises
Ilona Andrews
My Life as a White Trash Zombie
Diana Rowland
The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of The Black Company'
Glen Cook
Progress: 22 %
Shannon Mayer
Progress: 88 %
Amazing Stories: Fall 2018
Steve Fahnestalk, Gary Dalkin, Robert Silverberg, Kameron Hurley, Julie Czerneda, Jack Clemons, Dave Creek, Drew Hayden Taylor, Paul Levinson, Shirley Meier, Allen Steele, Rudy Rucker, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Steve Davidson
Progress: 1 %
A Match Made in Spell: Lexi Balefire, Matchmaking Witch
Regina Welling, Erin Lynn
A Thousand Words for Stranger
Julie E. Czerneda
Witches With the Enemy
Barb Hendee
A Darker Shade of Magic
V.E. Schwab
Sins of Empire
Brian McClellan

Favorite Book Quotes

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







Finished a while back

Rogue Protocol - Martha Wells

I give up on writing a review for this one; I loved it.  So much a review escapes me.


I made plenty of review notes.  Murderbot is still murderbot.  Love being in its head.  I'm just five-starring and moving on.



Mini-Review of "Wearing the Cape: A Superhero Novel" by Marion G. Harmon

Wearing the Cape: A Superhero Novel - Marion G. Harmon

I just had to buy thus one after the downloaded free sample hooked me.


Fooled me.  I kept wavering on whether or not to DNF.  There kept being pieces where it would start to get good, the world start to be interesting ... so uneven.  Nothing really wrong with the editing like the books I can really rant about.  It just seemed like couldn't make up its mind what story it wanted to tell.


I should have DNF'ed and won't be continuing the series.  It wouldn't surprise me to find out the book was a collaboration with authors far apart in age.  Equally the inconsistency could be just a newbie author not quite pulling it together.  "Done with the series" doesn't mean I'd never give this author another chance. 


One thing I really disliked in main character was how there was an implied judgment tIhat only she was a good, moral person -- sometimes her attitudes and decisions read like author was a mom creating perfect Stepford daughter.  Then again, I'm getting to where I loathe stories where the moral choice is whatever main character does but same choice made by other character is immoral.


I sampled a lot of superhero books after really liking Velveteen vs. The Multiverse - Seanan McGuire  and Heroine Complex - Sarah Kuhn.  This was hardly  the worst one out there based on my sampling.

Review of "Acheron" (Dark Hunter, #14) - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #12) - Sherrilyn Kenyon

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* 

The first and second half of this book were so completely different.  I almost feel like I should be reviewing two separate books.  (I've seen it numbered in the main Dark Hunter series as 12, 14, 15 or 16 depending on which book site you use -- author's website says 14.)


Full disclaimer:  I've only read a couple of out of order books in this series.  Seemed pretty typical PNR with alpha males and predictable romances.  Liked well enough, but not blown away (or always in the mood to read).  Barely remember the reads.  


The first half of this book was very different from what I remember of the series.  Full of a pantheon of gods including familiar Olympians.  Origin story, drama, family angst -- really remniscient of a lot of what I consider "mythology."  Surprising bit of worldbuilding including Atlantis.  I did get into the characters of God Acheron and his human sister Ryssa.  Although not the most explicit I've read, fair warning -- it overall winds up a grim story with lots of betrayal, torture (including child abuse).  While less explicit, it's very clear he was not only raped as a child, he was trafficked.  


I'd have given it ★★★★☆ if hadn't read second half.  Which took place in modern days and really rather did little with Atlantis (okay, neither did first half but kept me hoping and in second half there was an artifact from that different forces wanted for different reasons) and little with the pantheons despite small appearances from Artemis.  The stereotypical PNR saved because I did still like Acheron and initially the heroine/love-interest.


I could have done without a lot of male posturing and probably would have enjoyed the humor and what seemed like cameos more if had been more familiar with series to be invested in the guest stars.


The ending, well, guess gods and goddesses get it easy.


The glimpses of the worldbuilding in this series, the tales of how Dark Hunters came to be, and the bits of more storylines hinted at by cameos have made me want to read more in series.  It's more interesting seeming than what I initially dismissed as another not very original, fated mate PNR series.  I will read on when in the mood.

*©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?)

An unmotivated weekend

I'm actually at loose ends.  Odd for me, but I'm not sure what I'm doing this weekend.


I don't have urgent things I need to do or deadlines.  I had planned on some yard work but storms ... I may have prepared too well for some upcoming new releases, my own upcoming vacation trip, Book Shelf  BINGO, our local gaslight festival, etc.


No have-to-read-NOW book urges other than what I'm reserving for BSB (nor tv show dying to binge).  Tomorrow I have some open houses considering visiting.  Theater movies not appealing.  Not ready to tackle closets.  (Or housework, but that's always there and I have a schedule for that.). Bills paid, groceries done, checkbook balanced, cars maintained, peeps I normally hang with are on vacation or road trips...


Probably need to get out of the house.  Think I'll hit the hardware store for a deep well socket wrench.  I do have a wiggly toilet seat to replace.


Hopefully shopping for a new toilet seat won't be exciting.



Everyone wanting to read this book thanks to the synopsis on goodreads?

.I'm reminded why I made the right choice to stop doing goodreads librarian edits now that Amazon "marketplace sellers" are more "authoritative"   Reminded by randomly seeing this goodreads book synopsis:



I'm doing another BINGO over there and this caught my eye. It was such a grand database at one time *sigh*

My Fairy Librarian (aka the ebook waitlist ) brought me this one

Immune  - Shannon Mayer

And to interrupt TBR reading still more, this became available.

Now I have a TBR problem with arrival of print edition

Amazing Stories: Fall 2018 - Steve Fahnestalk, Gary Dalkin, Robert Silverberg, Kameron Hurley, Julie Czerneda, Jack Clemons, Dave Creek, Drew Hayden Taylor, Paul Levinson, Shirley Meier, Allen Steele, Rudy Rucker, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Steve Davidson

There are actual book ads in this magazine.  Books of interest.  Bad timing for my thinking would eat more into TBR pile with upcoming Bookshelf BINGO and other challenges.


 I'm reading ebook edition and collecting print edition -- both are grayscale including ads and graphics except for cover.  Not sure if that's a permanent decision or just their currently low budget for the relaunch.  It's a nicer than expected magazine except for the grayscale (and of course the original magazine was pulp and grayscale) so not complaining, just surprised.  And curious how the color artwork would look.


I'm rather used to just ignoring advertising.  It's continually weird to me how the bulk of so-called targeted advertising is so out there  (as much tracking data and analytics as websites use/steal and given that the "genre" and audience demographics of print sbscription is known, you'd think it would be better).

ebook sale from publisher Penguin Random House, $1.99 and up

The Invention of Wings: A Novel - Sue Monk Kidd Me Before You - Jojo Moyes Y is for Yesterday (A Kinsey Millhone Novel) - Sue Grafton Welcome to Hard Times - E.L. Doctorow Standing in the Rainbow - Fannie Flagg
Source: http://forms.em.penguinrandomhouse.com/ats/msg.aspx?sg1=52d2c1bcd6980e766c5dedbb14f0fa67

50 Things to Throw Out Now (and How to Dispose of Them)

Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/1011777-50-things-throw-out-now-and-dispose-them/?reload=1

Review of " Black Water: A Jane Yellowrock Collection" (Jane Yellowrock, #6.4, #0.3, and #7.5) by Faith Hunter

Black Water: A Jane Yellowrock Collection - Faith Hunter

This is an anthology in the Jane Yellowrock series containing "Snafu," "Black Water," and "Off the Grid."


I'm not sure how anyone not familiar with the Jane Yellowrock series would fare with the stories (I'm almost finished with the series).  


"Snafu" -- 4 stars.  A good adventure, an episode within the series more than a standalone short story if reader unfamiliar with Jane and her peeps.  But, I enjoyed it.


"Black Water" -- not rating.  This was flash fiction, not short story.  A couple of pages of Jane shows up, has a fight outside and meets first boss then story stops.  Ugh.  Waste of my time.


"Off the Grid" -- 4 stars.  I jumped to this story because was the reason I'm reading this anthology.  Reason being the introduction of Nell, the heroine of author's Soulwood books.  What I wanted (the backstory to how Nell and Jane met) plus introduced the vampire character "Yummy."  Necessary to the Jane Yellowrock or Soulwood series?  Nope, pretty much the events are summarized elsewhere in series books.  But a good story if you already know Jane.



I'm determined to declutter (and clean).  Partly because I want more shelf space.


So the Pop Sugar 30-day Cleanng Challenge caught my eye.  Right up until I was reading the checklist PDF that started out as "okay, doable in a few minutes a day" came to Day 14.


Day 14 oddly thinks I can organize and declutter closets and drawers in under an hour.  *Snort* I have bookshelves and tubs of books in my closet as well as my clothes and expected closet stuff ( it's a walkin).



I may still try it -- but the organize and declutter steps won't be in their 20-60 minute time frame.

Source: http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/30-Day-Cleaning-Challenge-Printable-34444842

Fall Magic Book Swap OPEN


The Fall Magic Book Swap is open!

Who doesn't love a little bit of hocus pocus? A bit of myth and magic? Let's all gather round the bubbling cauldron, grab our brooms and dust off our wands! It's time for another amazing book swap! Here's the timeline:

Sign ups are from September 1st to the 14th.
Partner info will be sent out on the 15th.
Mailing will be due by the 30th.

Extensions are always fine as long as you check with me first. We all have busy times or get distracted.We get it. :)

Here's the requirements:

1. A grimoire. (a book, of course)

2. A witchy brew (a tea, drink mix or something similar)

3. A focus (a cool object that you think your partner may like. Focuses are often used by witches or other spell casters to help them concentrate their magic without exhausting themselves. Stereotypical items are crystal balls, but they can be anything, even a boot. lol)

4. Something to help prep your partner for winter. (they're so busy with their magic that they may have missed something vital in their getting ready for the cold weather. help them out! get creative!)

5. A spell (a note from you)


I hope you all have fun with this! Magic can mean anything. You can lean toward the magic of mind reading, to the magic of time travel, to the magic of friendship ala My Little Pony. I don't care! Just enjoy yourselves! You know I'm laid back and just want us all to have some laughs. All questions can be sent to me, Mallory. Like I've already said, if you need an extension, just ask. 

I love you guys! You never stop amazing me with your creativity!

Amok! Amok!


Reblogged from Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads

"Trashing the Rape Trope" -- Live YouTube event in 7 Days with authors Martha Wells, Kate Elliott, and Jim C. Hines

All Systems Red - Martha Wells Terminal Uprising - Jim C. Hines King's Dragon - Kate Elliott

For The Pixel Project.

Source: http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=ssCQb1opiDw

Time for Halloween books?

Betty Crocker Fall Baking: Wiley Selects - Betty Crocker Taste of Home Halloween! - Taste of Home Editors Kitchen Overlord's Dead Delicious Horror Cookbook - Chris-Rachael Oseland Gross Goodies - Tina Vilicich-Solomon Best of Halloween Tricks & Treats - Better Homes and Gardens Pillsbury Halloween Fun: Wiley Selects - Pillsbury Editors

Reading progress: 36%.

Yeah, right. Nasty pedophile accidentally fell.




Black Water: A Jane Yellowrock Collection - Faith Hunter  

Reading progress: 14%.

I do like this description of Wonder Woman.  So far, book is kinda meh for me, probably because she seems kind of dumb, dishonorable and too special -- except in places the author really gives you a feel for the place and the Amazon society.




Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo  Wonder Woman: Warbringer - Leigh Bardugo