Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.
I could highlight and quote this one to death, LOL.
It's Erin-focused; predictably kick-ass and smart-mouthed with everyone else "they started it."
I'm really enjoying the read.
I'm also delighted to report the goat is still happily with us, now named Hilda or Daphne (depending on who you ask), and quite spoilt rotten.
This is still giving off a very gothic air.
I know, the heroine is currently in New Zealand and a huge wealth of folklore, faiths, and myths are being mixed in with supernaturals from Celtic, Maori and even Russian lore.
But, it's quite gothic in tone. Maybe because the "damsel in distress" runs right into probably the wrong place and person.
Hmmmm...gothic and supernaturals ... should have saved for a Halloween BINGO 2017 square.
(Just kidding, I like reading anything I win and quickly reviewing; I very seldom enter to win anything.)
I'm enjoying it. But, I wasn't sure (still am not) exactly what I was getting into. I like other books by the author so entered/won a Librarything giveaway of this one.
Just from the bookclubs I've joined, some September group reads that could also work for Halloweeen BINGO 2017 squares.
The subtitle for this book is "A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty and His Love."
And valiant he is. The author is setting forth a clearly heroic tale. Interesting times making potentially for a good story. I am feeling kinda force-fed what a valiant -- if naive -- young man he is. Author doesn't need to try quite so hard.
Overall, a decent tale of a little covered period of history that I would have liked much better if less sappy and slanted. And if more atmospheric of the period -- meaning some very modern viewpoints crept in, not that I had major issues with the history or historical details.
...is not wanting to start a book yet in case it will fit a BINGO square in September.
Oh boy does this series develop in intriguing ways. Sure, the usual for PNR/UF romance with a couple. But, I'm loving the "what-if" developments of the Silence, the Psy, the Psy net, the "ghost in the machine," the backstory, et. al.
This one has more about Judd and the "Arrows" (aka the enforcers for the Silence), Brenna's aftermath and an ominous whiff of the powers that be trying to actually turn the net to ... well, spoilers.
This is the bingo card I created for myself, by way of example. Each card has 24 spaces, with a free space in the middle. Readers can fill the free space with any book that qualifies for any of the 31 squares listed below. You don't have to wait for the call to fill that space!
The 31 spaces:
All card requests will be taken on the "card requests" thread in the bingo group, which you can find here. I will be posting the spaces on that thread once I get up - this scheduled to drop at 5:00 a.m. my time, since I am the west coast.
You can identify up to 7 squares that you don't want to have included on your card. If you want to be surprised, let me know, and I will create an individual card by randomly excluding 7 squares.
Game Format Changes!
We're going to be playing our game a bit differently this year!
The first difference is that all of the players will play with a different bingo card! OB & I have come up with 31 reading "squares" that are focused in four broad categories: mystery/murder, horror, Stranger Things (the television show) and supernatural/creature feature. Each card will have a combination of 24 squares, with a free space!
So, how do you get your card? You ask me to create you one! I'll be announcing all of the categories in tomorrow's post, and you will be able to request your card with as much or as little specificity as you desire! You can give me the list of 24 squares that you want, you can identify specific squares that you don't want, you can ask for a focus on one or two of the four broad categories, or you can just let me surprise you! The easiest way to request your card will be in the bingo group, where there will be a thread created for just this purpose!
Next - we're adding bingo calls to the game! Every other day, starting on September 1, 2017, OB or I will post the "square" that we are calling for the day. You do not need to finish the book before the next call & books can be read in any order. However, to "fill" a square, two events must both have occurred - the square must be called & you must have finished the book! Every square will eventually get called, so everyone will be able to "black out" their card by the end of the game!
Group reads are optional, but are a lot of fun! We'll be doing two group reads this year, one in September & one in October. The September read will be a classic noir mystery & the October read will be classic horror. Further details will be announced on this later - but the good news is that the group reads will operate as universal matches. You can fill any square with the group read if you participate by reading the book and posting in the group discussion at least once!
This game is just for fun - so no prizes. But the winners get full bragging rights, and reading and playing is its own reward!
Of course, another TSTL moment given that the article just published was about an ongoing undercover investigation by Feds and police:
Still fun, still enjoying the read — I'm getting disenchanted with the love interest's he-man rhetoric though and wish she'd put on some shade of lipstick other than Raspberry (and a coat of mascara 'cuz all she needs and is good to go -- nothing wrong with that beyond the repetition could get wearing or could just stay a running gag).
Not judging and and I often eat vegan -- it just gets old when social meals turn into someone on a soapbox lecturing rather than just letting everyone eat what they choose while enjoying being with tablemates.