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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

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4)
Karen Chance
Progress: 20 %
The Dragonbone Chair
Tad Williams
Progress: 14 %

Favorite Book Quotes


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading progress: 45%.

Chimes at Midnight  - Seanan McGuire

"Half the things I’ve accomplished in my life have been because I was too pissed off to realize that they weren’t possible"


Reading progress: 5%.

Chimes at Midnight  - Seanan McGuire

"May doesn’t drive, largely because no one is willing to get into a car with her anymore."


Reading progress: 23%.

Chimes at Midnight  - Seanan McGuire

"It was like we were standing in the world’s largest used bookstore."


Reading progress update: I've read 19%.

Chimes at Midnight  - Seanan McGuire

"Finally, I sighed. “Great. I guess I know what we’re going to be doing this week.”

 

“What’s that?” asked Quentin. 

 

“We’re going to overthrow the Queen.”"


I missed this TOR free ebook offer

The Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi

I swear I've checked https://ebookclub.tor.com/ every day this week and it never showed up.

 

But an email from TOR said it was this month's free ebook, get it before midnight eastern time tonight.  I got the email two hours too late.

 

At any rate, I added it as the next read for the bookclub here on booklikes.

 

I might actually read this one; have had it on hold at the library.

 

Publisher book page for better details. 

Source: http://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765388902 

Bookshelf BINGO -- my team's card


For "Free Space" of Bookshelf BINGO

Shadow's Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) - Karen Chance

I'll read this 4th in Dorina Basarab  series for the Free Space.


Bookshelf BINGO is back...

Chimes at Midnight  - Seanan McGuire

...and the new round commences with shelf call of "Dark Urban Fantasy" so starting this 7th book in October Daye series.


Once this preorder downloads -- DO NOT DISTURB

Wild Country - Anne Bishop

I am seriously dropping everything and staying up all night (or as long as my eyes hold out) to read this second book in the spinoff from Ms. Bishops "The Others" series.

 

Woe to anyone in real life disturbing me!


Link to see if your local independent bookstore can get a cut of kobo ebook sales

Kobo has some sort of affiliate program supposed to benefit some independent brick and mortar bookstores.  Check for yours at https://www.kobo.com/indie (I think originally I got the link from the info at https://www.indiebound.org/ebooks ).

 

Just sharing the link because I finally tracked it down in my old lady memory.

 

Still best to check with your local store for the details.

Source: http://www.kobo.com/indie

Review of "Almost to Die for" (Vampire Princess, #1) by Tate Hallaway

Almost to Die for: A Vampire Princess Novel - Tate Hallaway

Hmmm...jury is out on this one.  I think I need to see how the next book in this series develops.

 

On the plus side, I liked the Vampire Princess and it wasn't full of annoying teenage angst.  Fairly original; original enough I want to read more of the worldbuilding.

 

On the downside, I sniff a love triangle approaching and everything was pretty easy where it lacked a certain tension; the "easiness" impacted connecting more to characters and story.  No urgency to turn the page or get the next book.  Strangers were very quick to have very deep emotions for other characters.

 

Other than the main character, the side characters were not very deeply drawn -- although mostly pretty original and could develop more as series continues.  A huge fail for me were the parents. Mom character was kinda erratic where seemed to undergo personality changes as plot needed.  Dad who'd never met child before this book was awfully emo and "I love you" -- plus I really hate when centuries (or in this case millenniums) old characters seem like teenagers or normal humans. 


Reading progress; 51%.

Almost to Die for: A Vampire Princess Novel - Tate Hallaway

Uh oh!  This was going along swimmingly with worldbuilding bits unfolding and a decent main character ... now looks like a teenage love triangle is rearing up.

 

Okay, okay.  I did it to myself by just having to checkout a library book that's about a "vampire princess."


Yay! Turned wifi on and this downloaded

Honor Bound - Ann Aguirre, Rachel Caine

LOL, I know.  My preorder was published on February 19 -- but I had company where ereader languished last week.

 

The first book in this series blew me away; best new science fiction book I read last year.

 

I will finish some library books first -- then no one had better disturb me in real life.


Boy have I ever been meaning to read this forever...

The Dragonbone Chair  - Tad Williams

Finally starting the library ebook.

 

I've always been meaning to read this long fantasy epic.

 

At the time it was being published, I just didn't have a lot of bookstore access (and the internet was not like today) -- just never managed to get the books in order so never read. 

 

Plus it was an era with so many Tolkien wanna-be fantasies that I was a bit burned out.  The rest of this series has apparently withstood the test of time and steered away from the wanna-be mess.

 

 


Review of "The Voodoo Killings" (Kincaid Strange, #1) by Kristi Charish

The Voodoo Killings (Kincaid Strange #1) - Kristi Charish

Oh boy, this was an excellent -- almost classic -- urban fantasy.

 

Rather surprised me; mostly because it was a random library find in with a bunch of cozy mysteries where I thought it was going to be a cozy mystery.

 

This one had a feisty heroine neither an idiot or so super-powerful it was almost like reading a deus ex machina story.  The worldbuilding kept an internal logic and clearly can develop into future books to make a juicy series.

 

Kincaid Strange is a "practitioner" -- someone who can see ghosts, the other side, and raise zombies.  I know, *groan*, how many of those series are there?  But, this is no Anita Blake ripoff.  Kincaid has a life, friends, and a struggling business since the authorities no longer allow law enforcement to use consultants like her and have outlawed raising zombies (even for court appearances).  A chance encounter with a newly raised zombie -- not raised by her -- launches a story that held me start to finish.

 

I want to read more of this world and these characters.


DNF

Witch and Wombat - Carolyn Cushman

Between lots of odd little words inserted or used strangely and no characters to like (everyone seemed there to rather sneer at each other even if not being outright mean or exploitative) -- this one is a DNF.

 

The humor eluded me although I got the parody of gamers and how humans would leap into all kinds of stuff unprepared with a high opinion of themselves.  Maybe past the point I abandoned it, characters grew in fellowship or got more interesting.

 

I'm pretty sure I downloaded after reading something about the author -- a new book or this beook being on a list I liked.  Don't remember; I'd give this author another chance but not this series or these characters.