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Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.

 

Currently reading

A Beautiful Friendship
David Weber
The Gate to Women's Country
Sheri S. Tepper
Wild Things
Chloe Neill
Progress: 51 %
Dark Queen
Faith Hunter
Progress: 1 %
Magic Rises
Ilona Andrews
Progress: 100 %
The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of The Black Company'
Glen Cook
Progress: 100 %
Immune
Shannon Mayer
Progress: 100 %
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

Favorite Book Quotes


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 Fall Books We [*snicker* the publisher, TOR] Cannot Wait to Read

Vengeful - Victoria Schwab A Blade So Black - L. L. McKinney The Sisters of the Winter Wood - Rena Rossner
Source: http://www.tor.com/2018/09/20/17-fall-books-we-cannot-wait-to-read

The 10 Best Completed SF and Fantasy Series According to. ...

The Runelords - David Farland Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card Heroes Die - Matthew Stover The Gap Into Conflict: The Real Story - Stephen R. Donaldson The Shadow of the Torturer - Gene Wolfe Chronicles of the Black Company - Glen Cook The Eye of the World  - Robert Jordan
Source: http://www.tor.com/2018/09/25/the-10-best-completed-sf-and-fantasy-series-according-to-me

Email from RAINN notes 57% increase in hotline calls

 

Source: http://donate.rainn.org

Today's SOS Book Shelf BINGO call is "Own It"

Dark Queen - Faith Hunter

Just starting this one for Book Shelf BINGO.

 

I think it's the last, #12, in the series (or at least the last so far published).


Review of "My Life as a White Trash Zombie" (White Trash Zombie, #1) by Diana Rowland

My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland

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* 

 

No apocalypse, dystopia, Walking Dead type of zombies here. More along the lines of a werewolf bite creating more werewolves. Our world, our time — and zombies just like us so long as they get plenty of human brains to eat (vague mention of something about the enzymes ). Start turning more into movie-usual shambling disintegrating zombies if starved. Also not as slapstick as titles and covers indicate.

 

I'd been curious about these for a while seeing what everyone was saying on my book site feeds. Luckily, I got into the main character and enjoyed Angel's viewpoint on everything that was happening to her post-being-a-zombie. She had both a sense of humor and a serious side about everything going on despite a life that screened stereotypical white trash: high school dropout, dysfunctional and abusive home life, drug problems, wring crowd, etc.

 

I love the story arc and that becoming a zombie meant she thought about and fixed some aspects (well, sort of no drug problems now because don't work on zombies except now she's addicted to brains and safe from abusers with new zombie strength). She did come across way younger than the 21 the book said she was. She didn't ditch everyone she knew, even the ones clearly bad for her.

 

Overall, a very funny book. Too easy on how drug addiction and abuse handled and the ending a little hokey, but I'm looking forward to the next in series.  I like being in Angel's head and watching her growth


*©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?)


"Big Library Read" October 1-15

Global buddy read and discussion.  Public libraries participating in Overdrive will have ebook 100% available for download, no waiting list.

 

Source: http://biglibraryread.com

Source: http://www.bustle.com/articles/106844-8-ways-to-fight-rape-culture-because-too-many-women-suffer

Reading progress: 89%.

 

From:

My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  


Reading progress: 68%.

Toilet paper math annoys me; division by any method I don't mind.  Angel now knows she is a zombie and has met some (not met her mysterious benefactor yet nor who turned her zombie).

 

 

From:

My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  


Reading progress: 54%.

Aaah, the romance.

 

From:

My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  


Reading progress: 33%.

Priorities a bit skewed, eh? I'm really into Angel at this point, great story even without the humorous bits.  She comes across inconsistently as to what age she is.

 

 

From:

 My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  


Reading progress: 22%.

Still not completely clued in she's a zombie, which helps the humor of this book.

 

 

From:

My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  


Reading progress: 11%.

I think April may be getting a clue that she is now a zombie. While attending an autopsy::

 

 

From:

My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland  


Reading progress: 8%.

I'm liking April.  And, yeah, her life reads like stereotypical white trash.

 

 

From:

My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland 


Reading progress: 6%.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie - Diana Rowland

This has a southern setting for y'all playing BINGO.

 

It's contemporary setting, no post-apocalyptic, dystopian with monstrous zombies shuffling about deteriorating (well, not yet at least).

 

Heroine, Angel, has woken up in ER with no clue what happened.  With a job offer at coroner's office:

 


Source: http://www.bustle.com/articles/106844-8-ways-to-fight-rape-culture-because-too-many-women-suffer