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review 2018-05-15 15:38
Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop

And the series winds up, Humanity has discovered that it's prey, or at least most have. The Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, but when Lieutenant Montgomery's dodgy brother arrives looking for something for nothing and not wanting to mend any fences. Although Simon and the Lieutenant want him gone, more powerful forces than him want to watch him, see how he worked, only he makes tensions worse. When he threatens Meg things will change forever.

An interesting look at how humanity copes when they're not at the top of the food chain.

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text 2018-05-05 02:20
April 2018 Roundup
Lake Silence - Anne Bishop

I read 4 books and finished 1 audiobook during April.  With one exception they were all part of a series. My favorite was the book I'd saved for Dewey's Readathon and then devoured in an afternoon and evening.

 

Lake Silence returns to the wonderful world of The Others created by Anne Bishop.  Like every other review I’ve read, I’d like to acknowledge up front that Lake Silence introduces new characters and that the denizens of the Lakeside Courtyard who we grew to love are NOT featured (Well there are a few phone calls to consult with folks from the 5-book sequence that starts with Written in Red, but they are incidental and don’t really add much to the story).  Aside from the bad-guys being a bit too obviously set up to take a fall, it was an enjoyable story.  I loved being back in this world where if you’re not good you will get eaten.  I’m very curious to see if Ms. Bishop tries to sustain a multi-book arc featuring the new characters and the hamlet of Sproing, or if currently unnamed Book #7 moves to a different place and new folks.

 

 

A Local Habitation - Seanan McGuire 

 

A Local Habitation  by Seanan McGuire is the 2nd installment in the October Daye series.  It’s a solid, “fae in California” urban fantasy, but Verity and friends in Ms. McGuire’s InCryptid series are more appealing and inventive.  I am unlikely to continue the series since there are only so many pages that fit into a year. 

 

Invisible City - Julia Dahl 

 

Invisible City by Julia Dahl

 

Standalone book reaction post.  Likely to continue the series

 

Cast In Secret - Michelle Sagara 

 

Cast In Secret  by Michelle Sagara is book 3 in the Chronicles of Elantra Series.  Fantasy by the yard, but sometimes that’s what you want for a comfort read.  Love the multi-species world.  Planning to continue the series.

 

Dune - Frank Herbert 

 

Dune by Frank Herbert, audiobook read by Orlagh Cassidy, Scott Brick, Euan Morton, and others.

               

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain

 

Dune is a classic of SF.  I remember being wowed by Dune and enthralled by the Bene Gesserit when I first read it (college age I think).  However, as I mentioned previously, my worldview has changed and Dune now sounds misogynist and dated.  I remember the sequels as being horrid and don’t intend to continue rereading the series.

 

On the non-fiction front

 

 

  • I started a re-read of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks because my IRL bookclub will be discussing it in mid-May. I hope it will be a quick read because I haven't left myself a lot of time.

 

 

And that was my month. 

 

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text 2018-05-04 03:02
April 2018 Dewey’s Final Thoughts
Lake Silence - Anne Bishop

I went to bed at 2 am on Saturday then went straight to work on Sunday, so I didn’t get a chance to write a closing post for Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. 

 

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?

About midnight when I had to decide whether I was going to go to bed or stay up too late to finish Lake Silence (and pay for the lack of sleep on Sunday).  Needless to say with it being Readathon, I stayed up.

 

  1. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!

I read 1 book: Lake Silence.

 

  1. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?

I still recommend picture books as a chance of pace for Readathon.  It’s a wonderful excuse for adults to indulge in the award-winning picture books of the year.

 

  1. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?

Try to figure out how to have in-person Readathon meet-ups!

 

  1. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?

Yes, I’ll be reathoning again.  I meant to sponsor a prize, perhaps I'll remember to do so in October.

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text 2018-05-01 13:00
Round-Up for March and April 2018

 

I cannot believe we are actually going into May already, the time is just flying by. 

Sadly I was super busy, sick  or had some dental work done and really didn't get a lot books read in the last couple months,hence the double round-up this month. But some book I actually just combined or a all in one addition came out for review. So the actually books read or reviewed I shoulds say is not as much. I have  few more but I still have to write up some reviews so it will have to wait.

 

I'm actually thinking about putting up a new blog since while it is also refreshing to to have one, I also miss it. But if I do I will not put so much stress on myself and just post whatever and whenever , just for fun. 

But we shall see lol.

 

I should however post a book haul it has been forever and it its getting out of control but I think I wait toll after may since there are a few books coming out yet that I really want to get and add .

 

I hope everyone is having a great time and enjoying the nice weather and everyone is reading some great books. 

 

Here are my books for March/April 2018

To get to the reviews of the books, just click the covers ;)  

 

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The Norse Chronicles by Karissa Laurel

 

The Norse Chronicles - Karissa Laurel

 

 

4 ½-5 ★


Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

 

Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop

 

4 ★


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell

 

4 ★


Shocking the Medic by Elizabeth Otto 

 

Shocking the Medic - Elizabeth Otto

 

1/2★


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

 

5★


Unraveled by Kate Jarvik Birch

 

Unraveled (Perfected) - Kate Jarvik Birch

 

4 ½ ★


Forget You by Nina Crespo

 

Forget You (The Kingman Brothers #1) - Nina Crespo

 

1 ½ ★


Pestilence by Laura Thalassa

 

Pestilence - Laura Thalassa

 

2 ½ -3★


Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

 

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) - Neal Shusterman

 

5★


The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

 

The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan

 

5 ★


 

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text 2018-05-01 04:25
April Epilogue - Reading in Review
The Broken Girls - Simone St. James
The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche - M.L. Longworth
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library - Sue Halpern
The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA - Doug Mack
Lake Silence - Anne Bishop

23 books read this month.  A very happy surprise for me; had I been asked to guess, I'd have said no way would this be a great reading month by numbers.  My Christmas subscription of NewScientist magazine started arriving at the end of March and I read each weekly issue cover to cover - some articles more than once (*cough*quantum time*cough*).  

 

MT has also had a spectacularly bad run - even by his standards - of small, non-serious, but debilitating injuries: first minor surgery to his left wrist, immediately followed by an injury to his right wrist; just after the dr.'s all-clear, he sprained his ankle.  A day or two later, he severely sprained his right wrist (and arm) dragging a heavy trolly uphill.  As these injuries ALWAYS happened on Thursday or Friday, a girl could be forgiven for giving him the side-eye at this point, but it really is bad luck.  Both his and mine, because I am picking up the slack, including laying down a stone pathway that has to be done before we have a new garden fountain delivered.   For the record, I've always excelled at doing nothing, so I'm knackered!  But proud (about the path - stuff the housework).

 

All of that excess of info to say that I can't believe I read 23 books!  1 5-star read and 4 4.5-star reads amongst the lot. A few disappointments, but no outright bad books to speak of.  

 

Two charts this month - all the books were printed except 1 Audiobook:

 

 

 

My TBR project:

I've set a book buying budget for each month that = 50% of the total books I read the previous month.  Any books not bought carry over to the next month.  

 

I have to cry Force majeure for May, because this happened, and since I make up the rules for this little experiment, those books don't count. 

 

Moving on...

 

Last month I bought 14 out of the 16 budgeted, leaving me with 2 to carry over to May.  My total books read in April being 23 leaves me with a budget of 11 (rounding down for a  small error of margin). 

 

total books I can buy in May:  13

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