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text 2018-08-12 00:17
Wheee! Library fairy is good...
One Salt Sea (October Daye #5) - Seanan McGuire
Cold Reign - Faith Hunter
Magic Slays - Ilona Andrews
Undead and Unworthy - MaryJanice Davidson

...these just downloaded magically from library ebook waitlist.

 

Change of weekend reading plans!

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review 2018-08-11 12:59
Magic Medicine
Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances - Cody Johnson

by Cody Johnson

 

I have to say that this is a bold book for both the author and the publisher. Most of the substances covered are things that have never and would never enter my body, but I found it interesting to read about them in such a straightforward way.

 

It's divided into four sections. Classical Psychedelics has things like Peyote, DMT, LSD and a few less familiar substances. Empathogenics covers MDA and MDNA (Ecstasy). Dissociative Psychedelics includes Ketamine, Salvia and Nitrous Oxide as well as one I never heard of called DMX. Unique Psychedelics covers Cannabis, which I wouldn't class as a psychedelic at all, and a few weird things like fish and sea sponges and mad honey. It appears to be the miscellaneous chapter.

 

The Introduction on the future of psychedelic medicine points out that many of these substances were invented for medicinal use, or in the case of natural substances like Cannabis and Peyote, used historically by Shamen. I hadn't known there was actually an organization called MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, that advocates proper research on psychedelics and is pushing to have them accepted into mainstream medicine.

 

The author is undeniably pro-psychedelics and I think even glosses over some of the down sides, but he cites research I've read about elsewhere of substances like MDMA being used successfully to treat PTSD and some forms of depression. The overall tone of the book is mostly scientific.

 

The history of where each substance came from and chemical compound information is covered, followed by a relation of what the experience is like, keeping in mind that such experiences are subjective. Famous names like Timothy Leary crop up in appropriate places as well as some lesser known names of researchers like Sasha Shulgin, who may be well known among those who study this subject but new to people like myself.

 

Therapeutic use of some substances is also explained as well as follow-on recreational use. The refreshing, no holds barred approach allows complete information regardless of legal status or morality police opinion.

 

Extensive references and index are included. The book would be appropriate to a medical library, though I found it very interesting for personal reading.

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text 2018-08-11 03:03
Halloween Bingo - Unofficial Buddy Read?
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

I've now seen A Darker Shade of Magic on half a dozen reading plans for Halloween Bingo 2018.  Who'd be interested in turning it into an unofficial buddy read?

 

I suggest that we start either over the weekend of September 15/16 or the weekend of September 22/23, though I'm open to any time that doesn't conflict with the official Buddy Read.

 

So who's interested and what dates do you suggest?

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review 2018-08-10 16:41
3.7 Out Of 5 "Untamable Demdji" STARS
Hero at the Fall - Alwyn Hamilton

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~BOOK BLURB~

Hero At The Fall

Alwyn Hamilton

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When gun slinging Amani Al'Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she'd join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn't have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untamable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn't exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I have struggled with each book in the Rebel of the Sands Trilogy when I first start them, there is a lot of characters to keep straight and the story is really complex, but I have always managed to get "with" the story early on…at least with the first two books.  This third book…not so much.  It has too many small stories within the main story itself, to keep it all straight.  I also believe it could have benefitted from a list of characters, I have just learned that the book does have a list…unfortunately, the audio does not.

 

Overall, I'm glad I finally managed to listen to this final book, and I think I it was satisfying ending to the series, at least once it got to the actual story.  I would have liked it to be a tad shorter, without all those other mini stories.  I still love the characters, Amani and Jinn and lots of others who have joined the rebellion along the way.  They are what makes this story so memorable.

 

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~MY RATING~

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.2/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~3/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2.8/5

Backdrop (World-Building)~ 3/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ This one is cool…I like it. The actual cover for the audio version is not so cool.

Narration~ Soneela Nankani, she's perfect for the voice of Amani.

Series~ Rebel of the Sands #3

Setting~ Miraji Desert

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-08-09 10:00
Release Day Review! Heart of a Dire Wolf (Ice Age Shifters #3) Carol Van Natta!
Heart of a Dire Wolf - Carol Van Natta Van Natta

 

 

To stay together, they'll have to escape prison, outsmart wizards, and solve the mystery of a magical sanctuary town.

 

Skyla Chekal is in trouble. She’s a prisoner in an illegal underground auction house that sells magical creatures. If they learn she's a dire wolf with free magic, they'll hold a special high-roller sale just for her. She needs to keep her head down and escape, but she can’t because she smells someone who stirs her in the way only a true mate can. She can't leave without him.

 

Siberian tiger shifter Nic Paletin can’t believe he’s found himself in a cage in an auction house run by wizards. As long as he continues to play dumb, he should be able to get out soon. But the intriguing smell of a woman who calls to his tiger has him tied up more than the shackles on his ankles.

 

As turned on as Skyla is by Nic’s intoxicating presence, she knows they first have to survive long enough to get free. Unfortunately, threats continue to escalate. In their escape, Skyla is sent somewhere else, and Nic has no idea where or what trouble she might be in. He must find her before the wizards do, plus figure out how to work together if they’re going to crack the secrets of a mysterious new-old town.

 

And they better hurry, because the greedy wizards not only know where they are, they're after the fabled treasures of this vulnerable sanctuary town.

Continue the enthralling paranormal romance with Heart of a Dire Wolf , the third book in USA TODAY bestselling author Carol Van Natta's fun, action-filled, steamy-hot Ice Age Shifters™ series.

 

 


The third book in the “Ice Age Shifters” continues the thrilling and adventurous stories of the first two. “In Heart of a Dire Wolf” we meet Skyla and Nic who are very strong and captivating characters who are both being held captive in an illegal auction house and readers can’t help but get caught up in their daring escape electrical attraction. This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps the excitement flowing throughout the story as the couple use some unique and fascinating avenues in order to outrun their jailers and surprising twists keep the readers as well the characters on their toes. In addition, not only does these characters have to fight to stay alive, they are faced with a mysterious and suspenseful quandary when they try to crack the secrets behind a magical sanctuary town that disappeared.

 

There was never a dull moment to be found in this exhilarating romance as it held me captive from beginning to end. I really love the whole Ice Age shifter elements that adds such a unique and fascinating shifters to the story and I am definitely looking forward to more books in the “Ice Age Shifters” series.

 

 

Heart of a Dire Wolf

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40774665-heart-of-a-dire-wolf

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/heart-of-a-dire-wolf-ice-age-shifters-book-3-by-carol-van-natta

 

 

 

is the 3rd book in the Ice Age Shifters series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/232610-ice-age-shifters

 

author series page - https://author.carolvannatta.com/ice-age-shifters-series/

 

which includes:

 

1 Shifter Mate Magic
2 Shift of Destiny
3 Heart of a Dire Wolf

 

Dire Wolf Wanted #4 (September 2018)


& is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://amazon.com/dp/B07FCSQY1Z?tag=carvannataut01-20

 

A-UK - https://amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FCSQY1Z

 

A-CA - https://amazon.ca/dp/B07FCSQY1Z

 

A-AU - https://amazon.com.au/dp/B07FCSQY1Z

 

 

Carol Van Natta writes science fiction and fantasy, including Overload Flux, Minder Rising, Zero Flux, Pico's Crush, and Jumper's Hope, the first five books in a space opera series; In Graves Below (Magic, NM) , a paranormal romance; and Hooray for Holopticon , a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books is the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist. Be the first to know about new releases by signing up for her newsletter at bit.ly/CVN-news or read her blog at Author.CarolVanNatta.com, or find her on Facebook at CarolVanNattaAuthor.

 

Be sure and visit Carol at the following locations:

 

Website - http://author.carolvannatta.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3980825.Carol_Van_Natta

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CarolVanNattaAuthor

 

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/CarolVanNatta

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/+CarolVanNatta/posts

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/carol.vannatta/

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/carol-van-natta

 

 

 

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