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text 2017-04-30 17:38
Readathon Recap
Who Buries the Dead - C.S. Harris
Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
Within the Sanctuary of Wings - Marie Brennan

I ended up with about 12 hours of reading - I got in some good solid reading in the morning, and finished Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris - I was at about 60% at the beginning of RAT.

 

After that, I rolled my extra-rolls and figured out my reading strategy. I ended up starting Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, which is a very long book (816 pages) and made it to 61% (540 pages), which burned up (pun intended, lol) most of the day. I also took a break and read about 10% of Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan.

 

I got sidetracked in the middle of the day by yard work, however. It's been an incredibly wet and rainy spring here in the PNW, so we haven't been able to get outside and start the spring clean up of our property. My house sits on an acre, and about 1/3 of the acre is wooded with huge old pine trees, so we get a lot of downed limbs and other forest debris every winter. It's a big project! We also don't have any yard debris service, so everything needs to be burned before the end of the burn season.

 

Yesterday was dry, and the sun even came out for a while, so we decided to burn while the burning was good (burning seems to have emerged as thematically relevant). I dragged an adirondack chair up to our fire ring and sat out and read and tended the fire. 

 

We also just bought a new tool! We bought a battery operated chain saw that works a treat for lopping off limbs and cutting things up. I am here to tell you, fellow readers and individuals of the allegedly more delicate sex, that there is nothing more empowering than wielding a chainsaw. I went mad with power, trimming trees and dragging limbs down to the fire pit to be cut up and burned. It was awesome, and made me feel like a fucking goddess wreaking vengeance on winter.

 

So, yeah, that got in the way of reading. A bit.

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text 2017-04-29 20:37
What I am planning to read
Within the Sanctuary of Wings - Marie Brennan
Shadows on the Nile - Kate Furnivall
Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
East of the Sun - Julia Gregson
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

 Fantasyland 9

 

Read a book that is tagged fantasy or fairy tale on GR. I will be reading Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan as planned. This book is 352 pages, & is worth $3.00

 

New Orleans Square Station 14

 

Read a book that involves overseas travel or has a suitcase on the cover. I will be reading East of the Sun by Julia Gregson.

 

Carsland 18

 

Read a book that was published in 2006, 2011, 2013 or 2014, or that has a car on the cover. I am planning to read Natchez Burning by Greg Isles, which was published in 2014. Finished 4/30/17 - 865 pages ($10.00).

 

Adventureland 24

 

Read a book set in Asia or Africa. I will be reading Shadows on the Nile by Kate Furnival. Finished 5/5/17 - 448 pages ($5.00)

 

 

Tomorrowland 34

 

Read a book tagged YA or MG, or that has a child's on the cover. This one is an easy one! Let's go with The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, which was shelved YA 215 times on GR!

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text 2017-04-29 01:09
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir by Lady Trent - Marie Brennan

I read this for the Fantasyland #9 Square of BL-Opoly. Usually, I would write a review on finishing a book for the game, but I will make an exception for this one because I am finding it impossible to review these books as standalones. This is a series that builds on each previous book.

 

Suffice it to say that this has been my favourite so far.

"Each step leads to the next, and sometimes there is virtue in not allowing common sense to call you back."

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text 2017-04-28 22:20
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir by Lady Trent - Marie Brennan

Haha. The memoirs of Lady Trent just keep getting better and better. If I'm not in awe of the historical or natural details that Brennan weaves in (like the discovery of the Rosetta stone!), then I'm laughing a lot at her challenging the Victorians...

“I know it is strange.”

“Strange,” Tom said, still muffled by his hands, “is flinging yourself off a cliff for the sake of dragons. Strange is what you have done up until now. This … is something else.”

“Very well— I know it is absurd.”

“That comes closer to the mark.” He took his hands down, shaking his head. “I needled you in Eriga about attracting marital interest wherever you go, but I admit, I never expected this. Must you do it?”

...I'm not going to spoil any of the story for anyone who has not yet read this (and wants to), but our heroine faces new challenges with every book that make her more thoughtful, more accepting, and more fun to read about her development.

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text 2017-04-27 22:06
Reading progress update: I've read 14%.
Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir by Lady Trent - Marie Brennan

One of the reasons why I like this series so much is that Brennan's characters are capable of empathy and personal growth and Brennan uses their relationship with the fabulous mythical creatures to show this. 

"Jake soon tired of pretending to be a victim and so began mock-wrestling with the head, pretending to be its mighty slayer. “I’m going to kill one of these someday,” he proclaimed. “I should prefer you didn’t,” I said, rather sharply. “I did this for science, but it having now been done, I hope it needn’t be done again. Only the fangs have any real value on the market, and those only as curiosities and raw material for carving; should an entire animal die, just so we might take four of its teeth? I almost feel sorry for it. At the end, it was trying to swim away. It only wanted to live.”

“She,” Tom said, climbing over the railing. He was dripping with bloody water. “No eggs in her abdomen, but the ovipositor marks her very clearly as female. I wonder where they lay them?”

My chastisement had made little mark on my son, but Tom’s revelation silenced him. Much later, he admitted to me that the pronoun was what struck him so forcefully: the pronoun, and the possibility of eggs. With those two words, the sea-serpent changed from a terrible beast to a simple animal, not entirely different from the broken-winged sparrow we had once nursed back to health together.

A dangerous beast, true, and one that could have sent the Basilisk to the bottom of the ocean. But she had been alive, and had wanted to go on living; now she was dead, and any progeny she might have borne with her. Jake was very quiet after that, and remained so for several days."

It is quite moving. 

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