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text 2018-11-08 19:14
TBR Thursday
Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean - Morten Strøksnes
Magic Triumphs - Ilona Andrews
SuperMutant Magic Academy - Jillian Tamaki
The Mark of Zorro - Johnston McCulley
Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn
Hellburner - C.J. Cherryh


I'm currently working on The Witch Elm (which is due in 9 days) and The Waste Lands.  Not to mention that I need to finish A Fatal Inversion and get going on The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs.


I finally read 2 books last week because I was sick of them showing up here on Thursdays.  The same will probably be true of Shark Drunk eventually.  In the mean while, Magic Triumphs is due in 16 days, with 20 people waiting for it.  It will be my next priority after The Witch Elm


I think that The Mask of Zorro, with the rearing horse on the cover, will be one of my 24 Tasks of the Season.  Dark Force Rising will also fall into this category, being the second book of the Thrawn Triology. 


SuperMutant Magic Academy will count towards my Book Riot Read Harder challenge for 2018 and Hellburner is part of my ongoing Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project.


You know what?  I'm cutting way back on reading challenges next year, so I have time to read what I please.  Not sure that I'm completely ready to abandon ship this year, but next year will be mine own, to do with as I please.  And I have ideas about that.


My sister from B.C. is coming to our province today and tomorrow I must driver to Red Deer to catch up with my youngest sister.  Then we will all go & visit my niece and her new baby, little Hazel.  Then, my sisters & I will go visit elderly relatives in our home town.  So, you will hear little from me until Tuesday.


Have a great weekend, friends.



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quote 2018-10-26 09:25
“Man, this girl already has my balls in her pocket, and we haven’t even kissed.”
Pucking Parker (Face-Off Legacy #1) - Jillian Quinn

 ~~ Pucking Parker, by Jillian Quinn

 (Face-Off Legacy series, book #1)

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review 2018-10-14 17:54
Legacy of Danger - Jillian David

The next installment was good and entertaining, though I think it was not my favorite in the series.  The adventure continues and the darkness is becoming more and more bold. Wyatt Bland has set his sight on Mariah and he won’t take no for an answer. When Vaughn steps in to save her at the hospital from Wyatt’s aggressive overtures, it starts the ball rolling on their adventure, and it is very rocky.  Vaughn isn’t great with words, and he carries around so much guilt that he doesn’t believe he deserves a woman like Mariah, but his powers become a bit obsessive when it comes to protecting her and he can’t seem to walk away.  Mariah has been through hell, and now that she is in Copper Valley, she is working off her medical school loans and working on dealing with her own demons. So when a tortured Vaughn sweeps into town with his hot and cold moods, she knows she shouldn’t get involved with him, but she can’t seem to stop from being drawn to him. Story was good, there was some emotional tension, the plot flowed well, and the conflict was believable.  I think I preferred book 2, Eric and Shelby’s story more, but I am glad the missing brother has returned home and is back with his family on the ranch.

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review 2018-10-02 21:59
A Fresh View of Millenials
Jillian - Halle Butler

Disparaging portrayals of Millenials are in vogue right now, spawning a flood of novels with unlikeable and irredeemable 20-something characters.  Halle Butler brings a breath of fresh air into this endless conversation with her first novel, Jillian.  The book vacillates between the viewpoints of two anti-heroines who are prototypes of the stereotypical self-involved generation of young adults.  These two women are forced to work together in a small doctor’s office, despite their opposing temperaments and simmering animosity.  Jillian is the ultimate optimist with big dreams but no organization or grit to see any of them to fruition.  She races from goal to goal, seeking signs of destiny that she is compelled to embrace until a new one comes along.  Jillian is a single mother of a young child, despite still being childlike herself. Telling lies to keep up appearances, she even begins to believe her own fabrications.  Her officemate, Megan, despises Jillian and expresses this opinion in passive-aggressive behaviors followed by a litany of complaints to her pitiable boyfriend.  Megan presents herself as hard-edged and pessimistic, suspicious and anti-social.  She uses her barbed tone to protect herself, attempting to cover up her low self-esteem with an attitude of superiority. Megan drinks excessively and ostentatiously-what she relies on as a social lubricant ultimately isolates her.  In bursts of short vignettes, Butler presents external and internal viewpoints of her two main characters.  The reader gains insight into how others view them and how they view themselves.  Both women seem to be rudderless, headed for major meltdowns due to their inability to adjust to a world that refuses to accommodate them.  Jillian is a quirky novel that is at turns witty and tragic.  The reader feels sympathy for Jillian and Megan while simultaneously wincing with each bad decision and botched attempt at “adulting.” A unique and talented new voice, Halle Butler is an author worth following.

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text 2018-09-07 08:00
Friday Reads - September 7, 2018
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets - Svetlana Alexievich,Bela Shayevich
The Siren - Kiera Cass
An Affair with Mr. Kennedy - Jillian Stone
A Touch of Midnight - Lara Adrian
Black Rose - Nora Roberts
Wolves at the Door - Skye Jones
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

This week I watched as my daughter (my youngest) went into her first day of Kindergarten. Now that both kids are in school, I have some time for myself which means going back to the gym and volunteering at the library again. 


I read more books this week than I did for all of August. Seems Halloween Bingo is the cure for my reading slump. But now I have to review a bunch of books. For non-Halloween Bingo reading, I am working my way through Secondhand Time. For H'ween Bingo reading, her is what I am reading this weekend and into next week:


1. The Siren by Kiera Cass (Fear...Deep square)

2. An Affair with Mr. Kennedy by Jillian Stone (Darkest London square)

3. A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian (Relics and Curiosities square)

4. Black Rose by Nora Roberts (Ghost Story square)

5. Wolves at the Door by Skye Jones (Cryptozoologist square)

6. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Creepy Carnivals square)

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