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review 2018-05-22 19:38
Lion in the Valley / Elizabeth Peters
Lion in the Valley - Elizabeth Peters

The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, and their precocious (some might say rambunctious) eight-year-old son, Ramses. The long-denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor has finally been granted, and the much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid is now theirs for the exploring.

Before the young family exchanges the relative comfort of Cairo for the more rudimentary quarters near the excavation site, they engage a young Englishman, Donald Fraser, as a tutor and companion for Ramses, and Amelia takes a wayward young woman, Enid Debenham, under her protective wing.

 

I do love Amelia Peacock Emerson. It’s a plus that there is a mystery to solve in each book, because that gives the excuses for the wonderful dialog between Amelia & her husband and for Amelia to start rounding up the strays that she finds along the way during her investigations. They will be assisted whether they want it or not!

A number of people in this installment end up smothering laughter while dealing with the overly serious and literal Amelia, but all seem to realize that her overbearing-ness is coming from a good heart! She believes that marriage should be an equal partnership (and despite his grumbling, Emerson seems to agree with her) and now that she has unexpectedly found her match, she wants the same joy for the others in her life, hence her constant meddling in the love lives of her collection of waifs and strays.

She is also brave, willing to face personal hardship and injury, in pursuit of the truth and the solution to whatever mysterious happenstance is currently on the go.

I adore Emerson, who is always trying to ditch his son and the rest of the archaeological party, in order to get his wife to himself! Their son, Ramses, has developed an intense curiosity about sex and they spend quite a bit of time trying to dodge his prying, making for quite a bit of hilarity. And I was moved when Emerson says, “Have I mentioned to you, Peabody, that one of the reasons why I adore you is that you are more inclined to beat people with your umbrella than fall weeping on your bed?”

I must also put in a good word for ‘de cat Bastet,’ who displays many uncanny abilities and often un-catlike behaviours. While she is on the case, young Ramses will always be safe.

I am ever so glad that I still have many volumes of their adventures in my future.

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text 2018-05-17 18:44
TBR Thursday
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Alfred Birnbaum,Haruki Murakami
Lion in the Valley - Elizabeth Peters
A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn
Beggars in Spain - Nancy Kress
Bog Child - Siobhan Dowd
Turn Coat - Jim Butcher
A Fire Upon the Deep - Vernor Vinge

Wow, how is it Thursday again already?  I've actually felt like doing some houseworky type things this week and haven't read as much as usual.

 

So I'm circling back to read some library books that I've had out for a while:  Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Lion in the Valley, and A Curious Beginning.

 

Then, I plan to have some fun with Turn Coat.  Two more books for my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading List--Beggars in Spain and A Fire Upon the Deep.  Plus one of this year's reading challenge books, Bog Child, which is a posthumously published work.

 

On Sunday, my friend & I are going to see Much Ado About Nothing, presented by the Shakespeare Company here in Calgary.  It will be my 18th Shakespearean play.

 

We've got a long weekend coming up, with Monday being Victoria Day and finally it looks like we'll have nice weather all weekend!  A trip to the garden centre for some plants to put in my balcony pots will also be in order.

 

Happy reading, friends!

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url 2018-04-27 01:53
Free short story: "Into the Gray" by Margaret Killjoy
The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain) - Margaret Killjoy
Shock Totem 10 - Roger Lovelace,D. K. Wayrd,Trace Conger,Barry Lee Dejasu,Edmond, Laurence Manning, Sidney Patzer, A. Fedor, H. Hasse, James D. Perry, Carl Jacobi, Frank R. Paul, and J. Harvey Haggard) (HAMILTON,Sara O. Moss;Ernestine Cobern Beyer;Mabel Harmer;Sarah L. Jo
Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction - Margaret Killjoy,Kim Stanley Robinson
What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower - Margaret Killjoy
The Sky is Falling - Margaret Killjoy

 Read story at https://www.tor.com/2018/04/25/into-the-gray-margaret-killjoy/ .

 

Some other works by author pictured above.

Source: www.tor.com/2018/04/25/into-the-gray-margaret-killjoy
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text 2018-04-12 19:19
TBR Thursday
Heir to the Empire - Timothy Zahn
Just One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor
Unbuttoned : a History of Mackenzie King's Secret Life - Christopher Dummitt
The Dirty Book Club - Lisi Harrison
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Alfred Birnbaum,Haruki Murakami
Lion in the Valley - Elizabeth Peters
Magic's Price - Mercedes Lackey
Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Høeg,Tiina Nunnally
Tithe - Holly Black
The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices - Xinran

My TBR pile has got a bit out of control!!

 

First ones due at the library are Heir to the Empire, Just One Damned Thing After Another, and Unbuttoned.  There are also holds on Smilla's Sense of Snow and Tithe, but those dates are further away.  Plus The Good Women of China is an interlibrary loan, so I will have to pay attention to it.

 

Heir to the Empire, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and Magic's Price are all part of my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project, which I am enjoying getting back into.

 

My guilty pleasures are Lion in the Valley (Amelia Peacock, I want to see what you're doing in Egypt this time) and Tithe (Holly Black's world of the Fae is calling to me).  But neither of them will count towards any of my reading challenges for 2018.

 

My other task for this weekend is to take a load of books to the used book store to trade and to sort out books to donate to the Calgary Reads Book Sale which will happen in May.  I've got to find some boxes that I can part with to pack, too.  (And then in May I'll attend the book sale and undo some of the good that I have done for my bookshelves).

 

I've also got to bake something to go to brunch on Sunday--I'll probably either make a tried-and-true Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread (http://www.lazyglutenfree.com/2013/06/gluten-free-cinnamon-swirl-banana-bread.html) or I'll try an experimental Pumpkin Pie Crumble (https://www.calgarycoop.com/cooking/pumpkin-pie-crumble). 

 

Have a great weekend, friends!

 

 

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review 2018-03-14 14:05
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Lion Tamer (Sin Bin #6) by Dahlia Donovan
The Lion Tamer (The Sin Bin #6) - Claire Smith,Hot Tree Editing,Dahlia Donovan

The Lion Tamer is the full length story of Gray and Scottie that we were teased with ever since The Unexpected Santa was released.

Scottie has always been a bit of a jerk, and found refuge in alcohol. This time though, he goes too far and ends up in hospital. Gray supports him whilst still giving him room to breathe, and Scottie's friends rally round, getting him into rehab. When he comes out, he finds out that his father is dying, and Silus, his younger brother, wants to help his dad out as much as he can. Scottie gets dragged along with it - even though he wants nothing to do with the man who abused him. He will always help his brother though, so he finds himself in a situation where his instinctive reaction is to reach for a bottle. Alongside this, you have Gray and Scottie trying to figure out just what it is they have. Is it a relationship? Is it healthy? All I will say is you have to read this for yourself to find out.

As with all books by Dahlia Donovan, there were no editing or grammatical errors to be found. The story was excellently paced, and the scenes and times transitioned nicely into the next. One thing I will say, and my apologies to everyone who disagrees! Gray and Scottie weren't my favourite couple of The Sin Bin series. HOWEVER, that doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy their story. I love this series, and all the quirky characters that Ms. Donovan has brought to life. Would I recommend it? Absolutely!

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/03/blog-tour-review-giveaway-lion-tamer.html
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