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text 2016-09-02 00:38
Summer Bingo Card - Final Update!

 

Update!

 

I finished my summer bingo card, just squeaking in under the deadline with Go Fly A Kite, Charlie Brown, which I dug up and read yesterday afternoon!

 

 

 

 

 

The 20 books of summer!

 

Fantasy: Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

YA or Children's Title: The Moon By Night by Madeleine L'Engle

Book by a Dead Author: O Pioneers by Willa Cather

Mystery or Suspense: The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side by Agatha Christie

New to you author: The Crown Game by Evelyn Skye

More than 400 pages long: Can You Forgive Her by Anthony Trollope

Published in June, July or August: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Comfort Read: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Space Opera or other sci fi: Black Out by Connie Willis
 Book Bust or Bummer: Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie
Summer Word in Title: August Folly by Angela Thirkell
Blast from the Past: An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd
The Boy In The Suitcase (Nina Borg #1) by Lene Kaaberbol & Angete Friis
A Favorite Re-Read: The Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell 
Adapted for the big screen: The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Romance: X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts
On My Shelves for More than a Year: Over Sea and Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Travel: Trains/Planes/Automobiles (or, in this case a spaceship): Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
A Hard Book: House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Beach, Sun or Sand on the Cover: An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James
Read in my treehouse: The Arrivals by Melissa Marr
A Book With A Terrible Cover: Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
Read on vacation: The Sunne In Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman
Graphic Novel or Comic Book: Go Fly A Kite, Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz
Free Space: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
 
 
 
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text 2016-08-30 02:44
Updated Summer Book Bingo card (Update #17!) And I'm done!

Final Summer book bingo update to officially close it out and get ready for Halloween bingo! My final square 'More than 400 pages long' was filled thanks to Caliban's War. I also got a third bingo.WOOT!

 

I did way better than I anticipated doing, and I only had seven squares left blank!

 

 

Free Space - Intro post

Published in June, July, or August 2016 - Intrusion by Mary McCluskey

A Book By A Dead Author - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

New To You Author - Don't Turn On the Light by Max China

Romance - Touch of Steel by Kate Cross

Mystery or Suspense - In Death: The First Cases by J.D. Robb

Space Opera or Other Sci Fi - Breakout by Ann Aguirre

Graphic Novel or Comic Book - Jupiter's Legacy, Volume 1 by Mark Millar

Comfort Read - Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Summer Word in the Title - Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz

A Blast from the Past: Historical Fiction - Dangerous by Amanda Quick

Favorite Re-read: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

A Book With a Terrible Cover - Moving In by Ron Ripley

A Book Bust or Bummer - Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

Read in a Boat, Tent, or Cabin - Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

Travel: Planes, Trains, or Road Trips - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

YA or Children's Title - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

More than 400 Pages Long - Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey

 

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review 2016-08-30 02:35
Caliban's War
Caliban's War - James S.A. Corey

This book was every bit as good as the first in the series. They're long books that don't feel that long when you're reading them. It seemed like in no time flat I had knocked out 100-150 pages without quite realizing it.

 

Holden and the crew of the Roci are back in action, this time finding themselves leading the search for a missing child. The child came up missing shortly before an attack nearly destroyed her home, Ganymede. The alien protomolecule that destroyed Eros station in the first book is back in the form of the monster that attacked Ganymede. The protomolecule was supposed to have been marooned on Venus, so the question becomes, "How did it show up on Ganymede"? Also, is there a connection between the kidnapping of young Mei and the attack on her homeland? Not to mention, political tensions are running high, and the threat of a inter-planetary war looms on the horizon.

 

That's a sucky synopsis, but there's so much going on that it's hard to summarize without getting into spoiler territory.

 

Whereas in the first book, the story was told between the alternating viewpoints of Holden and Det. Miller, this time we not only see the story through Holden's eyes, but also Praxidike Meng (the father of the kidnapped child), Chrisjen Avasarala (a UN official from earth), and Seargent Roberta "Bobbie" Draper, member of the Martian Military and a survivor of the Ganymede attack. I found I really enjoyed the added viewpoints--especially Bobbie and Avasarala--as it really opened the story up more.

 

Note: Avasarala has already been introduced on the tv show. I'm hoping Bobbie will show up soon, too!

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text 2016-08-21 21:46
Summer Book Bingo: Blue-Out (Black-Out)

Or Quack-Out?

 

 

Summer Book Bingo

 

  1. Beach, sand or sun on the cover: Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe
  2. New to you author: Grave Witch by Kalayna Price
  3. First book of a new series: Written in Red by Anne Bishop
  4. Adapted for the big screen: The Martian by Andy Weir
  5. A blast from the past: historical fiction: A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter
  6. Graphic novel or comic book: Rivers of London: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmel
  7. Published in June, July or August 2016: Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York by Samantha Wilcoxson, read by Rachael Beresford (Audiobook)
  8. Comfort Read: Dead Man's Ransom by Ellis Peters
  9. Read in a boat, tent or cabin: The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, read by Simon Vance (Audiobook)
  10. A book that's been on your shelves for more than a year: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  11. Romance: Emma by Jane Austen
  12. A book by a dead author: The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett
  13. Free Space
  14. Summer word in the title: Summer Lightning by P. G. Wodehouse, read by John Wells (Audiobook)
  15. A hard book: The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  16. Travel: planes spacecraft trains or road trips: 2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke
  17. Mystery or Suspense: The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries by Emily Brightwell
  18. A book bust or bummer: Venetia by Geogette Heyer
  19. More than 400 pages long: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  20. Favorite re-read: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, read by Carolyn Seymour
  21. YA or children's title: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  22. Space opera or other sci fi: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  23. Read on vacation: Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
  24. A book with a terrible cover: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple, read by Kathleen Wilhoite (Audiobook)
  25. Fantasy: Baba Yaga's Daughter and Other Tales of the Old Races by C. E. Murphy
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text 2016-08-20 00:41
Updated Summer Book Bingo card (Update #16!)

Filled in the 'YA or Children's Title' square thanks to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! I also finally have a second bingo!

 

 

Free Space - Intro post

Published in June, July, or August 2016 - Intrusion by Mary McCluskey

A Book By A Dead Author - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

New To You Author - Don't Turn On the Light by Max China

Romance - Touch of Steel by Kate Cross

Mystery or Suspense - In Death: The First Cases by J.D. Robb

Space Opera or Other Sci Fi - Breakout by Ann Aguirre

Graphic Novel or Comic Book - Jupiter's Legacy, Volume 1 by Mark Millar

Comfort Read - Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

Summer Word in the Title - Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz

A Blast from the Past: Historical Fiction - Dangerous by Amanda Quick

Favorite Re-read: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

A Book With a Terrible Cover - Moving In by Ron Ripley

A Book Bust or Bummer - Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

Read in a Boat, Tent, or Cabin - Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

Travel: Planes, Trains, or Road Trips - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

YA or Children's Title - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

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