Sunday, May 15, 2022

J D Robb Encore In Death Cover Art

 We got a coverrrrrrr for 2/2023 J. D. Robb book. This is an Amazon affiliate link to the book...

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Who is Ready for the New V.I. Warshawski?

Her and I didn't always get along. But I've learned to love her. And she has learned to trust me. Well, you know what I mean. The point is that my pre-order for Sara Paretsky's 22nd V. I. Warshawski novel, Overboard, is in and ready to go. Next Tuesday... well... we already know what it is when our favorites release new books, eh? "On and poppin'" is the right expression for the occassion.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Currently Reading in May...


Mercedes Lackey April

I don't know how I managed this (besides jumping right into my coffee and reading after work at 6am each day), but I managed to clean house with three Mercedes Lackey trilogy readings. It began with Tarma and Kethry adventures in Oathbound. This led to Oathbreaker and Oathblood. I've had the first two books on my shelf for over a year and bought Oathblood to round things out. Out of the three trilogies I completed, these ladies made my favorite party to keep company with. The books were fun; nothing deep nor complex. I learned reading Lackey's By the Sword that fantasy complexities and grandness weren't necessarily Lackey's edge. She does have charm. She is a storyteller. But epic? Nah. Especially when she constantly uses rape as a plot device. It almost took me chewing my teeth out not to throw her books when she does it. Nevertheless, Tarma and Kethry had some great adventures.

Ah. The Arrows Trilogy. I read the first book almost three years ago, and have been hesitant since. But I decided after completing Tarma and Kethry's stories I might as well keep the Lackey train going with Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall. Incidentally, the one I found most readers dislike the most was the one I liked the most. Can you guess which was that? It was Arrow's Flight, the second book. I won't get into the details as to why it is many readers' least favorite of the trio. The only thing I can attribute to my patience with the book is having read Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series. If you can read those, you can tap into any reservoir of patience to get through a book you intend on getting through (as opposed to those you outright DNF for whatever reason).

Monday, April 18, 2022

The DNF Diaries: Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

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Saturday 4/2/2022 9:53am. Just finished the first 50 pages of Anne Bishop's Daughter of the Blood. "Okay" so far. Lots of hell and Satan and demon talk. Though expressed in a seemingly analog way ("demon" to "daemon") and such. Either way, the references of those topics used to surround and build the characters/setting of this book are driving and present. Honestly, I hope there is a broader world to explore than this bleak atmosphere seen in these first 50 pages. It doesn't feel encouraging. Or, at least, I'm not 100% willing to sit in this book's atmosphere for very long. Though a memory point I must make is how a friend of mine bought this book for me ten years ago as a birthday present. She was sure I would love it–just as she had. Here we are ten years later, and I believe I'm running into the same issue I had back then; the atmosphere is slightly putting me off. I will say, having read The Wheel of Time, I think I am a stronger reader and just might be able to glean past my feelings to encounter whatever jewel the book has to offer to keep me invested. So, I'll have to read more to find it.

10:17pm the same day. I’ve decided to DNF the book. It was fairly interesting; a young girl with the power to use crystals to a variety of degrees and how interested "Satan" became in protecting her to protect his kingdom in the intern. Classic stuff about a young girl with untapped powers being the beacon of hope to a dark kingdom–with a prophecy intact. That whole deal and something to that effect. Nevertheless, what threw me off was when a character popped up named Surreal. The book had me going until her chapter came about 65 pages in. She was looking for something, I believe perfume. I instantly was over this character and her role as the comedic relief (so I sensed). And because I am in the cleaning shelves of books in unread mode (with a touch of a book ban until I get many of them down), I decided to let this one go. The gravity to keep reading just wasn’t there. And this Surreal character basically tripped the wire.

That’s how sensitive I am right now. I've got to either read or get rid of books that are been hanging around too long and unread.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The DNF Dairies: Survival by Julie E. Czerneda

Taken from my new journaling about books…

I’m doing some whacking this year. Whacking books. Don't work: It's out. Work: You stay. Slowly trying to keep from buying too many books. To, instead, read what I've already accumulated all these years. We'll see how that goes, considering Sara Paretsky’s new V.I. Warhsawki book comes out in May (thus, I am giving myself until then to NOT purchase a book). Nonetheless, regardless of which direction matters go, I will continue to use my journal to write down my hits and misses with books as I comb through my shelves trying to experience and relive myself of longstanding dust collectors. With that out of the way, here is what happened with my attempt to finally read Julie E. Czerneda’s Survival.

Friday 4/1/2022 4:59pm. I tried to–and managed–50 pages of Julie E. Czerneda’s book Survival. Calling it quits. The main character is a doctor/biologist/instructor, but she acts like a child. She pushed a man into the water in a tantrum moment, not knowing whether he could swim or not. Remember, she is a biologist. While on the "phone" she stuck her tongue out at a friend who was presenting her with an outfit to wear for a dinner meeting. Something about grown characters sticking their tongues out like children really irk me to my soul. I always ask myself why the author purposely does things like this? Was there not a mature way to deliver an expression of rejection? Adjacent to this behavior, I did not like the main character's friend. She was love crazy and just too desperate to be designed as a friend character. Either way, the final draw was the mention of "Pizza Tuesday." Like, I can't! Plus, I can't grasp the make-up of this world. It's a blend of biology and science fiction, but it doesn't "bloom" to me. I didn't find much worth hanging on past the 50 pages I managed, as there was little interest to keep me going. I wish the author led with the overall conflict, instead of skirting around it for 50 pages. The characters just weren't selling me. And, considering I’m in the purging mood, I feel fine in letting it go. I tried another book by this author, and it didn't work. I have one other by here. If that fails, we're calling her work quits."

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Somebody said: “Birthday, Coupons, and Credit Card Reward Points.”

And I said: “Buy them STORES OUT!”

Recent acquisitions to slightly satiate my appreciation for reading (and buying books). I've been in a particular cozy kick lately. Or, in fact, desire to get back into reading cozies. It seems I haven't read a few in a hot minute. Heck, I didn't even pick up the Mrs. Jeffries series by Emily Brightwell last year. And, double heck, I didn't read cozies through December. I'm feeling those pangs. Additionally, having finished reading The Wheel of Time in November, I spent about a month and a half recovering from that experience. Now, I craze some more high fantasy goodness. Luckily, Tanya Huff and Mercedes Lackey have been somewhat handling that deal. Nonetheless, these are the books I spent the weekend doing what I love best (digging underneath stacks) acquiring…

1.  Black No More by George S. Schuyler

2. The Complete Smoke Trilogy by Tanya Huff

3. Pride, Prejudice, and Peril by Katie Oliver (kind of curious, but scared of this one)

4. Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past by Traci Wilton (finally decided to give this series another try)

5.  Body and Soul Food by Abby Collette (this lady just KEEPS series going)

6.  The Chuckling Fingers by Mabel Seeley (the 1941 publication date and woman in a trench coat took command)

7. Dead in the Scrub by B.J. Oliphant (an elderly woman rancher solving mysteries sounds like my tea)

8. The Princeton Murders by Ann Waldron

9. He Died with His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond (the title alone provides the kick to this British 1980s PI adventure)

Now… the heavy part is finding time to read them. Oh, well!

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