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1bluesalamanders
Modifié : Jan 1, 2016, 7:30am

Happy New Year!

Hi, it’s me again, Blue. This is my 6th year in the 75 Book Challenge group, though I first started tracking my reading back in 2006 (ten years! Wow!). I’m currently finishing up a degree that should help me land a decent job basically by the summer (cross your fingers). So things are going to get busy fast once the semester starts starts and I don’t know if I’ll have the time to read as much as I’d like, but we’ll see.

I read mainly science fiction and fantasy, mostly women authors, both adult and YA books. I reread a lot, so you'll see many of the same books popping up from year to year (and occasionally within the same year), but I try to keep my reading to about half rereads and half new.

Previous threads:
50 book challenges: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
75 book challenges: 2011.1, 2011.2, 2012.1, 2012.2, 2013.1, 2013.2, 2014, 2015

For my 2016 goals, I averaged together my results from last year with my goals for last year (which were themselves the average of my results from all my past years):

Total number of books: 140
New reads: 60
Non-fiction: 3
Pages: 28200
Audiobook time: 16d 11h 30m

2bluesalamanders
Modifié : Mai 1, 2016, 7:30am

I’m keeping an ongoing list of books I’d like to read off my TBR shelf (including a virtual shelf, since a few are audiobooks). I read 7 books off my list last year and 7 the year before. Hopefully I’ll read at least that many this year!

These book are on this list because I borrowed them from friends and I really should return them eventually:

1. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.
2. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
3. The House in November by Keith Laumer

These books are on the list because I started them and would like to finish them:

4. What you really really want by Jaclyn Friedman (I decided I'm not going to read this book and will PBS it instead)
5. Aurora by KSR (audiobook)
6. Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson (audiobook)
7. Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett (audiobook)
8. Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce (audiobook)

These are Early Reviewer books that I am a bit behind on:

9. Headstrong by Rachel Swaby
10. Jewish Soul Food by Carol Ungar
11. Weld Like a Pro: Beginning to Advanced Techniques by Gerald Uttrachi

These are books that were on the list last year:

12. Agent of Change by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee
13. Moonsinger's Friends edited by Susan Shwartz
14. Neuromancer by William Gibson
15. Seeing Further by Bill Bryson
16. The Resurrectionist by EB Hudspeth
17. Ace of Cakes by Duff Goldman and Willie Goldman
18. Dreaming Down Under edited by Jack Dann and Janeen Webb
19. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
20. The New Space Opera 2 edited by Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan
21. will grayson, will grayson by John Green & David Levithan

These books were 2015 Christmas gifts from my sister (she also gave me a couple others that aren't going on this list):

22. The Mysterious, Magickal Cat by DJ Conway
23. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
24. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

To be continued...

3bluesalamanders
Modifié : Juin 22, 2016, 6:52am

Books In
This list only includes physical books, not audiobooks or ebooks.
1. Those who hunt the night by Barbara Hambly (PBS)
2. 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (PBS)
3. Ariel by Steven R. Boyett (PBS)
4. Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane (bookstore)
5. Abarat by Clive Barker (SantaThing)
6. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (SantaThing)
7. Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire (bookstore)
8. A Thousand Words for Stranger by Julie Czerneda (PBS)
9. Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff (PBS)
10. Conflict of Honors by Steve Miller & Sharon Lee (PBS)
11. Every heart a doorway by Seanan McGuire
12. The Pharos Gate by Nick Bantock
13. The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata
14. The Trials by Linda Nagata
15. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (LTER)

Books Out
Unless otherwise noted, these are sent out via PaperBackSwap
1. The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling
2. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

updated 6/8/16:
5. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
6. Future Crime by Cynthia Manson (ed)
7. The 1990 Annual World's Best SF by Donald Wollheim (ed)
8. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
9. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
10. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
11. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

updated 6/22/16:
12. Future Crime by Cynthia Manson (Ed), Charles Ardai (Ed)
13. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
14. Maplecroft by Cherie Priest
15. What you really really want by Jaclyn Friedman
16. The Red by Linda Nagata
17. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
18. The 1989 Annual World's Best Science Fiction by Donald A. Wollheim (Ed)
19. The 1988 Annual World's Best Science Fiction by Donald A. Wollheim (Ed)

4drneutron
Jan 1, 2016, 11:03am

Welcome back!

5foggidawn
Jan 1, 2016, 11:13am

Happy New Year and new thread!

6Whisper1
Jan 1, 2016, 11:20am

Happy New Year. I look forward to visiting your thread in 2016.

7bluesalamanders
Jan 1, 2016, 8:42pm

>4 drneutron: Thanks, newt!

>5 foggidawn: Thanks, foggi! Happy New Year to you as well!

>6 Whisper1: Oooh, books - I mean, thanks, Whisper! Happy New Year to you, too!

8ronincats
Jan 1, 2016, 9:54pm


Happy New Year!

9maggie1944
Jan 1, 2016, 10:04pm

Dropping by to say Happy New Year and have a great reading year, too. And oh, to leave a star, too!

10xymon81
Jan 1, 2016, 11:39pm

Welcome Back

11bluesalamanders
Jan 2, 2016, 6:18am

Hi, roni! Hi, maggie, Hi, xymon! Happy new year!

12bluesalamanders
Jan 3, 2016, 8:09am

Finished Book 1: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
New read, Nonfiction, Adult, Dead Tree: 318p

My sister gave this to me for Christmas and I read it on the way home. It was alternately disturbing and hilarious (and occasionally both). I doubt I’ll read it again, but it was certainly entertaining.

13norabelle414
Jan 5, 2016, 7:28pm

Hi blue! Happy New Year!

14humouress
Jan 7, 2016, 1:24pm

Happy New Year, blue!

15bluesalamanders
Jan 7, 2016, 9:14pm

Happy new year, nora! Happy new year, humouress!

16bluesalamanders
Jan 13, 2016, 4:55pm

Finished Book 2: Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
The Thrawn Trilogy, book 1
Reread, science fiction, adult, dead tree: 404p

I saw The Force Awakens (and really liked it), which gave me the urge to reread the original “sequel” to the Star Wars trilogy. Heir to the Empire takes place a few years after Return of the Jedi, when the New Republic is desperately trying to bring the galaxy together and the Empire is equally desperately grasping on to what space it still occupies. When new allies and technology seem to start tipping the balance in the Empire’s favor, Luke, Leia, Han, and the rest are left scrambling to keep up. At the same time, internal squabbles begin to threaten the delicate balance of the New Republic’s politics.

Zahn did an excellent of translating the worlds and characters to the page, while also giving new locations and people the depth and history they needed to exist in the same galaxy. Heir to the Empire has the vast, far-reaching storylines required in a space opera, but also a variety of smaller, more personal plots and events that give characters on all sides a surprising amount of relatability. There are no paragons or one-note villains in these books; all the characters, protagonist or antagonist, have nuance.

Aside from being an excellent Star Wars book, Heir to the Empire - and its two sequels - are just simply good books.

17xymon81
Jan 13, 2016, 8:43pm

>16 bluesalamanders: It is still one of my favorites if not the best series written. I have read a lot of Star Wars over the years but I think I will always compare it to this.

18bluesalamanders
Jan 20, 2016, 7:52am

>17 xymon81: Right? I've read a few other Star Wars books, but I've never read anything even close in quality to those.

19bluesalamanders
Jan 20, 2016, 7:56am

Finished Book 3: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
New read, adult, science fiction, audiobook: 16h 55m

The story in Aurora joins a generation ship as it is about to reach its destination, follows events as a team lands on the planet they’ve been sent to, and then - what happens next. Many, many things. It’s a long book.

This is another book that I mostly liked. I liked the three main characters and how the story followed them over many years and many changes in their lives and the lives of the people around them.

There were a few things, as I said, that marred my enjoyment of the book. One (minor) issue was that there is a period of time in the story that boils down to “and then, three years passed”. There are actually several jumps like that, except this one happens directly after a major conflict and I didn’t find it believable that nothing notable happened during those three years. Secondly, although we follow Freya as a main character from when she’s a teenager until she’s in her 40s or 50s, she never actually seems to grow and change much.

The third problem I have is a completely unnecessary scene near the end of the book, in which adult Freya propositions a 16-year-old boy. There are theoretically reasons why she doesn’t realize this is inappropriate, I guess, but the character didn’t have to be that young or Freya didn’t have to proposition him. It was choice that the author made that ruined an otherwise beautiful scene.

So while I found this book interesting and mostly entertaining, those few things bothered me enoughthat I am hesitant to fully recommend it.

20bluesalamanders
Jan 21, 2016, 7:40pm

Finished Book 4: Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett, read by Mark Oshiro
Discworld (publication order), book 15
New read, adult, fantasy, audiobook: 9h 46m

Entertaining, and as it turns out, the source of a popular quote (at least, in some online circles I follow):

The reason the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in the city on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes "Boots" theory of socioeconomic unfairness.


Finished Book 5: Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn
The Thrawn Trilogy, book 2
Reread, adult, science fiction, dead tree: 440p

As I said in my review of Heir to the Empire, I really like these books.

21bluesalamanders
Fév 7, 2016, 8:01am

Finished Book 6: To Visit the Queen by Diane Duane
Feline Wizards, book 1
Reread, Adult, fantasy, dead tree: 354p

I actually read this both as an ebook and a paper book - I borrowed the ebook from the library when I forgot to bring a physical book with me to read at lunch, but had a wifi-enabled device. I have a paper copy at home, so I read that at home. The paper book is too big to easily carry with me, and the screen on the device is a bit small to really be comfortable for reading books. It was a weird situation. I finished it in paper, so I’ll count it as that.

This book is set in the same universe as Duane’s Young Wizards books, but is centered on the cat wizards who keep the worldgates in New York City functioning. Apparently the gates in London are acting up, so they’re asked to go consult with the local team over there.

Yup. The majority of the characters in this book are cats. There are a few humans. Some birds. A dinosaur (sort of). But mostly cats. Luckily, Duane is fantastic at writing nonhuman characters, and is clearly familiar with cats in particular. While I like the Young Wizards books better, I do enjoy these as well.

22bluesalamanders
Modifié : Fév 7, 2016, 8:02am

Finished Book 7: Heaps of Pearl by Seanan McGuire
October Daye (An Undersea Story)
New read, adult, fantasy, ebook: 35p

The story of how Patrick and Dianda meet. Thoroughly adorable! And currently free on her website, along with some other short works.

23bluesalamanders
Fév 7, 2016, 8:07am

Finished Book 8: Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane
Young Wizards, book 10
New read, young adult, fantasy, dead tree: 620p

New YW book! *excited dolphin noises* I may have stayed up late Tuesday to read it, and started again immediately when I woke up early Wednesday morning. Just maybe. Heh.

Every eleven years, Earth’s human wizards hold the Invitational, a sort of wizardly science fair competition where the best and brightest young talent are invited to show off their most innovative and exciting new spells. Nita and Kit have been tapped to mentor one of the participants and Dairine (and Spot) another. Culture clashes, personality conflicts, and some really weird visions ensue.

Fantastic as usual! I like that Nita and Kit (and Carmela and Dairine, for that matter) are obviously still young, but are also clearly growing and changing as the series progresses. Many characters from previous books show up, some with brief cameos and some becoming integral to the story. As one review I read said, this is a fan’s book: thoroughly entertaining to a fan of the series but bordering on incomprehensible if you haven’t read the previous books.

Which I think is fine; some series are set up so you can pick any book and immediately understand what’s happening, and some aren’t. Young Wizards has always been written with many references to characters, events, even thoughts and feelings from previous books.

So if you're not already a fan of the YW books, this is not the place to start. But if you are: have fun!

24humouress
Fév 7, 2016, 8:18am

>23 bluesalamanders: Sounds good; but I need to catch up on the rest of the series first.

I may have stayed up late Tuesday to read it, and started again immediately when I woke up early Wednesday morning. Just maybe.

So you dozed off in the middle of the night, woke up and carried on? 'S what I do.

25bluesalamanders
Fév 7, 2016, 8:25am

>24 humouress: Yeah, I hadn't thought of it before i read that other review, but it's definitely true that GWP wouldn't make much sense if you haven't read all the rest. It's that kind of series. It's something to look forward to, though! :)

I...yes, I think so. I think I went to sleep an hour or so after I usually do, and woke up an hour or so before I usually do. Not great for my concentration in class that day, but I did get a lot of reading done!

26bluesalamanders
Fév 7, 2016, 8:26am

Finished Book 9: Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
Reread, young adult, fantasy, dead tree: 422p

Spindle’s End is Robin McKinley’s take on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, and it is twisted far away from the “traditional” story we’re used to. The princess is raised by fairies, but in this world, fairies are regular people with magical abilities. And instead of growing up beautiful and graceful and charming, Rosie grows up a regular village girl, maybe a little more stubborn and straightforward than some, and generally more comfortable with animals than people.

The animal characters, by the way, are fantastic - the different personalities they have are so appropriate to the species. And as always with McKinley's books, the description is incredible, with so much detail that the world seems to come alive. Truly, this is one of my favorite of McKinley’s books.

27bluesalamanders
Fév 7, 2016, 8:46am

Finished Book 10: Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce, read by Mark Oshiro
The Circle Reforged, book 2
Reread, Young Adult, Fantasy, Audiobook: 8h28m

I tend to prefer the Tortall books as a rule, but Melting Stones doesn't have some of the issues that annoy me about most of the Circle books. There is only one main character in this book and one important setting, and there is one main event/disaster happening. Therefore the story doesn't keep jumping from place to place and person to person like most of the Circle books do, and Evvy's story gets more of the depth it deserves and requires.

I finished this book earlier but forgot to note it down, apparently. Whoops.

28bluesalamanders
Fév 7, 2016, 12:48pm

Finished Book 11: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
New read, young adult, fantasy, dead tree: 362p

My sister gave me this book for Christmas.

Li Lan is the daughter of a formerly-well-to-do merchant. As her father’s business declined, so did his interest in his family and society, so Li Lan is a young woman of marriageable age with no prospects and few other options when her father mentions in passing that a wealthy family asked for her to be the ghost bride for their dead heir. He refused, but unbeknownst to them, events were already set in motion, as Li Lan soon finds out.

Fantastic! I really liked this book. The writing is excellent, the story keeps moving along at a good pace, and the end was actually not quite what I was expecting, which is always nice. Recommended.

29hairballsrus
Fév 7, 2016, 9:42pm

>28 bluesalamanders: The Ghost Bride was one of my favorite reads of last year. Glad you liked it too!

30foggidawn
Fév 8, 2016, 10:29am

One of these days I should go back and reread all of the Young Wizards books -- I can't remember how far I got in the series before I stopped.

31bluesalamanders
Fév 8, 2016, 1:19pm

>29 hairballsrus: It was excellent! I don't think I'd heard much about it before my sister gave it to me, but she liked it enough to just give me a copy in the hopes that I would, too, and she wasn't wrong. It was great.

>30 foggidawn: It looks like the books are still (or again) on deep discount at DD's website, if you read ebooks. That sale ends today, but they seem to do one every month or two.

32ronincats
Fév 14, 2016, 11:24pm

>23 bluesalamanders: Broke down and bought it for my Kindle yesterday. Did like you, stayed up until 1 reading it and then finished it off today. SO GOOD!

33bluesalamanders
Fév 15, 2016, 12:43am

>32 ronincats: SO GOOD!!! I loved all the callbacks to previous books. I also loved how Dairine and Roshaun's Dads are buddies. Hah.. And so many other things.

34bluesalamanders
Fév 16, 2016, 8:43am

Finished Book 12: Velveteen vs the junior super patriots by Seanan McGuire, read by Allison McLemore
Velveteen, book 1
Reread, Adult, Science Fiction, audiobook: 7h 17m

Finished Book 13: Indexing by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
Indexing, book 1
Reread, adult, fantasy (fairy tale retelling), audiobook: 12h 5m

Seanan McGuire’s take on superheroes (Velveteen) and fairy tales (Indexing).

Currently Reading:
Agent of Change by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee (dead tree)
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (audiobook)

35humouress
Fév 18, 2016, 11:07pm

I love Damar :0)

36bluesalamanders
Fév 19, 2016, 12:49pm

Me tooooo!

I'm not sure I recommend the audiobook, though. The reader has kind of...odd inflections.

37bluesalamanders
Fév 25, 2016, 5:25pm

Finished Book 14: Agent of Change by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee
Liaden (publication order, book 1)
New read, adult, science fiction, dead tree: 320p

Content warnings: attempted rape, death of minor characters, mutiliation of a minor character (severed fingers), unplanned/unanticipated mind-altering experiences, sexism, racism (between made-up races), characters falling “in love” with people who have threatened to harm them

I was going to say I don’t know who recommended this to me, and then I remembered that I started keeping notes in “private comments” so I would know why something was in my TBR list! Ronincats recommended this to me a few years ago and I finally got a copy from PBS. I quite liked it (I loved the Clutch!) and I’ll have to see if I can get some more from this series.

Finished Book 15: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Reread, young adult, fantasy, audiobook: 10h 50m

Content warnings: animal harm, psychological and emotional abuse, war imagery, severe injury/illness, major character death

I love this book, but as I said to humouress, I’m not sure I recommend the audiobook. The reader had odd inflections on sentences and would frequently ignore the adjectives describing speech (eg a sentence “she said flatly” is read with lots of emotion). Actually, I’m having the same problem with the audiobook I’m currently listening to, also, which is what that particular example is from.

(Both of these books probably have more content warning stuff that I’m not thinking of right now. Probably in general books have content warnings that I don't think of, but I'm doing my best.)

Currently reading:
Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (dead tree)
Indexing: Reflections by Seanan McGuire (audiobook)

38ronincats
Fév 25, 2016, 8:27pm

Glad you enjoyed Agent of Change--yes, the turtles are wonderful!! I'm not a listener, preferring to inject my stories directly via the optic nerve, so any rereads of The Hero and the Crown (and there have been several and will undoubtedly be more in the future) will not encounter your narrator.

Sorcery and Cecilia is fun, and I'm currently working on Indexing: Reflections.

39bluesalamanders
Modifié : Fév 25, 2016, 9:59pm

I have discovered the joys of audiobooks since I started getting migraines. I often can't concentrate enough to read, or my eyes hurt, or I'm light sensitive, or I need to stand in a hot shower, or use hot or cold compresses on my head. Or some combination of those things. None of these things are conducive to reading physical books, sadly. This past Tuesday I had almost all of those, for like 14 hours. Ugh.

So, audiobooks. Yeah, I like 'em.

I love the Indexing books! Such a unique way of writing about fairy tales. Not that I'd expect anything less from Seanan, of course. She's amazing.

40ronincats
Modifié : Fév 26, 2016, 2:40pm

I completely understand your POV, blue. I have an auditory processing weakness that often has me replaying what I have heard in my head to figure out what it is that was said and which makes me extremely distractible with auditory stimuli, so I'll hope my migraines stay at a minimum so I can continue with my strong VISUAL preference.

I agree, Seanan is amazing!

ETA correction in caps.

41norabelle414
Fév 26, 2016, 8:55am

Audiobooks are so great when I have migraines or am otherwise sick! Sometimes I'll re-listen to an old favorite so I don't have to pay attention to the plot, just be soothed by the words

42bluesalamanders
Fév 26, 2016, 2:37pm

>40 ronincats: That makes sense, yeah.

I'm reading the Velveteen vs. stories that Seanan has on her LJ right now, which are great too.

>41 norabelle414: Right? I tend to listen to a lot of Tamora Pierce and Seanan McGuire and John Scalzi when I have migraines, because I've already read them so many times, it's not an effort. Sometimes I get tired of the same books over and over again, no matter how much I love them, so I listen to a new one - and then I end up rewinding (as it were) a lot, because whoops, I just fell asleep for an hour and what's happening now?

43ronincats
Fév 26, 2016, 2:40pm

Corrected a glaring error in my last message!

44bluesalamanders
Fév 26, 2016, 9:28pm

>43 ronincats: *g* Yes, I assumed that was what you meant.

45humouress
Fév 27, 2016, 5:43am

>43 ronincats: I think I missed that one. Hmm; maybe I ought to switch to audio books ... Either the memory is going or the attention span is.

46bluesalamanders
Modifié : Mai 11, 2016, 2:43pm

So I started using an app called Habitica and as part of that, I joined a little reading challenge. I'm counting some books I've already read so far this year for some of the goals. So, these goals were met:

A book you've read before
Take your pick, really, but ok:
Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

A book recommended by friend/family
This book was recommended by roni here and by Carol, one of my best friends irl:
Agent of Change by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee

A book recommended by a librarian/bookseller
I'm counting my sister as my librarian, so:
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

A book you can finish in a day
Velveteen vs. the Multiverse by Seanan McGuire
Which I have finished but just not posted about here yet...

A book published in 2016
Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane

These goals, I know (or have plans) what I'm going to read for them:

A book you've been meaning to read
Indexing: Reflections by Seanan McGuire (done)

A book previously abandoned
Moonsinger's Friends edited by Susan Shwartz (done)

A book that was banned at some point
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (planned, assuming I actually have a copy of it, otherwise maybe I'll reread The Giver)

A book published before you were born
The House in November by Keith Laumer (planned, off my TBR list)

And for these last two goalsthe last goal, I have yet to decide what to do with them:
A book that intimidates you
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr. (planned)

A book you should have read in school

47bluesalamanders
Mar 1, 2016, 7:25am

Finished Book 16: Velveteen vs The Multiverse by Seanan McGuire
Velveteen vs, book 2
New read, adult, science fiction (superheroes), ebook: 312p

Technically I read all the stories on McGuire’s livejournal, but whatever, close enough. I would really like to own physical copies of both Velveteen vs. books, but I think they are out of print. Sigh.

Book 17: Sorcery and Cecelia, or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Sorcery and Cecelia, book 1
Reread, young adult, fantasy, dead tree: 336p

48bluesalamanders
Mar 2, 2016, 8:36pm

Finished Book 18: Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire
InCryptid, book 5
New read, adult, fantasy, dead tree: 356p

Verity (or rather, Valorie) is invited to participate in a reunion season of Dance or Die, the reality show that made her a minor celebrity a few years ago. Of course, weird things start happening.

Great characters, great worldbuilding, lots of humor, and fast-paced and slightly twisty plot. I didn't find the reality show setting particularly interesting, which I think is why this will never be my favorite book in the series. Still a fun read, though!

Currently reading:
Indexing: Reflections by Seanan McGuire (audiobook)
Moonsinger's Friends edited by Susan Shwartz (dead tree)

49ronincats
Mar 5, 2016, 11:39pm

Thanks for the reminder that this book came out Tuesday, Blue. I got it yesterday, and sped right through it. Very enjoyable. Finished Indexing:Reflections earlier this week.

50bluesalamanders
Mar 6, 2016, 11:15am

>49 ronincats: I liked Reflections a lot. The characters in particular were fantastic.

I almost bought the new Fairyland book by Cat Valente, too, but I realized I'm a couple behind on that, so I didn't. Also that's a few too many new books to get at once just now, so, later. I need to get those last two Fairyland books on my tbr list, though.

51bluesalamanders
Mar 15, 2016, 8:47am

Finished Book 19: Indexing: Reflections by Seanan McGuire
Indexing, book 2
New read, adult, fantasy, Audiobook: 12h 18m

Finished Book 20: Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Beka Cooper, book 1
Reread, young adult, fantasy, Audiobook: 15h 3m

Finished Book 21: Soul Music by Terry Pratchett, read by Mark Oshiro
Discworld, book the somethingth
Reread, adult, fantasy, audiobook: 11h 18m

Finished Book 22: Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce, read by Mark Oshiro
Emelan, book the somethingth
Reread, young adult, fantasy, audiobook:

Finished Book 23: Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
New read, young adult, science fiction, audiobook: 10h 21m

So...that was kind of dramatic. I mean, I enjoyed it, but between the melodramatic writing and the melodramatic narration, it was super dramatic. I would recommend the movie over this novelization, because good lord. It was entertaining, but not always in a good way.

Also, it just goes to show how different people can interpret things differently, because in the book it seems like Rey and Finn have budding romantic feelings for each other, and I didn’t get that at all from the movie.

Currently Reading:
The Dream Thieves’ by Maggie Stiefvater (audiobook)
Moonsinger’s Friends edited by Susan Shwartz (dead tree)

52ronincats
Mar 20, 2016, 7:17pm

I still haven't read Battle Magic, the only Pierce about which I can say that. And Susan is the best thing about Soul Music.

53bluesalamanders
Mar 20, 2016, 10:03pm

Susan is definitely the best thing about Soul Music. I keep thinking that it's my favorite Pratchett book, but then I reread it and I'm like - why do I think that? It's the Susan parts that are my favorite, and there aren't enough of them.

Battle Magic is...a difficult book. Also it contradicts previously established canon in several ways, which irritates some readers. But aside from that, the story is emotionally difficult and even though I've read it several times and know what happens, it's still upsetting at times.

54foggidawn
Mar 21, 2016, 7:28am

>53 bluesalamanders: I've heard from several people that Battle Magic is upsetting -- probably why I haven't picked it up yet.

55bluesalamanders
Mar 21, 2016, 9:58am

>54 foggidawn: Yeah, it is, and I don't blame you at all, or anyone who decides not to read it. These are the particularly upsetting things I remember offhand, if you're curious (or not): general war/battle imagery, because most of the book takes place during a war; graphic descriptions of torture (particularly against a child); slavery, including cages, chains, abuse, humiliation; animal harm (mostly off-page, but still very upsetting); some people are executed by burning (mostly off-page, but upsetting because it happens and because of why it happens).

And it contradicts established canon in several ways. Firstly, it suggests that the gods are real and involved in human affairs in the Emelan universe, which previously it seemed they were at most distant and not directly connected like the Tortall books (if they existed at all). Also, in WotE (I think) it is established that Briar was captured and tortured and that's when he made the magical version of Discipline to escape to, but in BM none of those things happen.

Personally neither of these bother me much, although the discontinuity with Briar bugs me a little more than the other. I get why they bug other people, though.

56humouress
Mar 26, 2016, 9:04am

*waving*

I haven't read any of your recent books, except The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, and I'm trying to acquire the sequels - but they're rather exorbitant!

57bluesalamanders
Modifié : Mar 26, 2016, 9:16am

Wow, I just looked, those are hardback prices for paperbacks. Or at least trade for mass. I mean, they're nice paperbacks, if my copies are anything to go by, but still. Weird!

58humouress
Mar 26, 2016, 9:21am

Quite so. :0(

59bluesalamanders
Mar 26, 2016, 9:55am

Sorry! That sucks :(:(

60bluesalamanders
Avr 18, 2016, 9:13am

Finished Book 24: Young Wizards: Lifeboats by Diane Duane
Young Wizards book 9.6
reread, young adult, fantasy, ebook: 280p

Finished Book 25: Moonsinger’s Friends edited by Susan Shwartz
New read, adult, fantasy anthology, dead tree: 342p
Checking “book previously abandoned” for that list (and for a reason, apparently)

This book took me way longer than I expected to read because, honestly, I didn't like most of it. The reason I got it in the first place is because there is a Diane Duane story in it and I liked that one, but most of the others were really a pain to slog through. Usually I stop reading books I dislike that much, but I wanted to actually finish it for some reason. What a waste of time.

61bluesalamanders
Avr 18, 2016, 9:22am

Finished Book 26: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
The Inheritance Trilogy, book 1
Reread, adult, epic fantasy, audiobook: 11h50m

Finished Book 27: The Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
The Inheritance Trilogy, book 2
Reread, adult, epic fantasy, audiobook: 11h28m

Finished Book 28: The Kingdom of Gods by NK Jemisin
The Inheritance Trilogy, book 3
Reread, adult, epic fantasy, audiobook: 13h45m

I love this series and felt like rereading it.

62humouress
Avr 18, 2016, 5:47pm

>61 bluesalamanders: I have the first of those on my shelves, based on rave reviews from LT, but I haven't managed to get around to reading it yet. Looks like I really should!

63bluesalamanders
Avr 21, 2016, 5:53am

>62 humouress: I really like them, anyway :)

64bluesalamanders
Avr 21, 2016, 5:54am

Finished Book 29: Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire
October Day, book 6
reread, adult, fantasy, audiobook: 12h 26m

Finished Book 30: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, book 7
Reread, Adult, Fantasy, Dead Tree: 357p

Finished Book 31: The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, Book 8
Reread, Adult, Fantasy, audiobook: 11h 57m

More rereads, another series I'm particularly fond of.

65bluesalamanders
Avr 21, 2016, 6:04am

Finished Book 32: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
New read, adult, fantasy, dead tree: 176p

Nancy’s parents send her to boarding school. They think it’s a place where she’ll get better from whatever it is they think happened, but it’s really a place for her to learn to live with what really happened. To be with other people who had similar experiences. Other people who found a door and walked through it into another world, only to be sent back one day.

New book by Seanan! This book is fantastic and I love it. The premise is wonderful. Imagine the Alices and Susans and Dorothys of the world (or at least of the US) gathered together, trying to deal with the fact that they’re never going back to Wonderland or Narnia or Oz. Mix in a little murder mystery, and there it is.

Another thing I love about it is that (character related spoilers, not plot-related) the main character is asexual and another major character is a trans man. It's so rare to have characters like that at all when it's not an "issue" story.

Content warnings: transphobic comments (which are immediately scolded), murder, mutilation of bodies/corpses, discussion of emotionally/psychologically abusive parents

66bluesalamanders
Modifié : Jan 16, 2017, 6:28am

Finished Book 33: A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, book 9
reread, adult, fantasy, dead tree: 368p

Finished Book 34: The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata
The Red, book 1
New read, Adult, science fiction, dead tree: 405p

Lieutenant James Shelley keeps getting “feelings”, intuition about things that that he couldn’t possibly know, that save his life and the lives of his squad. If it’s not some sort of precognition - and there’s no such thing - then what is feeding him this information, and why?

The Red: First Light is a sort of near-future science fiction, with a lot of technology that we're starting to see hints (or more than hints) of today but isn't yet in common use, like mechanical exoskeletons to help people carry heavy loads, prosthetic limbs that are somewhat beyond what is currently possible (as far as I know, anyway), and computers connected to the brain. Some of it is neat and some of it is pretty creepy, as tends to be the case in near-future SF.

I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book overall. I liked it, but it wasn’t quite the story I wanted it to be. I am curious if the sequel(s) will bring it more around to the hows and whys of what’s happening and focus less on military actions.

Some tired tropes that I wish the author hadn’t succumbed to: while there are a variety of minor female characters, the only main characters who are women are the girlfriend and the antagonist. The antagonist is also the only woman in any position of power (doctors, generals, journalists, etc, are all men). The girlfriend dies.

Content warnings: War/battle imagery, including death and serious injuries. Mentions of possible pedophilia and rape. Death of animals. Voluntary and involuntary use of mind-altering substances/devices. Voyeurism.

67bluesalamanders
Mai 1, 2016, 7:46am

Finished Book 35: Squire by Tamora Pierce
Protector of the Small, book 3
Reread, Young Adult, Fantasy: Medieval, Audiobook: 10h48m

Finished Book 36: The Pharos Gate: Griffin & Sabine’s Lost Correspondence by Nick Bantock
New read, adult, fantasy, dead tree: 60p

The Pharos Gate is as beautiful as the rest of the Griffin & Sabine series. It is fun to read letters to and from Maud and Maud’s friend Francesca alongside the desperate, lovesick messages by Griffin and Sabine, and the chilling notes from Froletti. Not my favorite book in the series, but a solid addition.

68bluesalamanders
Mai 1, 2016, 7:56am

Finished Book 37: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Reread, Adult, Fantasy, dead tree: 615p

It is interesting to reread this now, since apparently my views on books and stories have changed some in the past few years. I still like the worldbuilding and many of the characters and even a lot of the story well enough, but I have way more issues with the book than I used to.

For example, there is basically one main woman protagonist, and she’s only important because of who she married. And she has almost no power except for what she forces her father-in-law to give her by playing on his prejudices against women: acting silly, deliberately misinterpreting things he says, that sort of thing. She joins a revolution to overthrow the king, which is entirely made up of men. She does meet a group of wives and ladies, but she’s never one of them, she’s very much the “not one of those girls” trope, which is just tiresome. And none of the wives/ladies manages to break through their - awe? Fear? Whatever, to realize she’s just a person like them. So she has no female friends for the entire book. Literally all her friends are old men.

There is one other supposedly-important woman character, but as soon as she joins forces with the main male protagonist, she basically disappears.

I liked this book way more the first time I read it. How disappointing.

69bluesalamanders
Mai 1, 2016, 8:00am

Finished Book 38: So you want to be a wizard by Diane Duane, read by Mark Oshiro
Reread, young adult, fantasy, audiobook: 7h 27m

But on another note, how much fun is it to listen to Mark read the Young Wizards books? So much fun! I actually didn’t read them in order way back when I first found them, the first one I found was High Wizardry, the third in the series, so I never had this fresh, unspoiled view of So you want to be a wizard that Mark experienced. It’s too fun. I love this series, and the joy he’s finding in the books as well.

70bluesalamanders
Juin 2, 2016, 8:41am

Finished Book 39: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
Finishing School, book 3
New read, young adult, fantasy, Audiobook: 8hr 53m

Fun but not particularly memorable.

Finished Book 40: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reread, young adult, science fiction, Audiobook: 11h 14m

Finished Book 41: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Reread, young adult, science fiction, Audiobook: 11h 41m

Finished Book 42: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Reread, young adult, science fiction, Audiobook11h 43m

Finished Book 43: Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett
New read, adult, fantasy, Audiobook: 10h 18m

Definitely my least favorite Discworld book so far. I imagine he intended to lampoon racist stereotypes but instead just managed to, well, write a lot of racist stereotypes. Ugh.

71bluesalamanders
Juin 2, 2016, 8:44am

Finished Book 44: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
New read, adult, science fiction, dead tree: 867p

I actually started reading the audiobook, then got a copy through LTER and read the second half on paper.

Something huge hits the moon hard enough to break it into pieces. At first scientists think it’s going to stay like that, the chunks of the moon orbiting each other and staying generally where the moon used to be, but then they start bumping into each other and shattering. They realize that the remnants of the moon will eventually fall to earth and destroy life as we know it. The solution? Well, there is no solution, but the plan to save the world is to send many people into space, in and around the International Space Station.

Seveneves has a lot of drama and excitement, mixed in with plenty of science and technobabble (which appears to be less babble-y than some, but even so…). I liked it more for the characters than for the science, which occasionally delved a little deeper than I care about in the middle of a story. But the characters! I loved the characters. Especially (and not surprisingly) our POV character Dinah.

The book is separated into three parts; the first part spent preparing for the moon to start falling, the second part in the first few years after it happens, and the third part is far in the future, when the earth is becoming habitable again. It almost seemed like it should have been three separate books, since each section clearly had much more going on than there was space to put it. The third section in particular, while entertaining, seemed to be missing a lot, and also ended at a point where things were just starting to get interesting.

Overall: I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you like (or can tolerate) a high amount of technobabble in your science fiction, if you like lots of great women characters, and if you’re interested in this kind of end-of-the-world type of story.

Content warnings: some casual racism and sexism, murder, cannibalism, implied incest, war and battle imagery, lots of awful ways of getting injured and dying since it is an end-of-the-world story after all

72bluesalamanders
Juin 2, 2016, 8:52am

Finished Book 45: Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan, read by Kate Reading
Memoires of Lady Trent, book 2
New read, adult, fantasy, audiobook: 10h 39m

Thoroughly enjoying this series, looking forward to reading the next two books.

Books I have recently given up on:
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
It was simply too graphically violent for me.

Maskerade by Terry Pratchett (currently in progress at Mark Reads)
I wanted to like this book, I really did. A Discworld story based on Phantom of the Opera with a fat woman main character? Sounds great! And Agnes is great. But I can see women insulted, mocked, and not given credit for their accomplishments just because they're fat all around the real world. I don’t need to read about it in my fantasy stories, too. You know what I'd like? The occasional story with a non-stereotypical-looking protagonist who isn't mocked and belittled for it, who doesn't have to "overcome" it, who just is.

73bluesalamanders
Juin 8, 2016, 2:04pm

Yay, I'm sending out another half-dozen books on pbs! That more than doubles my "books out" for the year, though it's still only two-thirds of my "books in" (and it's a good thing I don't count ebooks/audiobooks for that list, too!).

74norabelle414
Juin 8, 2016, 2:26pm

>73 bluesalamanders: You're an inspiration to us all

75bluesalamanders
Juin 8, 2016, 8:04pm

*snerk* Thanks.

76bluesalamanders
Modifié : Jan 15, 2017, 8:42pm

Finished Book 46: Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane, read by Mark Oshiro
Reread, young adult, fantasy, audiobook: 8h 17m

Finished Book 47: Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton
Reread, adult, science fiction, audiobook: 8h 49m

Interestingly, I find I don’t like this as much as I used to.

Finished Book 48: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Reread, adult, science fiction, audiobook: 9h 58m

Still thoroughly enjoy this series, though. Amusingly it’s already a bit dated (the idea that all 75-year-olds would be unfamiliar/uncomfortable with or not already have their own devices is quickly getting laughable. My parents are 70 and they had smartphones and tablets before either my sister or I.).

Finished Book 49: Carniepunk: Daughter of the midway, the mermaid, and the open lonely sea by Seanan McGuire
Reread, adult, fantasy (short story), audiobook: 53m

77bluesalamanders
Modifié : Jan 15, 2017, 8:37pm

I visited a friend of mine for most of last week and read two whole books (and the first couple chapters of several others) while I was there. Part of this was because we are both giant introverts and spending a good portion of my visit hanging out together reading is a good time, and part of it is because she’s a night person and I’m a morning person, so I had time every morning to myself between when I woke up and when she did. So the next two books (plus the ebook short story) are books I finished while visiting her:

Finished Book 50: What makes this book so great by Jo Walton
New read, adult, non-fiction, dead tree: 448p

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection and quickly got a pencil and paper to start writing down books that piqued my interest. I ended up with a list of a dozen books, not counting the Bujold books that make up a good chunk of the reviews (I had to skip those after a few, because I haven’t read many and she wasn’t worried about spoilers), since the series is already on my tbr list.

The 5 or so books that I read the first few chapters of were mostly (though not entirely) off this list, to see if I was as interested in the actual book as I was in Walton’s description of it. There was one that didn’t grab me, but the rest did.

Finished Book 51: Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman
New read, adult, fantasy, dead tree: 375p

Silver on the Road was recommended by the friend I was staying with, and she was right. I found it very interesting and entertaining, I really liked the characters and setting, and I’m very curious what’s going to happen in the sequel.

Finished Book 52: Stage of Fools by Seanan McGuire
New read, adult, fantasy, short story, ebook: 28p

I’m completely guessing on the page length here because I don’t have a copy of the story myself. My friend got it by supporting Seanan’s patreon and let me read it while I was visiting but wouldn’t give out copies (and rightly so).

Finished Book 53: The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
Reread, adult, science fiction, audiobook: 10h 28m

Finished Book 54: The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi
Reread, adult, science fiction, audiobook: 1h 34m

I love this story but the audiobook I have is only so-so. Sometime I’ll have to check out the professional version.

78ronincats
Juil 4, 2016, 10:41pm

I loved What Makes This Book So Great. Of course, it didn't hurt that a large part of that was Bujold's books and Brust's Vlad Taltos series, both of which I absolutely love.

79humouress
Août 10, 2016, 12:35pm

>76 bluesalamanders: But then my dad (who hit 80 this year) never charges / takes / turns on his phone. My mum, on the other hand - at a couple of years younger - has done every course going and knows more about Photoshop etc than I do.

>77 bluesalamanders: Have you joined us yet on the Vorkosigan saga group read? There are still a few of us *cough, cough* lingering along.

80bluesalamanders
Août 13, 2016, 11:03am

>79 humouress: And I know people my age (30s) who don't have smartphones/tablets/etc. I only just got those within the last couple of years myself. Some of it's money, some of it's lack of interest, I'm sure there are other reasons. But back when it was written, it was basically assumed that older people wouldn't know anything about the latest tech, so the way he wrote that made sense. Today it makes less sense, because technology isn't as age-dependent anymore.

I'm not good at group reads. I tried for a while, but anything that feels like an assignment puts me right off (I'm so far behind on my ER books...). Also, I'm having trouble finding the next books in the series.

81humouress
Août 13, 2016, 12:44pm

Oh, don't worry about the group read; this is the 2014 group that is continuing on because quite a few people didn't finish. Myself, I've just read book 12 of 17, so no pressure :0)

82norabelle414
Août 13, 2016, 6:22pm

>80 bluesalamanders: I think one thing about technology that no one predicted was that users would start skipping entire technology "steps". It's true that technology moves so quickly that it's hard for most people to keep up, but the result of that is not that some people end up behind the curve, it's that non-power-users tend to do things like skip straight from a desktop to a smartphone, without the stepping-stones of an all-in-one computer or laptop or tablet.

83bluesalamanders
Août 14, 2016, 9:01pm

>82 norabelle414: That, now, that seems weird to me! I could not use only a smartphone, it's so limited! If I tried to use it for all my everyday stuff that I do on my laptop, I would throw the damn thing across the room.

But I guess I'm one of those 'power users', to a certain extent. I know my parents have, like, 90% stopped using their laptops and now do everything on their smartphones and ipads.

84humouress
Août 15, 2016, 1:42am

>83 bluesalamanders: I'm the other way around. For some reason, my MacBook Air has run out of memory, in spite of the fact I've removed all the apps (not that I had much; only some of the Office programs and a couple of games). It could be the photos I've saved from my phone, but most of the time it won't let me in to the photo section to delete photos because .... I don't have enough memory. Hmph!

So I manage on my phone and tablet.

85norabelle414
Août 15, 2016, 9:02am

>83 bluesalamanders: The laptop is the gadget of choice for people our age, I think. Neither of my parents have a laptop; they each have a desktop and a smartphone. My 25-year-old brother has a laptop from college but he hardly uses it anymore.

Since we have been using laptops for a long time, we've gotten used to doing things that can only be done on a laptop. I think people younger than us don't ever start doing "laptop stuff", so they don't miss it.

86ronincats
Août 16, 2016, 10:57am

I'm a dinosaur. I have a desktop and a laptop set up next to each other and do stuff on one while waiting for stuff to load on the other--like playing two games at once, or checking out LT on the laptop while checking my mail on the desktop. Of course, the laptop IS from pre-retirement when I used it at work. I have a tablet in my nightstand and take it on trips. Use the smartphone sparingly because I have a limited data plan, but use the Square application at my craft shows.

87bluesalamanders
Août 17, 2016, 2:57pm

>84 humouress: That's weird.

>85 norabelle414: Yeah but like...job hunting? How can you do stuff like that on a phone? Write a cover letter and resume? And do people just ignore websites that don't have apps or mobile sites? Honestly, it just baffles me. But then I find even things like checking e-mail frustrating on the phone, because I feel like I can't think properly without a real keyboard.

>86 ronincats: Sometimes I wish I had two computers! I end up with so many programs/windows/tabs open at once and I literally have to stop whatever I'm doing and spend time shutting things down before before I can continue. I haven't had a desktop in ages, though. And my parents got rid of their (one) desktop a few years ago and got (two) laptops, one for each of them, before they'd gotten (or at least before they'd started seriously using) tablets or smartphones.

88bluesalamanders
Sep 3, 2016, 11:57am

I am extraordinarily behind on updating this, this post isn't going to bring me even close to current, but gotta start somewhere so:

Finished Book 55: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
New read, adult, fantasy (steampunk), dead tree: 352p

Finished Book 56: Calling On Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Reread, young adult, fantasy, Audiobook: 6h 12m

Finished Book 57: Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Reread, young adult, fantasy, Audiobook: 6h 38m

Finished Book 58: The Last Colony by John Scalzi
Reread, adult, science fiction, dead tree, 336p

Finished Book 59: Jhereg by Steven Brust
Vlad Taltos (Publication Order), book 1
New read, adult, fantasy, dead tree, 239p

Finished Book 60: Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce
Reread, young adult, fantasy, Audiobook, 5h 53m

Karen Memory and Jhereg were both recommended by my friend Carol, who has very similar tastes to mine and we often recommend books to each other. I really enjoyed both of them.

89ronincats
Sep 3, 2016, 12:19pm

I would have recommended those two to you as well, had you asked! ;-) I'm a huge Vlad fan.

90Whisper1
Sep 3, 2016, 12:40pm

dah...It took me a few seconds to realize that the term "dead tree" means a paper book.

Congratulations on reading so many books, dead tree and non dead tree.

91bluesalamanders
Sep 11, 2016, 9:35am

>90 Whisper1: Hah, I've been using that term so long I don't even think about it anymore, but I can see how it would be weird if you're not expecting it!

92humouress
Sep 12, 2016, 5:02pm

Er...hmm - I think Roni's miffed ;0)

93bluesalamanders
Sep 13, 2016, 8:28pm

Finished Book 61: Captain Marvel: Earth's Mightiest Hero by Kelly Sue Deconnick and others
New read, adult (?), science fiction, graphic novel, 264p

I’m actually not sure whether to classify this adult or YA? I don’t usually read comic books, so I don’t really know how the leveling works for them. I enjoyed it? Mostly? I’m not a big comic book reader, as I said, so I don’t always know how to read them - what order to read the panels, etc - which can make things a little weird.

Finished Book 62: The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
New read, adult, science fiction, audiobook, 11h 16m

content warning: ableism, sexism, minor character death, minor embarrassment squick

Finished Book 63: Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede
Reread, young adult, fantasy (anthology), dead tree, 256p

Finished Book 64: The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, book 8
Reread, adult, fantasy, audiobook, 11h 57m

Finished Book 65: High Wizardry by Diane Duane, read by Mark Oshiro
Reread, young adult, fantasy, audiobook, 7h 37m

94bluesalamanders
Sep 13, 2016, 8:30pm

Finished Book 66: Faith Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine by Jody Houser and others
New read, adult (?), science fiction, graphic novel, 112p

Faith is a fat woman who happens to have superpowers. She is awesome and adorable and I loved this a lot.

Finished Book 67: Imprudence by Gail Carriger
The Custard Protocal, Book 2
New read, young adult, fantasy, Dead tree, 368p

Finished Book 68: The Book of Night With Moon by Diane Duane
Feline Wizards, book 1
Reread, adult, fantasy, ebook, 404p

Finished Book 69: The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Reread, young adult fantasy, Audiobook, 9h 59m

Finished Book 70: Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett, read by Mark Oshiro
Discworld, book 19
New read, adult, fantasy, Audiobook, 9h 32m

95bluesalamanders
Sep 20, 2016, 10:39pm

Finished Book 71: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, book 1
Reread, adult, fantady, Audiobook, 11h 20m

Finished Book 72: Bloodshot by Cherie Priest
Cheshire Red Reports, book 1
Reread, adult, fantasy, audiobook, 11h 16m

Finished Book 73: A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, book 2
Reread, adult, fantady, Audiobook, 11h 52m

Finished Book 74: An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, book 3
Reread, adult, fantady, Audiobook, 12h 32m

Finished Book 75: Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, book 4
Reread, adult, fantady, Audiobook, 11h 51m

96bluesalamanders
Sep 20, 2016, 10:45pm

Finished Book 76: Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon
New read, adult, science fiction, dead tree, 336p

I read Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon and it was great! It starts off that this colony is being evacuated - I forget exactly why - and the main character, an old woman, decides she's not going. She's lived there for 40 years, she'd like some solitude, she knows how do everything she needs to do to survive, so she just - stays behind.

And everything is great for a while, but then of course things happen...

It was fantastic, I really enjoyed it.

97drneutron
Sep 21, 2016, 11:06am

Congrats on hitting 75!

98bluesalamanders
Sep 21, 2016, 11:18am

Thanks, newt!

99humouress
Oct 31, 2016, 11:14pm

75? Well done! I'm sorry I'm so late with congratulations; RL has been keeping me away from LT.

100ronincats
Oct 31, 2016, 11:23pm

I like a LOT of Elizabeth Moon's books, and Remnant Population is one of my favorites. Glad you found it.

Congratulations on passing the 75 book mark!

101ronincats
Nov 24, 2016, 8:39pm

102bluesalamanders
Déc 11, 2016, 10:05pm

Finished Book 77: Alpha Lion by Zoe Chant
New read, adult, paranormal romance, ebook, 117p

Content warning: explicit sexual content, love-at-first-sight mystical soulmates, verbal harassment, threats of violence, brief violence, kidnapping

Finished Book 78: A Pair of Bears by Zoe Chant
New read, adult, paranormal romance, ebook, 86p

explicit sexual content, love-at-first-sight mystical soulmates

Finished Book 79: The Billionaire Dragon Shifter’s Mate by Zoe Chant
New read, adult, paranormal romance, ebook, 64p

explicit sexual content, love-at-first-sight mystical soulmates

Finished Book 80: Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, book 10
New read, adult, fantasy, dead tree, 420p

Ahhhhh new Toby book!!! So much love! I am not writing a review, I am just kind of emoting all over the place: OH MY GOD TYBALT I was for serious worried he was going to die. What the heck is going on with the Brown children and their weird ass powers? Are the younger kids going to have wacky seer abilities too? Also, poor Jessica :(. Speaking of which, that ‘slumber party’ at the beginning: cutest thing ever or cutest thing ever, am I right?

One of my favorite things about this series is all the continuity. Like, Toby can’t stand the smell of roses (she’ll have trouble if her mother ever comes back, doesn’t her magic smell of roses?) and also her magic smells more like blood the more fae she becomes.

I sort of wish we could have seen Raysel woken, and also seen May and Raj’s reactions to all the crap Toby got up to while they were locked out of Arden’s knowe. But that would probably have added another 30 pages or something, so I get why it wasn’t there.

103bluesalamanders
Déc 11, 2016, 10:10pm

Finished Book 81: the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace
New read, poetry (non-fiction), ebook: 156p

It feels weird to call poetry non-fiction, but it is mainly autobiographical (as far as I can tell) so yeah. I’m not usually a huge poetry fan, but I found this book both enjoyable to read and deeply moving.

My favorite line, which is near the end of part three, ‘the queen’, is:

all of the oceans
& galaxies
did not
conspire together to
create me
just so i could
reproduce for
you.

- startling fact #1.


Finished Book 82: One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, book 5
Reread, adult, fantasy, Audiobook, 12h 42m

Finished Book 83: The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin
The Broken Earth, book 2
New read, adult, fantasy, dead tree, 410p

Amazing, as expected.

104bluesalamanders
Déc 11, 2016, 10:40pm

Finished Book 84: Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
Reread, young adult, fantasy, audiobook: 7h 54m

Finished Book 85: Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Incryptid, book 1
Reread, adult, fantasy, audiobook, 11h 20m

Finished Book 86: Midnight Blue-Light Special by Seanan McGuire
Incryptid, book 2
Reread, adult, fantasy, audiobook, 10h 59m

Finished Book 87: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire
Incryptid, book 3
Reread, adult, fantasy, audiobook, 10h 17m

Finished Book 88: Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire
Incryptid, book 14
Reread, adult, fantasy, dead tree, 352p

Finished Book 89: Deerskin by Robin McKinley
Reread, adult, fantasy, Dead tree, 320p

Finished Book 90: A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane, read by Mark Oshiro
Young Wizards, book 4
Reread, young adult, fantasy, Audiobook, 8h 14m

105bluesalamanders
Déc 11, 2016, 10:48pm

Finished Book 91: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, read by Mark Oshiro
Young Wizards, book 5
Reread, young adult, fantasy, Audiobook, 10h 31m

Finished Book 92: The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane
Young Wizards, book 6
Reread, young adult, fantasy, Dead tree, 432p

Mark Reads started Dilemma and it is a very emotional book that I don’t think I’ve read since my mom required brain surgery for an aneurysm a few years ago (it feels weird point a spoiler tag around real-life events, but it’s very similar to something that happens in the book), so I decided to reread it on my own before going through it slowly, chapter by chapter, with Mark.

Finished Book 93: The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, read by Zachary Quinto
New read, urban fantasy, audiobook, 2h 19m

About ten years ago, murder victims suddenly stopped dying. People still die in accidents, or of natural causes, or of suicides, but murder victims vanish and reappear in their homes. Suddenly there is a new job out there: the Dispatcher, who kills people before they die, so they’ll come back to life.

Weirdly really liked this. It's definitely way better than Scalzi's previous attempty at fantasy, which I didn't like at all.

Content warning: Obviously contains a lot of death (a LOT of death), including accidents, suicides, and murders.

Finished Book 94: The Voice of Lions by Seanan McGuire
October Daye, short story
New read, adult, fantasy, Ebook: 76p

Finished Book 95: Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Graceling, book 1
Reread, young adult, fantasy, audiobook, 12h 31m

106ronincats
Déc 11, 2016, 10:49pm

Glad you finally read the latest Toby Daye book! Very good, as always, and I read the two right before it while waiting for it to get here and was glad I did. Looks like you are doing a lot of comfort rereads (of McGuire, Jones, Duane--Deerskin was way outside my comfort zone, much as I love McKinley) lately. I need to get to The Obelisk Gate, as it has been sitting on my nightstand while I've been doing some rereading of my own, the fantasy trilogy by Susan Dexter, The Ring of Allaire, The Sword of Calandra and The Mountains of Channadran.

107bluesalamanders
Déc 11, 2016, 10:53pm

Finished Book 96: Fire by Kristin Cashore
Graceling, book 2
Reread, young adult, fantasy, Audiobook, 12h 40m

Finished Book 97: On Ordeal: Roshaun ke Nelaid by Diane Duane
Young adult, 9.6 (part 1)
New read, young adult, fantasy, Ebook, 148p

Finished Book 98: On Ordeal: Mamvish fsh Wimsih by Diane Duane
Young adult, 9.6 (part 2)
New read, young adult, fantasy, Ebook, 84p

Finished Book 99: Velveteen Vs the Junior Super Patriots by Seanan McGuire
Velveteen vs, book 1
Reread, adult, fantasy, audiobook, 7h 17m

Finished Book 100: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Old Man’s War, book 1
Reread, adult, science fiction, Audiobook, 9h 58m

Finished Book 101: The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi
Reread, adult, science fiction, dead tree: 396p

Finished Book 102: Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee
Archer’s Beach, book 1
Reread, adult, fantasy, audiobook, 11h 59m

Finished Book 103: The Martian by Andy Weir
Reread, adult, science fiction, dead tree: 448p

108bluesalamanders
Déc 11, 2016, 11:03pm

>106 ronincats: It was so good! I love the Toby books so much, it's definitely one of my favorite series right now. I'm constantly amazed by Seanan's ability to weave the plot threads together and write those fantastic characters and just, everything. Aaah.

I think there was a particular reason I felt like reading Deersking? I like it a lot, but it's not one I read that often, for obvious reasons. And often when I do read, I skip large parts of the first section. I think I saw a movie based on the same fairy tale (talk about creepy and uncomfortable!) and I wanted to read (in my opinion) a better adaptation.

The Obelisk Gate is amazing. Jemisin has quickly become another one of my favorite authors. I can't reread her books as often as I do Seanan's, but every time I do they blow me away.

I don't think I've read anything by Susan Dexter. The name sounds familiar...I have one of her books on my tbr list, though.

109bluesalamanders
Déc 16, 2016, 3:20pm

Finished Book 104: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, read by Celeste Ciulla
Imperial Radch, book 1
Reread, adult, science fiction, audiobook, 13h 47m

Finished Book 105: Among Others by Jo Walton, read by Katherine Kellgren
Reread, adult, fantasy, audiobook, 10h 39m

I really like both of these books, though they are very different in subject, tone, genre, everything. I have paper copies of them but I wanted to try the audiobooks. Kellgren reads Among Others with a slightly dense accent (to my American ear) but once I got used to it, it was pleasant to listen to. At first Ciulla seemed to have trouble referring to all characters as 'she' (one of the unusual artifacts of the main POV character's native language in Ancillary Justice); there was an odd inflection here and there that didn't make sense in context. Those minor quibbles aside, I enjoyed both audiobooks a lot.

110PaulCranswick
Déc 24, 2016, 12:24am



Wouldn't it be nice if 2017 was a year of peace and goodwill.
A year where people set aside their religious and racial differences.
A year where intolerance is given short shrift.
A year where hatred is replaced by, at the very least, respect.
A year where those in need are not looked upon as a burden but as a blessing.
A year where the commonality of man and woman rises up against those who would seek to subvert and divide.
A year without bombs, or shootings, or beheadings, or rape, or abuse, or spite.

2017.

Festive Greetings and a few wishes from Malaysia!

111bluesalamanders
Modifié : Déc 24, 2016, 5:14am

>110 PaulCranswick: It would be nice. I don't hold out much hope, especially considering what's happening here in the US right now, but it sure would be nice.

Season's Greetings to you and everyone!

112bluesalamanders
Déc 24, 2016, 5:20am

Finished Book 106: The Vor Game by Lois McMasters Bujold
Vorkosigan (chronological), book 5
New read, adult, science fiction, dead tree, 342p

I actaully read this book in every different format. Started in audiobook on Hoopla (which has a lot of books my libraries don't), switched to ebook when i realized I had one, and finished in paper after the copy I requested from PBS arrived and I carried it with me to visit my family for the holidays. Heh.

I like this series, but only in small doses I think. It took me a while to get through this book, whatever the format (I finally finished it while stuck in the airport for 4 hours waiting for a delayed plane). Miles is not my favorite character; he’s ok, but I would prefer more stories about Cordelia.

Content warnings that I recall: abelism including abelist language, sexism, femme fatale type character, various deaths and injuries, depression, discussion of attempted suicide, indentured servitude/slavery

113ronincats
Déc 25, 2016, 12:06am

This is the Christmas tree at the end of the Pacific Beach Pier here in San Diego, a Christmas tradition.

To all my friends here at Library Thing, I want you to know how much I value you and how much I wish you a very happy holiday, whatever one you celebrate, and the very best of New Years!

114PaulCranswick
Déc 31, 2016, 6:12am



Looking forward to your continued company in 2017.
Happy New Year!

115bluesalamanders
Jan 2, 2017, 12:55pm

Final book of 2016:

Finished Book 107: An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
Manifold Worlds, book 1
New read, fantasy, adult, dead tree, 494p

Portal fantasy for adults! I have no idea how to review this book. There were things I didn’t love about it, but not anything that would make me not recommend it. It was a fun read, there are great characters, the worldbuilding was solid and I’m looking forward to the sequels.

So, while it’s not my favorite book that I read this year, I liked it a lot and I’ll certainly reread it someday.

Content warnings that I remember: mutilation/cutting, involuntary shaved head, involuntary tattoo, major character death, war and battle imagery, animal harm

116bluesalamanders
Jan 2, 2017, 1:00pm

2016 Round-Up

Overview:
107 finished books totaling 14,782 pages and 24d 15h 42m

New or Old:
42 new reads, 65 rereads

Adult/YA:
32 YA, 75 Adult

Genre:
75 Fantasy, 26 Science Fiction
3 Fiction, 3 Non-Fiction

Format:
35 Dead Tree, 2 Graphic Novel
58 Audiobook, 12 eBook

Author/Editor gender:
86 female, 23 male

Series:
85 in series, 22 standalone

I am trying not to be disappointed by how many fewer books I read this year than the past few years, although I guess to be fair audiobooks do take a lot longer to read than paper books. So if I can get myself to read a few more paper (or at least text) books and fewer audiobooks, I may shift those numbers some. Hm.

117ronincats
Jan 2, 2017, 1:05pm

One last book bullet from 2016, blue. I read fewer books this year too. Have you set up your new thread yet? I'll be looking for it.

118bluesalamanders
Jan 2, 2017, 1:17pm

Not yet, roni, I'm working on it now :)