It's Monday

Monday, April 21, 2014
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It's been a couple of weeks since I did one of these, because for a couple of weeks I was basically reading the same books - lol.

Since then, I've managed to do a fair bit, I think.

I finished Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik, A Storm of Swords Part 1: Steel and Snow by G R R Martin, Adaptation by Malinda Lo, and While We Run by Karen Healey.

I have to say, I really enjoyed all of them.

Next up was going to be part 2 of A Storm of Swords, but Gabriel Garcia Marquez died, and so I'm reading One Hundred Years of Solitude for the fourth time.

What are you reading?


Monday, April 7, 2014
 It's getting near that time again, and if you're going "huh" then go
here: and poke around.

Have a look here: at the history, and then go back to the first page and sign up. Or, you know, sign up as a cheerleader, cheerleaders are awesome.

I always fail out as a reader, so I'm going back to my readathon roots with cheerleading. Every year there seems to be more and more readers signing up, which is great and I know Dewey would have got a kick out of that, but cheerleading is important too, and I think last year there were something like 38 cheerleaders to nearly 400 readers. (Four hundred readers. There were less than 40 when this started. That blows my mind.)

So. Anyway. This April's readathon is on April 26 and I will be shaking out my virtual pompoms once again. Join me!


It's Monday

Monday, March 31, 2014
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Hmmmm.... I'm still reading The Golem and the Jinni, and I poked a bit more into Game of Thrones at the weekend.

I've stacked up my Once Upon a Time VIII books so next up will most likely be one of those.

What are you reading?

Once Upon a Time VIII

Saturday, March 29, 2014
I'm slightly late to the Once Upon a Time challenge, but here we are, finally. :-) Carl at hosts this challenge every year and it's all about having fun, escaping and reading fantasy, folklore and all good things really.

Here's this year's post explaining everything: - Carl's much better at explaining this stuff than I am.

For myself, I'm taking on Quest the First, which is "Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time categories. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres."

It took me a bit, but here are my five books. They are: Victory of Eagles by Naomi
Novik, the fifth book in her Temeraire series, a kind of alternate history of the Napoleonic Wars, with dragons. Next, is Here be Dragons by Marie Brennan, which I know nothing about, but sounds very interesting. Then there's The Snow Child by Eowyn Levy, which is based on the old fairytale. Fourth is  Some Kind of Fairytale by Grahame Joyce and last but not least, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer.

I also want to do Quest on Screen: "Stories are not just limited to the printed page. Many entertaining, moving, profound or simply fun stories are told in the realm of television and film. To participate in this quest simply let us know about the films and/or television shows that you feel fit into the definitions of fantasy, fairy tales, folklore or mythology that you are enjoying during the challenge."

I'm not sure how yet - I kind of want to do a LOTR re-watch maybe, and also watch/rewatch other fantasy movies from my childhood, like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. I'll think about it. :-)

It's Monday

Monday, March 24, 2014
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I finished The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black during the weekend, which I liked a lot.

Now I'm on to book three of A Song of Ice and Fire - A Storm of Swords. I liked the first two books a lot, and so far so good.

I'm also trying to read at lunchtime at work, but I decided A Storm of Swords wasn't right for that because I never want to put it down - lol.

So I'm planning on starting The Golem and the Djinni for lunchtime reading.

What are you reading?

Very short reviews

Sunday, March 23, 2014

I got a bit behind and now I have five books to review so I'm just going to do a sentence or so for each.

First up is The Sorrow of Empire by David Mack - a Star Trek TOS novel of the Mirror universe.

It's a solid novel - entertaining and 100% Star Trek with Spock fighting to bring down the Empire from within. I read Star Trek novels sometimes when I need some true escapism, although I haven't read a TOS novel before. It was an easy and interesting read.

Next is Still Foolin 'Em by Billy Crystal, which is part autobiography, part musing, and part reflecting on againg. It's very much Crystal's voice, full of self-deprecating humour and wry observations about life and love. It's a quick read, enjoyable, light-hearted and funny.

And we're up to The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris. (Women's Challenge read). The Trickster God has a few scores to settle with the Norse gods - with Odin, especially and of course, Thor. Most of what I know of Loki comes from the movies and Tom Hiddleston, but Harris's Loki is hilarious - he feels hard done by and put upon and by all of the Norse gods, if he's going down then he's taking them all with them. Bring on Ragnarok.

The Wild Things by David Eggers (TBR Pile challenge) is the novelisation of Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are movie. I have to say, I liked it a lot. You have to suspend logic, and roll with it, but once you do that, and you go with Max to where the wild things are, then it works on the levels that it needs to work.

Lastly, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. (Women's Challenge read). From the time Tana wakes up after a party in a bathtub, to the time she ends up in Coldtown, it's a pretty wild ride. I have to admit, it took me a bit to grasp hold of Black's worldbuilding with the Cold references, but once I got stuck in, I was there all the way, and Tana is a great central character - she's brave and spirited, but she also screws up and makes mistakes. Good times.

It's Monday

Monday, March 17, 2014
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I had a pretty productive reading week. I need to do a short reviews post soon - lol.

I finally finished The Gospel of Loki by Joanna Harris, which was overdue at the library. I did like it a lot, her Loki voice was hilarious.

I also finally read The Wild Things by Dave Eggers which he penned to coincide with the release of Spike Jonze's film of Where the Wild Things Are. I enjoyed that a lot, too.

Now I'm working my way through The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, which is so far so good.

What are you reading?