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Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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These trees by the Law School were FULL of robins. At least 20.

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Near the President’s House, looking down to Beechurst, the Mon, and the power plant.

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At the Law Center, looking over and past the football complex.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Books of February

It seems like I just wrote the books of January post… oh wait. I did.

Anyway, here are the books I read in February. Lots of historical romance here, except that they’re really historical mysteries with romance.

The best books last month? There were a lot!

First, Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphonsa (10/10) is MARVELOUS. I read some rave reviews and ordered it, but it sat for a few weeks before I got around to reading it. OMG THIS IS SO GOOD!

Next up, Lescaut Quartet by Tracy Grant, Shores of Desire and Shadows of the Heart. These are historical mysteries with romance, but what makes them extra fabulous is that the heroines are all older women, both widows. And in one, the heroine is pregnant at the start of the book. I loved both of these.

ALSO marvelous is the The Spymaster Series by Joanna Bourne, especially My Lord and Spymaster, which has a heroine who is a genius accountant (or rather, “England’s expert on skullduggery in accounting”).

Plus, some supernatural fantasy, including Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson (9/10) which is a sequel to Legion, which I also adored. Tales from the Nightside by Simon R. Green (9/10) is a collection of the Nightside short stories, as well as a new novella.

Historical Romance

Lescaut Quartet
Dark Angel (1994) Tracy Grant (7/10)
Shores of Desire (1997) Tracy Grant (9/10)
Shadows of the Heart (1996) Tracy Grant (9/10)
Rightfully His  (1998) Tracy Grant (8/10)

The Spymaster Series
My Lord and Spymaster (2008) Joanna Bourne (9/10)
The Forbidden Rose (2010) Joanna Bourne (8/10)

Graphic Novel

Ms. Marvel Volume 1:  No Normal  (2014) G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphonsa  (10/10)
Girl Genius Volume 12:  Siege of Mechanicsburg  (2013) Phil & Kaja Foglio  (7/10)
Girl Genius Volume 13:  Agatha Heterodyne and the Sleeping City  (2014) Phil & Kaja Foglio  (7/10)

Urban Fantasy

Legion: Skin Deep (2014) Brandon Sanderson  (9/10)
Tales from the Nightside (2015) Simon R. Green  (9/10)

Historical Mystery

Julian Kestrel
Cut to the Quick  (1993) Kate Ross (10/10)
A Broken Vessel  (1994) Kate Ross (10/10)

Supernatural Fantasy

Bound by Flames (2015) Jeaniene Frost (7/10)

Now, for the breakdown!!

For book format, I snuck in some trade paperbacks, because I read comics. Yes, I am completely inconsistent, because I don’t like reading comics as ebooks.

The re-reads (and multiple formats) were the Kate Ross books, which I adore.

Trade Paperback : 3
eBook : 11
Multiple Formats : 2
Re-read : 2

Genre was predominantly historicals this month, most of which were mysteries in some form.

Fantasy : 5
Mystery : 10
Romance : 7
YA : 3
Comic : 3
Anthology : 1

Because I read a lot of books that were predominantly romances, I read a lot of female authors. But I’d like to point out that the primary author of Ms. Marvel is a woman. So YAY!

Male : 2
Female : 9
Joint : 3

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Hiking WV: Coopers Rock: Scotts Run Trail

Finally! The first hike of 2015!

Between illnesses and unpleasant weather, we didn’t get out to hike until today, but it was a gorgeous, glorious day for the first hike of the year. Even better, last year I purchased snow pants, which means that I wasn’t afraid to kneel down in the snow to get closer to interesting things, and I didn’t come out of the woods soaking wet from the knees down.

Because the entrance gate is closed, there are a limited number of trails to hike (unless you want to walk into the park and then start your hike, which I don’t), so we took my favorite trail, Scotts Run.

Trail: Scotts Run
Elevation: 1168 feet
Distance: 4.4 miles
Time: 2:13

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GPS map of the hike.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Books of January

A little slow getting this done–I got very sick midway through January so I read a lot–and didn’t do much of anything else. I’m still dealing with the dregs of the illness, but mostly better.

My favorite books in January were: The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne (10/10), which is a historical romance mystery. I LOVED the mystery here.
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch (9/10) which is the next Rivers of London book; I was expecting to love it, and did.
The Dragon Conspiracy by Lisa Shearin (8.5/10) is the second SPI Files book. It’s a fun supernatural spy romp.
And finally The Devil You Know, Audible Version by Mike Carey and narrated by Michael Kramer (9/10) which is another British supernatural fantasy.

Historical Romance
The Spymaster’s Lady (2008) Joanna Bourne (10/10)
How to Catch a Wild Viscount  (2009) Tessa Dare

Supernatural Fantasy
Foxglove Summer (2014) Ben Aaronovitch   (9/10)
The Dragon Conspiracy (2015) Lisa Shearin   (8.5/10)
Cursed Moon  (2014) Jaye Wells  (7.5/10)
Wild Card  (2014) Lisa Shearin (7/10)
Charming (2013) Elliott James (6/10)
Owl and the Japanese Circus  (2015) Kristi Charish   (4/10)
Gunmetal Magic  (2012) by Ilona Andrews

Historical Fantasy
Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot  (1988) Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (10/10)
The Grand Tour: or the Purloined Coronation Regalia  (2004) Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (7/10)
The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After  (2006) Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (7/10)

Epic Fantasy
Castle of Wizardry  (1984) David Eddings (8/10)
Enchanters’ End Game (1984) David Eddings (9/10)
Guardians of the West (1987) David Eddings (8/10)
King of the Murgos  (1998) David Eddings (7/10)
Demon Lord of Karanda (1988) David Eddings (7/10)
Sorceress of Darshiva  (1989) David Eddings (7/10)
Seeress of Kell  (1991) David Eddings (7/10)

Audio Books
The Devil You Know, Audible Version  (2006/2007) by Mike Carey and narrated by Michael Kramer   (9/10)
Gunmetal Magic, Audible Version (2012) by Ilona Andrews and narrated by Renée Raudman  (DNF)

Everything I read was an eBook, but I did listen to two audio books. And more than half of what I read was a re-read. When I’m sick, I want comfort reading, and don’t want to take a chance on starting something I won’t like.

eBook : 19
Audio : 2
Multiple Formats : 13
Re-read : 13

Most of what I read was fantasy, and the mysteries were mostly fantasies that were also mysteries.

Fantasy : 19
Mystery : 7
Romance : 5
YA : 10

And for the first month of the year, male and female authors are running neck and neck.

Male : 10
Female : 9
Joint : 2

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

For Fellow DS9 Fans:

The local college radio station jazz show was playing an old standard, and I found myself thinking, “that’s why the lady is a scamp!”

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Footsteps

I had an odd little experience this morning when I first arrived at work.

First, the building where I work has two long hallways, connected by several crossways. But to make it easier, think of it as an upper case H.

I enter the ground floor of the building at the foot of one leg, halfway down the hallway turn onto the crosspiece, and then when I reach the other leg, take the stairs up to the first floor.

This morning, after turning from the main hallway into the cross way, I suddenly noticed my footsteps were strangely louder–as if I was wearing shoes with hard heels instead of the soft soles I have been wearing. (The sidewalks have been treacherous–one ugly slide and a fall in a single day put me off wearing my Docs until the walks are clear.)

I softened my step, but I could still hear the striking of my heels on the tile.

Then I reached the intersection and saw walking away from me a woman in boots, walking the exact pace I was.

She was not, however, my doppelganger, seeing as she was tall and thin with long, straight, blonde hair.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

I HAVE FOILED GOOGLE

Bespin Clown Car

Not only were there no existing images of a Bespin Clown Car, apparently NO ONE ELSE ON THE INTERNET EVER MADE THIS MISTAKE.

What do I win?

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Ninth

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

The Compass Rose by Gail Dayton
The Barbed Rose by Gail Dayton
The Eternal Rose by Gail Dayton

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Eighth

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).
Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.
Here is what I have in paperback.

Shadow of Destiny by Rachel Lee
Shadows of Myth by Rachel Lee
Shadows of Prophecy by Rachel Lee
The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue
Harvest Moon by Mercedes Lackey et al
Winter Moon by Mercedes Lackey et al
Wicked by Gregory Macguire

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Seventh

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
Whiskey and Water by Elizabeth Bear
Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear
Hell and Earth by Elizabeth Bear
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Mystery Paperback, Part the Second

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

The Book of Murder by Guillermo Martinez
The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone
Lucifer’s Shadow by David Hewson

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Sixth

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
The Darkly Luminious Fight for Persephene Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
The Once and Future King by TH White
The Lord of the Fire Lands by Dave Duncan
The Gilded Chain by Dave Duncan
Beauty by Sherri S Tepper
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Fifth

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

Silver’s Edge by Anne Kelleher
Silver’s Bane by Anne Kelleher
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett
The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Fourth

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback:

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Cat’s Claw by Amber Benson
Death’s Daughter by Amber Benson

Starman by Sara Douglass
Enchanter by Sara Douglass
The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass
The Nameless Day by Sara Douglass
The Wounded Hawk by Sara Douglass

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Third

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback:

The Lodge of the Lynx by Katherine Kurtz & Deborah Turner Harris
St Patrick’s Gargoyle by Katherine Kurtz
The Temple and the Crown by Katherine Kurtz & Deborah Turner Harris
The Temple and the Stone by Katherine Kurtz & Deborah Turner Harris
Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff
The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff

The Vampire of New York by Lee Hunt

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Clearing Space on my Bookshelves

Here’s the compilation of all the types of books I’m getting rid of:

Mystery Paperback

Mystery Paperback, Part the Second

SF Paperback

Fantasy Paperback

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Second

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Third

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Fourth

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Fifth

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Sixth

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Seventh

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Eighth

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Ninth

Large Print Books

Hardback / Trade Paperback

Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Clearing my Bookshelves: Mystery Paperback

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

Gallows View by Peter Robinson
Sisterhood of Spies by Elizabeth P McIntosh
Rules of Prey by John Sandford
The Search by Iris Johansen

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: SF Paperback

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan
The Sundering by Walter Jon Williams
The Praxis by Walter Jon Williams
Conventions of War by Walter Jon Williams
Dante’s Equation by Jane Jensen

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Second

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback:

The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
Of Saints of Shadows by Christopher Golden
Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks
An Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller
Firebird by Mercedes Lackey
Ghost of a Chance by Simon R Green
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

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I wrote reviews for some of the books (see linked above) if you’d like to know a little more about the books. (I ended up with two copies of both Ghost of a Chance and Bridge of Birds, which is why those are going despite the fact they’re eminently re-readable.)

Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti
The Witch of Cologne by Tobsha Learner
The House of Storms by Ian R MacLeod
Demon Posessed by Stacia Kane
Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald
Wild Hunt by Margaret Ronald
The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia

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I wrote reviews for some of the books (see linked above) if you’d like to know a little more about the books.

Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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