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Thursday, October 20, 2016

6:56PM - Recommend

Booking Through Thursday

Somebody walks up to you and says, “I need a really good book to read–any genre. What do you recommend?”

What’s the first book off the top of your head?

I would first ask what they prefer to read and what their current favorites are. But off the top of my head: Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (for character centered science fiction).

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

12:24PM - Tim Powers: The Stress of Her Regard

A stand-alone secret history book.
Publication year: 1991
Format: Audio
Running time: 16 hours and 57 minutes
Narrator: Simon Vance
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

9:16PM - Characters Names that I love

Today the topic of Top ten Tuesdays is Character Names that I love.

I like a lot of names so it was hard to restric myself to just ten. For example, Pratchett has lots of great names.

1, Robin, from Robin Hood.
2, Aeryn Sun from the Farscape tv-show is a very impressive warrior woman and my current computer’s name.
3, Aliera e’Kieron from Steven Brust’s fantasy series. She’s also a very impressive warrior woman and my previous computer’s name.
4, October Daye is a half-fae detective and a knight. From Seanan McGuire’s fantasy series.
5, Thursday Next is a literary detective in Jasper Fforde’s funny books.
6, Esmeralda “Granny” Weatherwax, one of the three witches in Pratchett’s Discworld books.
7, Alexander the Great.
8, Victor von Doom. If I ever have to change my last name, I will be von Doom.
9, Temeraire the dragon by Naomi Novik.
10, Modesty Blaise, from O’Connell’s comics and books. She's one of the best spies and martial artists in her world.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

3:52PM - Jennifer Roberson: Sword-Dancer

The first book in a fantasy series but can be read as a stand alone.

Publication year: 1986
Format: print
Page count: 286
Publisher: DAW
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Saturday, October 15, 2016


Happy birthday, filkferengi!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

9:40PM - Fritz Leiber: Swords and Ice Magic

The sixth book in the series is again a collection of short stories and a novella.
Publication year: 1997 (1973-1977 for the stories)
Format: print
Page count: 330 + an excerpt of Swords against the Shadowlands by Robin Wayne Bailey (has anyone read that?)
Publisher: White Wolf Publishing
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

4:36PM - Elizabeth Peters: Silhouette in Scarlet

The third book in the Vicky Bliss mystery series. This time John Smythe lures Vicky to Stockholm looking for Nordic treasure.
Publication year: 1983
Format: print
Page count: 296
Publisher: Avon Books
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Happy birthday, windtear!

Monday, October 3, 2016

8:10PM - Rat Queens vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth

Collects Rat Queens issues 6-10.
Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Roc Upchurch, Stephan Sejic
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Saturday, October 1, 2016

7:50PM - Elizabeth Peters: The Street of Five Moons

The second book in the Vicky Bliss mystery series.
Publication year: 1978
Format: print
Page count: 357+ an excerpt of He Shall Thunder in the Sky
Publisher: Avon Books
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Friday, September 30, 2016


Happy birthday, nishatalitha!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

9:43PM - Location Location Location

Booking Through Thursday

Last week, the question was:
In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. But how about books? Does where a book is set affect your reading choices? Are you more or less likely to read books set in places you know or love?

Yes and no. :) I love and "know" Babylon 5 and the Enterprise-D (not to mention Chalion, Dragaera, Ankh-Morpok, and many others) and I'm likely to read novels set in them. But I'm less likely to read books set in Finland where I live.

In SF and fantasy I'm attracted to places which aren't real and sometimes can't be, (although I'm hoping we will get starships, large space stations, and settlements on other planets in the future).

But I also read historical mystery and there the setting, and time, definitely influce my choices. Most of all I enjoy ancient world: Rome, Greece, Egypt. I'd love to read about ancient China and Japan and India if anyone can recommend books from then.

I'd love to read more books set in Venice.

And today:
An off-shoot from last week’s question: Do you read books from places you DON’T know and haven’t been as a substitute for actually travelling there?

A little bit, yes. I'd love to travel to all those ancient sites (and Venice!) but don't have the money. (Traveling to Venice is actually possible. It's the staying which would cost a lot.)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

9:30PM - Nancy Kress: Crossfire

The first book in an SF duology but can be read as a stand-alone. Part of the Women in Scifi storybundle I bought last year.
Publication year: 2004
Format: ebook, epub
Page count: 317
Publisher: TOR
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

11:40AM - Guest post

Rowena Cory Daniells has a guest post in my other blog: https://mervih.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/celebrating-the-obscure-and-interesting/

I've enjoyed her epic fantasy books a lot

Saturday, September 24, 2016

3:38PM - Claire North: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

A stand-alone time travel story.
Publication year: 2014
Format: Audio
Running time: 12 hours and 8 minutes
Narrator: Peter Kenny
Publisher: Redhook
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

8:07PM - Tanya Huff: Fifth Quarter

Technically the second book in the series, but doesn’t have any of the first book’s characters.

Publication year: 1995
Format: print
Page count: 416
Publisher: Daw
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

11:42PM - John Helfers ed.: Fiction River: Visions of the Apocalypse

A short story collection about… the end of the world.
Publication year: 2016
Format: ebook, epub
Page count: 252
Publisher: WMG publishing
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Friday, September 16, 2016

2:31PM - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Serial

Collects CSI: Crime Investigation – Serial issues 1-5.
Writer: Max Allan Collins
Artist: Gabriel Rodriquez, Ashely Wood
Forensic Research, Plot Assist: Matthew V. Clemens
Publisher: Titan Books
Publishing year: 2004
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

11:08AM - Tanya Huff: Sing the Four Quarters

A fantasy book with a bard as the main character. It’s technically first in a series but the next book has different characters and is set in a different country.

Publication year: 1994
Format: print
Page count: 410
Publisher: Daw
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Sunday, September 11, 2016


Happy birthday, dr_a_nightfall!

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