#3GoodThings for a sleepy Saturday night
- Hanging out with a friend, officially my first social Saturday in years (though we've hung out on weekdays before). Trifecta of great convo with a fellow introvert, great food and bookstore met.
- Top-notch instant ramen and buffalo wings for dinner while watching DS9 s3, "The House of Quark" which had me laughing so loud.
- The fact that it's a Saturday Night and I'm about to crawl into bed with a book.
We will make mistakes. We will forget that we belong to one another, and then we will remember again, make amends, and move forward. This is all part of the process.
Kaitlin B. Curtice- Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Every Day
I use Chirp Books to buy and listen to audiobooks. They're having a great sale right now on some series, I got a couple that sound interesting. Two books in the Glass Librarian series and five books in a steampunk Sherlock Holmes series. @bookstodon #Bookstodon
Background is a gorgeous library. A woman is standing in the middle, ee can see her back. Shes wearing a black dress and she has long blond hair. The text is in ornate lettering. At the top it says the Glass Library #2, the Librarian of Crooked Lane. At the bottom it says CJ Archer
#FinishedReading my first foray into 18th century literature, although I doubt much of the rest of it reads like this, with its twisted structure, absurd digressions, and typographical jokes. Some of it is incredibly quotable, fresh, and fun; other parts border on incomprehensible as the centuries render the jokes obscure. #Bookstodon @bookstodon #TristramShandy #LaurenceSterne
The blurb on the Barnes & Noble website states "Taut, propulsive, and impossible to look away from, Emma Cline’s The Guest is a spellbinding literary achievement." I'm not sure I'd go that far. It's good, but I'm almost 2/3 of the way through and still waiting to see how the protagonist got in the situation she's in. I'm sure (I hope) there's a big reveal coming, but I don't get why Cline felt the need to be coy. Seems unnecessary. #Books #FridayReads #Bookstodon #Fiction @bookstodon
New sapphic book review: At Her Service (Out in Hollywood #2) by Amy Spalding
This week on The Boomerang. My review of Rebecca Renner's stellar non-fiction debut, GATOR COUNTRY.
"Gator Country takes seriously what Floridians already know, and few people outside the state understand, that living in Florida is living on the edge–of the swamp, of the North American continent, of life. "
#florida #nonfiction #bookstodon @bookstodon #books https://ehkern.com/2024/02/23/poachers-alligators-and-the-sublime-beauty-of-the-florida-swamps/
Microreview: Dragons of Deepwood Fen by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Introducing a new fantasy world, filled with the intrigues of an empire, its unwilling vassal state, a grasping church, and oh yes, dragons.
@Princejvstin has the friday review at the NOAF blog:
#JustFinished Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis
First contact! Conspiracies, government agents, conspiracy theories, warring alien factions - this book has them all in spades. And yet, the story almost seems languid for much of it. This was not a drawback for me. I liked the slow burn for much of the novel, with the reveals coming slowly.
Books 1-6 read in 2024
"You Just Need to Lose Weight": And 19 Other Myths About Fat People by Aubrey Gordon
Your Driver Is Waiting by Priya Guns
Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton
Brothersong by TJ Klune
System Collapse by Martha Wells
Starling House by Alix E. Harrow
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is a classic movie, but it was nearly a disaster. In a new book, “Cocktails with George and Martha: Movies, Marriage and the Making of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,’” Philip Gefter captures what happened behind the scenes. The East Bay Times talked to Gefter about Elizabeth Taylor's behavior, marriage, and why the film continues to resonate.
Looking to buddy read in March and April?
Just put these up in the buddy read group on GRs
March - Sleeping Beauty by Judith Ivory https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/22747582-march-buddy-read
April - After Hours by Cara McKenna https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/22747586-april-buddy-read
Fairy tales and myths, anyone? I am enjoying Beneath the Moon: Fairy Tales, Myths, and Divine Stories from Around the World by Yoshi Yoshitani. I am finding that I know some of these stories, but not all. And some of them I know different versions of. This book would be fun to share with the kiddos before bed.
Microreview: The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi, by Shannon Chakraborty
The gang is reunited to buckle some swashes, but they sure took their time getting to the good bits says Clara on her NOAF review
February's Theme: Furry Friends
I read about aggressively horny shapeshifters!
Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston https://whiskeyinthejarromance.blogspot.com/2024/02/review-pack-challenge.html
I've finished: City of Last Chances by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Readers of Shadow of the Apt will find familiar themes here: A fascist modernizing empire, the waning magic of the old world that can still pack a punch. Ancient curses.
But the emphasis is on different areas. Everything happens in one occupied city. The endless continental war and emphasis on grand strategy of Shadows of the Apt is not present. We get more characters and factions and their motivations.
My favorite characters are the god of healing and his priest. They are both satire and comic relief. Holding up a pacifist option that finds no takers.
Tchaikovsky has grown as an author and City of Last Chances is better suited to my taste at 49 than the military fantasy of Shadow of the Apt.
Issue 30 of #LisaWritesStuff is now out! This week I talk about plotting books usisFreemail=false&r=1ep55, how book plots change, and perseverance. You can read here: