radlilim: (gay NOH8)
Art Title: Temptation
Prompt Number: S1056
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] jkivela

Fic Title: Temptation
Author: [livejournal.com profile] julesblackangel
Fandom/Genre: SPN, Horror
Pairing(s): Adam (biblical)/Eve (biblical), Sam/Eve(biblical)
Rating: R
Word Count: 2,846
Warnings: Dub-con?
Summary: Once again an instrament for Lucifer, Sam brings the first sin to man kind.

Art Link(s): LJ | AO3
Fic Link(s): LJ


This is my submission for the Supernatural Reverse Big Bang for 2014. I was hesitant to do it again, since last year I had two authors drop out on me. But I decided to give it one more try, at least.

I'll post links to the fic when they go up.

I went with a lucifer/sam/temptation theme.

radlilim: (gay NOH8)
They have posted the Reading Bingo card for 2015. I really enjoyed using it in 2014 to drive my reading, but the reason I wanted to do it was to help pick what book on my TBR list I should read next. This year's card is very... Canadian.



Nothing wrong with that, but that dose not help me work down my TBR pile.

I've looked at a few reading challenges and some goodreads groups, but haven't found anything interesting. And there's been some talk among friends we could create our own card. But it's less random and challenging... and takes work.

So I might just skip the challenge this time. I have a decent list of things I want to read next anyway. And as long as I get about 2 books done a month, I'll feel I'm reading enough.

On my docket:
- Finish Maplecorft by C. Priest
- Read more Locke Lamora (thanks Heidi)
- Read the 4th JRR Martin book
- Continue rereading the Pern series
- Work on more of the Ender series by Card
- Reread the Drizzrt books, it's been since high school and now that we will start D&D 5th I'm craving that again, plus a) I'm sure they are quick reads and b) I never actually finished them all
- Read more of the books by Jim Butcher
- Maybe the 2nd Maze Runner book?

That should get me through 2015, plus a few add ins. And I'll keep reviewing them, here and on Goodreads, because the one thing I feel I can do for authors I love is review.
radlilim: (FF Shiny)


Not a 2015 Reading Bingo review, as they haven't posted the new card yet. I pre-ordered The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss, but had to sit on it until I finished my card and got some other things read.

As he warns you in the preface, it's a weird book. And I loved it. Looking at reviews, they are all 5 stars, or 1 star. No middle ground.

It was beautiful. Even if nothing really happens (except washing and making soap), I was really invested in Auri. It added to his lovely world and gave a glimpse of this really deep and broken character. When things broke or didn't work, my heart broke with Auri's. When things clicked, I cheered. I can't wait to see her again. I think the assumption is that she is planning for Kvothe's visit, but who knows, maybe she is expecting someone else. You never really find out.
radlilim: (SN Dean approves)
And that's it! I'm impressed I actually finished before the end of the year, with how November and December went, life wise. I'm happy I accomplished this, I really feel it made me search out and read books I never normally would, and it helped me prioritize my TBR list. Doing it again in 2015, as soon as they post a new list.



A Book Based on a True Story: And Then I Thought I was a Fish by Peter Welch



IDENTIFYING INFORMATION: Peter Hunt Welch is a 20-year-old single Caucasian male who was residing in Bar Harbor, Maine this summer. He is a University of Maine at Orono student with no prior psychiatric history, who was admitted to the Acadia Hospital on an involuntary basis due to an acute level of confusion and disorganization, both behaviorally and cognitively. He was evaluated at MDI and was transferred from that facility due to psychosis, impulse thoughts, delusions, and disorientation. He was felt to be a risk to himself and others due to his high level of disorganization and disorientation and impulsivity. He did not know where he was. He believed that he had murdered his friend by sucking out his soul. The patient was also reporting, upon admission, that he could see, smell, hear and touch God. She as an acid smoky smell. Patient is an unreliable historian. He initially denied any alcohol or drug use, but later on admitted to having had LSD on several occasions. He also acknowledged the use of heroin, crack, cocaine, mushrooms, ecstasy, speed, etc. Just prior to his admission to Acadia Hospital, he had been displaying markedly abnormal behavior with confusion, illogical statements, and appearing disoriented, and as if walking in a daze.

This is the story of why someone wrote that.



I'm not sure what I expected, but an explanation on what being on hard drugs was like isn't it. Many, many tangents along the way, and it took the author a while to get to any sort of point, but that is a lot like talking to someone who is high, so it set the right mood. I got lost/bored with some of the explanation on the more advanced research and theories about drug use. I was very interested in the narrator's decent in madness. There were interesting and humorous footnotes, but the eBook I read didn't have back links, so it was hard to read them. Which is a shame, I'm pretty sure I missed a good portion of the story. Seeing how the drug use and break down moved into full out madness was really interesting, not a topic I've ever looked into. The narrator's father was hilarious, I enjoyed his parts--which is another interesting thing the author did, had various people give their thoughts and memories of certain events. The conclusion got both a bit abstract and preachy, not that I didn't agree with most of his conclusions, I just don't like being told how to think or how to experience the world.

Rating: B



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
Dragonflight
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
Thirteen
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
Highfell Grimoires
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Carniepunk
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
And Then I Thought I was a Fish
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
IT
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page. Link to the original post for the challenge is here.

Review: IT

Dec. 29th, 2014 07:51 am
radlilim: (gay NOH8)


A Book that Scares You: It by Stephen King



Welcome to Derry, Maine...

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real….

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.



I have actually never read anything by King, so this is also sort of a bucket list thing. I've seen a few movies, but never got around to his books. Generally I'm not a horror fan, so that is probably why. I didn't know there would be any anti-gay attitudes in it, but parts of it take place during that back lash. Not that King is anti-gay, just that some of the characters are. The build up of all the early deaths was creepy for sure. It did seem like these people were haunted by their home town a lot more than most people are. Their feelings seem a bit extreme. The slow reveal of the summer it all happened was very intriguing. The way that one story would lead to another event at a different time was a bit hard to follow, sometimes. There was a very clear feeling, half way through, of hopelessness for the protagonists. I very much felt like quitting the book, unsure if I will like the ending at all. I think part of the problem is I really don't like any of the characters. Finding out the origin of It was a bit of a let down. I realize that wasn't the purpose of the tale, but I think a better reason could have been found. Having the climatic ending from both times of the story overlap in the end was a fun way to discover the ending. The wrap up seemed to take longer than necessary. All in all, a good story. Not sure I'm going to read a ton more of King, but I'm happy I read this. Not sure it actually frightened me, but there were some gross out moments.

Rating: B-



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
Dragonflight
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
Thirteen
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
Highfell Grimoires
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Carniepunk
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
IT
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page. Link to the original post for the challenge is here.

radlilim: (gay NOH8)
I actually finished this one back in early October, but forgot to post the review, I guess.



A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty: The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) by Scott Lynch



An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.



It's not often the story of a crook, thief and murderer is as riveting as that of Locke Lamora. The world shown was complex and fantastical. The political depths and twists kept me guessing. And above all, the love between the main characters, the thieves, was epic. I am really looking forward to the next tale of this character and world. I can't wait to see how he starts a new life. The time jumps every chapter were hard to follow at first, it kept pulling me out of story, but I grew to enjoy it.

Rating: A+



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
Dragonflight
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
Thirteen
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
The Lies of Locke Lamora
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
Highfell Grimoires
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Carniepunk
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page. Link to the original post for the challenge is here.

radlilim: (gay NOH8)
Got a promotion at work again. No more money, yet, but my last raise wasn't too long ago, and I'd expect another one in a few months.

But now I'm the Fulfillment Manager. No longer just in charge of the systems, now I work on the whole ware house, including process improvements, layout and staff. That's right, I am now in charge of people. A bit scary, as I've never managed people before. Our management has tons of faith in me, and the people now reporting to me all seem OK with it. And the company is sending me to a leadership/management class in February at the UW.

So we will see how this goes.

Not sure I'll get my reading bingo done for this year. I'm a little over half way done with It. It's good, just long, and I'm pretty busy and can't read for long periods of time. And I still have 1 more book after that. Will probably sign up for it again next year though (and will try and finish out this year's plan, even if I don't make the deadline).

Holiday working at B&N is rough, but I'm doing more receiving now, which is a) interesting (and relevant to current job) and b) means I don't have to deal with customers as much.

We are pretty much set in the new place. Some of our furniture/stuff doesn't fit. So as we have money we'll have to replace some things.

And my car was broke for like 4 weeks. Finally fixed, and it feels so good to be independently mobile again.
radlilim: (gay NOH8)
We started moving into the new place, slowly however. We got the keys on 10/1, but they were still doing the renovations, so we agreed to give them through the week to finish up. We weren't going to have time to move anything until the weekend anyway. But they ended up needing Saturday too, so we could finally go and look at it on Sunday. Nicely done, a few shortcuts here and there and the new water heater still isn't in. Now I'm trying to pack stuff in boxes and get all of the non-essentials over there. We will probably move the furniture over early November, after Paul is back from his trip to California for a wedding. I seem to still have over a week of vacation to use up, so we'll move the stuff mid week.

The physical therapist signed off on my leg, so I don't have to go see them anymore. The facility I was going to is in the Princeton Club gym on the east side, and they gave me a 12 session pass for recovery (during which they will try and get me to sign up). I've been going every two to three days (per directed) and doing an interval running program given to me by the physical therapist. It's going well, and it's feeling good to work out and be active again. I'm hoping we can get a membership to a gym soon.

Work is progressing, I'm getting more responsibility. Still working out details, updates on that to come.
radlilim: (SN Dean approves)


Review of the audio version of Crossroads: Short Stories from Panamindorah, Volume 1 by Abbie Hilton.

“A Cat Prince Distinguishes Himself" - Dave Robison, the new narrator for this version has a great, smoky voice. The perfect tone for the topic. The story gives great insight into a popular and pivotal character in Hilton’s Panamindora story. Learning about the motives and backgrounds of protagonists is one of my favorite things in epics, and Abbie is great at doing that.

"On the Edge" - I enjoy listening to Abbie’s voice, she has a great tone, usually very calm, but she can convey tension and emotion very easily as well. This story has more Panamindora back story for some of the secondary characters, and gives great insight into the lives of the wolflings. Sevn’s struggle with how his life is changing is very interesting and engaging.

"Distraction" - Another great narrator, Ryan Stevenson, gives this Panamindora backstory perfect tension. Even if the listener doesn't like the main character, due to knowledge of the main trilogy, the story is written so that the listener can relate and sympathize with him.

"Hualien" - The rat shelt is one of the oddest characters in Panamindora, in my opinion. Getting more insight into him fills in a few gaps in understanding the larger Panamindora story. I did enjoy the voice modification that was done to achieve some of the voices, it’s a nice touch.

"Night in the Crystal City" - A coda for one of the more interesting characters from the Panimindora trilogy, this is the first non-backstory piece in this collection. It’s interesting, erotic and shows hope for a character most readers/listeners would have thought lost. I have always enjoyed how thought for the possible physiology of the shelts is taken into consideration in Abbie’s stories, even in sex.

"Professionals” - Silveo is one of the most popular characters from the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series, and one of my favorites as well. Seeing where this deep and complex character came from is a fan’s dream.

Rating: A+
radlilim: (gay NOH8)


A Book with a Number in the Title: Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong



A war is brewing and the first battle has already been waged. After rescuing her half brother from supernatural medical testing, Savannah Levine—a young witch of remarkable power and a dangerous pedigree—is battered, but still standing. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.
Savannah is fighting to save her world as witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, half-demons, and all the forces of good and evil—including the genetically modified werewolves known as hell hounds—enter the fray. Uniting Savannah with Adam, Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other denizens of the Otherworld, Thirteen is a thrilling conclusion to this blockbuster series.



This was a nice wrap up to the series. I felt it was a little hard to believe all of the main characters survived, but it is lighter fiction than some. And it did end up feeling hopeful. I was happy to get a few chapters from the other previous narrators, helped with the feeling of closure. Was also happy to see that there will be future shirt stories and maybe more novels, even if they are a long way off.

Rating: B



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
Dragonflight
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
Thirteen
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
Highfell Grimoires
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Carniepunk
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page.

radlilim: (gay NOH8)


A Book of Short Stories: Carniepunk by various



Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy’s biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world. . . .

RACHEL CAINE’s vampires aren’t child’s play, as a naïve teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in “The Cold Girl.” With “Parlor Tricks,” JENNIFER ESTEP pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns. SEANAN McGUIRE narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after twenty years in “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea.” KEVIN HEARNE’s Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out. With an eerie, unpredictable twist, ROB THURMAN reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in “Painted Love.



All of the stories in Carniepunk have now been released by the authors individually, so if anything sounds good you can pick it up.

1. Painted Love was creepy, interesting and had a cool twist ending.
2. Three Lives of Lydia had a surreal and sad feel, but was an interesting world.
3. The Demon Barker of Wheat Street was the reason I picked up the anthology. It was a great addition to the Iron Druid series. Nice small slice of life story for a Druid in training.
4. Sex changes, drugs, zombies (zombie babies), none of The Sweeter the Juice made sense or interested me. Was tempted to quit reading it often.
5. I enjoyed The Werewife, fun curse and one of those stories one never knows who to root for.
6. Cold Girl was wonderfully creepy/classic carnival horror. Good lesson and story.
7. An interesting world in A Duet With Darkness, one I'm sure is more expansive in the novels. Mostly enjoyed the world building, since the plot was fairly common.
8. I tried to read Recession of the Divine three times, did not keep my attention at all.
9. Parlor Tricks again has the problem of being thrown into a world I don't know, but the use of elemental power for everything is a fun and interesting twist. Good creepy carnie plot too.
10. The high end style carnival in Freak Show was a nice take on it. The segregated world between the supernaturals and humans is an interesting concept. And it's nice yo see some of the less popular creatures represented.
11. The Inside Man was a nice little possessed clown piece, with a small glimpse at another new world.
12. "A demon was eating my face," is the catchy and interesting opening line in A Chance in Hell. But then the story launched into a long explanation of the plot for the series and lost me. There are similarities in how the Heaven/Hell structure is set up to one of my favorite RPGs, InNomine, which I liked.
13. I've always liked the magical/exotic beast version of a carnival (like in The Last Unicorn) and Hell's Menagerie has it, plus the search for hell hound pups.
14. I love merfolk, so the title of the last story, Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid and the Open, Lonely Sea, gave me a lot of hope. A mystery with the backstory of a crazy mermaid and her half-blood daughter dose a good job of delivering. I really liked this one and think I will look for more from Seanan McGuire.


Rating: B-



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
Dragonflight
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
Highfell Grimoires
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Carniepunk
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page.

radlilim: (gay NOH8)


A Forgotten Classic: Dragonflight by Anne Mccaffrey



HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?
To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.
But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . .



I forgot how exciting it is to (re)learn about Pern, the dragon riders and see the characters discovering their world again. It's been decades since I first read these, I think. And it's nice yo be back. Parts came back to me as I read, and some scenes were new again. The rich world, people and events is still a joy to read. The time travel parts dose mess with one's head a bit, but that is true for any well thought out story with time travel. I'm looking forward to rereading them all again.


Rating: A



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
Dragonflight
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
Highfell Grimoires
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page.

radlilim: (FF Shiny)


A Book by a Female Author: Highfell Grimoires by Langley Hyde



Born to privilege, gifted in languages and spells, Neil Franklin has planned his brilliant future—from academic accolades to a proper marriage—and is intent upon upholding his family name and honor. The sudden death of his parents shatters all of that, leaving Neil and his younger sister beggared and orphaned.
When Neil’s estranged uncle offers him a bargain that will save him and his sister from debtor’s prison or exile, Neil eagerly agrees. Handing over the family grimoire as collateral for their debt, Neil devotes himself to working as a teacher for wayward youths at a charity school high in the clouds.
But Highfell Hall is not the charity Neil imagines it to be and the young men there aren’t training for the dull lives of city clerks. Amidst the roaring engines and within the icy stone halls, machinations and curious devices are at work. And one man, the rough and enigmatic Leofa, holds the key to the desire that Neil has fled from all his life and a magic as dangerous as treason.



Very classic steam punk. Impossible words, Victorian phrase and tone, aether, and a proper gentlemanly protagonist. Beautiful. A fair amount of the beginning was explaining how the world worked. But it was done in an interesting way, so wasn't an issue. It was a very slow build to the conflict and well done. I liked that there were plenary of small problems for the characters, adding some realism.

Also the same sex attraction between the two main characters was very secondary. It was a steam punk story with a gay romance, not a gay steam punk story. I enjoyed that was how the focus was written. Biggest disappointment is that this seems to be her only book.


Rating: A



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
Highfell Grimoires
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page.

radlilim: (TW More Danny)
Get ready for an exciting one... I started this many months ago for my new postiion, since I have like zero knowledge in fulfillment and supply chains.



A Book of Non Fiction: The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals



This is the most authoritative and complete guide to planning, implementing, measuring, and optimizing world-class supply chain order fulfillment and customer service processes. Straight from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), it brings together up-to-the-minute knowledge and best practices for all facets of order fulfillment and customer service process management, from initial customer inquiry through post sales service and support. CSCMP and contributor Stanley Fawcett introduce crucial concepts ranging from customer order cycles to available-to-promise and supply chain RFID to global order capture networks.



The book begins by discussing how to be successful in any business, which boils down to "if you don't have and can keep customers, then your business will fail." Not a lot of detail or information on fulfillment or supply chains.

Next it goes into describing the fulfillment workflow and business, as well as focusing on what aspects of that process make or break a company. Emphasis on customer satisfaction is apparent.

Building good and strong customer relationships is an overarching topic, which is important, an idea that never should be far from mind when setting up any type of business.

Many pages are dedicated to looking at Amazon, Wal-Mart and other large and/or successful fulfillment companies and determining what did and didn't work for them.

It is important to consider and include IT in fulfillment solutions, but IT is not the solution, nor will it help solve issues without people's insight nor informed planning. Willingness to adopt and setting up information connectivity are the two main issues that halt effectively using IT to solve fulfillment needs.

One of the keys to successfully renovating and setting up a fulfillment team/system is to measure the performance and learn where to improve. However, an important point to that is knowing what to measure, how to read that data and what to do with the results. Without those points, improvement will not happen and one could decide to make changes that actually hurt the team. Gauging performance against industry standards and competitors is important, but if the clients have different targets, it does not matter how you compare, if the client is unhappy. A major hurdle for supply chain measurement is knowing what one should measure and what one can measure, and with new technologies and processes being developed, that lack of knowledge is always growing.

As a side note, each chapter had a small piece of a story of an example company looking at their supply chain and fulfillment process and trying to figure out why they thought they were doing well but their largest customer was unhappy. It was interesting and put what I would read in the chapter in a real world light. Pity the situation wasn't wrapped up at the end of the book.


Rating: B



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The Definitive Guide to Order Fulfillment and Customer Service
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page.

radlilim: (SN Dean approves)
I think I will get the card done this year yet. Slowed down a lot these last few months with summer and work, but I only have 8 squares left. "Under 30" and "A Book that Scares You" are the hardest ones so far to find.



Free Square: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss



The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime- ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet's hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book is to be the hero.



I fell in love with this book. The newness of this book's world, how the people and countries are planned, the depth of the characters, this book is a goldmine. The highs and lows Kvothe goes through are a great journey, and it's nice that there are peaks and valleys, not just a steady climb to bettering his life and himself.

He is written as a person, with failings and strengths. And the secondary characters have a lot of depth as well. And having the story told to us by an older version of him is a fun literary trick.

A must read for any light to semi-high fantasy fans. It's the type of book that makes you sad when you are 75% of the way though, cause you know it will be over soon.

It's also cool that he is a Madison area author, so he will stop into our Barnes & Nobel and sign anything we have on the shelf.

(I thought I had posted this one before, I did get it read before The Wise Man's Fear)


Rating: A+



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover
The Name of the Wind


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page.

radlilim: (FF Shiny)


Free Square: The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss



“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”

My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view—a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.



Still in love with this story, the world and the characters. This is the second book in the series and built on the first book. I enjoy the magic system. I love the lands and people we were introduced to. The addition of University politics was cool as well. Highly recommend it, and so sad there is no word of the third one yet. [Edit! Just saw on Amazon the next one will be out Oct. 28th, day after my birthday!]


Rating: A+



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square
The Wise Man's Fear
A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page.

radlilim: (gay NOH8)
Was trying to figure out if this author was under 30, so it'd count for a square, but my google-fu is failing. So just a review.

I enjoyed The Sacrifices We Make by Sophie Bonaste. The story has an interesting premise, sort of a rich kid, poor kid set up. The boy's voices are a lot younger than the 17 they quote. They feel more like 14. And then sometimes they talk like they are 30, not very consistent. The story is very heartfelt and brings to light unpleasant truths. The slow mental awakening of Adam was handled well. There is a very strong negative attitude toward organized religion and Christianity in particular, and while I don't disagree with the ideas, it did seem a bit extreme. It wrapped up a bit too perfect, in my mind, but still nice to see a happy ending.

rating: C+
radlilim: (gay NOH8)
A non-Reading Bingo review for Summerville by H.L. Sudler

Really strong, intense and disturbing opening, well written, but I really had to force my way through it. Took a few tries. Prose in general was a bit hard to read and awkward. The fore shadowing to "big changes coming" was a little heavy handed. The description was overly complex, almost romance novel level, really hard for me to get into the story. It was really hard to read it all the way through.

Rating: D
radlilim: (gay NOH8)
Fic title: Dead Gods
Author name: [livejournal.com profile] wonderfulwrites
Art Genre: gen
Art Rating: G
Summary:
Link to fic: http://wonderfulwrites.livejournal.com/183872.html

I joined the Supernatural Big Bang again this year. I really enjoyed the story, cool tie in with a few smaller characters and I loved the mix with the Greek/Roman gods. Check out the story above.

Click for art )
radlilim: (gay NOH8)


A Book Set on a Different Continent: Shattered by Kevin Hearne



For nearly two thousand years, only one Druid has walked the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.

Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

And Owen has some catching up to do.

Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.

But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.



I enjoyed that it was less world shattering and more focused on the characters. I'm honestly getting a bit tired and annoyed with Atticus, he's making some dumb decisions these days. But that really just adds humanity to this centuries old character. This was the first 3 view point book, and I thought it helped tell the story well. I enjoyed the parts with Grainelle the best, I think.

Added a bit more mythology, but not too much. And set it up nicely for the 8th and last book, I think.

While some of it took place in the US, most was either India or on a differnt plane. And since I've been to India, it was a nice connection for me.


Rating: B+



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
Storm of Swords
A Forgotten Classic
A Book that Became a Movie
The Maze Runner
A Book Published this Year
Battle of Will
A Book with a Number in the Title
A Book Written by Someone Under Thirty
A Book with Non-Human Characters
Shards of Time
A Funny Book
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
Carnal Sacraments
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square A Book Set on a Different Continent
Shattered
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
If We Shadows
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Feast for Crows
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Light In The Dark
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
Ender's Game
The Second Book in a Series
Ghost Train to New Orleans
A Book with a Blue Cover


Links in the table go to the reviews for that book. The cover links to the Amazon page.

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