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)


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.

radlilim: (gay NOH8)
In my attempt to catch up on the Dresden Files books, I'm throwing them in my reading list as I feel the need for modern Gothic horror.

I'm only on #3 Grave Peril. I enjoyed this one. It was very character driven, which was nice. Lots of background and character building. Tons of depth into the supporting cast, it's starting to feel like a full group. Harry was a lot less whiney, he's getting more secure of his power. The plot was interesting, but not over bearing.

Rating: B+
radlilim: (gay NOH8)
I read Fortunately, the Milk (US version) by Neil Gaiman while on break at B&N one day last month. This was cute, kooky and fun on every page. Great illustrations, lovely story, great fun to read. Great kids book.

Rating: A+


Another book I read quickly at B&N was The Demon: An eShort Story by Douglas Nicholas. This was a great period piece, in the same vein as the movie Brotherhood of the Wolf. Great setting and characters, even with the short length I felt I got to know some of them.

Rating: B+


Neither a part of the reading bingo, so just a normal review.
radlilim: (gay NOH8)


A Best-Selling Book: A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin



The fourth book in "New York Times" bestselling author Martin's landmark series arrives to the delight of fans the world over. This is historical fiction that never was, filled with gritty characters, realistic conflicts, heroism, barbarism, defeats and triumphs.



Another epic chapter in the saga of The Song of Ice & Fire. People died who I like, other that I dislike prospered (and the reverse as well). I’m happy that my two top picks, Tyrion and Peter are still around. I hope Biranne and Varus survive also, at least to the next book. I think I’ll take a break from “Dance” and read a few other things. I’m a head of the show, mostly (Dany’s story is still going on, even if I haven’t gotten there yet), so I can read some other things now, I think. Overall, liked it, there were parts I hated, but that’s good story telling.


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
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)


A Funny Book: Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson



When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.



I picked this book up because I have wanted to read it forever and I needed a “to read at work” book. As in, this is the book I bring into work to read on breaks. It took me a long time to read it, since I’d only get one or two 5-10 minutes reading sessions in per shift. And some of my coworkers were giving me a hard time about how long it took me (jerks), but there was a reason I bought the book and I decided to stick with it.

Anyway, I loved this book. Better than the blog posts that I love. I laughed out loud at every paragraph (getting some odd looks from coworkers, but I’ve decided to ignore them). Except the sad paragraphs, I didn’t laugh there. That’d be mean. I think I loved the Barnaby Jones character the most.

It was totally worth the $5.47 bargain price (plus employee discount) I paid for it.

(Seriously, loved this book, I plan to leave it at the family cabin so that other people can pick it up randomly and be amused/horrified, depending on which family member it is.)


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 A Book Set on a Different Continent
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 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: (FF Shiny)


The First Book by a Favorite Author: If We Shadows by D.E. Atwood



Born female, all Jordan wants is to slip under the radar and live the last year of high school as a boy. His parents and siblings support him, but he’d rather be recognized for his acting and musical talents than his gender issues.

When Shakespeare’s Puck gives him three magical potions—true sight, true seeming, and true love—Jordan discovers being true to himself isn’t as simple as he thought.

Jordan must navigate the confusion of first love, a controversial role in the fall musical, and his transgender identity, while fairy magic creates a net of complications over everything he does. In order to unweave the spells laid over his friends—his supportive older brother, James, his playwright friend, Pepper, and Maria, another transgender student—Jordan needs to understand exactly how far he’ll go to reach his goals of finding true love, true sight, and true seeming.



I first stated the book a while ago, but after a chapter got distracted with other things. This weekend I decided to pick it up again and just devoured it. The characters are well thought out and developed. Very deep and the reader is able to get into all of their heads. The pacing was great and the conflict built in a well developed fashion. The topic isn’t something I understand, personally, but I feel this book gave me a good look into how gender questioning affects people. At first I felt that the magic aspect was unnecessary and distracted from the story. I wanted to understand these characters as real people and see how the same basic story could be told without that aspect. But it was close enough to magic realism that it all worked out, story-wise, at the end. Overall a great book, top notch. But I’d expect nothing less from this author.

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
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
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 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)


A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card



In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.


Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.


Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.



I could barely shut off my tablet (that’s the new “couldn’t put it done”). I got really caught up with Ender’s life and trials, hated those that put him through it all and opposed him. The ending seemed a bit off, a totally different tone than the rest. And I honestly have no idea how the series will continue (but I plan to find out). I just really wish Card wasn’t such a homophobe.

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
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
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
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)


A book with more than 500 Pages: Storm of Swords by GRR Martin



Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. . . .

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others--a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords. . . .



I’m still mostly reading the Song of Ice and Fire books to keep up with the TV series. I am currently ahead, but only barely. Many characters I do not care about and are uninterested, and when a chapter is about them I tend to get bored and leave the books for a bit. A few that I’m rooting for are still around, so I have hope. Though I still think no one will end up on the Throne. I am enjoying seeing the differences between the two mediums, and generally enjoying the books.

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
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
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
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
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 Paul and Me)


A Book with a Mystery: Carnal Sacraments by Perry Brass



A white-knuckle suspense story set in the year 2075, the distant yet close-enough future, when constant corporate + government surveillance is Standard Operating Procedure. Endless war and endless “security” punch their way through individual lives. And your job level will determine exactly if and how you live and die. In a glittering city in a very internationalized Germany, Jeffrey Cooper, Alabama-born design star, has made a pact with the Devil himself. No matter what age he is, the mega-Corporation running the world will keep him looking movie-star young and handsome. Cooper has left his past, his history and heart behind. But they will catch up with him when he meets a handsome young Dutchman who offers him his real soul back—but with even a higher price than the Corporation is making him pay.



The beginning was one large info dump loosely wrapped around a short traumatic event. Hard to keep up with and understand. The use of German words and phrases was a nice touch, but did slow down my reading, as I had to figure out the word/phrase. There is a lot of social and economic commentary it the story, a bit more than I enjoy. The look into what an extended life would do to someone mentally was interesting though. I had a hard time liking or relating to the main character, and I'm not even sure the reader is expected to. The time spent in India was interesting, I've been there, so I enjoyed seeing the differences to the country I know. Most of the story is about figuring stuff out for the main character, first how some one of his age deals with a changing world, while he is almost timeless. Then how to relate to his new boyfriend, who seems to be almost from another world. Finally the true motivation of his business partner from India. Everything seemed to fall apart very quickly at the end, I almost wish they had died, it would have been more epic, in my opinion.

The mystery didn't actaully show up until late in the book, with some indications that it was present all along, just too obscure for the reader (or at least me) to notice.

Rating: C-



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
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
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
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
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
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: (FF Shiny)


A Book with Non-Human Characters: Shards of Time by Lynn Flewelling



The governor of the sacred island of Korous and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime—guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within—have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts ... and things worse than ghosts. Dispatched to Korous by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want—and more. For an ancient evil has been awakened there, a great power that will not rest until it has escaped its otherworldly prison and taken revenge on all that lives. And only those like Alec—who have died and returned to life—can step between the worlds and confront the killer . . . even if it means a second and all too permanent death.



I have been a huge fan of the Nigthrunner series since I found it many years ago. This is the last (seventh) book in the series according to the author. I’m really sad to see it end, but can understand that if she is out of stories for these characters, best to end on a good note. She has said short stories are probable, which is good. And it was nice to see nothing “final” happened to them, there is always the possibility for more.

The story was good. Solid magical mystery, good world building, really great secondary character development. After seven books, Alec and Seregil (both from an elven like race) are well developed. It was awesome seeing them together, just like a normal couple, dealing with the situation. No time spent on second guessing their relationship. And netiher one was captured or lost, causing the other to search for him for most of the book. Which is a good plot, but we’ve seen it a lot in this series.

Instead the secondary characters got good development. Good pacing, good use of multiple POVs to tell the tale. Good use of aspects of previous tales to build the story. Just wish I had another novel to preorder.


Rating: A+



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
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
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square A Book Set on a Different Continent
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
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
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)


A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile: A Light In The Dark by Nathan Lowell



When Captain Bjorn Gunderson docks with what he thinks is routine cargo, he embarks on an unexpected voyage. On a milk run from Welliver to Breakall, a tiny rock punctures his ship and leaves the crew adrift twenty-thousand years from home. With food, water, and air running out, a desperate crewman takes a reckless gamble, risking his life in a daring bid to find safety. What he finds instead puts them all at risk.



I’m not sure if this qualifies for “the bottom” of my to read pile. But I’ve had it for a long time, really wanted to read it, and something else always was there to take priority. But it was worth it. I very much missed Nathan’s voice narrating this world. I’ve listened to all of the other stories in this world and it definitely brings something special. It is a great look at another part of the Solar Clipper world, one we haven’t seen yet. I enjoyed the characters quite a bit, though due to the short length, I didn’t get to understand them as much as I’d have liked. As always, the writing was top notch and the tone and pace were perfect.

Rating: A-



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
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
A Funny Book
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square A Book Set on a Different Continent
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
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
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: (FF Shiny)


A book you Heard About Online: Meeting on Mars by E. Davies



In 2051, the largest-ever group of settlers arrives at Mars' first and only colony, Byblos. Gorgeous, 23-year-old Reilo Smíthé, the new prodigy in the field of space nutrition, catches the eye of current resident Jay Abram, the current garden expert who doesn't like being upstaged by the new boy wonder.

Jay is working on a program to boost nutrients in vegetables, but Reilo has a lot to say about this project -- none of it good. What happens when Reilo offers to tutor Jay one-on-one in his quarters to get him up to speed on what's happening in space nutrition? Could this be the beginning of a lifelong space romance for them both, or will it just be a one-time fling?



Pretty good erotica, really. They went from pissed off due to professional pride to screwing pretty quickly, but with a short erotic story, it wasn’t out of place. The back ground plot was actually kind of interesting, and I’m considering getting the following stories. A short one for sure, but I honestly didn’t know that when I picked it. Might need to consider a word count minimum before I use another story—however this prompt works for like 90% of my to read list, so I don’t feel I’m cheating. Liked it though.

Rating: B



2014 Reading Bingo


A book with more than 500 Pages
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
A Funny Book
A Book by a Female Author
A Book with a Mystery
A Book with a One-Word Title
Coraline
A Book of Short Stories
Free Square A Book Set on a Different Continent
A Book of Non Fiction
The First Book by a Favorite Author
A book you Heard About Online
Meeting on Mars
A Best-Selling Book
A Book Based on a True Story
A Book at the Bottom of your To Be Read Pile
A Book Your Friend Loves
The Graveyard Book
A Book that Scares You
A Book that is More Than 10 Years Old
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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