Monthly Archives: May 2012

Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along, Week Four

I got a bit behind on my read-along reading last week.  So, while others all across the book blog-o-sphere were posting about chapters 11-13 of Scott Lynch’s Red Seas Under Red Skies on Saturday, I was sitting on the sidelines, not reading the posts as they came up in my reader because I didn’t want to SPOIL myself on what was to come.

Finally, I was able to get enough time to read the chapters and now am finally able to respond to this week’s questions, which come to us courtesy of Nrlymrtl from Dark Cargo.    The read-along is hosted by Little Red Reviewer and if you’d like to see what other have said, you can find a list of those participating on her site.

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Neverwhere Read-Along, Week One

Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar. Image found Here

While I was aware of Neil Gaiman before the publication of Neverwhere, it was Neverwhere that turned me into a fan.  I picked up a copy of the book when it was first published in paperback a couple of years ago and was utterly absorbed by it.

At the time, I didn’t know Neverwhere was similar to another favorite work of mine, Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  Hitcherhiker’s started out as a radio show before Adams adapted it to the printed page.  Neverwhere was a six-episode BBC serial before Gaiman adapted it in print form.  Ironically, my vast knowledge of Doctor Who won me a copy of Neverwhere many, many moons ago in my only DragonCon attendance.*

*I keep wanting and meaning to go back, but that weekend is usually the kick-off of college football.  And I love college football and am so eager to kick back and watch hours and hours of it that first weekend that I find it hard to tear myself away to enjoy catching up with fellow fans of the genre.   

I’ve re-read Neverwhere a couple of times since that first reading and I’ve always enjoyed it.    And it’s been a while since I viewed the television version, though my biggest impression walking away was you could almost hear Gaiman saying, “I’ll improve this a lot more when the only budget limitation is my reader’s imagination.”  Not that the series is terrible mind you.  In fact, I plan to revisit it at some point this summer (probably once this read-along is concluded).

All of that is a long-winded way of introducing the latest read-along I’m joining.  Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting a Neverwhere read-along.   Today’s read-along covers the Prologue through Chapter Five in the book.    If you’ve not read the novel, there will be SPOILERs ahead.  And if you haven’t, it’s one I highly recommend. It’s not the best Gaiman, but it’s a sentimental favorite for me.

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Booking Through Thursday — Living In A Fictional World

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A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.

abookandashortlatte1 asks

If you had to choose to live within a novel, which would it be?

I’ve always said I’d love to live in a small town with all my good friends from across the years–from growing up, high school, college and the adult world after that.  So, I’d have to say that I’d like to live in a town like the one Garrison Keillor has created in his Lake Wobegon stories.

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Waiting on Wednesdays: Redshirts by John Scalzi

I’ve got so many books in the TBR pile that I could probably go a year without buying a new book and not run out of stuff to read.  But as a bibliophile, my TBR pile just keeps growing and growing.

And as we gear up for the summer and summer reading, it only looks to continue to grow.

Breaking the Spine is hosting Waiting on Wednesday.   And of all the books set to hit shelves in the next few weeks, there’s one in particular I’ve had my eye on since author John Scalzi announced it on his web site a couple of months ago.  It’s his new novel Redshirts.

I’ve been a Scalzi fan since I read Old Man’s War.  His last novel Fuzzy Nation was a pure delight and it just hit paperback.  You should consider picking it up that way or listening to the audio version read by Wil Wheaton.  Or you may want to try The Android’s Dream in which an intergalactic incident is set off by flatulence.  And it only gets better from there!

You may also know Scalzi from his work as an adviser on Stargate: Universe (or as I call it, the best of the Stargate series)

Redshirts has been on my mind this week because there have been a couple of giveaways of ARCs on various sites (which I’ve not won one yet, dang nabbit!) and I discovered the other day that the first four chapters are available as a free preview for my Kindle.  I’ve downloaded them but keep debating if it’s not going to be more torture to have those four and then not be able to keep reading the rest of the book before it hits shelves and e-readers in June.*

* I was hoping the latest installment of Amazon’s Vine program would have some ARCs to request.  Alas, it didn’t.  Maybe May’s will! 

Here’s the description courtesy of Amazon.

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to theUniversal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of theUniversal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting,and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to theship’s Xenobiology laboratory.

Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on thefact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethalconfrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chiefscience officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed

Not surprisingly, a great deal of energy below decks is expendedon avoiding, at all costs, being assigned to an Away Mission.Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what thestarship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-riskchance to save their own lives.

As a huge Star Trek fan, this book just sounds like way, way too much fun. Can’t wait to read it! It hits stores and e-readers June 5.

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Review: Heartbroken by Lisa Unger

Heartbroken After being intrigued by Darkness, My Old Friend and captivated by Fragile when the opportunity to get an advanced reader copy of Lisa Unger’s new novel Hearbroken arose, I immediately said yes. Unger is slowly making her way to the top of “must read” list of current mystery writers along with Laura Lippman, Michael Connelly and Elizabeth George.

Heartbroken is less a mystery and more a thriller from Unger. It’s the story of several generations of women and their connection to Heart Island. There’s matriarch Birdie Burke, who lives on and owns the island. Coming to visit the island are her daughter Kate, her granddaughter Chelsea and Chelsea’s friend Lulu. It’s part of an annual family summer visit, though many of those involved aren’t necessarily looking forward to the visit and extended family time. The island harbors some old secrets, several of which Kate has included in her upcoming novel.

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Red Seas Under Red Skies Read Along, Week Three

Sometimes time just gets away from us.  That’s what happened this week with my reading on the next section of Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch.  I swear, there are just too many good books out there tempting me and vying for my attention these days!

But I did manage to find some time to get in the latest section.  Because I really don’t want to miss participating in the read-along.  This week’s section covers chapters seven through ten, or as I call them “Bad things happen if you forget the cats.”

If you want to jump into the read-along, it’s hosted by Little Red Reviewer and this week’s questions are courtesy of Ashley who blogs over at SF Signal and tweets at @ohthatashley.

And now, onto the discussion…

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Review: Life Among The Lutherans by Garrison Keillor

Life Among the Lutherans

I was inspired to finally pull this off the to be read pile when I attended a recent live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Garrison Keillor’s stories of his fictional town of Lake Wobegon have been some of my favorite companions during my commute and journeys by car over the years. I’ve listened to some of my favorites multiple times, even doing a term paper on Keillor years ago while in school. I firmly believe that the Lake Wobegon stories work first and best as audio. So, it’s always a bit strange at first to sit down and read them on them on the printed page or woven into the larger context of a full novel.

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Booking Through Thursday — Introvert or Extrovert

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A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.

Heidi had an assortment of questions to ask:

Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert?

A bit of both, depending on the situation. If it’s somewhere I feel comfortable, I can be extroverted. If I don’t feel comfortable, I can be a bit more withdrawn.

And, of course, there are times I just feel like being away from people and either reading a good book, watching TV or napping. But I think we all feel that way.

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The Avengers Movie Thoughts

From the moment Marvel announced that Joss Whedon would write and direct the big-screen version of The Avengers, I knew I’d be there opening weekend.   I’ve been a fan of all things Whedon since the early days of Buffy, season two* and have eagerly given anything he’s involved with a chance.

*I still take pride that I jumped on board early and pushed so many friends to watch it.  I loved it every time someone would say, “You’re right about Buffy.”

And while I know that Whedon has been involved with some big-screen projects in the past, I couldn’t help but salivate at the idea of Joss finally having a virtually unlimited budget to bring his words to life on the silver screen . Needless to say, The Avengers finally gave me an idea of just what Joss could do and it didn’t disappoint me in the least.

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Mistborn Read Along, Week Five

After five weeks, the group read of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn is coming to a close.  Hosted by Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings, this week’s final set of questions covers the last portion of the book.

Since the last section was so full of revelations, plot twists and turns and other such jaw-droppers, Carl decided it would be torture to make everyone wait a week to discuss the final pages of the novel.  So, this week’s installment hits the web early.

Just a reminder that if you haven’t read the book and would like to read it without SPOILERS, stop reading now.  There are major SPOILERS ahead!

Here are this week’s questions…

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