Categories

A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

What? Huh?

There was some­thing spe­cif­ic I was going to post. I know it. I remem­ber think­ing, “Oh, yeah, I want to blog about that!” But I did­n’t do it imme­di­ate­ly and now, of course, it’s gone, gone, gone. Blah.

So, instead, you get a lit­tle hodge-podge update of books and pic­tures.

This is the last day of Sam’s “mini-vaca­tion,” as he took off Fri­day and today so we could cel­e­brate his birth­day. It’s been won­der­ful! I know it sounds sil­ly, but I miss him all the time when he’s gone. Yep, I see him every morn­ing, spend every evening and night with him, but home just isn’t the same when he’s gone every day. Is it any won­der that I’m crap­py with long-dis­tance rela­tion­ships?

I’ve been read­ing, and more and more frus­trat­ed that I can’t log stuff in Now Read­ing!1 I don’t remem­ber how recent­ly I men­tioned read­ing stuff.

I know I fin­ished Patri­cia Brig­gs’ Mer­cy Thomp­son tril­o­gy (well, the three books that are out–there’s anoth­er com­ing, so I guess they aren’t real­ly a tril­o­gy), Moon Called), Blood Bound, and Iron Kissed. They were absolute­ly mar­velous, and I look for­ward to read­ing the next one and any­thing else by Brig­gs. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the two library sys­tems we use don’t have her oth­er books, but I’ll try inter­li­brary loans.

Then I read C.E. Mur­phy’s Walk­er Papers books (again, three of them, although I’m not sure if they’re a tril­o­gy), Urban Shaman, Thun­der­bird Falls, and Coy­ote Dreams. As soon as I start­ed the sec­ond book, I real­ized that I must have missed some­thing, because there were obvi­ous­ly sig­nif­i­cant events that had occurred after the first book end­ed. I went to Mur­phy’s site and found that, lo!, there is a Walk­er Papers novel­la in the anthol­o­gy Win­ter Moon. Serendip­i­tous­ly, I had just got­ten that from the library, too! So I read “Ban­shee Cries,” then went back to the nov­els. It felt odd to read a sec­ond series about a female mechan­ic with­in a week, but Brig­gs’ and Mur­phy’s hero­ines are very dif­fer­ent women liv­ing in dif­fer­ent worlds.

Oh–the oth­er two authors in Win­ter Moon are Mer­cedes Lack­ey and Tanith Lee. Lack­ey’s novel­la, “Moon­tide,” is set in the Five Hun­dred King­doms. Since I don’t read her nov­els these days, I have no idea whether or not this sto­ry has any con­nec­tions to the rest of that series. Hap­pi­ly, the sto­ry was bet­ter than any­thing I’ve seen from her in years. I’m not very famil­iar with Tanith Lee’s work, so I don’t know if “The Heart of the Moon” con­nect­ed to any­thing else, either, but it was a decent read (Ama­zon war­riors and sor­ta-Greek sol­diers on a spir­i­tu­al quest).

Back to C.E. Mur­phy, I went on to read The Queen’s Bas­tard, which was deli­cious­ly sexy. Toss Dan­ger­ous Liaisons, Alias and Dan­ger­ous Beau­ty togeth­er and stir thor­ough­ly with a lit­tle mag­ic for good mea­sure. It’s very Eliz­a­bethan, while not refer­ring to any actu­al his­tor­i­cal fig­ures (as far as I could tell), and I had fun try­ing to match the fic­tion­al peo­ple and nations with their real-world equiv­a­lents. Good stuff, and I’m eager to read more in that world.

Then I got a review copy of Vampyres of Hol­ly­wood, by Adri­enne Bar­beau and Michael Scott, and read that. I’ll post the review here if that’s allowed–otherwise I’ll post a point­er to it. It’s cute, but not a book I’m like­ly to re-read. Any­body want it? Oth­er­wise, I’ll freecy­cle it.

Ear­li­er today, I fin­ished Dis­ap­pear­ing Night­ly by Lau­ra Resnick. New York, stage shows, magi­cians (the David Cop­per­field sort), sor­cerors, actress­es, bankers, cow­boys, drag queens, tigers, and demons, oh my! It was fast and very, very fun­ny.

So now I’m on to Stay­ing Dead (Retriev­ers, Book 1), the first book in Lau­ra Anne Gilman’s Retriev­ers series. Katie just fin­ished read­ing Twi­light by Stephanie Mey­er, and I’m going to give that a look before it goes back to the library and the hun­dreds of peo­ple wait­ing for it.

Final­ly, a fun link from a friend’s blog: Face of the Future lets you upload a pho­to and trans­form it in the style of var­i­ous famous artists, exper­i­ment with dif­fer­ent eth­nic looks, and take it back to infan­cy or for­ward to “old­er adult.” I liked some of them, but the age thing was creepy.

Botticelli

1 Still wait­ing for a patch or some­thing from the author.

4 comments to What? Huh?

  • The top­ic will prob­a­bly come back to you as soon as you’re in a place where you can’t write it down or type it into any­thing. That’s what usu­al­ly hap­pens to me 🙂

  • The pub­lished Walk­er Papers are the first three (and the novel­la) of a series that I hope will be 9 books long, in the end. Glad you’re enjoy­ing them. 🙂

    -Catie

  • cyn

    I’m so glad to know that there will be more Walk­er Papers! I real­ly got into The Queen’s Bas­tard, too. Will you be doing more in that uni­verse?

  • There will indeed be. The sec­ond book, THE PRETENDER’S CROWN, should be out next year. 🙂

    -Catie