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TIFFIN 2018 Out of the gate

This topic was continued by TIFFIN 2018 Now until year end.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 11:34pm Top

Last 2017 thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/273010

A cold winter sky:

Dec 31, 2017, 11:29pm Top

Although I did read and post my reads last year, I wasn't very good at visiting and commenting on other threads. My 98 year old mom is still living on the long term care ward at the hospital, waiting for a nursing home spot. She will never walk again. So caring for her needs and ensuring that she is properly cared for fills much of my time these days.

I miss visiting people whose threads I have enjoyed in the past but I have a finite amount of time and energy, so I hope everyone understands. You are always welcome here and I'm grateful that folks still do visit.

All the best for 2018, lovely fellow readers. Good health to all of you. I hope for a shift in the political climate for our neighbours to the south of us. Let sanity rule for the new year, please!

Jan 1, 12:32am Top

Hope your 2018 is filled with good reads!

Jan 1, 12:45am Top

Happy New Year, Tui! I think it is New Year now for you... it’s dinner time here for us!

I am hopeless on here at the moment too (apart from the next three weeks). Love seeing your photos on FB.

Jan 1, 4:19am Top

Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.

Jan 1, 5:51am Top

Don't worry, we all have limited time, and there's only so much each of us can do.

Hope your mum get nursing home spot soon, and good luck with your reads in 2018!

Jan 1, 6:56am Top

view from Zürich's landmark mountain Üetliberg

Jan 1, 7:15am Top

Happy reading in 2018, Tui!

It isn't easy on aging parents and their caretakers. I hope a place for your mother is found soon.

Jan 1, 8:29am Top

Happy New Reading Year Tui. Books are a solace as well as everything else they are.

Jan 1, 11:08am Top

Happy New Year to all of you too! Thanks for dropping in.

Jan 1, 11:23am Top

It's one of the beauties of this group, Tui, that we can come and go as we must needs do while still remaining part of the fabric of the whole. It's heartwarming.

And may mum get her slot soon. Sending warmest hugs and most appreciative smoochings.

Jan 1, 3:39pm Top

Thanks, Richard. I'm actually ok with her being in the hospital's LTC ward. She gets excellent care there.

Jan 1, 3:41pm Top

That is a wonderful thing to know. Nothing makes life easier than being easy in one's mind about good care.

Jan 1, 7:08pm Top

Happy new year!

Jan 3, 12:18am Top

Happy New Year, Tui.

Jan 3, 10:58am Top

Thanks Jim and Colleen. And to you.

Jan 3, 2:18pm Top

Happy New Year - I hope 2018 is wonderful.

Jan 3, 5:26pm Top

Happy New Year Tui! I can understand your issues with finding time for LT. RL has been getting to me rather as well recently. Wishing your mother all the best.

Jan 3, 5:32pm Top

Happy New Year, Tui. I totally understand the challenge of spending time on LT while managing the responsibilities of RL, and of course reading. I just take it in drips and drops where I can, and I think it's just incredible how nobody here seems to mind that they don't see me for a 400 posts and then I pop up with an inane comment.

Jan 4, 12:05am Top

>17 BLBera:: Thanks, Beth.
>18 SandDune:: Thanks, Rhian. We had some glorious Welsh cheese over Christmas and I thought of you. Happy New Year to you too.
>19 cameling:: Thanks, Wee Camel. Happy New Year to you too. That's about how I'm doing it these days.

Jan 4, 6:53am Top

Hello Tui, I can keep track of your reading as well as your Daily Photos!

(Kerry from P365)

Jan 4, 7:09am Top

Happy New Year, Tui - if a few days late :)

Jan 4, 10:40am Top

>21 CDVicarage:: Hi Kerry! I struggle to keep up with those too.
>22 alcottacre:: Hi Stasia. No such thing as late with good wishes.

Edited: Jan 4, 11:06am Top

1. The Corpse Reader by Antonio Garrido (author), Tom Bunstead (trans.)

Kindle edition

A mystery set in 13th century Tsong dynasty, the main protagonist Ci Song pays tribute to Song Ci, the founding father of CSI forensic science. A good reading start to 2018.

*yeesh, sorry about photo size. Can't seem to make it smaller*

Jan 4, 10:52am Top

{img src="source"height=400} ought to work, Tui.

Jan 4, 11:07am Top

Thanks, Richard!

Jan 4, 11:09am Top

De rien, ma amie.

Jan 4, 5:17pm Top

Hope to try to get over here from time to time this year. IF not, I hope to see some reading posts occasionally in that other place we hang out in :-)

Jan 4, 5:31pm Top

Ack... I stopped because the cover looked interesting, read your review and limp away, wounded by the book bullet...

Jan 5, 4:50pm Top

>24 tiffin: You hit me witha BB. My library has got a copy of it.

Jan 5, 6:06pm Top

I like mysteries set in the east.

Jan 5, 6:17pm Top

Tui, I **do not** need another mystery series on the go!!

I’m glad you enjoyed it and I will see how much it is on my Kindle...

Keep warm up there!

Jan 5, 9:01pm Top

>24 tiffin: That one sounds intriguing. And of course, I don't need another mystery series either, but I haven't let that stop me in the past, and am not likely to in the future!

Edited: Jan 11, 11:45am Top

2: Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

kindle edition

This was more like Japanese anime than a written book. Gods and Kami, Guardians and sundry other fantastic creatures alternately blew the world up or tried to save it. The action and characters whipped around all over the place, leaving me with occasional literary whiplash. Where are we now or what's happening now were frequent thoughts. Anyway, I finished it but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. Sometimes a book's place is different enough that it saves awkward writing but this one didn't quite achieve that.

Edited: Jan 12, 9:21pm Top

3: Space Team by Barry J. Hutchison

Kindle edition

Made me smile quite often. Silly and fun. The main protagonist named their space ship "Shatner".

Edited: Jan 13, 1:46am Top

4: Space Team: The Wrath of Vajazzle Book 2 by Barry J. Hutchison

Kindle edition

Edited: Jan 14, 1:12pm Top

Oops comment intended for another thread... 4am wakefulness.

Jan 13, 6:26pm Top

>34 tiffin: I actually read a manga. On purpose. Beginning to end.

Another one? Hmm...Voltaire and me, we're besties on this: "Once, a philosopher; twice, a pervert."

>35 tiffin: *smile*

Happy weekend, dear Tui.

Edited: Jan 17, 10:25am Top

5: Space Team: The Search for Spurt, Book 3 by Barry J. Hutchison

Kindle edition

Edited: Jan 17, 10:26am Top

6: Space Team: The Song of the Space Siren, Book 4 by Barry J. Hutchison

kindle edition

Jan 17, 10:28am Top

7: Space Team: The Guns of Nana Joan, Book 5 by Barry J. Hutchison

Kindle edition

Jan 17, 10:31am Top

8: Space Team: Return of the Dead Guy, Book 6 by Barry J. Hutchison

Kindle edition

Edited: Jan 20, 11:27pm Top

9: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Kindle edition

A very gentle story. Arthur Pepper finds a gold charm bracelet among his wife's things a year after her death. He knew nothing about it, so begins tracking down each charm, learning of his wife's history prior to meeting him. The search shakes up his own life and shakes up his view of his wife for a while but all's well that ends well. Written with a nice sense of understatement, this story might have been cloying and too sweet in other hands.

ETA: filed under "Light Reading"

Edited: Jan 22, 8:09pm Top

10: The Hollow Crown by Jeff Wheeler

Kindle edition

Edited: Jan 22, 8:11pm Top

11: The Silent Shield by Jeff Wheeler

Kindle edition

Edited: Jan 22, 8:12pm Top

12: The Forsaken Throne by Jeff Wheeher

Kindle edition

Edited: Jan 23, 11:26am Top

13: The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

Kindle edition

A collection of short stories about a small town, Blackwell, Massachusetts, from its founding to the present. Hovering between historical fiction and magic realism, the stories link to each other through place and family lines. A really good read.

Jan 23, 12:35pm Top

Tui my dear, have I book bulleted you with the Taking Shield series of space operas yet? The first one's free...

Edited: Jan 23, 10:53pm Top

14: The Wretched of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler

Kindle edition

Jan 23, 10:53pm Top

>48 richardderus:: Thanks, Richard, I'll check it out.

Jan 23, 11:05pm Top

Hi, Tui!
We have a lot in common, and that's a good thing. Hope you're staying warm and getting some time for yourself.

Jan 24, 12:40am Top

Hi Peggy--thank you! I'm getting over a nasty chest and sinus cold but lots of reading is getting done, if not much else.

Jan 24, 12:42am Top

15: The Blight of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler

Kindle edition

Jan 24, 1:41am Top

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Jan 25, 12:19pm Top

16: Gyrfalcon by Anna Butler

kindle edition

Well, what I thought would be a nice space ship slash aliens slash futuristic story turned out to be a fairly uninteresting science fiction with lots of gay sex in it.

Jan 25, 12:24pm Top

Wow! Lots of gay sex?! It was almost devoid of same for my reading eyes. Ah well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Jan 25, 2:07pm Top

Towards the end of the book. Maybe lots to me is a paltry bit to you. ;)

Jan 25, 2:38pm Top

It is ever thus, I suppose. I'm a bit concerned now, though, as one way I've sold the series to straight people is how little sex and how much falling in love there is. It sounds like that assessment isn't accurate.

Edited: Jan 29, 1:24pm Top

17: Samarkand Dawn by Graham Diamond

Kindle edition

Adequate bordering on meh.

Edited: Jan 30, 11:31pm Top

18: Dark Priestess by Juanita Coulson

Kindle edition

Set in Babylon at the time of Hammurabi. Stretched my credulity a fair bit.

Edited: Feb 2, 12:09am Top

19: Talon, The Windwalker Archive, Book One by Michael James Ploof

Kindle edition

Edited: Feb 2, 12:08am Top

20: Sea Queen, The Windwalker Archive, Book Two by Michael James Ploof

Kindle edition

Edited: Feb 13, 1:09pm Top

21: Exodus, The Windwalker Archive Book Three by Michael James Ploof

Kindle edition

This series had a lot of violence in it but it was germane to the plot. Northern tribes of barbarians, men who must be at least eight feet tall, the women seven feet, are the entitled rulers over everyone else who isn't born tall and perfect. Those born shorter, disabled, or disfigured are called the Skomm. The Skomm have a cruel sub-group called the Vald who are allowed to be as vicious and murderous as they want by the ruling barbarian elite. Talon was disowned by his father when his premature birth was caused by a plague which killed his mother. When he failed the height test in his teens and was cast out from the Wolf clan, to survive among the Skomm, only his white witch grandmother cared. She had both raised and protected him.

So this is the story of Talon, his true love Akkeri, and his fellow Skomm as they go through a variety of hells to find their freedom. Given support by an ancient elf in violation of the elf world's laws, and supported by his spirit wolf, Chief, Talon tries to hang on to his basic goodness despite temptations of power. After I got over the viciousness of the Vald and the horror of the Skomm lives, I got pulled into the story, and was glad to make it through to the end.

Feb 2, 12:45pm Top

They sound like propulsive reads, but I think on balance not for me.

Hope you, Des, and mum are all well.

Feb 2, 3:21pm Top

No, not your cuppa I think, Richard. But good escapism for me right now. I'm getting better, Des is well, Mom is doing ok. I hope to see her this weekend.

Edited: Feb 3, 12:18pm Top

22: The Maid's War by Jeff Wheeler

Kindle edition

Prequel to the Kingsfountain series.

Feb 3, 12:45pm Top

Hmmm. When you have time, can you write a bit about Jeff Wheeler, Tui? I've seen these books and wondered, but I do have quite a few unread over here ...............

Feb 4, 1:03pm Top

I like the worlds he creates, Peggy. They are a feudal but he builds his characters well. Of course magic features in them, with The Fountain being its source. They are connected to the Arthur & Merlin legends, although not too overtly.

Edited: Feb 4, 2:28pm Top

23: The Language of Power, Book 4 of the Steerswoman series by Rosemary Kirstein

Kindle edition

An inadvertent reread. 5th book isn't out yet.

Feb 5, 9:04am Top

>24 tiffin: That one looks pretty interesting...

Edited: Feb 5, 10:53pm Top

24: Out of the Past: A Reed Ferguson mystery by Renee Pawlish

Kindle edition

Spoiled rich kids, powerful fathers with their fingers in greasy pies, a straight shooting private investigator with nerdy and somewhat simple friends. But not really my taste. Neither a gritty police procedural nor an English mystery (cosy or historical), nor a tale with a Louise Penney crafting of characters. Won't be hunting down the rest of the series.

Feb 5, 10:54pm Top

>70 The_Hibernator:: It was interesting, Rachel.

Feb 5, 11:26pm Top

>68 tiffin: Thanks, Tui. I'll keep thinking! On the other hand, I think Steerswoman 1 is going to be mine right now!

Feb 6, 11:18am Top

It's a good series, Peggy. I'm waiting for the 5th book!

Feb 8, 4:48pm Top

>69 tiffin: I was very excited recently when Amazon offered me the Steerswoman Book 4, as I thought I'd read the first 3 books. I was very disappointed when I realised that I had actually read all four already ...

Feb 8, 5:34pm Top

I know, Rhian. It was a while ago, so the reread wasn't that much of a problem but I do wish the 5th book would come out!

Feb 9, 7:00am Top

Some interesting reading, Tui. I thought your description of the Alice Hoffman novel pretty much describes most of her work :-)

Edited: Feb 15, 12:56pm Top

25: Hamlet, Revenge by Michael Innes

Kindle edition

Set in the 1930s at a country house in England (larger than Blenheim!), the mystery takes place around and during an amateur production of Hamlet. Almost too clever at times, with Shakespearean scholars and a police inspector who is as cultured as any of them, I nevertheless donned hip waders to get through the verbiage because, well, Hamlet. Red herrings abound but solutions are found.

Edited: Feb 23, 9:00pm Top

26: Bohermore: The Pirate Queen Book I, by Jennifer Rose McMahon

Kindle edition

Edited: Feb 23, 9:06pm Top

27: Inish Clare, The Pirate Queen Book II, by Jennifer Rose McMahon

Kindle edition

I am interested in Grace O'Malley, the famous Irish Pirate Queen, so will pick up a novel about her. This was a bit *fraught* for my taste at times, what with clan rivalries, ghosts chained to graves, wild dreams in the day, and all, not to mention piercing eyes and schwarms. Well intentioned though.

Edited: Feb 23, 9:09pm Top

28: Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Kindle edition

An interesting first volume of a series about a glass blower and a society using magic. Interesting enough to carry on to the second volume.

Edited: Feb 24, 12:07pm Top

29: Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Kindle edition

Second volume of series.

Edited: Feb 26, 12:13am Top

30: Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder

Kindle edition

As more of my YA exploring to get to know the genre, an easy mostly fun read, these three books. A bit too much of the main character getting kidnapped or beaten up but it was a swords and knives kind of society so I guess it fit in that sense. Blood magic addiction would give YA readers a parallel to drug addiction, along with the theme of self-acceptance.

Feb 25, 1:22am Top

Happy Sunday, Tui.

Feb 25, 8:18pm Top

>83 tiffin: Those sound intriguing! I'll hunt them up.

Edited: Feb 26, 12:11am Top

I don't know if you'd like them or not, Richard. I don't think they are edgy enough for you. In fact, they are probably deffo YA, which I'm exploring to see if I could write one. So I think you'd like find these a solid meh.

But I've just started The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar and I think (14% in) that you might just like this one.

p.s. just looked the book up here to see if there were any reviews. It would appear that the plot and the main character kind of fall apart at some point. I'll keep reading and let you know.

Feb 25, 10:10pm Top

>84 Ameise1:: Hi Barbara, thanks for dropping by.

Feb 25, 11:31pm Top

Hey, Tui. I've been a bit afraid to try to revisit Hamlet, Revenge, and you convince me that I'm right. My DH fell in love with MI and read everything of his that we own, which is quite a large number.

Feb 26, 7:22pm Top

It was just a tiny bit too clever, Peggy, which can make a book teeter on the edge of precious.

Edited: Feb 26, 7:24pm Top

31: The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

Kindle edition

I quite enjoyed this but then I do like a Steampunk/fantasy hybrid. I really should write a decent review of this. I don't agree at all with the bad reviews here at LT.

Feb 27, 1:39pm Top

>86 tiffin: I'd take your advice and forget the entire idea but for one thing: I'm a glass-blowing enthusiast. That alone makes me sit up and take notice. I'll report back on my ideas post-read.

>90 tiffin: Hmm. You sound very pleased with the read so I'm eager to hear your "decent review" should it eventuate.

Edited: Mar 1, 1:15am Top

32: Undertaking Irene by Pamela Burford

Kindle edition

Not a bad mystery. I had guessed the baddie before the main protagonist did but suspect I was meant to.

Edited: Mar 1, 10:13am Top

33: The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Boroson

Kindle edition

This was fun!

I posted this out of order. It should really be 32. Oh well.

Edited: Mar 9, 8:43pm Top

34: "The Vale, Behind the Vale" by Brian D. Anderson (no touchstone)

Kindle edition

I started out liking this but as it went on I didn't like the characters much any more. They were kind of two dimensional. Very big guns, super cars, post apocalyptic kind of stuff. And it obviously doesn't end with this book but there isn't another one yet. Bah.

Mar 9, 11:18pm Top

Hi, Tui. That's about all I have, but it's spoken with good will!

Mar 9, 11:30pm Top

Thanks, Peggy. I'm running on fumes too.

Edited: Mar 9, 11:33pm Top

35: Slave, Warrior, Queen, Book I of "Crowns and Glory" by Morgan Rice

Kindle edition

Mar 15, 7:42pm Top

I've started cataloging the over-2000 Kindlebooks I already possess over on GR because I keep trying to re-buy various titles. Heavy, heavy sigh...lots of work ahead.

Mar 15, 9:29pm Top

I'm behind with that too, Richard.

Edited: Mar 15, 9:30pm Top

36: Rogue, Prisoner, Princess, Book II of "Crowns and Glory by Morgan Rice

Kindle edition

Edited: Mar 15, 9:33pm Top

37: Knight, Heir, Prince, Book III of "Crowns and Glory" by Morgan Rice

Kindle edition

Edited: Mar 15, 9:35pm Top

38: Rebel, Pawn, King, Book IV of "Crowns and Glory by Morgan Rice

Kindle edition

Edited: Mar 15, 9:39pm Top

39: Soldier, Brother, Sorcerer, Book V of "Crowns and Glory" by Morgan Rice

Kindle edition

Edited: Mar 15, 9:39pm Top

40: Hero, Traitor, Daughter, Book VI of "Crowns and Glory" by Morgan Rice

Kindle edition

Edited: Mar 15, 9:43pm Top

41: Ruler, Rival, Exile, Book VII of "Crowns and Glory" by Morgan Rice

Kindle edition

Well, I'm nothing if not a completist. The 8th and last book is coming through. They got progressively more expensive as I went along with the series but I just have to know how she is going to wrap all of this up.

Mar 17, 1:19am Top

Artemis by Andy Weir is a great novel. It's a thriller about a conspiracy in the lunar city of Artemis.

Mar 17, 11:22am Top

Thanks, Jake. I really liked his "Mars". Will hunt and seek.

Edited: Mar 17, 5:00pm Top

42: Victor, Vanquished, Son, Book VIII of "Crowns and Glory" by Morgan Rice

Kindle edition

Well, she wrapped it all up. Rice does quite good baddies. I almost preferred them to her good guys who are sometimes too good and occasionally a bit thick too. The societies she creates are loads of fun--if a bit gore filled--and seem to be set around the Mediterranean of an ancient time. Battles, sea and land, monsters, sorcerers, political struggles, swords and knives, all the perquisites to death and danger abound. I do like a rollicking tale.

Mar 17, 5:40pm Top

Morgan Rice FTW! Got you to stick with the series for eight books, that's good going.

Edited: Mar 18, 8:28pm Top

43: The Silent Murder by Peter Tonkin

Kindle edition

An excellent historical mystery set in the time of Elizabeth I. Will definitely check out more by this author.

Mar 19, 10:12am Top

Sounds interesting Tui.

Mar 19, 7:24pm Top

>110 tiffin: Good to know. It's always difficult to know which of those CreateSpace books are worthwhile reads.

Mar 19, 11:12pm Top

Fumes - yes. I had meant this to be the year of the big biography. Instead, it's the year of the little fun books. That's fine.
Hope all is well with you and yours.

Mar 19, 11:16pm Top

>112 thornton37814:: It was maybe a bit of hyperbole to say "excellent". I liked it because of the characters used in it like Ben Johnson, Will Shakespeare, as well as the brewing war with Spain.

Mar 22, 8:28pm Top

>110 tiffin: As that one's the fourth in the series, I've ILL'd the first one, The Point of Death since I really like Elizabethan stuff.

Edited: Mar 22, 11:44pm Top

44: Icerigger by Alan Dean Foster

Kindle edition

Lots of fun. On to Book II.

Mar 27, 5:49pm Top

45: Mission to Moulokin by Alan Dean Foster

Kindle edition

Edited: Mar 27, 5:53pm Top

46: The Deluge Drivers by Alan Dean Foster

Kindle edition

For an older series, this was surprisingly good.

Edited: Mar 29, 8:49pm Top

47: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Kindle edition

Quite good but not the end of the tale. The next book doesn't seem to have been written yet.

Edited: Apr 1, 12:05am Top

48: The Amulet Thief, Book I of the Fitheach Trilogy by Luanne Bennett

Kindle edition

Edited: Apr 2, 9:43pm Top

49: "The Blood Thief", Book II of the Fitheach Trilogy by Luanne Bennett No touchstone.

Kindle edition

Edited: Apr 3, 4:38pm Top

50: "The Destiny Thief", Book III of the Fitheach Trilogy by Luanne Bennett No touchstone

Kindle edition

Entertaining enough. Not brilliant but quite adequate.

Edited: Apr 9, 11:21am Top

51: Sleeping Dog by Dick Lochte

Kindle edition

Old school mystery. Quick and fun.

Edited: Apr 12, 10:55am Top

52: Wolfskin by W.R. Gingell

Kindle edition

Quite good level of YA.

Edited: Apr 18, 11:02pm Top

53: Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Kindle edition

This was quite an odd tale. Not a particularly easy read, but somehow it compelled me to keep going to the end. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, however.

Apr 13, 8:37pm Top

54: Still Waters, Sandhamn Murders Book 1 by Viveca Sten

Kindle edition

A Swedish murder mystery in translation. Kind of police procedural but the location on the islands off of Stockholm made it quite interesting.

Edited: Apr 15, 11:55am Top

55: Closed Circles, Book II of the Sandhamn Murders by Viveca Sten

Kindle edition

On to the third book!

Apr 15, 11:56am Top

56: Guiltless, Book III of the Sandhamn mysteries by Viveca Sten

Kindle edition

Oh and onward we go!

Apr 15, 11:58am Top

57 Tonight You're Dead. Book IV of the Sandhamn mysteries by Vivica Sten

Kindle edition

Hoping that more have been translated. I'm getting fond of these characters and their stories.

Edited: Apr 15, 3:52pm Top

Not heard of her before Tui. Might give her a try.

ETA HA, apparently I already have >126 tiffin: on my Kindle, must have bought it in an offer a while ago.

Apr 15, 6:29pm Top

It's a progressive mystery, Caro. I.e., the characters' lives proceed and grow as they would in real life. New mystery each book, however. They are kind of like a Swedish Louise Penny.

Edited: Apr 15, 6:42pm Top

>131 tiffin: kind of like a Swedish Louise Penny.
Hmm, that sounds promising.

ETA: FictFact shows only the four books, the most recent of which were published in English last year. It looks like there are two more books in the series? Well, we can hope.

Apr 15, 7:43pm Top

The fifth is due out in September. I've wishlisted it on Amazon.

Apr 16, 7:05am Top

That's good news, Tui.

Edited: Apr 16, 3:50pm Top

>129 tiffin: I have not heard of Sten at all. Hmmm. May have to keep an eye out. Might not be my thing, i’ve not been able to get into Louise Penny either.

Edited: Apr 17, 5:19pm Top

58: Magician: Apprentice, The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond Feist

Kindle edition

A trip down memory lane. A reread. I read it so long ago that I couldn't remember the story, so it was new all over again.

Edited: Apr 18, 11:00pm Top

59: Magician: Master, The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond Feist

Kindle edition

I first read this in the early 70s. It's still a fun story.

Edited: Apr 18, 11:07pm Top

Cosmic Banditos by A.C. Weisbecker

DNF: Trying too hard to be funny. I like my humour dry, sly, sideways, and not of the hammer over the head variety.

Apr 19, 5:32pm Top

Well whaddaya know. To celebrate World Book Day, Amazon is offering 9 free kindle books, all books in translation. And one of them is the first Viveca Sten mystery! If it weren't for your thread, I might have scrolled right past but who can turn down free books, especially a new series that you recommend?

Here's more on the deal in case you're interested:
Amazon Crossing Read the World

Apr 19, 6:12pm Top

We didn't get that offer Laura, but I dropped a paperback copy of Ten Women in my basket, a writer I've not come across before.

Apr 19, 8:53pm Top

>140 Caroline_McElwee: Well it's a shame that a world book day offer isn't available outside the US. I'm sure it's due to licensing issues or some such. I snagged that book too, Caro.

Apr 19, 9:56pm Top

Oh pooh, not free in Canada. I would have taken almost all of them.

Edited: Apr 22, 12:19pm Top

60: The Samurai of Seville by John J. Healey

Kindle edition

A sweet quick read which I enjoyed.

Edited: Apr 22, 12:26pm Top

61: The Doves of Venus by Olivia Manning

Virago Modern Classics edition

It's funny how you can love the writing but dislike the story in some books. I didn't like a few of the characters--disliked them quite strongly, in fact, to the point where I had absolutely no sympathy for them. Consequently I disliked the story around them. Just not my kind of tale, I guess.

Apr 22, 1:15pm Top

>144 tiffin: Disappointing when that happens Tui. I haven't read that Manning. Though I'm eyeing a potential reread of the Balkan and Levant trilogies.

May 6, 9:11am Top

Happy Sunday, Tui.

Edited: May 15, 9:36pm Top

62: Carnifex, Book 1 of A Dwarf with No Name, by D.P. Prior

Kindle edition

Edited: May 15, 9:38pm Top

63: Geas of the Black Axe, Book 2 of A Dwarf with No Name, by D.P. Prior

kindle edition

May 15, 9:39pm Top

64: Revenge of the Lich, Book 3 of A Dwarf with No Name, by D.P. Prior

Kindle edition

May 15, 9:41pm Top

65: Return of the Dwarf Lords, Book 4 of A Dwarf with No Name, by D.P. Prior

Kindle edition

May 15, 9:48pm Top

I have been plodding away at The Library at Mount Chair by Scott Hawkins. What a strange book!

May 20, 11:29am Top

Happy Birthday Tui.

May 22, 1:38pm Top

Thanks, Caro! I haven't been here in a few days so missed this. Beautiful flowers.

Edited: May 23, 7:18pm Top

66: Thornbear by Michael G. Manning

Kindle edition

First book of a series.

Edited: May 23, 7:23pm Top

67: Centyr Dominance, by Michael G. Manning

Kindle edition

Champions of the Dawning Dragons Book 2

Edited: May 25, 10:08pm Top

68: Demonhome by Michael G. Manning

Kindle edition

Champions of the Dawning Dragons Book 3

Not very much about dragons, thank goodness, but much about AIs, alternative worlds, nuclear physics, science understood as wizardry. Not bad. I really should read a literary book again one of these fine days.

Edited: May 27, 4:35pm Top

69: Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

Kindle edition

I quite enjoyed this mystery set in Edinburgh in the late 1800s. I knew my way around Edinburgh with the cast of characters so that made it even more fun. Edinburgh itself forms a character in the story, as the story moves through the old and the new town. Looking forward to the next one in the series, out in September.

Edited: May 27, 4:39pm Top

>157 tiffin: is it a gothic novel Tui?

>156 tiffin: I enjoyed a debut novel by a woman in her 70s, Anne Youngson, Meet me at the Museum, you might enjoy, my review here:


May 27, 8:35pm Top

Not really, Caro. It's about an Edinburgh policeman who quotes Shakespeare and Robert Burns, trying to track down a serial killer. So late 1800s procedural stuff using street kids and his own wits.

I'll check out your review now, tyvm.

May 27, 8:37pm Top

Meet Me at the Museum looks really interesting. Thanks!

May 28, 6:00am Top

>159 tiffin: sounds interesting.

Jun 3, 10:54am Top

>157 tiffin:, >159 tiffin: Yes, that one sounds quite intriguing to me too.

Jun 4, 7:23pm Top

70: The Path of Flames, Chronicles of the Black Gate Book 1, by Phil Tucker

Kindle edition

Pretty good so far.

Edited: Jun 4, 7:31pm Top

71: The Black Shriving, Chronicles of the Black Gate Book 2, by Phil Tucker

Kindle edition

Continues to be good.

Edited: Jun 4, 7:32pm Top

72: The Siege of Abythos, Chronicles of the Black Gate Book 3, by Phil Tucker

Kindle edition

And onward we go!

Edited: Jun 4, 7:32pm Top

Two more in the series, I think.

Edited: Jun 10, 5:58pm Top

73: The Iron Circlet, Chronicles of the Black Gate Book IV, by Phil Tucker

Kindle edition

Revving up to the grand finale.

Edited: Jun 10, 6:01pm Top

74: The White Song, Chronicles of the Black Gate Book V, by Phil Tucker

Kindle edition

This was pretty good. An epic far-reaching series with just about everything in it. Loads of fun.

Edited: Jun 12, 11:04pm Top

75: The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley

Library copy

The latest Flavia de Luce mystery. I do love this character and her sidekick Dogger.

Jun 12, 11:05pm Top

Thank goodness I made it to 75 this year!

Jun 13, 5:41am Top

Yay, CONGRATULATIONS Tui, and you are only just over half a year through!

Jun 13, 11:19am Top

Thanks, Caro! A lot of fluff here which ingests quickly.

Jun 13, 10:34pm Top


Jun 13, 11:03pm Top

Never mind the fluff quotient. 75 is 75! Congratulations!!

Jun 13, 11:21pm Top

Thanks, Jim! Thanks, Peggy!

Edited: Jun 15, 12:07pm Top

76: When Gravity Fails, Book 1 of the Budayeen Cycle by George Effinger

Kindle edition

So far, so good. Gritty, cyberpunkish, good setting, good characters. And some wonderful descriptive writing.

Jun 14, 9:43am Top

>174 LizzieD: Exactly what I came here to say. Congratulations!

Jun 14, 10:13am Top

Thanks, Linda!

Jun 15, 12:06pm Top

77: A Fire in the Sun, Book 2 of the Budayeen Cycle by George Alec Effinger

Kindle edition

I'm really enjoying this series. Yes, there is violence, but there is also humour and a marvellous imagination at work.

Jun 16, 10:17am Top

Tui, I know Effinger, but not the other sf/f, are those YA novels? (I’m not familiar with the “newer” YA authors. I can’t believe you’ve already gobbled up 75 books already!

Edited: Jun 16, 10:26am Top

No, definitely not YA novels. I'm now curious about his other science fiction, although I would classify this as post world order breakdown meets cyberpunk. Formerly large countries have splintered into smaller countries--the US has broken into about four or more, and has no global power any more. The Arab/Moslem people and countries are the global powers now and the story is set somewhere near Damascus.

Being sick with that virus for two months gave me a good start to the year vis reading.

Edited: Jun 17, 12:25am Top

78: The Exile Kiss, Book 3 of the Budayeen Cycle by George Alec Effinger

Kindle edition

I'm interested enough to look for other of his books, especially his science fiction. Not his "Planet of the Apes" series though--his less known stuff.

Jun 17, 11:17am Top

Sounds like an interesting series!

Jun 17, 1:13pm Top

I liked it, Jim. It might be a bit gory for some folks but I found the Budayeen and its denizens really interesting.

Jun 17, 5:21pm Top

Sorry to be late to the party, congratulations on reaching 75, Tui, and beyond!

Jun 17, 8:51pm Top

Thanks, Anita!

Jun 17, 10:54pm Top

I'm sold on the Budayeen - so much so that I've ordered an anthology from AMP. Thanks, Tui!

Jun 23, 4:31pm Top

79: Master Assassins, Book 1 of The Fire Sacraments, by Robert V.S. Redick

Kindle edition

I really enjoyed this. Darn, he hasn't written Book 2 or 3 yet.

Edited: Jun 28, 10:08pm Top

80: Murder in Thrall, Book 1, Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard series by Anne Cleeland

Kindle edition

Not sure what I think of this series. Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, has a somewhat creepy obsession with Kathleen Doyle, a junior detective at the same Scotland station. Acton is known for his brilliant detective work while Doyle is fey, sensing when people are lying or telling the truth. The character of Acton isn't an attractive one, and he will use any means to protect Doyle. I'll try a few more in the series to see where it goes but I may give up on it.

Edited: Jun 28, 10:08pm Top

81: Murder in Retribution, Book 2, Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard series by Anne Cleeland

kindle edition

I'm still not comfortable with the character and actions of Acton. I don't know where she's going with him, although the other characters are more palatable. I think she's trying to make him into a Sherlock Holmes type quirky genius type.

Edited: Jun 28, 10:06pm Top

82: Murder in Hindsight, Book 3, Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard series by Anne Cleeland

Kindle edition

Currently reading.

Edited: Jun 30, 9:57pm Top

83: Murder in Containment, Book 4, Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard series by Anne Cleeland

Kindle edition

I got to read this one for free, so why not? I'm starting to get the hang of the Chief Inspector's character now--either that or Cleeland is writing him with more finesse.

Acton and Doyle aren't particularly likeable characters, Acton more so. He has a certifiable stalker personality disorder, with the twist being that he swiftly managed to get the fey/psychic loner Doyle to marry him. Theirs is a strange union but it seems to work for them. Acton is in the Sherlock Holmes mold of twitchy brilliance, the Chief Inspector at their London Scotland Yard branch, while Doyle was a lowly detective constable. He has few qualms abou committing murder when necessary but Doyle is a staunch Irish Catholic, and yet she doesn't demur when her husband commits the odd murder. Containment murders, with broader political and national British implications. So as I said, not particularly appealing characters on some level and yet I got to like their noir gritty stories as the books went along.

As the next three books written are more expensive I think I'll put the series on hold for a bit as it seems to just be more of the same.

Jul 4, 6:17pm Top

84: Death in the English Countryside by Sara Rosett

Kindle edition

Okay. Ish. I won't be dashing out to get the next one in the series.

Jul 5, 6:29pm Top

85: Death in St. James Palace by Deryn Lake

Kindle edition

1761 London, a mystery set when Kensington was a small town outside of London. Apothecary John Rawlings assists the judge Sir John Fielding with solving a murder which took place at his investiture. Lots of illegitimate children, beautiful seductive women, entitled nobles, horses and carriages, and smelly wonderful London itself.

Edited: Jul 22, 8:47pm Top

86: The Bookbinder's Daughter, The Conjurers, Book I by Jane Glatt

Kindle edition

A good story so far.

Edited: Jul 23, 11:32pm Top

87: The Shaman's Son, The Conjurers, Book II by Jane Glatt No touchstone.

Kindle edition

It could have been one book. I suspect they split it to make more money. Not a bad tale. It seemed to end kind of *thump bang* as though she wanted to be done with it and move on to the next story she's writing. Probably YA too.

Aug 1, 9:14pm Top

88 & 89: The Clan Wars Omnibus, Books 1-2, by Peter Morwood

Kindle edition

Book 1 was "Greylady", Book 2 was "Widowmaker".

Another one of my cheapo Book Bub acquisitions. Not terrible.

Edited: Aug 2, 11:31am Top

90: Part of the Furniture by Mary Wesley

Kindle edition

A reread on Kindle (I can't find my Virago copy). Wonderful story set in wartime England, an innocence to experience story brilliantly told.

Aug 2, 11:54am Top

It's years since I read Mary Wesley Tui, but my eye did light on a biography of her on the shelf the other night.

Aug 2, 11:16pm Top

I liked her The Camomile Lawn too. It's the oddest thing but my Mary Wesley Viragoes have gone walkabout.

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