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I’m currently about half way through Stephen Lawhead’s Hood.  Like much of what he writes, it’s far too atmospheric to blast through in a day and a half.  If I can finish it tomorrow, I’ll try to get a review up on Monday.  I’ve also got a beautiful Mark Hodder Arc that’s going to be my first read of February.

And because I have a bucket of other books I’d really like to get to, what did I do today?  I went to the library, of course!!

and this is what I came home with:

Ignoring the sofa upholstery that’s so ugly as to be legendary, we have the following:

Not from the library, but borrowed from a friend, is The Meq, by Steve Cash. first book of a series.

Home Fires by Gene Wolfe – because come on, it’s Gene Wolfe!  I haven’t read a ton by him, but everything I’ve read by him I liked. I keep wanting to call it Home Fries, but maybe that’s just cuz I’m hungry?

The Warded Man, by Peter V Brett – actually got this for the husband, but I’ll probably give it a shot too. I’ve heard good and bad about it.

Flatterland by Ian Stewart – with a subtitle of “Like Flatland, only more so”, I hope it’s more readable than the original Flatland. I’ve always been a fan of the original Abbott, but much of the satiric undertones has always been lost on me. Having a plot that’s “math and geometry” is hard to pull off. Let’s hope this isn’t an epic fail.

The Habitation of the Blessed, by Catherine Valente – everyone says this is awesome. Also, the book is very pretty.


Do any of these look interesting to you?  Have you read any of them?  if you’ve reviewed of these books on your blog, post a link in the comments.

The Mountains of Majipoor, by Robert Silverberg

written in: 1995

where I got it: library

why I read it: Silverberg rocks my world.

On my last library jaunt, I was hoping to find Robert Silverberg’s Lord Valentine’s Castle, or Majipoor Chronicles. Alas, the library only had the third book in the series, Valentine Pontifex. And who wants to read just the third book? I’ve read them all, but I wanted to start at the beginning. Then I happened upon The Mountains of Majipoor, a stand alone that does take place on the massive planet of Majipoor, many generations after Valentine. How could I say no?

Thanks to an innocent accident in his youth, young Prince Harpirias finds himself banished from the Castle Mount, given a useless bureaucratic post out on the edge of civilization.  Slowly losing contact with his friends, and realizing his hometown has forgotten him, he becomes bitter and angry.

The quest part of the story comes along fairly quickly when Harpirias learns that an archaeological team of scientists has been taken hostage by an even further northern tribe. At first angry that responsibility to save the team falls on him, Harpirias soon realizes if he negotiates the release of the scientists, he can look forward to a Hero’s welcome back home at the Castle Mount.

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Look at some new goodies I have!

From the publisher (Thanks Pyr!!!) we’ve got The Wolf Age and Blood of Ambrose by James Enge.  I’m super excited about these, I think Enge is right up my alley. BTW, check out the Enge novelletta, Traveller’s Rest on the PYR blog. you can download it all e-book like, or if you are super-old-skool like me, you can print it out and read it, killing a tree and promoting use of toxic printer ink.

Borrowed from a friend:

The first three (is there more than three??) Percy Jackson and the Olympians books by Rick Riordan.  See that bookmark in the first one?  I started reading it yesterday, and I gots one question:  why isn’t all YA stuff this good? 

Also, I’ve got Joe Hill’s Horns on hold at the library, to be picked up tomorrow, hopefully along with some classic Robert Silverberg.

Progress made towards my New Years Resolution to read what I’ve got instead of aquiring new stuff? ZERO.

I’m half way through two books that just aren’t doing it for me, so no review for you today.  If I don’t finish either of these books by Monday, I may write my first DNF review, because I really, really, really want to get to something else.

no review tomorrow either, as I’m sure I’ll still be ranting about my hatred (ooops sorry, my severe dislike!) for e-books and e-readers.

In an effort to read what I’ve got next year, I finished catalogued all the books I own!  Ok, I catalogued all the fiction, I cheated and only counted the non-fiction.

Crammed into our one bedroom apartment we have 437 fiction titles and 200 non fiction titles.

of the 437 fiction titles I have read 62% of them.  that means there are 164 unread fiction titles in this home!

More useless facts about my home library, after the jump!

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Once upon a time, about five years ago, I attempted to catalog my library.  I didn’t get very far.  And now I’ve got the itch to make another attempt.  See how many books I have,  if I have doubles of anything, nerdy stats regarding percentage of fiction vs nonfiction, see how many books I own that I haven’t read .  .  . you know, that kind of thing.

What are some good ways to catalogue my books?  Shelfari?  Librarything? GoodReads? Other? What do you use? Do you like it? what’s the most user friendly? least abnoxious? will send me the least amount of junk mail in my e-mail?   What programs will link to my blog? Do I want to link them to my blog?  Do you get more traffic to your blog if you post reviews to Goodreads and sites like that?

We could make it interesting. . .  I could post photos of my bookshelves and see who can guess the quantity closest?  and the winner wins, umm,  something?

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or as they insist on calling it in Michigan – MelCat.   If the book exists in any public library in the state of Michigan, you can get it. You might have to wait a week, you probably won’t be able to renew it, but I am a total library whore, so I Melcat all sorts of things.  In fact, today the guy in line behind me at the counter was also picking up a Melcat, so it must be totally cool.

Thus I was finally able to get a copy of Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself.  Apparently the only copy in a Michigan public library. What’s  up with that?  And if someone had told me ahead of time that Scott Lynch had blurbed the book, I would have just bought the darn thing!

So after my weekend of girly reads (which isn’t going as well as I’d hoped), I’ll be diving into some dirty, gritty, violent, revengeful dark fantasticalness. My favorite flavor.


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some of the books reviewed here were free ARCs supplied by publishers/authors/other groups. Some of the books here I got from the library. the rest I *gasp!* actually paid for. I'll do my best to let you know what's what.