Misc. Notes 4/19/18 (a.k.a. Real Life(™) is Interfering with Blogging)

There are 3 books that I really wanted to talk about this week — and so far, I haven’t. I’ve got 1/3 (maybe less) of a post about Steve Cavanagh’s The Plea written, but I just don’t have time to finish it in time to post; I think sleep deprivation might be the best way to write about the insane (and insanely froody) Jimbo Yojimbo by David W. Barbee — but that’ll have to wait (alas); and lastly Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies by Barb Taub is going to be fun to talk about.

I got Noirville, the short story collection in the mail today from Fahrenheit Press — it looks great. I’m sure the stories are as nifty as the book they’re printed in.

I was reminded yesterday that I hadn’t started, much less posted about, a particular book this month. I’d totally forgotten I’d agreed to it. Which makes 3 more books I have to read this month (plus three from March I ran out of time for). If only I wasn’t in the middle of the busiest month of the year at work. I have to learn how to say no . . . but there’s so many good-looking books out there, it’s so hard to say anything but “yes.”

Lastly, Luca Veste’s The Bone Keeper is chillingly cool. I’m hoping to get to post about it next week (and hoping to finish reading it …well, probably about the time this posts).

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March 2018 Report

So, here’s what happened here in March. It wasn’t a great month — lots of stuff at work distracted me, some sickness, and whatnot threw me off. There were 7 books I didn’t get to that I’d either planned on or committed to read. Neither of which is something I enjoy doing. Hopefully April is all about catching up.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Mr. Neutron Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance Burn Bright
4 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Greek Mythology: Beyond Mount Olympus Nils Cuts His Nails – The Scissors Game Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32
2 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
My Little Eye Vernon the Vegetarian Lion Tricks for Free
4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Volume 9: Sermons to the Church Everything is Normal Skyjack
5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
An Ill-Fated Sky Secular Jewish Culture Wires and Nerve, Volume 2
4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Good Guys            
3.5 Stars            

Still Reading:

Christianity at the Crossroads            

Reviews Posted:

Book Challenge Progress:

Angel's Guilty Pleasures Wires and Nerves, Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate (link forthcoming)
Good Guys by Steve Brust (link forthcoming)

Mr. Neutron by Joe Ponepinto
Nils Cuts His Nails – The Scissors Game by Nurit Zvolon, Rotem Lots-Zaiden
Vernon the Vegetarian Lion by John Hughson, Ali Smith (link forthcoming — I thought I’d written it up by now)
Everything is Normal: The Life and Times of a Soviet Kid by Sergey Grechishkin
Secular Jewish Culture by Yaakov Malkin, ed.

Mr. Neutron by Joe Ponepinto
Greek Mythology by
Nils Cuts His Nails – The Scissors Game by Nurit Zvolon, Rotem Lots-Zaiden
Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 by B.C.R. Fegan, Lenny Wen
Vernon the Vegetarian Lion by John Hughson, Ali Smith (link forthcoming — I thought I’d written it up by now)
Everything is Normal: The Life and Times of a Soviet Kid by Sergey Grechishkin
Secular Jewish Culture by Yaakov Malkin, ed.

Nothing here . . . whoops. I’ve gotta get moving on this one.

How was your month?

February 2018 Report

My numbers should’ve been a little better — but between Iron Gold taking more time than I was prepared for, and ongoing sickness, I got a little behind with reading — and the writing took another hit this month, that I really can’t explain. Oh well. Onward and upward, and all that, right?

Anyway, here’s what happened here in February:

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Like a Champion Golden Gremlin A Blogger's Manifesto
4 Stars 2 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars
Uber Diva Smoke Eaters Fated (Audiobook)
3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
Sanctification Iron Gold The Fed-up Cow
3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Brighton Beach Memoirs (Audiobook) The Meifod Claw The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths
3.5 Stars 2 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
The Late Show (Audiobook) Timekeepers Blood Binds the Pack
4 Stars 4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
The Ark of Safety Illinois Native Americans: A 9,000 Year Civilization Resurrection Men
3.5 Stars“> 3 Stars 5 Stars
The Armored Saint            
3 Stars            

Still Reading:

Volume 9: Sermons to the Church Secular Jewish Culture      

Reviews Posted:

Book Challenge Progress:

Angel's Guilty Pleasures Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon, Max Casella, Peter Michael Goetz, Valerie Harper, Alexana Lambros, Anna Sophie Loewenberg, Jonathan Silverman, Joyce Van Patten
The Late Show by Michael Connelly, Katherine Moennig
Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin (link forthcoming)

Like a Champion by Vincent Chu
Golden Gremlin by Rod A. Walters
A Blogger’s Manifesto: A Modern Day Guide to Blogging by Aman Mittal
Uber Diva by Charles St. Anthony
Smoke Eaters
The Fed-up Cow by Peta Lemon, Maria Dasic Todori
The Meifod Claw by JW Bowe
Timekeepers by Simon Garfield
Illinois Native Americans by in60Learning.com

Like a Champion by Vincent Chu
Golden Gremlin by Rod A. Walters
A Blogger’s Manifesto: A Modern Day Guide to Blogging by Aman Mittal
Uber Diva by Charles St. Anthony
The Fed-up Cow by Peta Lemon, Maria Dasic Todori
The Meifod Claw by JW Bowe
Illinois Native Americans by in60Learning.com
Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigsby
Timekeepers by Simon Garfield

Whoops. Nothing this month!

How was your month?

January 2018 Report

My numbers aren’t as strong as I hoped to kick off this year, particularly the writing. I honestly don’t understand why it’s so low — on the plus side, I’ve slept more lately than usual (unscheduled sleep, mostly, but that’s beside the point). Still, plenty of entertaining reads, which is the important thing.

Anyway, on to the more interesting stuff…Here’s what happened here in January.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Operation: Endgame Simple Genius Heirs with Christ
4 Stars 2 1/2 Stars 3 Stars
Love Story, With Murders Laughing Eyes All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault
4 Stars 2 Stars 4 Stars
Beneath the Sugar Sky Paddle Your Own Canoe (Audiobook) Where Night Stops
5 Stars 2 Stars 4 Stars
Faith: Hollywood & Vine God without Passions: a Primer The Falls
3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Orphan X The Unbelievable Story of How I Met Your Mother Faith: Hollywood & Vine
3.5 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord Silence The Dying Place
3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
The Bomb Maker            
3.5 Stars            

Still Reading:

Volume 9: Sermons to the Church Sanctification Like a Champion

The few books I’ve managed to post about:

Book Challenge Progress:

Angel's Guilty Pleasures Simple Genius by David Baldacci, Scott Brick
All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman
The Falls by Ian Rankin
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry (link to come)

Laughing Eyes by Haya Magner, Miri Leshem Peli
Where Night Stops by Douglas Light
The Unbelievable Story of How I Met Your Mother by Preston Randall
Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord by Dennis Malley
All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman
God without Passions A Primer: A Practical and Pastoral Study of Divine Impassibility by Samuel Renihan
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
Silence (Audiobook) by Thomas Perry, Michael Kramer

Laughing Eyes by Haya Magner, Miri Leshem Peli
Where Night Stops by Douglas Light
The Unbelievable Story of How I Met Your Mother by Preston Randall
Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord by Dennis Malley
Operation: Endgame by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

✔ Read a self published book: Profane Fire at the Altar of the Lord by Dennis Malley

How was your month?

The trouble with audiobooks…

This morning I heard the phrase, “her two perfect teeth,” describing the surgically enhanced and improved trophy wife of an entertainment executive. Which made no sense at all to me and, frankly distracted me from what he went on to read.

Two minutes or so later, it hit me that what the narrator had actually said was actually, “too-perfect teeth” (punctuation is a guess). Which is actually fitting for the context.

December 2017 Report

So, here’s what happened here in December, 2017. Good way (generally speaking) to end the year! (I’ll get to the 2017 as a whole thing later today, I hope)

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Talking to the Dead (Audiobook) Briefly Maiden The Squirrel on the Train (Audiobook)
4 Stars 5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Death is Not the End The Intern's Handbook (Audiobook) The Cult of Unicorns
3 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Closer Than You Know A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized Between Wittenberg and Geneva
4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Elephant Wind Tummy Rumble Quake Set in Darkness
3 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond Dead Beat (Audiobook) Mink Eyes
3 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars
Turbo Twenty-Three The Blackhouse The Twisted Path
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Snobbity Snowman Mechanical Failure (Audiobook) The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss
4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Knowing And Growing in Assurance of Faith The Crossing It's Kind of a Funny Story (Audiobook)
4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Rivers of London: Detective Stories The Wanted Promised Land (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Audiobook) A Plague of Giants Didn’t Get Frazzled
5 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars
O Death, Where is Thy Sting?            
5 Stars            

Still Reading:

Nothin’, nada, zip, zilch . . . been awhile since I’ve done that!

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

Opening Lines – Dead Beat

We all know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover (yet, publishing companies spend big bucks on cover design/art). But, the opening sentence(s)/paragraph(s) are fair game. So, when I stumble on a good opening (or remember one and pull it off the shelves), I’ll throw it up here. Dare you not to read the rest of the book.

On the whole, we’re a murderous race.

According to Genesis, it took as few as four people to make the planet too crowded to stand, and the first murder was a fratricide. Genesis says that in a fit of jealous rage, the very first child born to mortal parents, Cain, snapped and popped the first metaphorical cap in another human being. The attack was a bloody, brutal, violent, reprehensible killing. Cain’s brother Abel probably never saw it coming.

As I opened the door to my apartment, I was filled with a sense of empathic sympathy and intuitive understanding.

For freaking Cain.

from Dead Beat by Jim Butcher