Fur Covered Sofas = Home

Since we bought our house in June, we’ve been operating with a recliner in the living room and the entertainment center. That’s about it. I mean, it’s not like we had a ton of money when we decided to buy a house, then we had vehicles problems until we recently gave up and got a lease. So, half a million things were more important than a couch but, HOLY HELL IS IT AWESOME HAVING A FUCKING COUCH AGAIN.

Some serious coffee drinking, reading, blogging, and let’s be honest, napping are about to happen on this new gray beauty.

Dog approved. Which is good because we bought it with them in mind. Just like we bought the house with them in mind. I mean if reincarnation was real, I would want to come back as one of my dogs.

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Ready Player One – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

Well, wasn’t that a fun little dose of nostalgia slapped in with a lot of adventure?

As an 80’s baby who mostly remembers the 90’s, you won’t get far in this book without reminiscing a lot. Video games, music, toys, you name it. I definitely had fun “membering.”

As much as I would love to give this five out of five stars, I cannot. The issues were small but ever present. While the author doesn’t delve too deep into the planetary issues that create this depressing world where people escape to virtual reality, I have a hard time believing that if the planet was dying that every single person (homeless or not) would freely be using all this electricity to escape. I mean really think about it, try to imagine just how much electricity is being used while millions of people are playing the same video game all day, every day.

My second issue is that the danger doesn’t seem real. Wade is able to navigate every issue with minimal consequences. At no point was I sweating for the main character, thinking to myself, “Is he going to get through this? Is something bad going to happen to him?” He escaped death once by mere accident and ever since then he’s been able to outsmart a company with thousands of workers. No one was catching on in the slightest. He’s the smartest boy ever.

Despite that, it was fun and I’m forcing my husband to read this book as he is an avid gamer. Once he’s finished we’re heading to an arcade bar in Detroit inspired and named after this novel. I reward him when he listens to me and reads.

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Gotham City Sirens, Vol.1: Union – Comic Review

4 out of 5 stars

DC Comic’s three best ladies (in my opinion) move in together and of course, crazy antics ensue.
There are clearly some things I missed jumping into this one however, it was nothing that the comic didn’t review so you knew what was going on.

Catwoman will always be my favorite.

The artwork was spot on.

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Frost & Flurries

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If I’ve mentioned it once, I’ve mentioned it a thousand times. Michigan is always drunk when it comes to weather. We can have all four seasons in one day. This morning I woke up to the first full frost of the year. I have a feeling we’re in a for a nasty winter since last year’s was so week. (It rained and was cold the whole winter. It maybe snowed twice and neither time did it stay for longer than 24 hours.) My dad texts that they’re about to get hit with a snowstorm tonight, less than two days before we venture up to where I grew up in Northern Lower Michigan.

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I’ll make the trip up north, snowstorm or not because I haven’t been up there in over a year and a half. We deserve a mini-vacation. Plus, when winter does hit, I fully intend to become a hermit and never leave my house except for work and food. (It will probably be my busiest blog season yet! Cabin fever is real thing.) I look forward to an awesome Winter of Epic Fantasy once the snow descends.

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Monstress, Vol. 2 – Comic Review

5 out of 5 stars

Maika Halfwolf keeps eating her arm. That’s the price of power. You sissies just cannot handle what it takes to harness the power of a god. That’s not Maika’s problem and she’s on a quest for answers. Appendages be damned.

This installment is better than the first. The first was awesome, this one is splendiferous.

Dark, intriguing fantasy with bloody amazing artwork. Monstress is easily shooting to the top of my favorite comics list.

From Spooky to Sci-Fi

September through October was my horror/paranormal marathon reading in honor of the Halloween season. November means it’s officially Sci-Fi month! I’m ready for the change but before we leap into a new genre, here’s a recap of a spooky two months of reading.

Book Reviews:

Fire & Ash

Gather the Daughters – Book Review

Curtsies & Conspiracies – Book Review

A Monster Calls – Book Review

The Witchfinder’s Sister – Book Review

Home Improvement: Undead Edition – Book Review

Kitty Goes to Washington – Book Review

A Season with the Witch – Book Review

Raven – Book Review

Recipes:

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread

I consider the season a success and I am ready to plunge head long into science fiction month.

Do you plan to participate in Science Fiction month? How so?

 

Raven – Book Review

Legends Saga #2

2 out of 5 stars

DNF at 63%

This installment just lost it’s pizzazz for me. Which is unfortunate because I love Edgar Allen Poe and having a character cursed by the dark poet seemed like it would be a lot of fun. It also included one of my least favorite tropes; the love triangle.

It was a difficult decision to abandon this one since it wasn’t bad by any means, but it lost it’s flair and without that flair, well…there just wasn’t much there. I probably could have pushed through to the end since it’s a short book but when you’re not feeling it, what’s the point? I thought it through like this, “Do I really care what happens to any of the characters at the end?” The answer is no, except maybe for Rip but still not enough so to continue.

Book Clubs Are For Winners

Ignited Moth and I have been in a book club going on 5 years strong. Each month one person hosts the event and presents 4-5 books that are voted on. We read the winner and meet once a month either out at a restaurant or at the host’s house with a potluck lunch/dinner. It definitely has expanded the types of books I read and let’s just face it, it’s oodles of fun. Book club girls know how to hang.

For the month of October, I was the host. The winning book was A Season With The Witch which I recently posted a review of. Most of the girls of book club are vegan so lunch was butternut squash soup, pumpkin spice muffins and peanut butter pumpkin dip with apples. Scrumptious.

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Lunch was followed by a tour of the cemetery behind our house with a history talk presented by myself about both the town and legends of the witches buried here.

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Rumor has it that the skeleton hand along the top has a different number of fingers every time you count.

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After book club, the day entailed Ignited Moth and I having a bestie’s day and slumber party. Shopping, book store browsing, carving jack-o-lanterns and watching Stranger Things 2.

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Are you involved in a book club? How does your book club operate? 

A Season with the Witch – Book Review

A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts.

3.5 out of 5 stars

The allure of Salem, Massachusetts is a large one if you’re someone who revels in Halloween and/or history. We all know the basic outlines of the Witch Trials but this book just proved to myself that I don’t know enough. Now, this isn’t the book to pick up if you’re looking to learn about the Witch Trials like myself, but it is the one to pick up if you’ve been wondering just how weird Salem gets around Halloween.

It was interesting to find out that Salem only really began putting an emphasis on Halloween a few decades ago. It sounds like a divided town. One where half the residents want to be known for arts and culture and the other half is proud of all the Halloween fun. One half thinks they are disgracing the legacy of the victims of the witch trials, while the other half thinks that they are honoring them.

The first half of the book is an examination of the city’s entire history, the second half gets more into the weird stuff. While I enjoy history, I didn’t exactly enjoy the manner in which the author recited the lore. I cannot pin point the exact reason that it bothered me but, I’ll go with mildly boring. The second half was more entertaining, hearing from real life residents.

LOTS of typos.

Overall, a decent travel book to inspire people to check out a legendary American city and have some spooky fun.