Monthly Archives: February 2017

Treasure Island – Book Review

3 out of 5 stars

Yo-ho-ho and I don’t like rum!

Aye, matey, classics and I just do not get along.

It started out promising, I was highly enjoying myself. Then the middle part rolled around and I became increasingly bored. Worse yet, I became SO bored that I skipped any parts that didn’t include dialogue. It doesn’t feel like I missed much or I was able to figure out, just by the dialogue, what had happened. Then, just like the double crossing Long John Silver, it turned around once again and was enjoyable until the end.

If I had to compare it with other classics, it would be better than most of the other ones I have read. But I won’t lie and say that it wasn’t dreadfully boring at parts.

Jolly YOUR Roger.

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SCIENCE!

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I won’t pretend that the current presidential administration hasn’t inspired me to do many things in opposition to them. Peaceful protest, signing numerous petitions, watching politics closely, no longer restraining my tongue against ignorance, supporting the free press, educating myself on the issues and researching politicians.

A recent discussion with The Shameful Narcissist and then with my husband, has fueled yet another quest in opposition. I’ve felt for a few years now that I missed my calling as a biologist, so after we purchase our first house, we’re both going to look into going back to school. Myself for environmental science and my husband for information technology. As my husband so eloquently said, “There’s no reason not to.”

Unfortunately neither one of us can quit our jobs and go to school full time (especially after buying a house) so it will be several years before I can even complete my Associate’s Degree but I’m excited none the less. FOR SCIENCE!

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Tempting Danger – Book Review

3 out of 5 stars

Tempting Danger has been in my TBR list for a long time. So I bit the silver bullet and bought it recently in a lovely little book haul.

I had high hopes and will have to admit, they weren’t quite met.

The urban fantasy tropes ran rampant throughout the entire novel. Strong/stubborn female MC who works in law enforcement (any form), dripping sex alpha werewolf male lead who just so happens to be rich and a playboy, and instantaneous love/lust. The use of practically every trope under the sun had me rolling my eyes almost as often as the terrible come-ons did. The one my mind refuses to forget, “Put yourself inside of me.”

Wait, what?

Did two horny teenagers that don’t know how to dirty talk just hook up?

Based on all of these things, you’re probably thinking that I hated it. I didn’t. There were a couple neat tweaks on the werewolves, other paranormal creatures and pretty good characters. I still had fun while rolling my eyes across my skull. I’ll give the second book in the series a try before I make a firm decision whether to continue.

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Dragonfly in Amber – Book Review

Read February 2017

Outlander #2

4 out of 5 stars

So I do this slightly weird thing where I watch a season of Outlander on Starz, then in between seasons, read the book that corresponds to it. This way I can get my fix almost year round.

I think this has been one of the best book to TV adaptations that I’ve seen so far. Season 2 strayed a bit more from book 2 but I was still impressed with the amount of dialogue that came directly from the book. The plot line was mostly the same as well with slight variations. Some events were painted in lighter or darker tones on the TV show.

At the end of this book I was left wondering where things could possibly go. Since there are several more novels, it must go somewhere. I’m excited to find out. Although, waiting several months between the books and the next season, it will probably be a few years before I’m completely caught up.

That’s okay though because I’m in no rush to be done with Jamie Fraser.

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Outlander – Book Review

Read February 2016

5 out of 5 stars

First, let me start that I am one of those people that watched the TV show before trying out the books. That being said, I regret nothing. Because the show led me to the book which was much like watching the show but more detailed. I am really impressed how well the show actually stuck to the book. Sure some things were different of course, but much of the dialogue was taken directly from the novel.

Second, that being said, I don’t really know how to review this. I love both book and show. If you like historical fiction, a good romance, action and tons of adventure, I would highly recommend this.

It took me a week to read. I read it before work, on my lunches and when I got home. I might have fit a few life things in, but they weren’t top priority.

All that being said, I could also understand someone not liking this one bit. There are dark, graphic, fucked up things that happen. If you hated history class, it’s likely not for you either.

I find myself, in my head, using a Scottish accent occasionally now. If I tried it out loud, I have no doubt I’d botch it.

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Cinnamon Chocolate Bread

Since getting my fancy new stand mixer for Christmas, I have been absolutely lazy about baking. I’m pretty sure my husband is going to strangle me sometime soon. He spent a lot of money on the damn thing. I fully intend to use it a LOT, I’ve just been distracted by so many things. So many stupid things.

This bread was super tasty. You cannot go wrong mixing chocolate and cinnamon.

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Recipe Here

We Are All Completely Fine – Book Review

3.5 stars

I first discovered Daryl Gregory when I read Raising Stony Mayhall and thoroughly enjoyed the take on sentient zombies. He clearly had a unique voice when it came to writing.

We Are All Completely Fine is another fine example. While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Stony, it was still something that I had not read before.

A special therapy group formed for survivors of severe trauma leads to something supernatural. Each character experienced something profoundly (and horribly) different from the others but those nightmares bring them together. The goal of therapy is to eventually recover enough to live a normal life. The goal of this therapy group is to weather the shit storm together and hopefully come out of the other end alive.

It’s short and fun and different and a little bit demented, making it a great quick read.

Book Haul – Valentine’s Edition

I have been on a strict book buying diet since we’re saving for a house. It can be incredibly frustrating at times but the truth is that I always have roughly 100 books, either physical editions or ebooks, waiting to be read in my house. (Though I’m sure many book wyrms can agree, you always want to read the books you don’t have.) I’ve only been buying ebooks on sale for $0.99 to $1.99 or physical used books for $0.50 at my library. I won’t lie, I’m pretty proud of my self control.

My husband shot that all to shit though when he handed me money and demanded I buy myself books for Valentine’s Day. So while he spent most of Valentine’s Day evening raiding in World of Warcraft, I spent it blissfully selecting books I’ve been wanting for a long time, but never to seem to be in stock at my local B&N.

So sometime between this coming Monday and Friday, I should be receiving the following 5 books:

  1. Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
  2. Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell
  3. The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
  4. Tempting Danger by Eileen Weeks
  5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

 

In the mean time, I’m reading short novels to fill the time until my new books arrives. Because as soon as they arrive, I’m diving in.